(CNN) – The incoming first family will have some expert help in making their new home their own.
Michelle Obama has selected interior designer Michael Smith to help the Obamas redecorate the private residence in the East Wing of the White House.
“Laura Bush has been a wonderful steward of The White House and created a beautiful residence for her family,” Michelle Obama said in a statement issued by the Obama transition team Tuesday evening. “I look forward to adding our own touch to the East Wing and creating a living space where our family feels comfortable, happy and settled. Michael shares my vision for creating a family friendly feel to our new home and incorporating some new perspectives from some of America’s greatest artists and designers.”
Smith, a native of California, studied at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and in London.
“I am delighted to work with the Obamas as they bring their own energy and style to the residence at The White House,” Smith said in the statement. “The family’s casual style, their interest in bringing 20th Century American artists to the forefront and utilizing affordable brands and products will serve as our guiding principles as we make the residence feel like their home.”
Smith also takes “particular pride in his family-focused clientele and approach,” according to the statement.
–CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.