Posts Tagged: Miles Redd



Carolina Herrera’s 2016 Spring Collection had me swooning!  Set in the Beaux Arts courtyard of the Frick Collection, the show delighted guests with its pink palette of couture confections.“This is my rose period,” Herrera said during a preview. “Fashion should be optimistic.”

I have never encountered a pink I did not adore…from Chery Blossom to Schiarapelli , the hue always lifts my spirits and makes me want to surround myself with any shade whenever possible in how I dress and how I decorate. Take a peek at my favorite looks from the Spring 2016 Collection along with gorgeous pink interiors from my favorite designers and a few of my own…





























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Catherine M. Austin Interior Design/ Stanwyck Entry Hall

Catherine M. Austin Interior Design/ Stanwyck Dining Room

Catherine M. Austin Interior Design/ Stanwyck Dining Room Detail

Catherine M. Austin Interior Design/ Pink House Living Room





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*Images of the Carolina Herrera Spring 2016 Fashion Show via the New York Times


The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) has created their most sensational design series yet with DISCOVER ADAC from September 28- October 1. Be sure to click here to register for all events.  They are filling up fast and you do not want to miss this incredible line up of engaging, entertaining and enlightening speakers!

On September 28th, in conjunction with DISCOVER ADAC, Dering Hall will be launching their online virtual showhouse Wired & Inspired. I am excited to be participating along with nine other designers from the southeast to create rooms inspired by our favorite cities.  SIx of these rooms will come to life at ADAC and be on view until early spring. See below for the full lineup and more information about ADAC: Behind the Windows and Dering Hall’s Wired & Inspired showhouse.

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Few things get me as giddy as the anticipation of new collections released by my favorite interior and fashion designers. Schumacher‘s A-List of designer collaborations contains all of my most loved design talents including Mary McDonald, Celerie Kemble, Alessandra Branca, Trina Turk and now Miles Redd. The teasers being released in the fall magazines and today on the Schumacher blog give a glimpse of what’s to come from this dashing design star. Known for his theatrical imagaination and charming personality, the new fabrics are sure to become classics.

Since Schumacher was founded in 1889, the family-owned company has been synonymous with style, taste and innovation. Their collections are comprehensive, with an extraordinary range united by a respect for classicism, an eye for the cutting edge, and an unparalleled level of quality. A passion for luxury and an unwavering commitment to beauty are woven into everything they do.

Read below for Dara Caponigro’s “behind the shoot” story…

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The Atlanta-born Miles Redd began his design career after graduating from New York University and honing his skills with luminary antiques dealer John Rosselli and decorator Bunny Williams. In 1998, he opened his own design firm in New York City. Best known for an eye-catching color sensibility, his trademark brand is characterized by playful mélanges of high and low, invigorated with whimsy, scale and modernity rooted in classic decorating.

Miles was the creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home from 2003 to 2013. Published in 2012, Redd’s The Big Book of Chic gives a glimpse into the inspiration that fuels his design, and focuses on the pleasures of living life in a beautiful way. Miles was most recently honored as one of Architechtural Digest’s “AD 100” in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 as well as being recognized as House Work’s Groundbreaker Award in 2014.




Known as a master colorist, Miles’ brilliance shines through in this collection with how he completely transforms each textile with his choice of coloration. The varying range of bold hues to a monochromatic tones makes this an incredibly versatile  collection to use in any interior from traditional to contemporary.A few of the fabrics in the new line include a shimmering Mylar wallpaper based on Mile’s famous mirrored bathroom, a whimsical print with birds, flowers and branches, and a saturated graphics and silk solid that will be avilable in all of Miles’ favored bold hues.




























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Our final day of Blogfest begins with breakfast and a tour of the studios of KravetLee Jofa, and  Brunschwig and Fils in the Flatiron District.

From there we will head to the Museum of the City of New York for another educational afternoon. New York Spaces, the design magazine specifically featuring luxury metropolitan New York spaces is graciously providing lunch for all of the guests.

The lectures begin with a presentation by Benjamin Moore. John Turner, a leading color expert and trend analyst, will reveal “Color Pulse 2013″.  I have always been fascinated by how the color forecasts are projected. Fashion, fabric, and interior designers all subscribe to these forecasts. The new color trends are typically seen first on the runway, and then make their way into the interior design industry. The theme for 2013 is Intersection, which addresses the mix of unexpected colors, materials, ideas and spaces.

Photo from Quintessence

The table above shows a sneak peek of the the new colors revealed at Dining by Design. David Stark, the uber-talented and ridiculously creative event designer, devised this table made out of colored books. The books on the wall and the table show the “color story” that we will be hearing about at the lecture.

Next on the agenda is an “Interiors Insider Panel” sponsored by Michael Wollaeger and Interiors Magazine. He is bringing together 3 well design professionals; a designer, photographer, and a blogger. The panel will discuss how each plays an important role in the design process. I am especially excited about this lecture because it features THE best talent in the design industry. Miles Redd is the already legendary interior designer. Peter Aaron is celebrated contributing photographer for Architectural Digest and is involved in documenting many projects by the architect Robert A.M. Stern. Marisa Marcantonio is the author of the blog Stylebeat and former design editor for House Beautiful and O at Home.

Once the lectures are over, we have a farewell celebration at the Museum and then head back to Soho for the last After Party at The New Traditionalists.  Known for having some the best parties in the design trade, this final farewell should be fabulous.  John Rowan of Embury Cocktails will be the mixologist for the evening. Their motto is “You’re going to drink.  Do it well.” Let’s hope we can all live up to their expectations!


Cherry blossoms have been a source of inspiration for artists and designers for centuries. The most famous cherry blossoms in our country celebrate their 100th birthday next week.

The Washington Post

Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gave the United States 3,000 cherry trees to honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan.


On March 27, 1912, First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted the first two trees from Japan on the north bank of the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park.

The United States Government reciprocated with a gift of flowering dogwood trees to the people of Japan in 1915. A group of American school children reenacted the initial planting and other activities, holding the first “festival” in 1927. 

First Lady Lady Bird Johnson accepted 3,800 more trees in 1965. In 1981, Japanese horticulturists were given cuttings from the trees in DC to replace some cherry trees in Japan which had been destroyed in a flood. This year, the United States plans to send another 3,000 seedlings to commemorate the anniversary.

I have always wanted to have a mural of cherry blossoms somewhere in my house. When we moved into our house three years ago, I finally had the blank canvas I needed.  I looked at various scenic wallpapers trying to find the perfect depiction of cherry blossoms that I had envisioned. I love the negative space seen in Japanese block prints of cherry blossoms and wanted the same look.  

 Canadian House and Home

While I adore all of the scenic wallpapers shown in these images, they were too decorative for the look I wanted.

Interior Design by Ruthie Sommers
Elle Decor


Interior Design by Miles Redd

This vignette above from Miles Redd was getting closer to what I had in mind.


Fromenthal Wallpaaper

 The modern take from Fromethal on the scenic wallpaper is outstanding. 

The Stanton Social, New York City

At last I found what I wanted. In an old copy of Domino Magazine, I discovered a small image of this mural from the Stanton Social restaurant In New York. There was plenty of negative space and it even had the “dirty pink” color that I have used throughout my house.


I showed some images to the incredibly talented artist Terry Reitzel and he created this…..

Finally, my mural is complete! Each wall is its own canvas that measures 10′ high by 15′ long.  Terry stretched each canvas out in his studio to be painted.  Once the paint was dry, it was taken off of the stretcher and rolled up before installation.

The walls were sized and then lining paper was applied to protect the mural. Then, the installers size the mural and hung it loosely in place overnight.  The canvas had to shrink with the sizing on the back before it could be smoothed onto the wall. It took an entire week to get everything in place.

Once the mural was installed, Terry came back to finish up the corners, painting branches, blossoms and buds to wrap around the room. The ceiling was painted dirty pink to highlight the blossoms…which are actually plum blossoms, not cherry blossoms. They are more vibrant and bloom before the cherry trees.

I designed these pagoda-shaped upholstered pelmets and drapes to tie in with the chinoiserie theme.  I have been waiting three long years for this to be completed and it surpassed every expectation I had thanks to the brilliant Mr. Reitzel!


My last post was all about famous red interiors where the color is used as a backdrop.  This post shows how red can be used as an accent to punctuate an interior.  In all of these images, red is repeated in small doses around the room.  The color draws the eye around the room to visually connect the dots. Even a small amount of red can make a very big impact. See below for some inspiration…
Sarah Ruffin Costello’s Bedroom
Courtesy of Domino
The red shade above plays off of the bossoms of the cherry branches and makes this bedroom sophisticated and feminine, without being too girly.
Interior Design by Mary McDonald
Interior Design by Mary McDonald


Mary McDonald is a master of using one color repeatedly to create maximum impact.
Interior Design by Katie Ridder
Katie Ridder illustrates how something as easy as painting the back of the bookcases and adding a red lampshade can add drama to this Moroccan-influenced playroom.
The Coral Bar at the Tides Hotel
South Beach
Interior Design by Kelly Wearstler
The coral red used here plays beautifully off of the cusom rug which is like a painting for the floor.  Kelly’s graphic punch makes this bar cozy and glamourous.
Interior Design by Alessandra Branca
Alessandra Branca is well known for incorporating red into her interiors. This library is accented by the red border at the ceiling as well as the vibrant red pillows and ottoman. These solid touches all bring out the red pattern in the print fabric on the sofa and window treatments.
Interior Design by Alessandra Branca
Courtesy of Elle Decor
Alessandra repeats the red on the back of the bookcases, chair fabric, window fabric and accessories.
Interior Design by Alessandra Branca

I love how Alessandra used something as simple as red grosgrain ribbon to outline the room of this guest bedroom. The small lampshade and garden seat stand out becasue they are the only solid red accents against the red ticking used everywhere else.

Interior Design by Alessandra Branca
Courtesy of House & Garden
The red chairs animate the monocromatic room.
Interior Design by Alessandra Branca
One strong red piece such as this chinoiserie cocktail table contrasts beautifully with the neutral sofa.
Interior Design by Miles Redd

Courtesy of Elle Decor

What I love most about Miles Redd’s work is his unexpected and daring color combinations. He proves that any colors can work together when used in the proper amounts and treatments.  It is hard to imagine anything other that a bright red door to hold its own with the boldness of the cobalt blue walls. The red chair seats, shades and flowers connect the red dots.
Miles Redd’s Living Room
Courtesy of Architectural Digest
This is one of my favorite rooms of Miles.  The red corner banquette is stunning the pink walls.  The art hung “salon-style”, the zebra upholstered door, and the patterned floor are brilliant. Who would not LOVE to attend a cocktail party here?!?!
Interior Design by Miles Redd
Another favorite from Mr. Redd.  The vibrant sofa and rug anchors the space in this New York apartment. The abstract black and white painting converse beautifully with the zebra footstools and the chair fabric.
Interior Design by Suzanne Kasler
Suzanne Kasler uses a pink tinged cranberry red in this serene living room to accent the shapes of all of the furniture.  The color borders each sofa cushion. The striped fabric accents the rectangular shape of the Louis 16th chairs, and the red stool seat draws attention to the curve of the seat.


Interior Design by Yours Truly
My daughter Evelyn absolutely adores red.  When she saw I was doing a post on the color red, she asked me to include this image of her old bedroom. Her room consisted of sveral pieces of inherited furniture that we tried to pull together and update.  The bedside tables and bookcase were orginally stained and we lacquered them black. The graphic pillow is from the 1950s and was a gift to her great grandmother. We were able to reuse all of the fabrics in her new room, but also added a red grosgrain ribbon border around the room inspired by Alessandra Branca. Ms. Vreeland would be very proud!


is like a lady without lipstick,” said the inimitable Diana Vreeland. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I am sharing my favorite red rooms by legendary designers, artists and trendsetters…

Photo by Horst P. Horst
Interior Design by Billy Baldwin

Ms. Vreeland is worthy of a blog solely dedicated to her larger than life personality and style.  She worked as the fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar from 1937-1962. She left to become editor in chief at Vogue for the next decade. She gave all of her models, editors, photographers and stylists total creative freedom.  After leaving Vogue, she worked at the Metroplitan Museum of Art as a special consultant to the Costume Institute. She organized several blockbuster shows including the Ballet Russes, the World of Balenciaga and Romantic and Glamourous Hollywood Design. When she lost her vision in the 1980s, she said it was because she had looked at so many beautiful things.

Ms. Vreeland used her surroundings to reflect her dynamic personality and was always drawn to red.  She worked in a lacquered red office, ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch every day followed by a shot of scotch. She only liked red flowers, used red ink for her notes, and preferred to be dressed in red from head to toe. She asked Billy Baldwin to design a room for her that looked like a garden, but a “Garden in Hell” which is illustrated in the image above.

The Red Room at the White House
Interior Design by Stephane Boudin of Maison Jansen
The Kennedy Archives

The Red Room at the White House was the favorite stateroom of Jackie Kennedy. The color red has always been associated with power, excitement and celebration. It grabs your attention and gets people to take action. It is the Chinese color of luck and prospertity and the offical marriage color in India.

Interior Design by David Hicks

Using red in an interior space can be tricky.  Red makes a statement and is typically used in rooms for entertaining or in small rooms to make an impact.  In the examples shown here, most of the designers (except for David Hicks and Billy Baldwin) have offset the use of red by adding, white, black, cream and blue to create a graphic punch.

Interior Design by Mark Hampton

Mark Hampton worked for Billy Baldwin before venturing out on his own.  His daughter Alexa says her father used their apartment as a design laboratory to try out new ideas such as the red lacquered walls with the white contemporary sculpture above the fireplace.

Mrs. Astor’s Library
Interior Design by Albert Hadley
Interior Design by Miles Redd
Influenced by Mrs. Astor’s Library
Photography by Francisco Lagrisse

The library of Brooke Astor by Albery Hadley has always been a personal favorite.  Mr. Hadley’s use of brass inlay to define the bookcases and add detail to the walls was pure brilliance.  I love how Miles Redd reinterpreted this idea for a modern day library seen above.

Interior Design by Mary McDonald
Photo Courtesy of the Kips Bay Showhouse

For the Kips’ Bay Showhouse, Mary McDonald took a narrow, obscure hallway and added her glamourous touch with a red backdrop, ebony accents and wonderful contemporary art.

Interior Design by Ruthie Sommers

Town and Country

Ruthie Sommers created this cozy interior for cocktails, reading and entertaining.  Imagine how it looks by candlelight!

Interior Design by Miles Redd
Elle Decor

Miles works his magic once again with the charming window treatments playing off the red walls.  The room is sophisticated, yet playful at the same time.

Interior Design by Mary McDonald
House Beautiful
Interior Design by Mary McDonald
House Beautiful

Both of the images above illustrate how Mary McDonald used red as a backdrop and then punctuated the spaces with black accents. If committing to red walls sounds overwhelming, consider using red in small doses which still has a big impact.  A red door, pair of red pillows or lamps, or even painting the back of your bookcases red can add a livley finishing touch to any room….just take Dianne’s advice!


Photo by Jeff Cravotta
The Mint Museum Auxiliary and Wells Fargo Private Bank for the successful launch of the publication Oscar de la Renta: Fashion and Design at the Mint Museum at last night’s inaugural Fall EnrichMINT Forum: A Passion for Fashion. This evening was culmination of countless hours of dedicated volunteers who organized the 2011 Room to Bloom Celebration and last night’s incredible event.  Jack Alexander, the producer of the Oscar de la Renta Runway Experience, entertained guests with his candid and hilarious remarks about what it takes to pull off an extraordinary event as he did in Charlotte last spring.  100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book go directly back to the Mint Museum. Books are available at the Mint Museum Gift Shop.
The Debonair Mr. de la Renta
Photo courtesy of Oscar de la Renta, Ltd.


Kathleen V. Jameson, Ph.D, President and CEO of the Mint Museum introduces the publication with“Fashion, like art, reflects life and the world around us.  It is a universal art form that offers compelling insight into our shared passion for beauty, adornment, and identity.  And fashion, of course, draws people together.”
This was certainly the case last April where the 2011 Room to Bloom Celebration featured all things Oscar. It included a once in a lifetime fashion show with the legendary designer himself, an exhibition of locally owned Oscar gowns, and a Decorative Arts Symposium with Interior Design Icon Miles Redd, Creative Director for Oscar de la Renta Home. The limited edition book chronicles all of the events and festivities from last spring with behind the scene details, fabulous fashion shots and wonderful editorial history on Oscar, the Mint Museum and the Auxiliary. Because of the efforts of all of the incredibly talented women chairing these events and the generosity of the sponsors and guests, the Auxiliary raised a record breaking $400,000.


Miles Redd

Courtesy of Jeff Palmer

“Creativity comes from having a dream and keeping your eyes open”…This quote from Mr. de la Renta opens the book alongside one of his famous dress sketches and summarizes his aesthetic.  For more than six decades, Oscar has been creating works of art that make women feel absolutely beautiful. As Barbara Black says in her book Oscar, “The good manners, the charm, that fantastic Latin quality he focuses on you , make you feel you’ve suddenly turned into a combination of Sophia Loren and Grace Kelly.”

Photo by Jeff Cravotta

The Mint Museum’s Fashionable Dress Collection was created by the Auxiliary in 1972. The Collection includes nearly 10,000 pieces and covers three centuries of fashion history. The funds generated by the Auxiliary have touched every area of the Mint Museum’s permanent collection.

Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar


This celadon silk faille gown with pink carnation embroidery with pink silk faille ruched bolero came from the Spring 2011 Collection. This was intended to be a gift from the Mint Museum Auxiliary to the Mint’s Costume Collection in honor of the 2011 Room to Bloom Celebration and the 40th Anniversary of the Historic Costume and Fashionable Dress Collection. Mr. de la Renta generously donated this iconic dress to the Collection after his visit to the Queen City.
Dress donated by Jay Everette
in honor of The Mint Auxiliary
This red silk gown with colorful ruffle detail was from one of his collections of the 1990s. This dress is part of the Mint Museum’s Costume Collection purchased by Jay Everette in honor of the Mint Museum Auxiliary.
My lovely dates
Photo courtesy of the bartender!
Many thanks to Duke Energy for lighting the night in honor of the Fall EnrichMINT Forum: A Passion for Fashion. This will become an annual fundraising event for the Auxiliary focusing on Art Education. Stay tuned for next year!
The Duke Energy Building
illuminated in honor of the event