Home & Garden

MILIEU Winter 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

1 min.
editor's say

I confess to having a special bias for one kind of person — the entrepreneurial woman. By that, I mean women who not only do well in whatever business endeavor they undertake, but who also help empower other women along the way. Women who have a goal to succeed and meet the challenge always inspire me. For example, India Hicks, the former fashion model who launched her lifestyle brand that features products that women around the world can sell from their own homes and make a good living doing so. In this issue of MILIEU, India takes us on a tour of her English Cotswolds where she grew up. We see how shoe designer Angela Scott has virtually redefined the way all of us walk through life with her unique footwear…

2 min.
featured designers

NATASCHA FOLENS The Belgian-born, Virginia-based designer Natascha Folens established her NF Interiors (NFI) in 2002, and she has completed residential, hospitality, and commercial projects throughout the Northeast and Europe. Her initial vision for the company was to enrich American homes with the timeless Belgian design she has been surrounded by her whole life. Natascha strives to make rooms appear natural, comfortable, and distinctive. JENNIFER VAUGHN MILLER Jennifer Vaughn Miller is noted for her unexpected approach to design and a keen eye for detail. Based in New York City, Vaughn Miller Studio has completed projects coast to coast as well as internationally, primarily focusing on high-end residential design. Trained in architecture, Jennifer is typically sought after to work on all aspects of a project — from conceiving preliminary spatial concepts and material specifications to…

4 min.
creative control

Twenty-eight-year-old Candice Kaye shuttles constantly between her Toronto home and design studio and another in New York, but as she told MILIEU, “In the future, I want to be everywhere.” By that, she wants her fashions and furnishings to be everywhere in the world, as well as her actual self. “I get my inspiration from many sources, including just plain quiet and peace. Travel, too, is a big source. You have to see things outside of where you live to get ideas. If you stay in just one place too long, you can’t grow as a designer.” To prove her point, she cites a camel ride she took deep into the Zagora desert in Morocco. There she pitched a tent in the sand (later sleeping in the open air because of the…

4 min.
body language

My parents started a mannequin repair company in 1954, and I joined the family business in 1976. Right away, I thought, “Why are we repairing other peoples’ mannequins when we could be making our own?” So, we hired a sculptor, and about a year later we debuted our first collection, called Action. From the beginning, I realized that all of the mannequins available on the market were ladylike, delicate in form, which was fine, but we needed to stand out. We made ours sculptural, architectural, and colorful. Then, as now, I find that there are limitless options and ideas. Our mannequins invoke elements of pop culture, art, music, models, Henry Moore, anything…. Fashion is a very fast business; people always want new. When we started our furniture line, it was a great…

5 min.
my oxfordshire

I grew up in the rolling Cotswold Hills of England, on an estate tucked between the two tiny towns of Wallingford and Watlington and the villages of Ewelme, Brightwell Baldwin, and Britwell Salome. It’s a convenient part of Oxfordshire, located only an hour northwest from London. My children were christened in the Ewelme church, the same church I was christened in and where my father’s funeral was held, although he insisted on being buried in the churchyard at Brightwell Baldwin, deemed much more stylish, much less squashed, and suitably opposite the Lord Nelson pub. The Lord Nelson boasts a fine menu, two rooms to sleep in, roaring fires in winter, Pimms in the summer, and year-round gossip from farmers and gentry alike, perched on bar stools with snoozing dogs on the wellworn…

2 min.
taking on textures

1 Élitis accomplishes something magical with their linen-like sheer-woven Vestale fabrics — light and fresh, understated in hue, transparent yet concealing. 2 See everything clearly in your home with the Fleur mirror from Ironware, edged with a delicately articulated antique silver finish. 3 A refrigerator becomes an elegant furnishing when encased in a walnut cabinet from Downsview Kitchens, particularly one trimmed in Natuleather. 4 Turn over A New Leaf with this all-cotton fabric from Stark, featuring embroidered brown/rust foliage against a beige background. 5 Light takes on a new glow when seen through an Oracle lampshade by Lori Weitzner for Lux, defined by open fretwork and a hand-gilded finish. 6 Everyone sits pretty on the Ebanista Harlow settee, with its elegantly tufted surface and exposed walnut-finished legs. 7 What looks like ancient crosscut Italian travertine is…