Home & Garden

MILIEU Winter 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.
editor's say

All creative people have a vision they wish to realize. To reach that goal requires hard work, confidence, perseverance, and, of course, innate talent. When designers face a challenge, they envision solutions and sometimes, too, it means having to start all over again. Every one featured in our Winter 2016 issue is someone who has had an original idea and worked to create something unique and lasting. They inspired us, and I know they will inspire you. As you read this issue you will learn about those people who create special objects and places. Peter Bellerby, in London, set out one day on a creative journey to remake the world, in his case, custom-made globes. Interior designer Betty Burgess and architect Stan Dixon collaborated to reinvent a client’s traditional barn into a…

2 min.
featured designers

SERGE CASTELLA & JASON FLINN Although based in Spain, interior designer and antiques dealer Serge Castella and his partner and co-creative director, Jason Flinn, have collaborated on projects throughout the world — from places as cosmopolitan as London and Moscow to the Catalonian countryside and upstate New York. In describing the things that inspire them, Castella and Flinn cite such diverse places and objects as the Louvre, rocky coastlines, onions in salads, and wooden floors that creak. In every project, they manage to blend simplicity with luxury, extravagances with essentials. BILL GARDNER Since the age of nineteen, Bill Gardner has been buying and selling antiques, with an eye on seventeenth-century European items, pre- and post-WWII finds, and all things Mexican. He is the owner of Houston-based W. Gardner, Ltd., an emporium of imported…

4 min.
hadleigh’s blue

The editors of MILIEU got a case of the blues when they visited Hadleigh’s, the Dallas-based maker of bespoke men’s and women’s wear among many other luxury goods. But in this instance, it was a happy and inspiring state of mind. When we saw two of the atelier’s iconic Italian-made fabrics, one referred to as Hadleigh’s Blue, a 100-percent wool and high-spun cashmere blend, the other a classic blue cashmere glen plaid infused with a vicuna stripe, we imagined the material defining something other than a man’s suit or woman’s bubble skirt. We decided that the handsome, vigorous lines of a circa-1960 Danish Modern sofa would make the perfect backdrop for a combination of the two patterns and their hues. “The solid Hadleigh blue MILIEU chose to use for the item…

4 min.
clean slate

Kerry Joyce wears only black, works in a space that is all white, and designs every day with multiple colors. The color scheme and aesthetic he embraces are carefully calculated by the Los Angeles –based designer of textiles, furniture, lighting, rugs, and wallpapers. “I wear black because I don’t have to think about what to wear,” Joyce says, “and I work in an all-white space I designed because my punchline for everything I design is the same: tranquility.” Joyce knows that quiet interiors — actual and aesthetic — foster a vigorous creativity. The strongest emotions often result from the simplest details. “No matter what I design, I try to make something more than the sum of its parts,” says Joyce. From the outside, his warehouse space in Los Angeles’s Silver Lake…

2 min.
winter renewal

The West has its share of sumptuous wilderness resorts, but none as romantic as Dunton Hot Springs, a former ghost town hidden in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Even finding it is a cinematic experience. Guests drive along a red-dirt road some twenty-two miles from the nearest town, Dolores, through the rugged, pine-clad San Juan Mountains. Behind a lonely bend, a cluster of thirteen restored wooden cabins magically appears, nestled in a verdant meadow by the West Dolores River. Arrive in winter, after a snowfall, and the silence is all-enveloping; a few plumes of smoke from antique chimneys offer the only movement. It is, quite literally, a new frontier of luxury. Every cabin is hand-crafted and eccentric, with wood-fired stoves and distinctive décor, including Vertical Log, so named because its…

2 min.
my milan

ARJUMAND This showroom carries many of my designs, including the wall painting seen here in my home that’s inspired by Antonio Basoli, an eighteenth-century decorative painter — now reproduced on silk. Basoli wanted to evoke the inside of one of Napoleon’s tents. ARJUMAND My designs for wallpapers, fabrics, pillows, and hand-painted plates are all found at Arjumand, a name inspired by an Indian Mogul princess who lived in Agra. She was the wife of the shah who erected the Taj Mahal. ARJUMAND Everywhere you look in Arjumand, a tableau emerges. You can gaze at an antique chair and find it piled with fabrics from Tibet, China, Japan, Arabia, the Balkans, Russia, Italy. These are designs from my new Italy Collection. TRATTORIA MILANESE It is a joy to meet people who come to my lovely city, but I…