Oscar de la Renta Home's Miles Redd Tells Us What He's Thankful For

Ph. © Patrick McMullanKnown for combining unabashed glamour, saturated color, and an inimitably dapper sensibility in his interiors, Miles Redd is always at the top of our Designers We’re Most Thankful For list. So we turned the tables on the decorating auteur and creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home (whose schedule is currently crowded with residential projects spanning a Brooklyn townhouse to a retreat in Montecito, California), and asked him to tell us about the things he holds dearest, as well as tip us off to his holiday décor strategy.

What are you most thankful for?
I am always thankful that there are folks that respond in a positive way to my work and hire me to decorate their homes. If I did not have them, I would probably work at the movie theater. Also, my family and my health because all else is useless without that.

And from a design perspective?
Prelle silk velvet, the word eglomise—it does roll off the tongue—fabulous 18th-century Venetian mirrors, and my bedroom, which is my sanctuary. It’s peaceful, private, has a nice view of the garden, and is filled with all of my favorite things about me.

Miles Redd | Lonny.com
(Redd's transformation of the Oscar de la Renta showroom; ph. © Patrick Cline / Lonny)
This time of year is super family-centric. Thinking back to the house you grew up in, do you recognize traces of your parents’ design sense in your current home?
Not really. I am much more Baroque, and my mother is more spare.

What have you grown to appreciate with age?
In my youth, I was all about the city. I used to say, "Show me no blade of grass that does not have a skyscraper next to it.” But having lived in NYC for some 20 years, I now understand the soothing qualities of the country: the fresh air, a beautiful garden, and peace. I call it nature Prozac.

Miles Redd | Lonny.com
(Ph. Patrick Cline / Lonny)
How are you decorating this year?
I tend to keep it classic with paper whites, citrus—maybe pierced with a clove if I am feeling ambitious—and magnolia. These three things say holiday to me.
Melissa Goldstein is a Lonny and StyleBistro contributing writer whose work has also appeared in ELLE, Wall Street Journal, GQ, The Observer, Spin, and Lucky Magazine.
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