Style Court

Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Smith in OC

Interior design above, Michael Smith; Photography, Grey Crawford for Elle Decor.

Have you ever cut an image from a magazine because you loved the overall look, then revisited the tear sheet years later to notice a specific detail is, coincidentally, your latest obsession? That's what happened to me today when I looked at the Smith-designed, Orange County beach house of Lori Laughlin and Mossimo Giannulli. (Another residence I wish had been included in Michael S. Smith: Elements of Style.) In the corner of the sitting room, shown top, there is a lamp that appears to be made from a turquoise-colored Asian figure.

I still love how Smith punctuated this very breezy home with a few of his signature classic -- almost stately -- elements. For more on chinoiserie lamps, or lighting made from interesting objects, visit William Haines Designs.

BTW: Images of another Laughlin-Giannulli home are included in the post, Ultimate Compliment.


katiedid said...

The thing about Michael Smith is you can take him anywhere: the beach, the city, uptown, downtown. He is able to create an environment that suites everyone.
Thanks for this post. This is one of his I had not seen!

style court said...


Could not agree more!! Glad you liked this :)

robyn said...

I really like the top photograph of the green floor, white walls and mirror above the fireplace, it's soothing to look at.

style court said...


The mirror and floor are among my favorite elements too :)

But love the fabrics as well. said...

Love the green floor. What a bold statement. Great Post.

The Peak of Chic said...

That lamp is like your new (actually newly converted) lamp! You and Smith are on the same wavelength!

style court said...

Thanks Patricia!

style court said...

Jennifer (POC)

If only! But thanks for the generous comment :)

Suzy said...

Great post, and thanks for the William Haines link, I have the book but was not aware of the website before. Thanks again!!

style court said...


Thanks, and you're welcome!