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Brian Edward Millett

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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 (  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






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:

David Stark for Vogue


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