Home & Garden

MILIEU Spring 2015

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
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4 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
editor’s say

There is talent to be found everywhere in this world. One of the most inspiring and rewarding aspects of my having started MILIEU has been this very realization. In every issue of the magazine, since we launched nearly two years ago, I’ve wanted to highlight interior designers and architects, furniture makers and product designers, artists and sculptors, textile artisans and jewelers who make beautiful things people want to live with. These people live and work in places as diverse as Texas and Turkey, London and Sydney, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Every one of them and every one of their projects inspires me. In MILIEU, I get to share them with you. When you leave behind whatever is most familiar — the rooms of your home, the office where you work, your garden…

2 min.
featured designers

ANN DUPUY Since 1978, Ann Dupuy and her business partner, Ann Holden, have practiced from their hometown of New Orleans, though they’ve completed residential and commercial projects throughout the United States, Caribbean, and Mexico. Their work has been featured in numerous national publications and books about interior design. Every project is unique and attuned to the client’s specifications — yet each displays the designers’ signature style. A second generation of designers in their firm continues a tradition of creating timeless, classic projects infused with a dose of whimsy. BEN PAGE Ben Page gleaned a lasting knowledge of the land, natural ecosystems, and horticulture during a childhood on his grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ Tennessee farms, long before he considered landscape architecture as a career. While pursuing a medical degree, he discovered a passion for his…

4 min.
reclaiming remnants

Growing up in the Louisiana Delta, Rebecca Vizard learned to sew. The task was both a domestic duty and a domestic art. “Everyone knew how to do it,” Vizard says from her workshop and home on Locustland Plantation, just miles from her girlhood home. “I didn’t realize until later, in college at Tulane, that knowing how to sew was a small-town thing. Friends would lose a button on a shirt and rather than thread it back on, they’d buy a new one.” So when she established her pillow-making business, B. Viz Design, in 1994, Vizard, in her own way, kept alive the art of sewing. She has also kept alive and visible in homes “from California to Abu Dhabi” an array of luxurious textiles — antique panels from as far back…

6 min.
q &a martyn lawrence bullard

Most designers start at an early age, designing a room for their parents or doing something as children that reveals the talent to come. What was the first indication that this was the career you were destined for? I had older sisters, and I would sneak in and secretly empty out their dollhouses and then rearrange the furniture, repositioning the items on plastic tape cassettes. Even when I was three, my mother said I’d draw houses on a blackboard with furniture inside them. And from about the age of twelve, I was so fascinated by decorative things that I would use the few pounds of my allowance to buy, instead of candy, things at the local flea market in Greenwich (England) — a pretty cup and saucer, a silver spoon. Soon…

5 min.
turkish delights

My husband, Mehmet, who was born in Istanbul and whose father was a diplomat here, likes to call me a true Ottoman. After all, I am half Hungarian, half Iraqi, and as Mehmet points out, the Ottoman Empire’s outermost boundaries were Hungary and Iraq. During the five years we have lived here — and loved being here — I have adopted Istanbul and continue to discover its treasures, some hidden, others out in the open for all to see right away. Our business, Iksel Decorative Arts Company, brought us to Istanbul in 2010. We had decided to expand our reach from our then-base in Paris and, soon now, on to London. With Istanbul’s astonishing millennia-old legacy as, among other roles, an aesthetic crossroads, the city was a natural destination for us.…

1 min.
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