so i’m sure it’s pretty clear that michael s. smith is one of my favorite interior designers and overall style icons (neck and neck with oscar de la renta). so not a surprise i’m featuring his home in bel air (he moved recently), featured in elle decor and his book michael s. smith houses, photography by simon upton.

this bel air jewel is a perfect example of michael’s signature design style and defined aesthetic. from orange county but a self professed anglophile, michael’s bel air residence is a perfect combination of everything english and everything california with smith signatures like moroccan, indian and african textiles and objects thrown in. the perfect mix of traditional old world style with california casual ease.

michael always says, “english houses are the prettiest and most comfortable”. they are also very fancy and fancy is something he is strongly associated with. canopy beds, gilt consoles and mirrors, serious antiques, chinoiserie, silk damasks, needle point rugs are favorites. refined, formal, elegant- chic!

california in-door out-door living is a huge influence on how michael designs. linen upholstery, coral, modern art, ikats and block print linens, wicker furniture, potted orchids mixed in with the fancy anglophile furnishings and details creates the signature look that is so clearly his!

fancy and casual, formal and relaxed, refined and comfortable- michael s smith’s defined style- bel air traditional! a perfect mix, the best combination, my favorite!


fancy antiques like georgian mirror and george II gilt console in the entry way  balanced with potted orchid and coral object- a perfect mix!

Michael S smith with labradoodles jasper (michael s smith , inc. furniture line namesake) and sport

sport and jasper outside michael’s sophisticated slate- roof brick house in be air

beatrice caracciolo painting, alabaster ritual objects and starfish displayed on the entry mantle- that’s right, a fireplace in the entry- very english, very formal, very chic!

upholstered sofa and club chair mixed in with 19th century occasional chairs and a japanese low table- refined, comfortable and elegant!

a second sofa in the living room provides extra seating during a movie screening- very california!

george III gilt mirror is the backdrop for 19th century blue and white porcelain vases- some of my favorite things!

another view of the living room- love all the books and the ikat pillows and throws throughout!

custom de  gournay wallpaper in the dining room

george II gilt mirror behind antique english sideboard

library- books, blue and white porcelain, ikat pillows and chinoiserie antiques- all my favorite things- gorgeous!

antique dutch painted screen- love the john rosselli hurricane and the coral object table scape!

another view of entry leading to the sunroom

18 foot ceiling in sunroom-in-door out-door living- eclectic mix of furnishing- very california, very chic!

another view of sunroom- love how the coffee table is accessorized- stacks of books, hurricanes, flowers and eclectic objects- a signature of michael’s

the terrace

antique limestone and marble table off of sunroom

jacuzzi outside master bathroom

the kitchen- light grey paint and stainless steel appliances- love the pendant lights!

another view of the kitchen

george III mahogany chairs and antique table in the breakfast room


a view from breakfast room into kitchen

custom canopy bed in master bedroom- porthault linens and chintz pillow on bed

master bedroom paneled in hemlock- chic!

master bath- floating tub and built in closets- love the ebonized trolley next to tub- my favorite room in the house!

a view onto terrace and jacuzzi- love the aged mirror insets in paneling and around moldings- amazing!

another view of master bath

guest room – bronze canopy bed- porthault linens, pillowcases from india and moroccan blanket

chintz covered chair with indian pillow and antique throw- in the mix!

guest room with large painting by peter paul rubens- very english, very comfortable, very pretty!

a mix of indian and moroccan linens and textiles- a signature!

the pool- love the symmetry and scale of pedestals with urns- bel air traditional!

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