Smiley’s client also has an exuberant penchant for
accumulating saddles. Moreover, they’re not ordinary
saddles; they sport more bling than Monaco royals.
In fact, one in the collection formerly belonged to
Larry Hagman. And, actually, perhaps it’s now seated
in its proper environs since the owner of the lavishly
decorated Preston Royal home seems to be J.R.
Ewing’s real-life counterpart, had he been portrayed
with a better disposition.
The residents’ art collection, however, was substantially expanded upon under the aegis of Smiley’s
deft hand. The home now sports an amazing array of
art made by local artists and procured from Craighead
Green, Barry Whistler, Holly Johnson, and many
others. In fact, Smiley’s clients are rapidly evolving
with regard to their taste in art. And remarkably—
ineffably—a host of varied components come together seamlessly with no aesthetic missteps—a tour de
force, to be sure. Even unlikely objects are used to
perfect effect and “everyday” surfaces are made to
Top left: Harold Linke, dancing woman sculpture. Top right: designer Mary Anne Smiley. Above, in cabana: Pam Nelson, Pop, 60 x 48, above TV; Tyler Aiello, metal
flower, beside TV; Pam Nelson, Untitled, oil on acrylic panels in kitchen; chairs and tables, JANUS et Cie; turquoise undercoated consoles, custom designed by Mary
Anne Smiley Interiors