Star designer takes on the White House

L.A. decorator hired to spruce up the Obamas’ new family quarters

The White House is getting a makeover at the hands of Michael Smith, an L.A.-based designer to the stars. Smith, who’s worked with Cindy Crawford and Steven Spielberg, has been hired to revamp the White House family quarters, the Wall Street Journal reports. Known for his eclectic, not-too-fussy style, Smith promises to put 20th century American artists on display—all on a budget of just $100,000. The WSJ predicts they’ll be some pieces from Ikea and West Elm in the Obamas’ new home: after all, with the state of the economy today, it’s clearly not the time for a lavish, high-end redo.

The Wall Street Journal

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