"The Colours of the Ocean . . . "
Greetings one and all,
My ongoing personal challenge - whenever I'm posting about a project from Michael Smith - is to attempt to keep my obsequious fawning down to a dull roar. But, I should also state, I believe he's an absolute genius.
This particular project (from a recent Elle Decor), in Malibu on the Southern California coast opens directly onto the Pacific Ocean. I'm truly in awe the wonderful colours in the house. The great variety of blues, from a musky slate blue to the clear, bright blue of the ocean sky. The ivories that feel almost like alabaster or afternoon clouds. The contrast with the rich corals.
- the design is much more of a melting pot. “The floors are
simple, and the walls are monochromatic, but we
have an eclectic mix of furnishings without
any studied emphasis or period."
More of the luxurious palette of blues reigns in one of the guest rooms. And I love that there are always masses of books in almost every room. The warm, evening glow from the antique lanterns and the feel of the Tabriz rug under foot.
“Everything has its own story and its own strength, but
when you put them all together, the effect is quite
soft,” Smith explains. “The place has a lot of very
rare objects in it, but it also has a looseness. People feel really
comfortable here. The sweep of the land is extraordinary,
but the house itself manages to retain a human scale and sensibility.”
- Michael Smith
Back to the 'to-do-list,'