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