Obamas choose top notch designer for White House

Interior designer Michael Smith, favoured by Hollywood celebrities, has landed the role of a lifetime......

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Los Angeles-based Smith was named this week as Barack Obama and his wife Michelle’s choice to put their mark on the private quarters in the East Wing of the executive mansion, including the bedrooms of their daughters.

"Michael shares my vision for creating a family-friendly feel to our new home and incorporating some new perspectives from some of <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">America</country-region>’s greatest artists and designers," Michelle Obama said in a media statement.

For Smith, 44, it’s a dream job and one which he publicly expressed an interest in last year.

He said he was confident he could bring a new look to the White House.