Category Archives: Miles Redd

Winter Gardens

L’esprit du jardin d’hiver is in the air, a quest for a life-affirming sanctuary in colder climes. Russian royalty dedicated palaces to Winter, as with the sixteen-hundred room Winter Palace of the Romanov’s in St. Petersberg. Emperor Nikolai I decreed that Russian artist Eduard Gau create watercolor renderings of the Winter Palace’s interior, the Russian Empire’s […]

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A Winter’s Respite

Following the embracing warmth and good cheer of the holiday season January can sometimes seem anticlimactic – a tad boring, if not completely gray, cold and depressing. Fresh from a winter’s week-long respite in Jamaica I feel rejuvenated, energized and positively upbeat. There is nothing like the tonic of the Caribbean’s blue skies and crystal […]

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Puttin’ On the Ritz

 Now if you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to, why don’t you go where fashion sits? Puttin’ on the Ritz Puttin’ on the Ritz, a turn of phrase coined by Irving Berlin in 1929 for the song of the same name, was a slang expression to indicate “dressing stylishly”, inspired by London’s […]

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Fire and Ice

Posted December 21, 2014. Filed in Miles Redd, Red and Blue, Robert Couturier

Fire and Ice By Robert Frost Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And […]

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Deck the Halls

  With Christmas fast approaching and temps plunging, for at least some, the warmth and magic of the holiday season is finding its way into our hearts and homes. From elegant penthouses with commanding views to humble cottages and barns in pastoral settings, it’s that time of year once again to extend good cheer and […]

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Traditional American Comfort

When I think of American traditions and our ideas of comfort I cannot separate those ideals from those of our country’s forefathers, the British. Invariably, English style decor figures into the dreamscape of our collective imagination when we design and build our traditional edifices, whether they be Georgian-style manors, British Colonial-style plantations, Regency-style townhouses or […]

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Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer

For me August defines “those lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer” – a tune originally made popular by Nat King Cole. As summer’s heat intensifies and the air becomes still a languid lull sets in, where it seems all one can do is sit quietly, relax and drink in the nearest quenching facility of water. The houses […]

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Great Outdoor Rooms: Verandas and Loggias

  Today’s post follows Loggia Living: My Top Three Picks. For the leading photo I’ve re-posted a loggia decorated by the late Antony Childs simply because it’s irresistibly chic. The other two loggias on my top three list – one designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber and another by Michael S. Smith – clearly conjures a common […]

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Have you booked that enviable cozy banquette set into a discreet niche in your city’s most romantic restaurant? If not, sorry Charlie, you’re too late! At this point in time you will be lucky to score a booth at Applebee’s, which in all directness won’t score the points you’re aiming for. […]

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Rural Glam

In 2003 Miles Redd was just beginning his ascension to celebrity in the world of interior design and decoration. House & Garden featured a spread in their December issue of some of the rooms he helped his sister’s in-laws, the McCain’s of Pennsylvania, decorate for Christmas. The house was built for Sue McCain’s parents in […]

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Hunt Country Style

The time-honored tradition of the hunt is in full swing, beginning as early as September, despite a 2004 law forbidding the actual killing of foxes in the UK, where it originated in the 16th-century. For true hunt masters and their servants (fellow huntsman, not personal attendants or wait staff) it is the thrill of the […]

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The Allure of Orange

Orange as a color for decorating, or sartorial considerations for that matter, doesn’t often enter my design vocabulary for whatever reason. However, autumn is my favorite of the seasons and I practically become giddy with excitement at the first sign of autumn’s golden yellows, glowing oranges, and fiery reds. The color orange radiates warmth  and […]

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