ever since i heard michael s. smith had moved a few years ago from his gorgeous bel air home, one of my all-time favorite residences, into a new home in holmby hills, i have been dying to see it- the house itself, the way he decorated it, the details! dying to see everything about it! i’ve been waiting!
answered prayers- the wait is over! here it is- photographed by genius photographer francois halard, styled by my friend carolina irving for the wall street journal magazine. a distinctly modern space built in the 1990’s, a stark contrast from the Bel air residence.
i love the large expansive rooms, the marble floors, the neutral color palette- what’s not to love?! but the best is the unexpected- the mix, the balance, the scale, the symmetry, the high and the low. most people would only do large pieces of furniture, and only modern ones in these vast rooms- not michael! his skill of mixing, not matching is on full display! the mix of old with new, modern with traditional, and surprisingly high with low- not everything has to be big or expensive to be right! as you can see- everything is right!
ironically, a week before i saw the july/august wsj magazine, i had said to my partner michael, “do you think michael s. smiths new house will be photographed? by who? what magazine? when? i’m dying!”.
i’ve been waiting! god bless the wall street journal- well worth the wait! just right! i guess what’s next is an invite- i’ll be waiting!