Red Hot Habitat

June 29, 2009

Vermillion, carmine, cinnabar, ruby, brick or crimson…any shade of red is one of the hottest colors you can use in an interior.  Red is associated with power, energy, strength and determination and in some cultures it denotes purity, joy and celebration.  In China, it is the color of happiness and prosperity.  For interiors, use bold reds that pop against a neutral background – using it as an accent in some rooms for just the right spark or make it the dominant color for a sense of drama.  Get passionate about your home and give it the “VIP red carpet” treatment.  You’ll find yourself in love with your interiors once again.

A red ottoman and a couple of red pillows are all this room needs to turn up the heat.

A red ottoman and a couple of red pillows are all this neutral family room needs to turn up the heat.

The dining room chairs add the right amount of drama without being over-the-top.  Notice the red trim in the rug and red accents in the rug - they complement and do not compete with the boldness of the chairs.

The dining room chairs add the right amount of drama without being over-the-top. Notice the red trim in the curtains and red accents in the rug - they complement and do not compete with the boldness of the chairs.

This breakfast nook is a vibrant place to wake-up and begin the day.

This breakfast nook is a vibrant place to wake-up and begin the day.

A few red Asian accents to bring on happy dreams.

A few Asian-inspired accents in red to bring on happy dreams.

The chairs pull out the red from the original art over the mantel.

The chairs pull out the red from the original art over the mantel.

Making a Splash

June 19, 2009

We had a photo shoot for the second in our series entitled “Interiors for Every Taste.”  The images depict our philosophy that design should reflect the style, taste and personalities of our clients.  Each features a different design “taste.”  The one we were setting up on this particular day will appear in the August issue of Gentry Magazine.  We decided to show an outdoor interior since that’s where most of us want to be during the sunny summer months.

Dean Biryini photographed the final vignette.

Dean Biryini photographed the final vignette.

Work in progress.

Work in progress.

Just a small part of this home's outdoor interiors.

Just a small part of this home's outdoor interiors.

After this sneak peek, can you guess what the headline will be?

Do you favor a particular design style or do you like the combination platter featuring a mix of tasty styles?  Whatever your preference, the Miller Design Co. designers are connoisseurs at creating spaces that will appeal to every design gourmet.  Our latest ad highlights a very modern morsel – a minimalist European style kitchen for a modern villa.  We asked Gabby Feuersinger of Cake Coquette to design a Mondrian-style cake for the shot and Bloomingdale’s Stanford provided the crystal.

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What’s your taste preference when it comes to the design of your home?

Shanghai Surprise

June 5, 2009

Bob Miller just returned from Shanghai where he is putting the finishing touches on a second home for a Silicon Valley executive and his family.  He has been collaborating with architect, Andrew Lo, on this 5,000 square foot condominium for over a year.  This home is a study in exciting textures, colors and strong geometric architectural details.

Let us whet your visual appetite with a preview of delightful compositions.

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