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Peek Inside the Fashionable Home of the Designer Behind MILLY

Peek Inside the Fashionable Home of the Designer Behind MILLY
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Part Upper East Side glam, part downtown cool, the pieces in Michelle Smith’s fashion line, MILLY, are that perfect mix of polish and daring, much like her home-decor style. After stints at Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Hermès in Paris, Smith returned to the States, started her own line in 2001, and never looked back. Now based in NYC, Smith invited us over to check out her family-friendly yet totally chic living room. It’s her absolute favorite room in her Madison Avenue apartment—a bastion of elegance that architect Anik Pearson and interior designer Shaun Jackson helped create—and perfectly embodies the magic that can happen when fashion comes home.

A New Yorker’s dream: floor-to-ceiling windows (and a view of the Whitney) in Smith’s living room.

A New Yorker’s dream: floor-to-ceiling windows (and a view of the Whitney) in Smith’s living room.

What do you love most about this room?
“I love the high ceilings and the windows; we get so much natural light throughout the day. My favorite accent is the pocket door that separates the living room from the dining room. We had to shut down Madison Avenue to get it into the apartment!”

 

A ’50s chandelier adds sparkle (and drama!) to the space. It also highlights the room’s sky-high ceilings.

A ’50s chandelier adds sparkle (and drama!) to the space. It also highlights the room’s sky-high ceilings.

How would you describe the style of your living room?
“My apartment really echoes elements of the MILLY collection: bold and luxurious, with vibrant prints. Feminine with an edge. I’m all about attention to detail, from the hardware to the fabrics.”

How did you decide on the palette?
“As a designer, I work with color all day; I like a neutral palette at home.”

 

A view of the sofa and Tony Scherman’s Grey Nun, a depiction of French writer Catherine Millet. Smith says, “It reminds me of Kate Moss!”

A view of the sofa and Tony Scherman’s Grey Nun, a depiction of French writer Catherine Millet. Smith says, “It reminds me of Kate Moss!”

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My apartment echoes elements of the MILLY collection: bold and luxurious, with vibrant prints. Feminine with an edge. I’m all about attention to detail, from the hardware to the fabrics.

— Michelle Smith
On the coffee table: a stack of fashion books (what else?). A metallic coral-topped box adds shape and shine.

On the coffee table: a stack of fashion books (what else?). A metallic coral-topped box adds shape and shine.

What’s the secret behind making a neutral space feel interesting?
“I always like to mix patterns, prints, and textures in my designs, and I tried to do the same with our apartment. For me, it’s like one big collage.”

A yellow zebra-print chair is a modern, playful addition to this otherwise traditional corner.

A yellow zebra-print chair is a modern, playful addition to this otherwise traditional corner.

If you could change one thing about your living room, what would it be?
“I think every New Yorker would probably say they’d like more space!”

An intricately carved marble mantel is one of Smith’s favorite room features. Above it hangs an églomisé mirror from the 1940s.

An intricately carved marble mantel is one of Smith’s favorite room features. Above it hangs an églomisé mirror from the 1940s.

What’s your best memory in the space?
“My best memories are those spent with my family. Both of my children experienced their first steps in this living room. It’s our gathering place—we play and hang out here.”

Smith adds a pop of color to the corner with a lush arrangement of bright blooms.

Smith adds a pop of color to the corner with a lush arrangement of bright blooms.

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I like to change up the flowers depending on the occasion and the season.

— Michelle Smith
The designer sitting pretty on her cream settee.

The designer sitting pretty on her cream settee.

Finish these sentences!

Late at night, I use this room for “…catching up with my husband.”

Early on weekday mornings, I use this room for “…playing with my children.”

On lazy Sundays, I use this room for “… browsing design inspiration on my iPad.”

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2 Responses to “Peek Inside the Fashionable Home of the Designer Behind MILLY”

  1. SocialistCafe says:

    The painting is awesome. The rest, keep it. Or better, trash it.

  2. Ms.Crowley says:

    The painting is dreadful

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