MILIEU Summer 2020

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.

United States
Pierce Publishing
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s say

During the nearly seven years that MILIEU has been publishing, I’ve written often in these letters to you about the meaning of home and family. None of what I have said before about the vital importance of those matters in our lives has changed. What has changed, though, is the recognition of the fragility of life and how we need to show love and gratitude all of the time, whenever we can—not only within our family, but outside of it, too. For most of us, for these past months, our homes became our only refuges from the world. The very rooms we occupied for those weeks of sequestering, staying-in-place, quarantining, became comforting places to be, but also, on occasion, confining ones. We had to learn to love all the time where…

1 min
from the desk of… editor-in-chief pamela pierce

These are among MILIEU's favorite furnishings and accessories that were to set to debut at High Point Spring Market. Even though the Spring market was cancelled, our editors wanted to highlight and acknowledge some of the newest pieces to be shown. We look forward to returning to the next High Point Market, which will, indeed, be a time for celebration.…

2 min
featured designers

Serge Castella Serge Castella is known as a prolific and original interior designer, product designer, and antiques dealer. Castella and his partner, Jason Flinn, are based in Spain, and they have completed numerous residential and commercial projects around the world. Castella created the Port Lligat Collection for the Spanish company Gancedo. Over the years, MILIEU has featured numerous projects by Castella and Flinn. Jane Schwab A native of South Carolina, Jane Schwab launched her namesake Charlottebased interior design firm in 2015, after more than thirty years in the design and retail business. Schwab has designed and renovated projects locally, as well as throughout the United States, especially in Jackson, Wyoming, where she and her family spend most of each summer. She co-authored the best-selling The Welcoming House (Rizzoli). Warm and inviting, her interiors…

2 min
putting it together

3 min

BACK TO NATURE Talented designers often confront a problem: not being able to find the right pattern. Los Angeles–based textile designer Kerry Joyce (right) responded by creating his own, namely his new Woodlands and Ground Cover handprints. “I designed both of these for my living room sofas in my Hollywood Hills home,” he explains. “I couldn’t find the perfect fabric, so I had no choice but to design them.” In keeping with the cozy nature of his home, Joyce designed leafy, botanical patterns, what he calls “happy and handsome.” Each comes available in six nuanced colorways, to make anyone feel at home. —David Masello IN FASHION A person’s origins never leave them. Designer Jan Barboglio’s childhood was spent on a ranch in northern central Mexico and, as she has said, she brings “the…

3 min
well planted

The sorbet of colors drenching Rachel Siegfried’s floristry studio reflects the gamut of her creative and practical talents. A knowledgeable plantswoman and garden designer, Siegfried learned to grow fruit, vegetables, and cut-flowers for the owners of a two-acre, walled kitchen garden on a private estate in Oxfordshire. “Inspired by Sarah Ravens’s course on cut-flowers, I feverishly grew masses of quintessential English country garden blooms, scented, nostalgic, wild and exciting flowers which celebrated the seasons,” says Siegfried, referencing the popular English garden columnist and television presenter. Siegfried, meanwhile, does all she can to counter the charmless, uniform, and rigid stems proffered by supermarkets and flower shops. In 2008, with the increasing trend towards “slow food” and farmers’ markets, Siegfried and her business and life partner, Ashley Pearson, decided to bring their own produce…