Home & Garden

MILIEU Summer 2014

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.
editor’s say

Second homes do reveal another version of us, something our guest essayist, Rebecca McClanahan, outlines in her lovely and evocative piece, “The Other Home” in this issue. How we live in our primary residence differs greatly from the way we occupy our second or weekend home. I wanted to celebrate that joyful dynamic in this summer issue. Summer is about having fun, being with family, indulging in color, and taking a necessary break from the stress of day-to-day work life. I think we are at our most creative and honest when it comes to our second homes, and summer is when many of us spend more time away. For those of us fortunate enough to have another place to go, it is there, that other home, where we don’t feel the…

1 min.
designers’ profiles

3 min.
furniture to fashion

Once we at MILIEU saw its playful versatility, we couldn’t resist experimenting with one of Romo Ltd.’s signature fabrics — the Ilsa Camellia. A bold, outright fun design that explodes with color inspired by Matisse’s vivid cutouts, this soft linen-cotton adds infinite interest to two French 1920s art deco bergères we found at an antiques shop and a delightful summer frock we had custom made for a young model. MILIEU recognized that the traditional floral pattern was made delightfully modern and fresh, and the fabric, which retains a slight slub effect, perfectly rejuvenates a vintage piece of furniture, so much so that it affects the way you might sit on it. And anyone young at heart will love a summer dress made from this motif featuring vibrantly scaled flowers decorating graceful…

6 min.
renaissance woman

In addition to paint, fabric, wood, and metal, other materials in Clodagh’s design arsenal include such concepts as feng shui, chromotherapy (using light and color to influence mood), biophilia (incorporating nature into living spaces), and wabi-sabi (celebrating the inherent aging of things). Whatever she designs, though, is something sure to endure. MILIEU met with Clodagh in her New York studio loft. You began at seventeen designing clothes. Your work now includes interiors and buildings, furnishings and gardens. You curate art collections, do photography, create products for Ann Sacks, Dennis Miller, Du Verre, Watermark and Visual Comfort. You work as a founding board member of the Thorn Tree Project, which helps children in Kenya. How do you define yourself? How about “difficult Irish woman”? My first answer is that I’m a designer. I…

3 min.
view from the top

North Carolina’s Green River Gorge is one of our nation’s natural jewels. Its lush landscape is a mecca for adventure seekers who navigate the twists and turns of the river in kayaks and who rappel beside the picturesque waterfalls that adorn the steep ravines. Now there is another way to experience the region’s intrinsic beauty — from the tops of the trees. Open since May 2013 near the town of Saluda, The Gorge Zipline incorporates a thrilling course that drops more than 1,000 feet as it winds its way through 120 acres of old-growth forest. “We want people to feel like they are a part of the forest’s canopy when they’re here,” says Sara Bell, who owns and operates The Gorge with her husband, Tim. “We tried to cut down as…

7 min.
dutch treat

I came to Amsterdam to see a man hand a letter to a woman, to watch a child gleefully take a pewter pitcher given by her mother, and to meet people gathered for wine and conversation in a courtyard behind a canal house. I wanted also to see a tabletop set with a tray of oysters, a loaf of torn bread, a lemon whose peel unfurls over the damask tablecloth, and a silver pitcher with enough polish to wink at me. These scenes by Pieter de Hooch, Willem Claeszoon Heda, and other Dutch Golden Age master painters were all found at the Rijksmuseum, the world’s greatest repository of such works. I have always loved seventeenth-century Dutch painting because it reveals scenes of everyday domestic life — the rooms, the houses, the…