WEARING a cashmere jacket and velvet slippers embroidered with skulls, interior designer Michael S. Smith opened the doors to his Bel-Air manse recently for the launch of his home fragrance collection for Agraria, which included the orange flower water and lily of the valley Palma candle and diffusers set out in his drawing room. "I was thinking of Grace Kelly driving a convertible through the south of France in spring," the 42-year-old Newport Beach native said. Angkor, his other aromatic creation, has the exotic air of citrus, smoky tea and ginger. Smith, who designs furniture, fabrics and even faucets as eye candy for clients such as Steven Spielberg, said partnering with the San Francisco company that made its mark with potpourri in the 1970s smelled like team spirit. "Agraria didn't approach me," he joked. "I stalked them." Palma and Angkor can be purchased as candles ($50), AirEssence diffusers ($95) and fragrance sheets ($28) from Saks Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 275-4211, or at www.agrariahome.com.
Downtown style, Valley locale
Far off the beaten design track, the new Van Nuys showroom Rezon8 Living carries contemporary furnishings heavy on the espresso stain and light on the wallet. Along with versions of familiar 20th century designs by Eileen Gray and Charles Eames, the 10,000-square-foot space has simple, handsome oak veneer tables, bamboo plywood bedroom suites and a gallery of dining chairs and table lamps. The more stylish buys shown here include the four-panel stitched leather Euro screen ($498), the chrome-framed Landon armchair with piped faux suede upholstery ($478) and the 7-by-10-foot wool blend Ronaldo shag ($1,428). The Deco-inspired Scion lamp (set of two, $178) sits atop the rolling Alden end table ($268). 7900 Haskell Ave., (818) 728-1800.