De­signed to please

Gwyneth Pal­trow hosts a cel­e­bra­tion of dec­o­ra­tor Wind­sor Smith’s new book.

Los Angeles Times - - P8 - By Melissa Magsaysay im­

Sev­eral of Los An­ge­les’ bright­est stars from the worlds of fash­ion and in­te­rior de­sign came to­gether to cel­e­brate dec­o­ra­tor Wind­sor Smith’s re­cently re­leased book “Wind­sor Smith Home­front: De­sign for Mod­ern Living.”

Fash­ion de­sign­ers Monique Lhuil­lier and Min­nie Mor­timer, fur­ni­ture designer Alexan­dra von Fursten­berg, ar­chi­tec­tural designer Dax Miller and flo­ral designer Eric Buter­baugh were among those who gath­ered Mon­day at Smith’s Brent­wood home, a sprawl­ing space filled with a mix of lux­u­ri­ous tex­tures — mar­ble, brass and pony hair fur­ni­ture and sur­faces, sur­rounded by white and deep gray walls — to toast the designer on writ­ing her first tome.

Smith, who works with a celebrity ros­ter that reads like an Os­car party in­vite list, was also joined by her most fa­mous client, Gwyneth Pal­trow, who wrote the fore­word for the book and played host for the evening.

The actress, who lives across the street from Smith, says she was smit­ten with Smith’s de­sign for her home.

“She has an un­canny abil­ity to com­bine spa­ces in a way that re­flects how peo­ple re­ally want to live,” Pal­trow said dur­ing an im­promptu post-din­ner speech. “It’s been such an honor to live in the home that you’ve de­signed.”

Pal­trow is part of Smith’s elite clien­tele, or what the designer refers to as “high­pow­ered fam­i­lies with com­pli­cated lives, high stan­dards and a beau­ti­ful aes­thetic.”

“That’s my sweet spot,” Smith said of the de­mo­graphic.

“I wanted to write a book that was about fam­i­lies and how the par­a­digms of de­sign need to change based on the way we live to­day and how spa­ces are evolv­ing,” Smith said. For ex­am­ple, a grand sa­lon-style kitchen meant for en­ter­tain­ing is the mod­ern an­swer to the an­ti­quated for­mal­ity of a tra­di­tional dining room, she said.

The designer, who has lived and worked in Los An­ge­les for 20 years, ap­pre­ci­ates the ca­sual el­e­gance that comes with the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia life­style, say­ing, “There’s a de­con­structed, un­but­toned qual­ity about L.A. that doesn’t ex­ist any­where else. I love the jux­ta­po­si­tions, the fact that we can do all of this, yet still en­ter­tain bare­foot.”

For her own party, Smith was not bare­foot, but clad in a pair of white, high-heeled Tom Ford san­dals and a struc­tured, sun­set-hued, caf­tan-style dress from the Row, an en­sem­ble that showed off the designer’s brand of el­e­vated ease.

Add to that the stylish bur­lesque dancers who per­formed in­ter­mit­tently through­out the din­ner party and Smith’s credo on “un­done el­e­gance” be­came crys­tal clear — that even in the most beau­ti­fully ap­pointed spa­ces, peo­ple can and should be able to have fun and live com­fort­ably.

Pho­to­graphs by Ste­fanie Keenan Getty Images for Wind­sor Smith Home­front

SHIVA ROSE, Maria Bello and Christa Lawrence at a party for the “Wind­sor Smith Home­front” re­lease.

DAX MILLER, Alexan­dra Von Fursten­berg and Eric Buter­baugh at­tend the book party.

GWYNETH PAL­TROW, left, played party host at Wind­sor Smith’s Brent­wood home.

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