Located in Los Angeles, the owners of this 1930s Tudor cottage commissioned designer Michael S. Smith to bring what was a dreary home back to life. “I wanted to do something with the interiors that was clearly inspired by the architecture,” said Smith. “But I always love English houses that are a little more exuberant, a little more interesting, so it’s not all super-severe-looking Georgian decoration.” Smith designed the rooms to have all the warmth and prettiness of traditional English interiors with a layered aesthetic that appears to have evolved over generations.
Serious English antiques mingle with overstuffed furniture upholstered in chintz and mix with chunky Chinese bureaus, exotic Moorish side tables, sisals and antique rugs, and bold ikats. The artwork ranges from 16th-century impressions to dog portraits and volcano paintings that the client began collecting seriously in the course of the renovation. Books are stacked high on tables and desks, fresh flowers are kept throughout the rooms, and the family pets make themselves comfortable on the living room furniture. This is a cozy, delightful house!
Beautiful and timeless! This article originally appeared in the January 2009 issue of Architectural Digest. Captions by Peter Haldeman and photography by Scott Frances.