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Michael S. Smith Houses Hardcover – October 21, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847830705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847830701
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A master of design metaphors, he mixes them in his own inimitable way." ~Veranda

"...an impressive collection of the sophisticated and comfortable interiors he is well known for." ~Western Interiors and Design

"Gorgeous photos take you into each home, and the elegant writing of House Beautiful's Christine Pittel creates a dialog between the reader and designer. You feel as though you are sitting with him, and he is telling you these stories." ~Stylebeat.com

"...shares generous and thoughtful advice on ways to achieve his signature look." ~Florida InsideOut

"...book feels like an extended issue of Architectural Digest, and, like that magazine, it leaves you with a mix of envy and desire." ~The Washington Post

"[Book] has a soulful edge... And although Smith is known for using high-end fabrics and fine antiques, his interiors are enduring, flexible, and never need to be "updated." So, in a way, there is something frugal and very real about them." ~Style Court Blog

About the Author

One of Architectural Digest’s 100 Top Designers and winner of Elle Decor’s Designer of the Year Award in 2003, Michael S. Smith is an internationally respected interior designer. He is the author of Michael Smith’s Elements of Style. Christine Pittel is a senior editor at House Beautiful magazine. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Town & Country, Harper's Bazaar, House & Garden, and many other publications.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michele G. Sdougas on March 3, 2009
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An excellent second effort from the designer to the super rich. Smith has exquisite taste and clearly a connoisseur's eye. The designer's own written text gives one good insight into the interior designer's inspirations and jumping off points for his interior schemes. The photography is splendid. A must for any design follower who relishes the English country house ideal as freshened by a young American.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By AESTHETE on December 22, 2008
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Almost nobody does tea-stained, mismatched, nap-friendly Granny Modern as well as Michael Smith. It is a reassuring, pretty, traditional, warm and comfortable style at which Smith succeeds admirably. The photos and accompanying text are equally pleasant. Can't help wishing for just a splash of something edgy, dissonant and slightly incongruous in each room, however, to advance the tradition forward, keep the style evolving and upset the balance just a little.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie A. Clyde on December 22, 2008
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As an Interior Designer this book is a must have. I completely enjoyed his explanations and in sites into the creation of his most interesting and wonderful home. Michael Smith's close working relationship with his esteemed architect is such an important part of the success of this project. The reader is entertained from start to finish with gorgeous photography and his ability to reveal with such eloquence his design process, style and ideas.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By George E. Duran on January 22, 2009
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I've long admired interiors designed by Michael Smith, and have installed his line of fixtures for Kallista in my bathroom. His latest book explains his design process by touring his own home and several others. The commentary is wonderful, and will give the reader a preview of what he will do to redecorate the private residence of President Obama's White House. Terrific!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Robinson on September 25, 2009
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"Houses" is an excellent work for those with no concerns about spending but with an interest in a classy blend of colors, textures and furniture in a variety of settings. Michael S. Smith's book takes readers through more than a dozen examples of his work, ranging from beachfront homes in California to a residence in London, a home on Martha's Vineyard and a Long Island estate. Smith's homes each have their own look but carry his stamp of hybrid styles and classic tastes. This is a useful book for interior designers and fans of the quiet, moneyed look, especially those who like Smith's subtle style. No one image in this well-photographed book screams out for attention but quality pours off every page.
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