Atlanta-born Miles Redd is known for his high style—but always accessible—interiors. Call it cozy glamour, practical fantasy, Now, with The Big Book of Chic, he showcases some of his fabulous projects (including his own Manhattan townhouse) as well as the images that fuel his imagination drives him (a Sargent painting, a perfect fauteuil).
We love that it’s not “how-to” in the traditional sense—there’s no text, just glorious image after glorious image . It’s “how-to” of the most aspirational kind. Most of the photos were shot by the uber talented Paul Costello and they transport you straight into Redd’s world with its fearless color, shiny surfaces, faux finishes, and couture-like curtains. Whether it’s a padded leather door with brass nailheads or a trompe l’oeil window valence, Redd’s touches are always surprisingly spot-on. So is his excellent advice. Among his rules to live by are “Align yourself with the best people and then absorb everything you can from them” and “Say yes when you’re young and no when you’re old.” There’s also “Preserve great beauty with good sense.” The Big Book of Chic is a perfect example of how do just that.
Pictured Above, from left: Miles himself, Square Garden Stool, Wendi Schneider’s Peacock print, Red Canvas Tote Bag, Interiors from The Big Book of Chic, Marbleized Waste Basket, Prussian Blue Lamp by Christopher Spitzmiller, Set of three books “Chic History” by Nancy Mitford