Designer Michael S. Smith Shares Secrets From Decorating the Obama White House

Laveta Brigham

From Oprah Magazine

  • Michael S. Smith was the decorator of the Obama White House, and oversaw the renovation of the historic buildings’ private rooms.
  • In the book Designing History: The Extraordinary Art & Style of the Obama White House, Smith opens up about his experiences—and shares behind-the-scenes facts.
  • Below, Smith talks to OprahMag.com about working with the Obamas, ghosts in the White House, and saying goodbye to his designs after eight years.

When speaking of his time as the decorator for the Obama White House, Michael S. Smith has a line he likes to use. “You always hear White

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Details Leave An Impression In This 1875 Alexandria Row Home

Laveta Brigham

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Combine history with tasteful modern design, and you get this 1875 row house in Alexandria.



a bench in front of a brick building


© realtor.com


Heart of pine floors and exposed brick add that element of old charm in the interior. Between the designer kitchen, remodeled bathrooms and private garden, there’s a reason this home was featured in Alexandria Living Magazine. The owner’s suite comes with a spacious steam shower and Juliet balcony, while there’s room in the finished basement to make a guest suite.

All of this comes at a listing price below $1 million. See more details and photos in the link below.

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The interior design trends for 2021

Laveta Brigham

After 2020, spending time at home and going outdoors will surely never be the same. Because thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, everything has been altered moving forward – and that includes the tips, tricks and trends of interior design. Thus, to get you in the mood for tomorrow’s ‘hot’ styles and accessories, let’s see what most Interior Designers/Decorators (and homeowners obsessed with visual splendour) will be focusing on come 2021…

1. 2021 trends: Natural materials




a room filled with furniture and a wood floor: 1. 2021 trends: Natural materials


© homify / Oggie Flooring
1. 2021 trends: Natural materials

The use of natural materials in

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Margulies Perruzzi Designs Two Behavioral Healthcare Units for Southern Maine Health Care

Laveta Brigham

Southern Maine Health Care, in partnership with Maine Behavioral Healthcare, engaged Margulies Perruzzi and Array Architects to renovate a 24,000 SF unit, creating 40 new beds across two floors, and to design a five-bed Emergency Department Acute Psychiatric (EDAP) unit. This project triples the number of short stay behavioral healthcare beds available in York County, Maine.

“Behavioral health design requires a deep level of both experience and empathy. Margulies Perruzzi worked closely with our staff – both clinical and facilities – to ensure we were able to stay within our budget and yet deliver a high-quality space for our

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Glu Mobile and Design Home Launch Mobile E-Commerce Store: Design Home Inspired

Laveta Brigham

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: GLUU), a leading developer and publisher of mobile games, today announced that Design Home launched Design Home Inspired, a new mobile e-commerce store available within the game. Design Home players can shop and save on thousands of home décor accessories delivered to their homes. Averaging more than one million daily active users during 2020, Design Home is developed by Glu’s casual games studio, Crowdstar, and is one of Glu’s leading Growth Games.

With Design Home Inspired, we are introducing a new way to express your style, shop and live the

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