The Smith house is one of six homes open to the public
1 through the 21st annual Temple Israel Sisterhood House
Tour. The tour runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 28.
Advance tickets: $25; tour-day tickets: $30. Details:
(248) 661-5700; temple-israel.org .
Five-year-old Sophia sleeps under an iron canopy that once
belonged to her mom. A tone-on-tone vertical stripe is
painted on the walls, and nylon leopard-print carpeting "is
perfect for kids," says King. "If they spill something, you'll
never see it." He scooped up the pair of mirrored nightstands
at a local Pier One Imports.
"I love that Jeff was able to mix our old with his new," says Lauren Smith.
Case in point: The designer let the traditional, cabriole-legged Henredon
dining table and Chippendale-style chairs, all of which belonged to Smith's
parents, command the focus while child-friendly faux leather upholstery
studded with oversize nailheads creates a peek of subtle modernity. Straight-
and-tall Barbara Barry host and hostess chairs, covered in a wool-and-linen
fabric, "jazz up the room," says King. High wainscoting three-quarters up the
wall — lined with a series of charcoal-and-pencil prints picked up at a local
gallery — creates a clean-lined backdrop.
Ady Peleg created the oversized print of the solar system
for 4-year-old space fan Bobby. The RJ Thomas bed features
a headboard that curves into a wave around the side for a
"fun but masculine" effect, says King. Similarly, the valance
is made of faux leather with a waxed finish and an X-design
created by nailheads. The carpet matches his sister's.
"I popped that polished chrome nailhead trim wherever I
Lush with Art Deco glamour, the master bedroom is grounded with a sleigh bed that belonged
to Smith and powerful oversized floor lamps that flank a cozy yet refined daybed by the window.
Velvet mohair with deep tufting and oversized nailheads cover the bench at the bed's foot, and
horizontal stripes give the walls a subtle tone-on-tone. Ady Peleg, creative director at Danielle
Peleg Gallery in West Bloomfield, worked with King to create a silver grid overlay on a series of
the couple's wedding photos above the bed.
could," says King. "I think of it like jewelry." The Hickory
Chair sofa in the family room is covered in its own high-
performance fabric. "It's 100-percent polyester, but it feels
like luxurious chenille." The coffee table belonged to Smith's
mother; the sofa table, topped with a pair of enormous chess
pieces, opens to serve as an additional dining table.
May 8 • 2014