Home Sweet Home: Design Chic

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Home of decorator Windsor Smith

Gold finishes, ranging from polished to beautifully tarnished, act as a unifier that makes this seating area shine.

In a spacious corner, Windsor brought together gilded furnishings and gold finishes to create an exquisite resting spot. Despite the designs’ wide-ranging styles (“I’m attracted to pieces that have an air of sophistication and that have a naive, playful quality,” says Windsor), the modern side table alongside the classic settee and art frame are brought together by their golden glimmers. The gleam of gold both highlights the details of each piece and gives the overall arrangement a delightfully unexpected but cohesive look.

Hubert de Givenchy (French, 1927-2018), drawing of the dress he designed for Audrey Hepburn for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961.

Madison Avenue Apartment of Michelle Smith: Fashion Designer “Milly”

A New Yorker’s dream: floor-to-ceiling windows (and a view of the Whitney) in Smith’s living room.

Madison Avenue Apartment of Michelle Smith: Fashion Designer “Milly”

A view of the sofa and Tony Scherman’s Grey Nun, a depiction of French writer Catherine Millet. Smith says, “It reminds me of Kate Moss!”


Endre Faragó (Hungarian, 1901-c.1943), Amusement in the City Park, 1931. Oil on canvas, 100 x 79 cm.

Home of decorator Windsor Smith

Snowy white walls provide the perfect blank canvas for a formal vignette topped with a classical bust and a mirror as well as for monochromatic art panels and colorful books.

Stanley Cursiter (British, 1887-1976), The Regatta, 1913.

Oil on canvas, 50.4 x 60.8 cm.

Windsor uses soft tones to achieve a serene, airy atmosphere. 

She opts for practical upholstery with equally soft lines that is in keeping with the simple backdrop, big on ease. 

“Prewashed linen slipcovers are a must in my world,” she says. “I like the freshness and relaxed nature of them.

Home of decorator Windsor Smith

The living space in Windsor’s home is anchored in a blue-and-white palette that feels light and modern, thanks to a faded overdyed rug and crisp upholstery.

Pale sage chairs add to the soothing ambience.

“When I come home, I want to decompress. I prefer a palette of blues and grays in my own home for their relaxing nature, and because they’re the perfect backdrop for a more collective approach to interiors.”

— Windsor Smith

Photo by Francesco Lagnese/OTTO

An unexpected spot for a corner banquette, as in this area beneath a staircase, which was transformed into a lush lounge ready for a cocktail party. Add in a few sconces for extra light and some glamorous accents such as animal-print pillows and a chinoiserie table.

Egon Schiele (Austrian, 1890-1918), Erich Lederer, die Hände gefaltet [Erich Lederer with hands clasped], 1915.

Pencil on paper, 48 x 32 cm.

On the coffee table: a stack of fashion books.

A metallic coral-topped box adds shape and shine.

Eliot Hodgkin (British, 1905-1987), Three garlic bulbs, 16 February 1974.

Tempera on board, 10.2 x 23 cm.

Madison Avenue Apartment of Michelle Smith: Fashion Designer “Milly”

A yellow zebra-print chair is a modern, playful addition to this otherwise traditional corner.

Stephen D’Onofrio (American, b. 1991), Lemon Basil, 2016.

Acrylic on canvas, 56 × 64 in.

“I love great shapes and interesting silhouettes,” Windsor tells us. “So I tend to be drawn to sculptural objects.” 

Home of decorator Windsor Smith

Sculptural designs are a key presence in Windsor’s home, where a Venetian silvered lantern, a curvaceous hanging sculpture, and a tufted borne welcome guests in the foyer.

Case in point: Her high-ceilinged foyer is a stunning display of dramatic forms and flirtatious silhouettes that command the eye, including the voluptuous tufted borne, the sinuous hanging sculpture, and the Venetian silvered lantern dripping with timeworn patina. While each piece stands out as singularly beautiful, together they add up to a look that’s artful and rich with personality. It’s our idea of an elegant yet playful design mix of streamlined, sumptuous, and salvaged elements. To recreate an equally layered and cohesive look in your home, try combining vintage finds, upholstery, and modern pieces that share similar shapes or curves.

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita (Japanese/French, 1886-1968), Nature morte aux anémones [Still Life with Anemones], c.1918. Oil on canvas, 33 x 24 cm.

Madison Avenue Apartment of Michelle Smith: Fashion Designer “Milly”

An intricately carved marble mantel is one of Smith’s favorite room features. Above it hangs an églomisé mirror from the 1940s.

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