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Inside the Home of Presidential Decorator Michael Smith

Photos by François Hallard/WSJ. Magazine

This weekend WSJ. Magazine runs a feature on Michael Smith's modernist new home in Los Angeles, which is situated on a fancypants street across from the former Spelling manor. The interior designer and darling of Architectural Digest, who counts the Obamas' Oval Office, the 2011 Oscars greenroom, and Rupert Murdoch's just-sold Rosehearty Mansion among his credits, calls the "heroic" property "an intellectual and a creative exercise" and filled it not with "Mies coffee tables and B&B Italia sofas" but with antiques, mass-market seating from CB2, a growing collection of artwork and photography, mirrors, and pieces such as "weird '70s" John Dickinson lamps. "I get these crushes on things, on periods," Smith tells WSJ.'s Julia Reed. "You hear people say, 'I wanted to be an actor because you get to put yourself in another person's character.' Well, a house is both a set and a character." Have a look above and head to WSJ. Magazine for the full slideshow.

· Going Modern, Staying Grand [WSJ. Magazine]
· All Michael Smith coverage [Curbed National]