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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






Hi!  I’m back (for now)!!

There are a lot of homes and interiors that I covet, but every once in a while one will literally get stuck in my head.  If you’ve followed me on here, Instagram, or beyond, you know that Jeffrey Bilhuber is literally my all-time favorite decorator, and one of his projects is stuck, as mentioned, in my brain, especially now that we’re deep into fall.  Of course this particular home in Kent, Connecticut is lovely year-round, but something about it screams fall/winter especially.  It has the perfect blend of warm and austere, old and new, traditional and modern, and I adore it!  Below I’ve shared some images of this much-loved home from Jeffrey’s last book American Master, and some hand-selected pieces I’d add to the home throughout the season (always think about small refreshes periodically), and items to bring the look to your home this autumn.

The handsome stone exterior

One of three seating areas, this one by the fireplace, shows Bilhuber’s knack at mixing materials, and high and low elements.  Chalky plaster walls feel stark and almost modern, but pair perfectly with grey painted trim and mantle.  Warm neutral fabrics, including dark horsehair, contrast nicely with a live edge coffee table, and antique wood tables and stools.  Shearling pillows and pelts layer on the warmth even more.

throw from West Elm

Redlands coffee table from Lawson Fenning

Column lamp from Apparatus Studio

antique Swedish chairs

The seating area in the bay window calls for some lounging with a good book.  Here, more purposeful mixing with Swedish chairs making friends with bamboo ones, and Mexican drums playing the role of side table.  Jeffrey’s use of Cedric Hartman lamps inspires my addition of more modern and clean elements to old homes and interiors like this federal style house.  Hence, a good dose of New York based Apparatus Studio is a must.

Collection Particuliere chair through Lawson Fenning

A modern substitute for the traditional drum tables, a wood and marble table by Lawson Fenning.

Mongolian lamb pillow covers from West Elm

On the opposite wall from the fireplace sits the third and final seating grouping.  An icey blue chair is a pleasant surprise against all the neutrals, and its classic rolled-arm style looks fresh next to a pair of mid-century wood and leather chairs, a waterfall coffee table, and Egyptian-style stool.  Faux bamboo tables on either side of the sofa keep things light.

Another modern cocktail table option, Portal by Apparatus Studio

Modern art is so striking in an old home, and much like the Caio Fonseca in Bilhuber’s room, this bold and dimensional piece by Robert Moreland feels right at home.

More traditional rolled-arm chairs, this time skirted, look amazing in an oversized plaid.  Through Zak + Fox.

brass and milk glass Italian faux bamboo table through Lawson Fenning

Bilhuber chose a dark rug that covers almost the entire living room.  I can see layering of other rugs happening, like a white or black cowhide, and vintage or new Moroccan rugs.  Rugs (above) from West Elm.

Near the stairway, Bilhuber designed a custom tufted ottoman in an oxblood shade, another delightful color addition.

These wood Bowl sconces by Apparatus Studio wood be amazing in the family room covered in brown craft paper (not shown in this post), or the moody dining room (keep reading).

A chic round ottoman option from Lawson Fenning, covered in ice blue velvet.

painted cowhide rug by AVO, through Lawson Fenning

blankets from West Elm

The dark hued dining room is in the oldest part of the house, with a fireplace at both ends.  It’s big enough for two round tables, and perfect for Thanksgiving and other holiday gatherings.  Stay tuned for how it influenced my fall holiday table.

dinnerware from West Elm

Horsehair sconce by Apparatus Studio

Densen dining chairs by Egg Collective

Cody Hoyt ceramics filled with fall blooms by David Stark for Gardenista

The Aquidneck nightstand by Brian Paquette Interiors for Lawson Fenning could multitask as a side table, bar, bedside table as intended, or even a changing table in a chic nursery.  I love the bold wood grain, and contrasting round wood drawer pulls.

Jeffrey’s stylish Connecticut design enjoys a collection of ceramics and pottery throughout.  I’d highly suggest doing the same, with new pieces by the likes of Cody Hoyt, Ben Medansky, and Helen Levi (above).  Leave them empty, or better yet, fill them with seasonal blooms like thistle, branches of berries, or moody chocolate cosmos.



Jeffrey Bilhuber American Master from Rizzoli (search Lawson Fenning and Zak + Fox)