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MILIEU Spring 2017

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

editor@milieu-mag.com Houston is home. Home to MILIEU, to our staff, and to me. In this issue, we celebrate the city and all it offers, not only for those of us who live here full time but to all those who come here from around the world for our culture, our shopping, our food, and our perfect weather — okay, I admit, except for summer. I grew up in a small town in West Texas and I came to Houston as a young woman where I established my livelihood as an interior designer. I thrived here and I continue to. But I am far from the only creative person who gravitated to this city. When I came here many years ago, Houston was then America’s sixth largest city. It is now the fourth…

2 min.
featured designers

NICKY HASLAM As one of the world’s most lauded designers, London-based Nicky Haslam has created interiors for a roster of noted clients, including The Prince of Wales, Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr, and Natalie Wood. Recognized for breaking down design barriers, Haslam loves to use the completely unexpected to new effects. The mix of the serious and grand with glamour, charm, and wit is the Haslam trademark. AARON RAMBO Aaron Rambo is a native Texan who has spent the last two decades immersed in the world of design. After several years of working behind the scenes at leading design shops, Rambo and his business partner, Ruth Davis, opened FOUND in 2007 in Houston, a store noted for its inventory of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century antiques, as well as contemporary artworks, vintage furnishings, and…

3 min.
not so mellow yellow

When we discovered in a Dallas antiques shop a pair of Art Moderne chairs, each delineated by black-hued wood, we recognized furniture that not only made a design statement in its day, but had the potential to assume a new identity now. With their rounded armrests sculpted in a kind of softened rectangle, prevailing horizontal lines, and a form at once organic and rectilinear, as is typical of Art Moderne, the later incarnation of the Art Deco, the chairs seemed ideal for a new fabric we had come upon in Ann Mashburn’s Atlanta flagship store. Ann and her husband, Sid Mashburn, own and operate a series of men’s and women’s namesake clothing stores (called, respectively, Ann Mashburn and Sid Mashburn) noted for their cutting-edge shoes, outfits, and other garments sold…

3 min.
a stitch in time

When Mariana Barran ties a knot on a thread or positions crochet needles in her hands, she begins to move forward by going back in time. As the founder of Hibiscus Linens, her Houston-based line of fine handmade textiles for the home, Barran researches historic patterns, consults with clients to design motifs, oversees a team of talented artisans, and hand-stitches many pieces herself. She performs these tasks joyfully and with a deep commitment not only to preserve traditional needlework, but also to revive and reinterpret the craft for a new generation. “We’re not trying to replicate the past,” Barran stresses. “We’re creating new heirlooms using these exquisite and timeless techniques.” In our modern, mechanized world, how did intricate hand-sewn needlework like the embroidery, hemstitching, and crochet lace that adorn Hibiscus Linens…

6 min.
my houston

I grew up in a small town in west Texas, but I have lived in the big city of Houston for fifteen years. I can’t imagine having my brick-and-mortar store, FOUND, that I established with my business partner, Ruth Davis, as well and my own related design business, anywhere else in the country. Houston has a thriving art scene and, sometimes, it seems as if everyone living here is passionate about interior design and decor. Designers fly in regularly from all over the country to Houston to scour the city’s many design and antiques shops, which I think are some of the best to be found anywhere. Whether a designer or a collector is after fine eighteenth- or nineteenth-century antiques or the best examples of midcentury Modern, Houston proves repeatedly to…

3 min.
scent of a city

Grasse may be within just a whiff of the renowned Riviera coast, but as Perfume Capital of the World, this French hill town has forged a character all its own. The transformative journey from a center of the French leather tanning industry (with appalling odors) into the fragrant birthplace of such couture fragrances as Chanel No. 5 and Miss Dior began in the mid sixteenth century. Perfume met leather when French King Henri II’s Florentine-born Queen Consort Catherine de Medici brought the wildly popular fashion for perfumed gloves to France from her native Italy. Gallic producers soon stepped forward to meet popular demand for new luxurious compositions. With the ultra-refined French court as ambassadors — Louis XIV was considered the sweetest-smelling monarch — and thanks to its brilliantly imaginative scent makers called…