Mieke ten Have is a style editor at ELLE DECOR Magazine, a Manhattan native, a lover of stationary, a collector of jasperware and so much more. We were thrilled to catch up with Mieke as she shopped Taigan for a few of her favorite finds…
Not a day goes by that I don’t eat cheese—and these are three of my favorites. Being Dutch, I always have an aged Gouda in the house. Cypress Grove makes some of my favorite chevre—including “truffle tremor”. And any form of blue if quite frankly indispensable. I cook with it all the time.
Elizabeth Locke’s jewelry is exquisite– I have always had a penchant for intaglios and Roman coins. This onyx piece is particularly striking and reminds me of a Roman coin I bought in Jordan that I had mounted in hammered gold. I wear it nearly every day.
On a recent trip to New Orleans, my boyfriend and I stumbled upon Ann Koerner’s shop and fell in love with it. She has an impeccable eye—I am still dreaming of a folding screen in her store which she had covered in an Adelphi wallpaper. In my opinion, John Derian and Astier de Villatte’s collaboration is a match made in heaven. I love the variations, color, and chaos in marbleizing—it is something I never tire of.
Monogrammed napkins remind me of my grandmother and my mother—I love entertaining the old fashioned way. It is a simple indulgence but it can really elevate the tone of a party.
Lily of the Valley is one of my favorite flowers—this porcelain variation would make me happy year round.
Decadence in decay is a source of endless fascination for me—I find the juxtaposition intriguing and beautiful. Richard Sexton’s photograph of an abandoned plantation demonstrates that very tension I find so compelling.
Details matter—right down to the wastebasket.
I am a stationery—and paper—devotee. The Printery in Oyster Bay hand engraves their papers the traditional way. Nothing beats a hand written note on beautiful paper. Moreover, it is important to support a craft assailed by the online world.
I come from a long line of New Englanders on my mother’s side, so I have a particular interest in early American furniture in my blood. This Windsor settee reproduction is exquisite– and the simplicity of its design, though hundreds of years old, seems very modern to me. That is the mark of design at its best.
This handsome leash would look perfect on Hank, our corgi border collie mix. I am always drawn to gold hardware– I think it enhances browns and dramatizes black.
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Photo of Mieke ten Have: Katie Fischer