If we had presses, we’d be stopping them right now. Domino magazine reports that an openly-gay man will serve as interior decorator to the White House. Michael Smith is a big-time L.A. decorator who caters to the Hollywood industry and has decorated for Rupert Murdoch and Steven Spielberg. He’s best known for making glamorous mansion’s feel homey and relaxed, which makes him a good fit for a Presidential family with kids.
We’ll leave it to you to make the snark jokes on this one. These fish are in too small of a barrel for even us to shoot, but here are all the details you need to know about our First Decorator, which is not really a title, but hey, if it gets you a Bravo special, go for it.
Domino Editor-in-Chief Deborah Needleman assesses Smith, saying:
“I’m not surprised Smith was tapped to decorate the Obama White House. Aside from being a committed partisan, he’s never met a grand house he didn’t want to get his hands on. In an interview in domino back in April 2008 about his lines of furniture and housewares, he managed to get in a quote about wanting to redecorate the White House. And as soon as Obama was elected, he started talking about getting the furniture of the great masters of 20th-century American design, like Billy Baldwin, into the executive mansion and bringing Alice Waters in to do a vegetable garden and head up the cooking, and on and on…We look forward to seeing what happens.”
It seems Needleman is besties with Smith and the magazine is running features on every angle of his White House appointment (he’s bribed her for materials with column ideas!, he compares her to Martha Mitchell at cocktail parties!), all of which you can find here.