Company:Mary Anne Smiley Interiors
Designer(s): RID Mary Anne Smiley, Design Assistant Dani Burbidge, United States
Category: , Professional
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Gallery style entrance meets relaxation. Sleek cabinets were designed with lovely figured maple on open shelves using acrylic stiles and mirrored back panels. Thick glass and LED grid lighting allowed the extraordinary hand jeweled Judith Leiber collection to take center stage. A floor to ceiling mirrored square fireplace added elegance and warmth next to the bed and chest ensemble jeweled specifically with custom chrome bands ornamented with individually inserted Swarovski crystals. A custom 2-piece banquette cups the curved window niche with unique acrylic backs at both corners and is topped with pillows cinched with rhinestone belts to unify the area. A classic desk sits across for a perfect view out the bay window. A museum pearl finish on the walls and ceiling gave an ethereal translucent effect as the painted cowhide rug created cohesion yet added a textural contrast as well. An intriguing triple ring of crystals hovers over the room like a diamond necklace creating soft sparkle and panache. A custom designed settee floats cozily near the fireplace. Simplicity and couture design of custom and classic furnishings with scrumptious fabrics, exquisite art, and brilliant pops of color are the magic ingredients for a space of fashion icon stature.
About the Designer/Company
Mary Anne Smiley, recognized by her peers as one of the top designers in Dallas since 2007, was born in Seminole, Oklahoma and is an honor graduate of Oklahoma State University. One of the first designers registered in the State of Texas after passing the NCIDQ exam, Mary Anne is a professional member of ASID, and is level IV qualified in AutoCAD. She has been published in a myriad of publications, and is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in design.
She began drawing house plans in fourth grade. Her obsession led her to enroll in Architecture at OSU. But it was the mid 60’s and to her surprise she was informed by the Dean that “women do not enroll in architecture.” Not to be daunted, she walked across the street to enroll in Interior Design and Fine Art and launched her successful career in interior design. She professes it has been a marvelous adventure ever since. Mary Anne’s career path has taken her from Oklahoma to Colorado, California, and Texas with projects completed on both coasts and all in between.
Ms. Smiley is known for her use of bright pops of pure color supported by soft lovely pearl finish backgrounds, and for her avant-garde mix of exquisite antiques and layers of sumptuous textiles with contemporary and cutting edge art and products from metallic to recycled plastic. Her AutoCAD skills have given her the ability to design her own furnishings and products, when unique and creative solutions are required, resulting in recognition for product design. Ms. Smiley loves color and was one of the pioneers of the use of bright color in Dallas, and consequently in the US.