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MILIEU Fall 2014

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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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United States
Pierce Publishing
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
editor’s say

Welcome to MILIEU. It started as a dream a little more than a year ago. With the support of my wonderful husband and family, and a talented and dedicated team, we are here with our first issue. As a designer, I have always been influenced by beautiful surroundings. My desire is to discover and share with you the people, places, and things — the surroundings — that move me. Thus the name MILIEU. Several years ago, Lisa Newsom, the founder of Veranda magazine, featured my first published project. I was truly humbled. She has always championed new and unknown talent, while also honoring the timeless works of many well-established designers. I know all of us in the design community would like to thank her for the impact she has had on us…

2 min.
designers’ profiles

WALDA PAIRON “A house is the window to the soul of its residents,” says Belgian interior designer Walda Pairon. Influenced by Italian, French, and English motifs, she loves to mix highly colorful details into her designs. Pairon is one of the most sought-after interior designers in Europe, with many of her most notable projects detailed in an aptly named book, Walda Pairon: Interiors With a Soul. ERNIE SULPIZIO Ernie Sulpizio has built a successful career in interior design, fashion retail, creative direction and design, product development, brand development, marketing, and store design. He has worked on residential and commercial design projects around the world. Notable interior design work includes homes in New York City, Pennsylvania’s Bucks County, Martha’s Vineyard, and Santa Fe. TOM BOLAND Integrating interior design with architecture, Tom Boland creates understated interiors with…

2 min.
fashion meets furnishings

When we met shoe designer Angela Scott and saw the way she marries traditional masculine stylings with vibrant bursts of contemporary, feminine cool, we just knew her fashion sense was fit for furnishings. Here’s to sitting — and walking — pretty. As we checked out the pair of striped loafers Scott was wearing and that are soon to be in her new fall collection, we knew where to start. The Dallas-based designer, who is originally from Santa Barbara, launched her line, The Office of Angela Scott, in 2011. She decided to up the ante on a singular, modern motif: the signature stripe. “We’ve added a thick-heeled penny loafer and a higher heel in the lace-up wingtip,” she says, “and we’ve brought back our signature Oxford pinstripe.” Rendered in look-at-me hues of…

8 min.
doyenne of design

When designer Marie Warren was inducted into the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center Hall of Fame in 1994, little did the committee know that she had no plans to retire from her career — one that began in earnest in the 1950s. Mrs. Warren, as she is known in the trade, continues to create sophisticated and compelling interiors. During her long career, she has relished the opportunity to serve a coast-to-coast clientele with work that has earned awards and recognition. Warren is the first to point out that creating and running a successful design business is a two-part equation, with equal emphasis on design and business. She recently shared with MILIEU what she considers her nine secrets for success. They offer an honest view of the design world from the other side…

4 min.
above it all

Before Shawnna Fatjo and her husband developed the Stablewood Springs Resort in 2010, she would see people walking along the nearby highway forlornly taking in the glorious scenery of Texas Hill Country or milling around the local dam in the Guadalupe River Valley, wishing, perhaps, they could be swimming. “These people wanted to spend time in this beautiful part of the country, but there was simply nowhere for them to go, unless they happened to own homes here,” says Fatjo. She and her husband, Tom J. Fatjo Jr., responded to the situation by developing all but twenty-five acres of their 560-acre family ranch into a resort where families and couples could gather and live for a spell. (Her husband also helped build the Houstonian Hotel in Houston, among other properties.) As…

3 min.
santa fe sophisticate

Santa Fe, New Mexico, is an American city that has long embraced its rich blend of cultures. That is why it attracted artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, why the Santa Fe Opera is among the stops on the world’s cultural calendar, and why chefs, interior designers, architects, and writers make this place home. While we spent time in town, we discovered these seven sophisticated finds. CICADA COLLECTION Santa Fe has well earned its moniker of “The City Different.” Yes, the city bucks trends and defies the mainstream, but it does so with panache. With women’s fashion, an exemplar of that is Cicada Collection, a multilabel indie boutique that specializes in clothing from select Japanese and European labels. Owner Irina Ross’s tightly edited collection of sculptural and tailored looks, in primarily blacks and grays,…