Home & Garden

MILIEU Summer 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

2 min.
editor's letter

There are places to live in the world that are not only home for some of us, but also destinations everyone wants to visit and experience. We chose to highlight in MILIEU’s summer issue some especially fun and inspiring locales. When we visited with interior designer and antiques dealer Tara Shaw in her adopted New Orleans, we hopped the St. Charles streetcar with her and later walked through the streets of the French Quarter, Garden District, and Uptown as she showed us her favorite haunts. Then she took us to a second home she helped design for a noted Hollywood filmmaker in the quiet and evocative Louisiana bayous, just a couple of hours away from the city. For this issue, we also visited with designer Jane Smith in her Santa Fe…

1 min.
featured designers

CHRIS BARRETT Known for her custom residences, Chris Barrett’s unique vision is well matched to the lifestyles of her clientele. The Los Angeles–based designer’s work also includes a range of commercial assignments, including the Comme Ca Restaurant in West Hollywood and Hotel Oceana in Santa Monica. Chris Barrett Textiles are in showrooms across the country. TARA SHAW New Orleans designer Tara Shaw is known for her sophisticated home designs and as an antiques dealer specializing in French, Italian, and Swedish pieces, as well as for her eponymous line of reproduction furniture, Tara Shaw Maison. She has designed celebrity homes, appeared on design television programs, and is frequently featured in shelter magazines. JANE SMITH Jane Smith, who lives and works in Santa Fe, is recognized for her artistic approach to blending interiors that are an amalgam…

3 min.
showing his stripes

Just five years after shifting careers from retail to interior design, Mark D. Sikes has come full circle — or, in his case, full stripe. With a classic blue and white stripe that has come to define his brand, he expanded his design prowess from interiors to women’s fashion. And we at MILIEU were so inspired by his work that we wanted to see even more of the world striped — especially on a settee and as curtains. MILEU has closely been following Sikes ever since he debuted MDS Stripes in 2015 — and he has been busy designing new collections ever since. His fashions are a seamless extension of his residential interiors, noted for their inherent good taste and breezy comfort. For him, designing women’s tunics and T’s, wrap skirts…

3 min.
art takes shape

As a boy, Javier Sánchez Medina understood the power of tools and natural materials. He would watch his father at work, as he restored furniture and made small decorative pieces in the Spanish town of Badajoz. He saw how his father, using dyes and various woods, could bring new life to something old. While growing up in the region of Extremadura, Medina was surrounded by an area thick with grasses and reeds, the raw materials that were often used to make household pieces such as shades for windows against the strong Spanish sun and heat. Today, Medina is now recognized as one of Spain’s finest and most distinctive artisans for creating unique items made of bamboo, wicker, rattan, cotton fibers and other natural materials. In particular, his bamboo sun mirrors reflect…

3 min.
my new orleans

I think the first time anyone, from anywhere, sees New Orleans’s French Quarter, it steals their heart. Yes, the city is known for Mardi Gras, worldclass chefs and restaurants, legendary jazz artists, and nearly four centuries of architecture, but there is something about the Quarter that is like no other place. And if you have a creative spirit, the city will awaken it, nurture it. Today, after living in New Orleans for more than twenty-five years, I believe this city is better than ever for both travelers and residents. With all of the start-ups and young people arriving, there’s a tremendously exciting new energy. In addition, the film industry is thriving. I stood in line behind Leonardo DiCaprio at the St. James Cheese Company, and now I understand he plans to…

3 min.
rolling art

There was a time when automobiles were considered works of art. “I’d like for people to think of cars as kinetic sculpture, rolling art, wonderful design objects in their own right,” says Ken Gross, guest curator of “Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945–1975,” an exhibition at Nashville’s Frist Center (May 27 to October 9). The twenty-two vehicles Gross chose for the show — nineteen cars and three motorcycles — feature the hallmarks and details typical of modern sculpture. Sensuous curves, raked angles, rectilinear precision, anthropomorphic silhouettes, metallic finishes so vibrant that the vehicles could transform any expressway into a fashion runway. “All of these cars and motorcycles are superstars,” says Gross. “These are some of the greatest cars ever made.” Indeed, no parking lot or dealership could ever contain a range…