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Brian Edward Millett

Where all things beautiful collide

I started this series last spring with the intention of inspiring you all to make the most out of every season at home, and although I often talk about very high-end topics, I also like to throw a good dose of reality (for myself, mostly) into the mix by sharing some of the spaces inspiring me at the moment, how you too can draw inspiration from them, and what key things to add to your home from some of my favorite “big box” retailers.  As I’ve mentioned before, I work in visual at West Elm, so you’ll notice my list is heavy on their goods (they have really great stuff!), but I also love plenty of other things from some of West Elm’s friends and family.  If you look back at 10 Ways to Bring Spring Home, you may notice some crossover in the 10 musts I recommend for fall, because some things are just THAT important!  Fall is in full force, so go out and get some great new things, or look and see what you have around you already to really make your house a home for the season…and make sure to build plenty of fires if you can!

Markham Roberts

Markham Roberts

This room screams, very quietly though, to get in from the cold and enjoy a nice dinner and even nicer bourbon!  Those black glossy walls and patterned wood floor are beyond chic, and the choice of art and objects is spot on.  Imagine this room at night with those hurricanes aglow with candlelight.

Sferra linens

Sferra linens

1.  A Table Ready for Entertaining:  While we’re on the starting topic of a dining room with that glorious room by Markham Roberts, and with only a billion holiday events ahead of us, let’s get that tabletop good to go!  Starting with basic but not boring linens is a great place.  Are you a tablecloth or placemat person?  Well can I recommend trying placemats if you haven’t already?  It feels a little more modern, and there are so many great ones, from linen, to wood, to cork.  Have fun with the napkins too, and go for contrast from the other linens, like pattern on solid.  Just add your favorite china, glassware, and flatware, and you’re ready to eat!

www.sferra.com

gold cocktail forks and spoons from West Elm

gold cocktail forks and spoons from West Elm

Speaking of flatware…can we say gold please?!

mercury hurricanes from World Market

mercury hurricanes from World Market

1.  (cont’d) Containers for the season’s blooms:  As part of the tabletop regime, make sure and have some pretty vessels for candles, and whatever blooms you find, or more unusual things like snowberries or thistle.  Take inspiration from Markham’s design, above, and have glass (or mercury) hurricanes, and some frosty celadon pottery.

Celadon vase from West Elm

Celadon vase from West Elm

vase from West Elm

vase from West Elm

With or without flowers, I’m obsessed with the gem-like vases at West Elm!

Markham Roberts

Markham Roberts

Another amazing dining room by Roberts.  That print on the walls, with contrasting stripe on the floor, and aubergine velvet chairs is all so delicious!

Ombre rugs from West Elm

Ombre rugs from West Elm

2.  Rugs, rugs, rugs:  Whether it’s a stripe like Roberts used, or more traditional style, have fun with the rugs you use.  I love bare floors in the summer, but now is the time for a comfortable warm surface for the tootsies.  Markham used another rug below in a different pattern that is a bit more neutral to play well with that shapely chaise lounge and rich red on the inside of the bookshelves.

Markham Roberts

Markham Roberts

Bolu rug from West Elm

Bolu rug from West Elm

Markham Roberts

Markham Roberts

3.  A flexible space:  I like this room for many reasons, one of which is the multiple seating areas and perfect void of space between them.  I know we don’t all have gigantic rooms, but play around with your furniture arrangements.  Pull things away from the walls; create cozy moments in corners with a chair and a table; make your space ready for a crowd or for just you!

Stella McCartney coat

Stella McCartney coat

ottoman from World Market

ottoman from World Market

Ottomans are great for giving a room multiple hats.  Add a tray for drinks or just put your feet up.  This plaid reminds me of some of my favorite fall fashion looks from Stella McCartney and Céline, and this ottoman from World Market is such a steal that you can afford to add the pattern if only for a couple of months.

channeling fashion's plaid

channeling fashion’s plaid

Thai trays from West Elm

Thai trays from West Elm

4.  Ready to Serve:  For that ottoman or just to carry around at a party with some little bites and sips, great serving pieces like trays, platters, and the such are a holiday entertaining must!

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

5.  Exotic objects:  This time of year I’m drawn to things that feel a little more wordly, and maybe less expected for the season, like white coral, mother of pearl boxes, tortoise shell, shagreen, and other textures and materials.  Add a couple special new pieces, or bring things out from your rotating collection for the coffee table.

Eduardo Garza

Eduardo Garza

Eduardo Garza for West Elm

Eduardo Garza for West Elm

www.eduardogarza.com

Chinese brush from Williams-Sonoma Home

Chinese brush from Williams-Sonoma Home

Albert Hadley

Albert Hadley

6.  Great lighting:  This room by Albert Hadley illustrates a lot of things, like, well CHIC!!  This is also a perfect entertaining room, with a piano, seating for a conversation, or an energized game of Gin Rummy.  There’s also great lighting found in an interesting assortment, from table to floor, modern to traditional.

floor lamp from Restoration Hardware

floor lamp from Restoration Hardware

www.restorationhardware.com

Industrial Task lamp from West Elm

Industrial Task lamp from West Elm

7.  Brass:  I’ve been mad for gold and brass for quite awhile, but now is an even better time to bring the color, or finish home.  I prefer a matte look, but mix it up with sheen.  Fill a mantle with nothing but brass candlesticks in different heights, even without candles, and you’re done decorating there for a while.

Kevin Isbell

Kevin Isbell

8.  Mirrors, mirrors, mirrors:  Fall and winter are definitely gloomier times with less light, so think of ways to reflect it more.  Mirrors are a perfect and stylish solution.  Glossy surfaces like walls and ceilings, and even furniture will add some great brightness too.

mirror from Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn mirror

www.potterybarn.com

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

mirror from Jonathan Adler

mirror from Jonathan Adler

More brass!

www.jonathanadler.com

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

9.  Potted Plants:  In Fall Flowers: Part II, I talked about relying more on plants and other flower substitutes over fresh blooms, although do both if you can.  I’ll say it again here, fill your home with orchids, begonias, and other pretty potted plants to keep things feeling fresh and vibrant!

bed from Anthropologie

bed from Anthropologie

www.anthropologie.com

bedding from Williams-Sonoma Home

bedding from Williams-Sonoma Home

10.  Layered bedding:  I’m not suggesting you buy an all new bed, although I love the one above, but instead focus on layering up your bedding.  Start with a great sheets.  I have a super thin grey and white pinstripe that I will be layering a bigger striped duvet on top of that I just bought.  Add a solid textural quilt between your sheets and duvet, and then maybe even a great blanket at the end, like the Faribault Woolen Mills one I also just bought, or a faux fur one.  Get cozy!

www.wshome.com

Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer

Bonus: Green

Parsons desk from West Elm

Parsons desk from West Elm

Green is a seasonless color and as designer Tom Scheerer says, “You can add green to any scheme. There’s always going to be a plant or flowers, so you might as well put some other green in there to talk to them.”  As he did with two great green lamps in a living room, above.  Emerald is the color of 2013 if I haven’t said it enough!

Agate boxes from West Elm

Agate boxes from West Elm

chair from World Market

chair from World Market

Whatever you do this fall to freshen things up, big or small, a little really does go a long way, and I hope I’ve given plenty of food for thought!

Best,

Brian Edward Millett-The Man of Style

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