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Miles Redd

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For Miles Redd, designing a home is a bit like getting dressed. “There is a process to creating any successful look that involves proportion, restraint, exuberance and relationships,” he says. One look at the enchanting spaces he transforms and you can see how this is a man who knows what he speaks. As a mix-master of layering color, texture and pattern, he is known for a style that is simultaneously gawk-worthy glamorous and totally livable. Not surprisingly, he cites Diana Vreeland as his style icon. “She saw beauty and chic in such a wide range of things, and she knew how to put it together,” he says. A born Southerner, he currently resides in New York’s West Village.

One of Miles Redd's interior design musts is the use of books. "A room can never have too many books," he says. It's personal and adds great color, texture and depth to a space. The classic touches, like the column pedestal and claw foot table, are set off by the bright pink walls. And what office would be complete without a makeshift bar?

Despite his affinity for bold and eclectic décor, Redd’s personal style consists of a few streamlined classics like the Adidas Samba sneaker. “My Sambas are a part of my uniform all year round.”

A fan of Impressionism, Redd is looking forward to the Met's new show, "The Steins Collect," on view through June 3. Included in the show is Henri Matisse's "Woman with a Hat," seen here. The exhibition unites more than 200 works of art to demonstrate the significant impact the Steins'—Gertrude, Leo and Michael—patronage had on the artists of their day and the way in which the family disseminated a new standard of taste for modern art.

Redd, who's also the creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home, notes that art isn't the only thing that inspires him. “Fashion is very inspirational. I love the exotic fantasy of Oscar de la Renta," he says.

Away from the city and on vacation, Redd prefers a minimalist approach to packing.  “My weekend bag for Fire Island includes nothing but T-shirts, swimsuits, and flip- flops.” But even on vacation, Redd knows how to make a burst of color work. So it’s no surprise he has a penchant for these fuchsia Vilebrequin swim trunks.

When it comes to housekeeping, Redd admits, “Most men need help organizing!” For a perfect balance of practicality and style, Redd suggests storing loose trinkets in various trays. And you can’t beat this luxe enamel tray by Hermes. 

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