Ken Kehoe & Company Expands showroom

Ken Kehoe & Company expanded its Houston showroom, and celebrated with cocktails and guests in February. The expansion tripled the size of the previous store and debuted Kehoe’s own Signature furniture collection. We at MILIEU congratulate Ken Kehoe & Company and wish them continued success.

Photography by Priscilla Dickson


Fabrics and trims come together in a new way.

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This story appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of MILIEU.


Discover beautiful architecture and inspiring color with this spring’s new book releases.

New York Transformed: The Architecture of Cross & Cross
(Monacelli Press; $60)
By Peter Pennoyer and Anne Walker; Foreword by Robert A.M. Stern
Release date: March 18, 2014

 There are many buildings in Manhattan that vie for that unofficial title of being the city’s “crowning glory.” But the one skyscraper that wears a true sculptural crown and merits that royal distinction is that of the GE Building (when completed in 1931, it was known as the RCA Victor Building). The slender, fifty-story art deco structure was one of the many commercial buildings and residences in New York designed by the architectural firm of Cross & Cross, whose work still defines much of the cityscape. Architect Peter Pennoyer and architectural historian Anne Walker’s history of the firm reveals not only the architecture they created, but also the social changes that resulted from their work.


Designs for Living: Houses by Robert A.M. Stern Architects
(Monacelli Press; $75)
Roger H. Seifter, Randy L. Correll, Grant F. Marani, and Gary L. Brewer
Release date: May 6, 2014

Often, a notable structure might be cited as having been designed by a certain architect—a famous name, perhaps, such as the prolific Robert A.M. Stern. But as this book proves, behind every great and famous architect is a team of other architects, who often work as the metaphorical building blocks for the firm, designing complete buildings for which they rarely get the full credit they deserve. At last. The fifteen houses that are featured in this volume are some of the most notable residential designs to come from the office of Robert Stern, yet none of them are actually by him. Rather, his four principals (Roger H. Seifter, Randy M. Correll, Grant F. Marani, and Gary L. Brewer) are responsible for their design. This book opens the homes to readers to see how much talent works alongside the firm’s eminently talented namesake.


Kentucky: Historic Houses and Horse Farms of Bluegrass Country
(Monacelli Press; $60)
Photographs by Pieter Estersohn
Release date: May 27, 2014

Some of Kentucky’s most inspiring architectural legacy isn’t visible from the road. Rather, the state’s grandest homes — architecturally and historically — are often situated at the end of of allees of trees or in the midst of vast rolling horse farms. Photographer Pieter Estersohn has done the hard work for the reader in uncovering Bluegrass Country’s noblest residences, including Ashland, an Italian-inspired home commissioned by the statesman and orator Henry Clay; another by Benjamin Latrobe, better known as the architect of the U.S. Capitol; and even Pleasant Hill, a restored Shaker Village. The photographs reveal Kentucky as a state decidedly of the South and one with some of the nation’s proudest architectural statements.


Decorating with Colour
(Ryland Peters & Small; $45)
By Ros Byam Shaw
Release date: November 2013

We can wheel in as many furnishings as we want, hang artwork, lay the rugs, and draw the draperies. But no matter how distinguished those elements might be, great interior design relies just as much on color. That is, putting the right hue in the right place. Farrow & Ball has been making some of the industry’s most vibrant paints and patterned wallpapers in its Dorset, England, factory for years. Here, Ros Byam Shaw, a former features editor of The World of Interiors, in consort with Ann Pailthorp, a Farrow & Ball color consultant, visit eighteen homes around the world to reveal to readers how color is more than, well, just a color. But these aren’t just projects from afar, for the authors reveal how to adapt such techniques in your own home.