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Hanukkah started two nights ago, and Christmas Eve is just ten nights away.  Is your home decked out for the holidays, presents bought, and holiday entertaining plans made?  No??  Well, my home is feeling festive, but no gifts wrapped (or purchased) yet, and very loose party plans made so far.  I’m just trying to enjoy the season, although it’s freezing right now, so staying warm is a huge priority.  If you’re still in need of some decorating, party look, and gift ideas, than look no further!  I have plenty of ideas to share here and on my Tumblr (www.brianedwardmillett.tumblr.com).  I know this post isn’t so much about setting the table as the title insists, but that’s what I’ve been calling these posts for a few years now.  That’s the traditionalist in me.

I’m all about a non-traditional palette though of blush, gold, copper, silver, and even a little grey.  These hues really shine in a new set of tiny ornaments I picked up a few weeks ago, and a variety of huge metallic painted pine cones I scored.  I also have an obsession with reproduction Kugel ornaments found in a local shop, and plan on buying a few every year.

As far as dressing for the season, I’m still in love with damasks and jacquards in soft tones, which can also be brought home in the form of pillows and table linens.  Sequins and sparkle, and sweaters and shearling are also ideal for this time of year.  More on this shortly.

Lastly, the main theme to continue to inspire me this time of year are woodland influences; faux bois, wood grain prints, and real plants and such from the woods like moss, evergreen boughs, and certain varieties of flowers like orchids.

My mix of elements can easily be tweaked to fit you, with a number of color combinations, like pale blue and silver for Hanukkah, being just as pretty.  Just have fun, and keep layering throughout the season.  The holidays don’t have to happen in a day.  I’m still planning on buying some fresh greens, and amaryllis bulbs this weekend.  Stay tuned on my Instagram for more on that! (@brianedwardmillett)

Happy Holidays!!

Putnam & Putnam for Martha Stewart Living, December 2016

J.Crew sequin dress

Emily Thompson flowers

Terre Melee dinnerware

wood grain gift wrap in the prettiest palette via Martha Stewart

Louis Vuitton f/w 2017

Lady Slipper orchids planted in a faux bois container at Martha Stewart’s house in Maine, “Skylands”, via Martha Stewart Living

pillows by Cosmos Textiles NYC

faux bois and my favorite orchids via Martha Stewart Living

Perfect holiday accessories from Louis Vuitton f/w 2017

My new favorite ornaments from a local shop called Hyde & Seek

Putnam & Putnam for Martha Stewart Living, December 2016

3.1 Phillip Lim holiday 2017

Kugel ornaments via Martha Stewart Living

3.1 Phillip Lim holiday 2017

Putnam & Putnam

 

SOURCES:

http://www.marthastewart.com

http://www.putnamflowers.com

http://www.jcrew.com

http://www.emilythompsonflowers.com

http://www.vogue.com

http://www.louisvuitton.com

http://www.cosmos-nyc.com

http://www.31philliplim.com

 

 

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I’m never one to be chained down to tradition, and that’s definitely true when it comes to setting a table for my favorite holiday Thanksgiving.  Although there’s a huge sense of fall, it’s far from your typical table with a cornucopia and turkey paraphernalia.  For me autumn announces itself through the color palette, and with its bounty in flowers, fruits, and vegetables.  I’m creating a table centerpiece next week that will include all of those things in a color palette to be determined when I shop my favorite flower shop and farmers’ market; I had my eye on some black radishes last Saturday.  This fall I’m loving colors ranging from bright golds, dusty pinks and peach, to deep reds and rust.  Below is just a little bit of what’s inspiring me for my table next week, well, my sister’s table to be precise.  I’ve even included some ideas for what to wear; i.e. menswear plaids and velvet in strong, but simple shapes.

Tons more inspiration on my Tumblr: http://www.brianedwardmillett.tumblr.com

David Stark for Vogue

Zara

Wedgwood via Vogue 

A little autumn styling I did awhile back.

Sferra linens

Altuzarra f/w 2017

Athena Calderone’s (Eyeswoon) book launch dinner, featuring flowers and other seasonal produce by Fox Fodder Farm, had a huge influence on my fall table.  I especially love the silver Georg Jensen pieces filled with pears and berry branches.

photo by Sarah Elliott

Helen Levi for DVF

Ami f/w 2017

Julianne Moore’s eat-in kitchen in her New York townhouse would be the perfect place for a Thanksgiving gathering.  I picture big mismatched ceramic bowls filled with food, and seasonal blooms arranged simply.

via Architectural Digest

After purchasing some new dinnerware pieces from West Elm, I styled this little moment on my Moroccan rug, with some seasonal berries, thistle, and crystals and minerals to complete the moody fall look.

Dries Van Noten f/w 2017

Bryan Rafanelli for Vogue

Stella McCartney f/w 2017

Putnam & Putnam

 

SOURCES:

http://www.davidstarkdesign.com

http://www.vogue.com

http://www.zara.com

http://www.wedgwood.com

http://www.sferra.com

http://www.eyeswoon.com

http://www.foxfodderfarm.com

http://www.georgjensen.com

http://www.helenlevi.com

http://www.dvf.com

http://www.architecturaldigest.com

http://www.westelm.com

http://www.rafanellievents.com

http://www.putnamflowers.com

 

 

 

Happy Earth Day!  In honor of this day to remember the beauty of this planet we share, and more importantly how to keep it beautiful, I just wanted to share some plantspiration.  My fave florist Putnam & Putnam collaborated with West Elm earlier in the season for a couple of their catalogs, putting Putnam’s expertise in all things flowers and plants to good use, sharing their take on the terrarium.  West Elm is a longtime lover of the terrarium, as seen in various posts on their blog Front + Main.  They’re really so simple to make, and can be as simple as a single lady slipper orchid surrounded by moss, or a cactus planted in layers of varying shades of sand.  Spend your earth day creating terrariums for yourself, or better yet, spread the joy and make some for all your friends and family to keep the earth green and beautiful!

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

via West Elm

via West Elm

via Front + Main

via Front + Main

via Front + Main

via Front + Main

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Happy Friday!  I couldn’t think of any better way to end the week than by book ending it with more amazing ceramics.  A long time favorite of mine, I first heard of ceramicist/florist/gardener Frances Palmer on Martha Stewart Living (back when Martha filmed it at Turkey Hill).  I’ve stayed a fan ever since, and to no surprise I’ve seen her start a collaboration with my favorite florist Putnam & Putnam, and have watched it grow stronger and stronger, most recently with a dinner at the Wythe hotel, featuring her pottery and their flowers.  Both of their Instagrams are among my most looked at.  They’re both so inspiring, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to bring Putnam’s flowers and Palmer’s pieces home.  Search no further than her website, Terrain, or Putnam’s 5th Ave. shop for the total package.

Frances Palmer via Instagram @francespalmer

Frances Palmer via Instagram @francespalmer

Frances Palmer via Instagram @francespalmer

Frances Palmer via Instagram @francespalmer

Putnam & Putnam x Frances Palmer

Putnam & Putnam x Frances Palmer

Frances Palmer vases from Terrain

Frances Palmer vases from Terrain

Frances Palmer via Instagram @francespalmer

Frances Palmer via Instagram @francespalmer

Frances Palmer

Frances Palmer

Frances Palmer

Frances Palmer

Frances Palmer

Frances Palmer

Frances Palmer

Frances Palmer

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It’s always interesting when my inspiration aligns with other creatives, and it makes me feel like I actually know what I’m talking about! Ha.  One of those points of current inspiration making its way through fashion, etc. is the work of legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.  I’ve been particularly enthralled with his photos of flowers, but it’s all so good!  From his portraits of musician and former roommate Patti Smith, his photographic dialogue about sex in a beautifully honest way, and of course his contribution to fashion.  I will be inspired by Robert’s work well beyond today, and hope he inspires you indefinitely too.

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Patti Smith by Robert Mapplethorpe

Patti Smith by Robert Mapplethorpe

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Although fall is by far my favorite season for fashion, and design in general, I have been so inspired for this spring!  A big part of that inspiration has been on my mind since last September when I first saw my favorite collection at New York fashion week, Calvin Klein Collection.  Creative Director Francisco Costa sent models down the runway in looks that combined elements of hard and soft.  Silk, leather, sequins, chain details, skater shoes, and my favorite part of all, stunning surrealist floral prints.  I’ve literally been thinking of these looks for six months, and I’ve been imagining how perfect that inspiration flows into the home.  Enter the ever-inspiring floral creations of Putnam & Putnam, a dose of Apparatus studio, and floral Belgian linen from one of my favorite stores, West Elm.  I’ll let the images speak more for themselves, but I’ve been so inspired by the spring Calvin Klein collection that there are more parts to this series.  Stay tuned!

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016 editorial

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016 editorial

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Belgian linen bedding from West Elm

Belgian linen bedding from West Elm

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam, Brides magazine

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Belgian linen curtains from West Elm

Belgian linen curtains from West Elm

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus x Putnam & Putnam

Apparatus x Putnam & Putnam via Instagram

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Offset print from West Elm

Offset for West Elm print

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

via Lonny magazine

via Lonny magazine

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

via Instagram @apparatusstudio

via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam

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I’m a little late with this, but Easter really snuck up on me!  If you’ve been following me, you know I love to set a pretty table whenever possible, but especially for the holidays.  Easter isn’t really a religious holiday for me, but more of a celebration of spring and everything waking up from its winter slumber.  My thoughts for this table would work for really any spring event you have going on, from the end of Passover to Mother’s Day in May.  One thing I’m really inspired by are natural colored eggs, and all the different varieties, so that might be the one thing you can add or subtract depending on the celebration.  For the rest of my table, I’m picturing wrinkled and creased white and pale peachy pink Belgian linens, dinnerware and bud vases by ceramicist Christiane Perrochon, bowls of those eggs in various subtle hues, and a variety of food, some served on big slabs of pink salt.  Simple and modern.  Of course, like always, I’m inspired by flower arrangements by Putnam & Putnam, and you know how blooms are a must for me on any table.  A lot of this post is really just spring inspiration more than anything, like the color palette of ceramics by Knotwork, to artwork by Still (Mary Jo Hoffman).  I’m so excited for spring to finally be here, and hope you are as inspired as me for the season!

egg cloche

egg cloche

palette inspiration

palette inspiration

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam

Christiane Perrochon dinnerware

Christiane Perrochon dinnerware

via Eyeswoon

via Eyeswoon

Looks Like White dinnerware from Food52

Looks Like White dinnerware from Food52

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam

Knotwork LA

Knotwork LA

Christiane Perrochon bud vases

Christiane Perrochon bud vases

pink salt plate from Williams-Sonoma

pink salt plate from Williams-Sonoma

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam

stone eggs from West Elm

stone eggs from West Elm

Still acrylic wall art from West Elm

Still acrylic wall art from West Elm

egg inspiration

egg inspiration

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam

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