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MILIEU

MILIEU

Summer 2021

In MILIEU, every story captures the look and feel, the mood and character, the style of a place - its milieu. The milieu that defines a great house or garden, the unique character of a design professional, the message conveyed in a thoughtful essay about home life, the creative strategies for accomplishing the look you want for your home - these are the elements of our magazine.

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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Pierce Publishing
Frequency:
Quarterly
$9.03(Incl. tax)
$25.94(Incl. tax)
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
from the ground up

I know my younger sister, Inge, well. I know her style and she knows mine, which is why we get along well. So, not surprisingly, she entrusted me, along with my husband, to design the interiors and exterior of the garden house/pool house on her property outside Bruges, Belgium. What appears to be an old building is largely new. This garden building was completed in 2019, but it looks as if it has existed since the eighteenth century, which was the intention. In fact, many, but not all, of its architectural elements have been salvaged from old European buildings—the bricks, floor tiles, the orangery’s windows, the oak beams that course the ceiling, the roof tiles. The dwelling functions as its own residence, complete with a kitchenette, a bath, and a wonderful sitting…

5 min
married to design

WHAT IS A FAVORITE PROJECT YOU’VE WORKED ON TOGETHER? Glen: The next one. Don’t you hate when architects say that? We are currently working on two modern-style homes. Rozanne: I would have to say our own home in Alys Beach, Florida. It was such a rewarding and personal experience that we now are lucky enough to enjoy together. DO YOU EVER DISAGREE ABOUT STYLE AND, IF SO, HOW DO YOU RESOLVE THE PROBLEM? Glen: No, not really, since Rozanne lets me do my thing, and then she does hers. She, however, makes suggestions. Rozanne: Not usually, but I can remember when we first met, Glen had this black leather sofa and he loved me enough to let it go, thankfully. GLEN, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PERIOD OF ARCHITECTURE? Mid-century Modern—1930s, ’40s and ’50s. I like organic architecture as…

6 min
peacetime

NAOMI AND GEORGE FERTITTA may have the answer to a happy marriage. Although they don’t have it stitched and hanging as a sampler in their five-bedroom East Hampton home, they do frequently invoke a saying that keeps both of them happy. “My husband and I have a rule when it comes to buying something for the house, whether it’s a work of art, an object, or a piece of furniture,” says Naomi, who designed the rooms of their home, and who has also authored books about New York City, where she and her husband maintain their main residence. “We say, ‘Better to live without something you want than to live with something they don’t want.’ That keeps us always in agreement when purchasing something for the home. And it’s a clue…

6 min
english lessons

IT WAS WHEN the homeowners returned from a trip out of Austin and found a mushroom growing on their living room baseboard that they knew it was time to make a change. A house that the couple had lived in—and loved—for years had never been properly sited. Fern Santini, their Austinbased interior designer, who is also an old friend, recounts how the former house had been set on grade, askew, no less, which meant that when it rained, baseboards and walls were breeding grounds for mold and other inedible vegetation. The house was bulldozed, and a new residence was designed by Austin architect Mell Lawrence. “My husband, Jerre, worked as the builder of the house, and Mell was the architect, who has worked with us for twenty years,” says Santini. “It…

2 min
editor’s say

In the spirit of summer, we wanted to treat you, our readers, to another imaginative story produced by our European Style Editor, Katrin Cargill, and her creative team of Simon Brown, photographer, and Harald Altmaier, floral designer. The idea for this editorial shoot started with a classic tea towel and hand-painted dishes. From there it blossomed as Katrin selected tableware and tea towels from manufacturers, retailers, and antiques dealers all over the world. She and her team fabricated curtains, slipcovers, table skirts, and bedding using the various tea towels, yet she also kept the towels in the form intended for their original use: to dry washed dishes. Katrin shared a live video with us as her team feverishly transformed the original Plain English Kitchen studio, which is now their headquarters, into a…

1 min
from the desk of…