DROP DEAD CHIC: THE BIG BOOK OF CHIC FROM MILES REDD

by Marisa Marcantonio

Lush, luxe and lavish are just a few words that describe the sophisticated drop-dead-chic interiors Miles Redd creates.  To have all things  Redd captured in one book is pure heaven. To me, Redd's work is some of the most exciting out there today. With exuberant color choices, beautiful classic upholstery pieces, bouncingly reflective lacquer finishes, and geo painted and marble floors, his interiors radiate glamour. In Assouline's The Big Book of Chic, the new tome from Redd, favorite quotations and glam inspirations of the past are captured alongside his striking interiors. Primary colors abound, and his use of  red, yellow and cobalt blue will have you smitten.  By the end of the book, you will want to redo everything in turquoise and red, or any one of his amazing color pairings. Channeling his lifestyle and a sense of grandeur,  readers get a peek into his world.  From his love of the rich colors used in John Singer Sargent paintings and gutsy antiques to the grande dames of yore, the inspired vision he has created comes to life on the pages of this book. 

Photos courtesy of Assouline

Photo courtesy of Assouline

At his book launch party, Redd turns out in a snappy coral blazer.

 A wood paneled country living room with two distinct seating areas that mix lush blue velvet and pale striped upholstery, bold artwork and pops of red.

A gracious entry of a New York apartment with high gloss cobalt blue walls, red upholstered leather door and black and white marble floor.  If any project screams MR, this is it.

 A Redd signature, the silk ruffled-edge curtain, resembles a taffeta ballskirt.  Aqua, turquoise, magenta and yellow come together in a sunny sitting room.

 Another area of the room plays up the yellow and turq to dazzling effect

A loden green velvet sofa is a thing of beauty. Paired with lipstick red walls, a great art collection and a killer Venetian mirror in a library, the stage is set to relax with a drink.

Love! A dutch door painted high gloss taxi cab yellow on the outside, Prussian blue on the inside, leads into a country entrance hall with a dark console, glossy black bamboo  chairs with multi ikat cushions and antique rug.

Red acts as the guiding force in a living room with matching mirrored niches holding Asian paintings. A tree of life print on cozy bridgewater chairs and zebra covered black x-benches play off a stunning antique rug.

CHIC SEASIDE 4th OF JULY

by Marisa Marcantonio

Are you ready for the 4th of July? Or are you feeling like it just snuck up on you like ever holiday seems to? Get ready for some fun in the sun, with some beach reads, red white and blue wardrobe additions and entertaining basics that will carry over from year to year. Because after all, this classic color combo is going nowhere fast.

Photo courtesy of Assouline

Photographer Claiborn Swanson Frank's new book American Beauty by Assouline  captures accomplished women in their natural habitats.  With a distinctly American point of view, her photographs tell their design stories with a mix of glamour grounded in realness. 

Photo courtesy of West Elm

Melamine plates are a great basic to have on hand for summer entertaining. Schooner Melamine Plates from West Elm has old school summer idyl charm.

Photo courtesy of West Elm

Serve seafood on this cute stripey fish platter by designer John Newdigate for West Elm.

Photo courtesy of C. Wonder

Make sure your holiday guests don't leave rings on your Oomph tables! Nautical Paper Coasters, set of 12 C. Wonder.

Photo courtesy of J. Faukner

Send cute thank you notes for your hostess gifts like these Nautical Lifesaver Thank you's from J. Faukner.

Photo courtesy of C. Wonder

Need a cheap and cheerful hostess gift to give in a pinch? Try this Anchor Decorative Plate from C. Wonder. The classic anchor and striped border are ship shape.

Photo courtesy of Clare Vivier

Having just visited her all-white Silverlake shop, I was instantly taken with this Clare Vivier racing stripe pochette. A great carry-along or addition to a stuffed market tote.

 Photo courtesy of Rikshaw Designs

Block printed in India, Rickshaw Designs Classic Kurta goes from beachside to barside.

 Photo courtesy of J. Crew

Take to the waves in style with this crisp navy and white Anchor Bathing Suit from J. Crew.

Photo courtesy of J. Crew

Guys, here are some J. Crew stylin' shorts to wear to Docktails, a new expression I learned for dockside cocktails. Yup, you heard it here.

 Photo courtesy of MZ Wallace

Tote it all with MZ Wallace's manageable stripey red and white tote.