Photo Gallery: Designer Windsor Smith's Luxe Interiors
When it comes to creating beautiful spaces, it's all about the mix for Windsor Smith. The L.A. designer brings together old and new, formal and fun, dark and light — as well as a dash of the unexpected — for rooms with both elegance and personality. These 13 spaces showcase how Smith's offbeat approach yields stunning results.
Malibu Beach House
Mix solids and pattern for a sweet combination.
"Awning stripes instantly give a room a beachy feeling," says Smith. "Add sorbet pink to the mix, and then chinoiserie wallpaper panels for an air of sophistication."
Greystone Manor Master Bath
Add a punch of purple to enhance any room.
"Pops of colour bring a room to life," says Smith, one of contributing designers of the Greystone Manor showhome in Beverly Hills. In the master bath, a gold-plated marble vanity plus fuchsia velvet chair and ottoman amp up the luxury. "The lavender toreador costume was the pièce de resistance!" notes Windsor.
Dining Room Armchair
Add an armchair to the dining room table.
Smith breaks the rules and creates interest in the dining room by replacing traditional chairs with a yellow tufted armchair and a striped couch.
Mix Styles For Sophistication
Create interest with juxtaposing elements.
"I like combining mid-century modern chairs with Federal farmhouse architecture," says Smith. She also advises using interesting accessories, such as this burnished gold headpiece, to give a room a worldly feeling.
Hits of pewter add impact to a shelf or wall.
Smith uses petwer accents, such as mugs and frames, to compliment grey tones and add metallic interest in this pantry area and hallway. A grey-blue paint on the cabinetry echoes the cool metal hue.Designer: Windsor Smith
Symmetry grounds a room.
"I instantly feel at home in a space that has walls mirroring one another," claims Smith. "There's nothing like groupings hung symmetrically to ground a room."Designer: Windsor Smith
Dark And Dreamy Bedroom
Light details pop against a dark background.
Smith confesses she has always loved dark, dreamy bedrooms: "They insprire and encourage racy behaviour!" Light details, such as the white marble and moldings seen here, come alive against a saturated backdrop.Designer: Windsor Smith
Impromptu Patterned Ottoman
Leave room for the unexpected.
"In a panicked flurry, I snatched my son's bedspread off his bed to finish off this room in the House of Windsor," says Smith. "Sometimes the piece that makes it all come together isn’t planned. I rely heavily on divine intervention."
Architectural Coffered Ceiling
Use repurposed materials to get a historic look.
"I love to use 'found' architectural elements to give a new home a sense of history," says Smith. "This coffered ceiling in the master dressing room was repurposed from a horse ranch in West Virginia."
Simple Symmetrical Bathroom
Keep a bathroom clean and simple with symmetry.
Windsor Smith's Inspiration Trick
A confident room for a confident woman.
"When I am at a loss for inspiration, a little trick of mine is to imagine someone legendary in a space," says Smith. "Silm Keith inspired this stable, it is masculine and confident like she was!"
Windsor Smith's Favourite Living Room
Mix elegant and contemporary elements.
"This is my favourite room in the world! It combines everything I love," gushes Smith. "Elegant proportions, antiques, contemporary photography and art."
Living Room With Jute Rug
Add a casual rug to warm up a formal room.
Juxtapose formal with causal whenever possible. "This jute rug unbuttons this lavish sitting room. It’s fuzzy with a dash of Prozac!" jokes Smith.