The House on Mapleton Drive

The House on Mapleton Drive is part journal, part renovation manual and part resource guide. Join us as we shadow Michael S. Smith and give you behind-the-scenes access to the renovation of his iconic Los Angeles residence. Throughout this process, we'll reveal his favorite vendors, resources, and give you insight into every architectural and decorating decision.  


Michael is considered one of the most original and respected talents in the interior design industry today.  With an international profile of residential, hospitality and commercial clients, his style is a seamless blend of European classicism and American modernism—always fresh, always evolving, always underscored by the belief that everyone should live with things they love.


Snyder Diamond

Snyder Diamond represents the best quality available today at a variety of price points and we consider them more than just a convenient source for purchasing: they’re a partner. March 19, 2019

Framing is All About Proportions

Never is the relationship between open air and physical building as apparent, or as important. January 30, 2019

Setting a Strong Foundation

You can't build a great house with a weak foundation. December 17, 2018
Design Development

Concepts & Schemes

“The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness" – Joan Miro September 07, 2018

Everything and the Kitchen Sink

“Kitchens should be designed around what's truly important-fun, food, and life.” - Daniel Boulud August 03, 2018

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

"Every act of creation is, first of all, an act of deconstruction." - Pablo Picasso July 18, 2018
Moving Out

A Meeting of the Minds

The team convenes onsite pre-demolition. June 20, 2018
Moving Out

Layered Home to Empty Space

It can be startling to see your home suddenly go from furnished to vacant. June 13, 2018