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Brian Edward Millett

Where all things beautiful collide

The things I loved this past week are just as random as always…I hope you get inspired by some of them if not all!!

a desk with a view

A desk facing a large picture window features a Christopher Spitzmiller lamp and lady slipper orchid.

room by Todd Alexander Romano

1.  I’ve been a fan of interior designer Todd Alexander Romano for quite sometime, ever since I saw his personal retreat featured in a design magazine.  He lives in a chic hotel!  The photos above are of one of his sophisticated projects.  I love the more formal furnishings within what appears to be a mid-century apartment.  The high-gloss brown walls and geometric patterned rug are my favorite elements, not to mention the lovely writing area.  Can we all please try to start-up the art of correspondence again?…not just the email variety.  www.toddalexanderromano.com

Dries van Noten spring 2011
Dries van Noten
suit by Dries van Noten

2.  I’m obsessed with the entire menswear collection by Dries van Noten.  I always love his creative use of color and pattern, and the mix of the two together.  www.driesvannoten.be

3.  A new favorite place for coffee here in Seattle, Bauhaus Coffee and Books.  I love my hot mocha or latte in a pint glass!

cameo rings
cameo bracelet
leather cuff with tortoise framed cameo

4.  Cameo jewelry as one of my week’s inspirations?!  Yes!!  The jewelry isn’t just for Grandma.  When a classic cameo is added to a leather cuff, suddenly a Victorian treasure steps into 2011.  Remember Sarah Jessica Parker wearing one on a black ribbon with a black Chanel dress and camellia in her hair a few years back?  The other cameos shown are made from a more unusual stone…lava.  Check out www.vivre.com for more of the leather-cuffed variety.

 
5.  A lazy Sunday!
pocket squares by Tom Ford
pocket square by Tom Ford

6.  A little Tom Ford can be all you need to look completely polished.  A lot of Tom Ford isn’t bad either!  Choose your favorite patterned pocket square and add it to the jacket of your suit, or a jacket with jeans for a dapper day off look.  www.tomford.com  

hellebores

7.  My favorite flower without question is the hellebore.  It’s the flower that bridges the gap between winter and spring.  I adore the interesting palette of white, greens, and moody mauves they come in.

Jed Johnson fabric
Jed Johnson fabric
Jed Johnson fabric
room by Jeffrey Bilhuber

8.  A designer and his dynamic fabric designs have been on my mind a lot.  The late Jed Johnson created legendary interiors, furniture and fabrics until his death on the TWA flight that exploded off of Long Island in 1996.  Once the partner of Andy Warhol and at the time of his death, architect  Alan Wanzenberg, the talented designer left his mark on the design world.  His vision continues through his design firm that still operates today.  www.jedjohnson.com  Another designer, Jeffrey Bilhuber, used one of his prints on a custom sofa with fringe.  I love an all-over print on a large upholstered piece if it’s an amazing one like this one.

9.  The window display here at J. Crew that features one wall of The New York Times rolled up and arranged in an exciting pattern, and another with simple white coffee mugs hanging.  Oh, New York (in Seattle)!

Rihanna in Chloe
Rihanna in Lanvin

10.  Photographer Annie Leibovitz, who I haven’t seen much of in the pages of Vogue, captured the energy of pop singer and fashion icon Rihanna perfectly.  I have been on the fence about her fire red hair, but now love it!  The lace Chanel dress she wore on the April 2011 cover was beautiful, but the mesh gown by Chloe, and ethereal Lanvin dress on the beach were my favorite looks.  www.vogue.com

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