Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ann Sacks & DHome Present Designer Michael S. Smith

Ann Sacks & DHome presented interior designer to the stars, Michael S. Smith for a book signing of his recently released volume, Houses, in their newly renovated Oak Lawn showroom in the Dallas design district. It follows his hugely successful previous endeavor, Elements of Style in which Smith blends classic European decor with an American modernism twist creating elegant & tailored spaces that are not too "decorated." His most recent claim to fame includes the most highly coveted address, Pennsylvania Ave where he is freshening up the White House for the Obama's.

Photo courtesy Michael S. Smith

Featured above is an Eaton Square townhome. I love the simplistic lines and colors of this bedroom. It is refreshing and calming at the same time - a great retreat to the end of a hectic day...

Photo courtesy Michael S. Smith

I love the play on symmetry in this formal den, the stained wood fluted pilasters contrast with the richly textured walls that look as if they are covered in a fabric or grasscloth wallcovering, bringing your eyes to the end of the adjacent room where the focal point is carved French Louis marble mantel.

Photo courtesy Michael S. Smith

Here he mixes the traditionalism of hand-painted wallpaper,what seems to be de Gournay or Gracie panels, with the clean lines of a mid-century modern console.
Although his is only 44, he has a long list of prominent clientale and also has signature designs for various manufacturers, including Ann Sacks, Kallista, Visual Comfort, Patterson Flynn & Martin, & Mansour, while also in his "spare" time produces his own furnishings, fabrics, and more with his Jasper line that is represented here in Dallas Design Center at George Cameron Nash.

Pictured above is a sconce designed by Smith for Visual Comfort

This is one of my favorites and I have actually speced it out on a job in the past, it is at once classic and modern.

Mansour Modern Rug Design

This reminds me the ink blocking technique using negative space to create a graphic two-tone design. I would use this in a room where not alot of other patterns are being used to create a great ground for colors to pop off of.

Labyrinth Collection for Ann Sacks by Michael S Smith (below)

Greek Key Border Concept Board


Maze Border

Key Border

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