Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Obamas choose a designer for the White House

Micheal S. Smith, Interior Decorator to the stars....

President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have chosen Michael S. Smith, a California-based interior decorator, to make the White House feel like home, transition officials said on Tuesday.

Mr. Smith, 44, who will be responsible for decorating the private rooms in the White House where the Obamas will live, prides himself on ­”an inventive style of mixing Old World classicism with very contemporary settings,” according to his Web site.

“I look forward to adding our touch to the East Wing and creating a living space where our family feels comfortable, happy and settled,” Mrs. Obama said in a statement on Tuesday. “Michael shares my vision for creating a family friendly feel to our new home and incorporating some new perspectives from some of America’s greatest artists and designers.”


Mr. Smith could not be reached for comment. Ms. Needleman said that his clients have included Steven Spielberg and Rupert Murdoch. A native of California, Mr. Smith studied interior design at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

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