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Michael S. Smith on How to Live an Entertaining Life

Michael S. Smith on How to Live an Entertaining Life

Whimsy goes past the partitions with Michael S. Smith, whose portfolio of interiors consists of America’s arguably most essential residence: the White House. Appointed decorator by the Obama administration for the 2009 White House redesign, Smith—who studied on the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and apprenticed for revered antiques seller Gep Durenberger—steeped himself in references each historic and private to the Obamas, remodeling the area into one simply as match for state dinners because the extra intimate gatherings favored by the younger first household. Since then, Smith continues to form residences ideally suited for entertaining, from Shonda Rhimes’s suitably lush and fanciful Upper East Side house, to his personal modernist Los Angeles residence (the place he hosted Jane Fonda’s eightieth party). Here, Smith shares the objects in his own residence that deliver pleasure—and the place he loves to go to get away. 

Style File

DAILY UNIFORM: Todd Snyder corduroy pants and suede jacket, Libertine pants, or Dries Van Noten. 

FOR WALKING: Converse in each colour identified to man, or Asics. 

WRIST CANDY: Rolex Daytona.

SUITING: Libertine or Madrid tailor Calvo de Mora. 

EYEWEAR: Jacques Marie Mage.

Todd Snyder Straight Washed 5-Pocket Corduroy

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

Oystersteel and yellow gold, 40mm

Libertine ‘Lilac Garden’ Men’s Jacket

Jacques Marie Mage Dealan in Noir 9

On Grooming

SKIN CARE: Face Place Honey Almond Scrub. 

COLOGNE: Czech & Speake No. 88. 

HAIR CARE: California Born Days of Dirt.

Face Place Honey Almond Scrub

Czech & Speake No.88

100ml Eau de Parfum

California Born Days of Dirt

At Home

AROMA: Cafe Society candle by Frédéric Malle or a Rigaud Tournesol candle. 

RECENT ADDITION: Chinoiserie wooden paneling (Féau Boiseries).

ON DISPLAY: Vesuvius, 1985 by Andy Warhol; Untitled, executed in 2013 by Hugo McCloud; and a Claude Lalanne mirror.

THE UNEXPECTED: Bronze bust sculpture by Charlie Smith. 

ON THE TABLE: An orchid association from Inner Gardens or roses from Rose Story Farm.

BEDDING: Matouk, Biscuit, Muse, or Anichini. 

WINDOW TREATMENTS: Blackout shades.

To Entertain

TABLE SETTINGS: Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti candle­ holders, Elsa Peretti silverware, Alberto Pinto dishes. 

IDEAL HOST GIFT: Alberto Pinto dinnerware, service set of 16.

Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti® Bone Candlestick

Sterling silver, 9.5″ excessive

For Pleasure

READING: The Age of AI by Henry Kissinger, Eric Schmidt, and Daniel Huttenlocher. 

WATCHING: Hacks, The Crown, Money Heist. 

LISTENING TO: Theta waves 6 Hz to calm my mind.

The Age of A.I. And Our Human Future

by Henry A Kissinger, Eric Schmidt, and Daniel Huttenlocher

The Menu

MORNING CUP: Equator Coffees the French Laundry mix with milk. 

POWER SNACK: Good Culture cottage cheese, almonds, or a tough­boiled egg. 

INDULGENT DRINK: Clase Azul Reposado tequila. 

TO GO: Goop Kitchen in LA.


BEST STAY: Hacienda de San Antonio in Colima, Mexico; Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India; J.Okay. Place in Paris. 

LUGGAGE: Away or Goyard. 

IN THE CARRY-ON: iPad, cellphone, eye masks, worldwide converters. 

ALWAYS PACK: Metamucil Fiber Wafers. 

AIRPORT OUTFIT: J.Crew pants and a Ralph Lauren jacket. 

TRAVEL-DAY FOOTWEAR: Clarks Wallabee footwear. 


ENTERTAINMENT: I’m working or catching up on sleep. 

INSPIRED BY: India. Every time I am going, I like to go to someplace new to uncover the historical past and actually indulge within the appeal of the folks. 

PERFECT VACATION: Mallorca. Most folks consider Mallorca as a resort island, which it’s, however I take pleasure in going to a few of the lesser-­identified cities. It jogs my memory of Rome: stunning structure, slender streets, and fashionable cafés and eating places. 

DINING OUT: Ca Na Toneta in Mallorca.

Away The Carry-On: Aluminum Edition

Clarks Wallabee in Beeswax Leather

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