Mix It Up: House Beautiful

Interesting, chic – and unique!

Don’t be afraid to try something new in your home spaces.

 It’s surprising how different styles, objects, art and furnishings can come together to form a beautiful and harmonious union.

Today- an eclectic mix of art and interiors to inspire you.

Lush Lilac: Relaxed, rustic textures (a natural-fiber rug, distressed wood), gorgeous gilding (an antique mirror), and classic patterns (ticking-stripe wallpaper), a purple patterned chair becomes an integral part of a stylish whole.

Photography: Laura Gordon

Fred Tomaselli (American, b. 1956), Joshua Tree Wilderness, 1994.
Acrylic, aspirin, colored pencil and resin on wood panel, 24 x 24 in.

White vases designed by Constance Spry
Claude Michel (called Clodion, French, 1738–1814), Satyr and Nymph, 1780, Terracotta

Blush pink-painted iron chairs with a classic trestle table, all grounded by global-inspired outdoor rugs.

Kees van Dongen (Dutch, 1877-1968), Femme en buste les mains jointes, la Parisienne [Bust of a woman with clasped hands – the Parisienne].
Oil on canvas, 55 x 46 cm.

The Roman apartment of Peter Benson Miller’s, an art historian and curator.

 An upholstered sofa in linen block-printed with pomegranates and vines.
Over the doorways, a pair of mosque shields found in the Anatolia region of Turkey.

Interior designer Michelle Smith’s Union Square apartment, NYC
– antique settee at the foot of the bed

Atableful of objects—a French plaster cast of the foot of the Apollo Belvedere, Neapolitan pinecones made of terracotta, and a papier-mâché alligator wearing an emerald necklace.
Conrad Felixmüller (German, 1897-1977), Portrait of the painter Alois Erbach, 1920.
Oil on canvas, 78 x 75 cm.

A 1990s lithograph by American artist Robert Longo leans behind another assemblage of white vessels.
“When you put art on the wall and it becomes definitive, you stop looking at it. 
I like things to move around and let them yell at me.”
— Peter Benson Miller
Gerhard Richter (German, b. 1932), Abstraktes Bild (682-4), 1988.
Oil on canvas, 72.5 x 62.2 cm.

A Venetian bed in the library is perfect for guests in a pinch. Over the bed is a work by Daniela Edburg, which goes beautifully with the embroidered poppies on the pillows.


“I like to find that intersection between punk and good taste.”
— Peter Benson Miller

The Roman apartment of Peter Benson Miller’s, an art historian and curator.


Photography: Laura Gordon

Interior designer Michelle Smith’s Union Square apartment, NYC

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