KNOWN FOR INTERIORS GLAMOROUSLY
TRADITIONAL, SMART CONTEMPORARY, AND
EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN, MARY ANNE SMILEY
DESIGNS A MASTER SUITE IN VAIL.
ary Anne Smiley describes her ideal client as one who
offers her “freedom to create without restraint.” And
indeed Mary Anne has a client like this. To date, Mary
And, Smiley is a tremendous support to local resources. So
when it came time to create a master suite for the client’s home in
Colorado, Mary Anne culled from her favorite founts in the Dallas
“My inspiration was the winter feel and colors I loved while
working on the construction. I wanted to create a space with
elements that reflected the beauty of the soft snow and crystal ice
landscape,” Smiley says of the Vail project. She adds: “The color
scheme of wintry sky blue with touches of shimmery white tile and
silvery metals was used to reflect the surrounding winter landscape.”
The room’s warmth comes from a deep, soft, curly lamb rug, and
raw-silk bedding, quilted with silver topstitching to continue the
scheme to the finest details.
For the bedroom, a headboard, nightstand and bench by Nancy
Corzine, found at Allan Knight & Associates, were specified in a
brushed silver finish. Smiley supplied the iridescent Spinneybeck
leather for the headboard. “The Allan Knight ‘branch’ chandelier
was a must, to give the look of frosty branches overhanging,” she
As for the modern elegance of the master bath, the award-winning designer used micro-marble mosaics by Porcelanosa for
subtle sheen. Simple curvaceous lines in the ceiling and custom
shower complement the shimmery back-painted glass cabinet door
fronts, and satin glass counters with surface crystal vanity bowls.
Chrome trim on the shower door, tile edges, and the top of the tile
base offers a slender transition between the tile floor and adjacent
“The unique 3-form translucent resin containing embedded
silver metallic strips was used for the curved shower, curved shower
door, and the window cornice to create special textural contrast to
the other slick shiny elements in the room,” offers Smiley.
Both Mary Anne Smiley and these particular clients believe
great design is only complete with great art. That’s a very good
thing since their next collaboration is a very large ranch in the
Texas panhandle. Once again, Smiley and the homeowners are
contributing to the local market, purchasing artworks from North
Texas galleries and artists. maryannesmiley.com P
Mary Anne Smiley included a curly lamb rug to warm a master bedroom.
Curves and marble mosaics offer sensual details.