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The Pick to Make a Homier White House

Michael Smith (Sheila Metzner)

The Obamas have named their official White House decorator: Michael S. Smith, 44, a Santa Monica, Calif., designer with celebrity clients such as Steven Spielberg and Cindy Crawford, our colleague Jura Koncius reports.

"Michael shares my vision for creating a family-friendly feel to our new home and incorporating some new perspectives from some of America's greatest artists and designers," Michelle Obama said in a statement released yesterday afternoon by the transition team.

The California native, who's written two books on design, was one of three finalists for the job, according to Katie McCormick Lelyveld, spokeswoman for Michelle Obama. Smith has already started working with the family to get the residence up and running -- especially the bedrooms of 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha -- and shopping at "a variety of different outlets, kid-friendly everyday retail stores," said Lelyveld.

Little is known about the Obamas' taste in furnishings and decor; photos of their home in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood show Asian and African art, glass-fronted bookcases and framed family photos. "The family's casual style, their interest in bringing 20th century American artists to the forefront and utilizing affordable brands and products will serve as our guiding principles as we make the residence feel like their home," Smith said in a statement.

By The Reliable Source  |  January 13, 2009; 4:45 PM ET
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First thing to do is air the place out, bring in an exterminator, followed by a cleaning and sanitization service. Then bring in Mike.

Posted by: whocares666 | January 13, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Well, you can be sure that W. is making certain that they "don't steal the silverware."

Posted by: cms1 | January 13, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Well, Hillary tried to steal the furniture and other items!!

Posted by: dancermommd1 | January 14, 2009 6:48 AM | Report abuse

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