Obamas Choose Michael Smith as the White House Decorator

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Michelle Obama has chosen California designer Michael Smith as the White House decorator.


I know...I know... there are probably more critical things to think about in Washington right now, but covering the pretty interiors of the White House falls to me (and thank god; my economic policy knowledge is a little rusty...ha!).

Via the Chicago Sun-Times:

Michelle Obama says, "I look forward to adding our own touch to the East Wing and creating a living space where our family feels comfortable, happy and settled. 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."

"I am delighted to work with the Obamas as they bring their own energy and style to the residence at The White House," said decorator Michael Smith. "The family's casual style, their interest in bringing 20th Century American artists to the forefront and utilizing affordable brands and products will serve as our guiding principles as we make the residence feel like their home."

domino has the exclusive on this story:

domino's editor-in-chief Deborah Needleman says, "...as soon as Obama was elected, [Michael Smith] started talking about getting the furniture of the great masters of 20th-century American design, like Billy Baldwin, into the executive mansion and bringing Alice Waters in to do a vegetable garden and head up the cooking, and on and on...We look forward to seeing what happens."

Also worth a look on domino, see Michael Smith's Top 10 rooms.

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