Books: Michael Smith Elements of Style by Michael Smith and Diane Dorrans SaeksWhy I am recommending this book:
Having a solid home base is critical to living well. It is also essential for maintaining the level of clarity that is required for creating. Why not have a solid home base that is also a beautiful home base?
Michael Smith's approach to design is as intellectual as it is inspired. He's hip without sacrificing the integrity of good design.
The book is beautiful and timeless.
Acclaimed designer Michael Smith has earned a reputation as the thinking celebrity's decorator, with a client list that includes Cindy Crawford, Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Pairing lush interiors with dynamic insider advice, Michael Smith's Elements of Style beautifully captures the essential building blocks of good interior design. Smith covers in depth the most common decorating decisions everyone faces: working with color, selecting the right paint, choosing window treatments and floor coverings, creating a luxurious bed, and building a furniture collection over time. Illustrated with stunning color photography, including a dozen homes presented in depth to demonstrate how rooms work alone and together, the book also includes practical sidebars on learning how to buy antiques and attend auctions, how to ready your home for sale, and how to create a house that can evolve over time. This invaluable, idea-filled resource is about polished, fresh design that is both aspirational and attainable.