Home & Garden

MILIEU Spring 2016

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

1 min.
editors's say

There is nothing more satisfying as an editor in chief than to experience great design. When I come across examples, they instantly fill me with ideas I want to share with our readers. Most of the MILIEU family attended the recent Paris Déco Off and Maison & Objet show. It was a wonderful journey we took together. Not only did the trip inspire our group, but so did the city, with its streets abuzz and filled with excitement. Participating showrooms for Paris Déco Off presented their latest collections, while the Maison & Objet show was the ultimate display in home design. I am excited to share with you in this issue some of our experiences and finds. When winter ends and spring begins, everything inside and out seems new and fresh. As…

2 min.
featured designers

1. JULIE HAYES, A NATIVE TEXAN, HAS FOCUSED ON RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGN FOR MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS and is the founder of Fort Worth–based Simms Hayes Design. She is recognized for her understanding and skill in working with color. Hayes begins each project by assessing her client’s family life, entertaining needs, color preferences, and most importantly, personal style. Her intention always is to create a beautiful, chic home that best reflects the character of the client. 2. DESIGNER SUSAN BEIMLER, BASED IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IS KNOWN FOR HER INTUITIVE USE OF COLOR AND TEXTILES, as well as the ability to balance antiques with new furnishings and accessories. Her interiors exude a timeless warmth and elegance. She treats every project as if she is telling the story of a client. “A residence…

5 min.
creating calm

There is a place in Greenwich Village most New Yorkers know about but may not have occupied. It’s a space charged with a special creative energy and spirit, where ideas arise and people gather to think up ways to help others in need around the world. Ideas for new furniture, women’s fashion, jewelry, and decorative accessories also are conceived and later realized. While the vaulting, sun-filled loft and its contemplative rooftop garden belong to designer Donna Karan, they also belong, in a way, to everyone. “When I conceived Urban Zen, I wanted to create calm amid the chaos of New York,” says the legendary fashion designer and, now also, maker of furniture and home accessories. It’s not easy to think of Karan as being exactly calm, for she is one of…

3 min.
my paris

After thirty years, Paris still holds me under its spell. Everything has been said about the city — its romance, the grandeur of its architecture, the breathtaking beauty of its sky at dusk, the poetry of the bridges — and yet it continues to take away my breath. Paris reveals itself slowly though, and you need to “earn” the city. When you walk and allow yourself to get lost, you suddenly discover enchanting streets. The ninth arrondissement, referred to as “La nouvelle Athenes” (New Athens), is one such discovery, the entire quartier having earned its name in the 1820s when it became the center of Romanticism. The streets are filled with wonderful examples of neoclassical architecture. Another recent discovery I came upon is the geological museum at the Ecole des Mines, where…

5 min.
kitchen communal

It’s a dinner party that begins with Champagne on a Provençal hilltop terrace overlooking vineyards. Later, in the evening, guests can expect to drink some of the Clos Chanteduc, a distinguished, fruity Côtes-du-Rhone red wine, whose grapeladen vines stretch into the distance. A hands-on gastronomic adventure in France attracts almost everyone. But among those who know food, one main-course name emerges above the rest: Patricia Wells, the celebrated American-in-France cookbook author, restaurant critic, and journalist. At Home with Patricia Wells is a wildly popular cooking course. Her name is known in kitchens and dining rooms everywhere, the result of her having been the International Herald Tribune’s Paris-based restaurant critic for twenty-five years. During that tenure, Wells sampled the best in France and forged friendships with top French chefs, notably Michelin three-star…

2 min.
the perfect fantasy

MILIEU editors had spring flowers on their minds well before the first buds appeared on trees or green shoots had sprung from the soil. When they discovered some startlingly beautiful and floral-motif embroidered fabric collections from Schumacher, Brunschwig & Fils, Marvic, Manuel Canovas, Madeline Weinrib, and Cowtan & Tout, they began to think of new ways to celebrate the arrival of spring. Suddenly, caftans, sarongs, ball gowns, sundresses, and togas bloomed in ways never before seen — as did a variety of women’s accessories. Months earlier, MILIEU had admired the creations of Francoise Weeks, a Portland, Oregon–based maker of what might best be called floral couture. Soon, the editors began to envision women’s clothing transformed with flowers. Weeks is long known for her inimitable ability to transform women’s accessories — hats,…