Interior designer to the stars Miles Redd is known for his quirky brand of cozy glamour.
He utilizes a strong sense of color and fantasy, he says, "taking traditional interiors and making them feel fresh and contemporary.''
He honed his skills working with home furnishings and antique collector-dealer John Rosselli and his interior designer wife, Bunny Williams. He launched his own decorating firm in 1998, was creative director for Oscar de la Renta Home from 2003 to 2013, and has been named several times to the AD100 list and Elle Decor A-List.
Here's a preview of the decorating inspiration he'll share at the Lauritzen Gardens Antiques Show in September.
Q. You've won many awards. What are you most proud of for your career?
A. Making some beautiful homes and happy clients, and making some product that has excited the design world has probably been the most rewarding part of the job.
Q. Do you follow interior design trends or chart your own path?
A. I really don’t pay attention to trends. I just listen to my inner voice and always go with what feels right in my gut.
Q. You're a fan of zebra prints. Why?
A. I do love zebra. It is the most graphic thing in nature.
Q. How would you approach a job in Omaha as compared to NYC? Would there be a difference?
A. The different thing in each project is the person I am decorating for. Their personal likes and dislikes are the guiding force.
Q. Where do you look for inspiration?
A. In everything really, but my peers, fashion, the past and the present. I am a great believer if you borrow from a lot of sources, it is research.
Q. Any interior design no-nos?
A. The most common mistakes I see are in paint application and wallpaper application. Knowing when to paint the trim the same color as the walls, when to wallpaper a ceiling and soffit. Those kinds of things.
Q. For someone on a limited budget, what would be the biggest bang for their buck?
A. I always say plan your budget and buy one good thing. It will bring the quality of everything up in the room. A great mirror and a great piece of art can do a lot for a space.