Podcast, Episode #9: Interior Designer Miles Redd

Interior designer Miles Redd joins the How to Decorate podcast for Ballard Designs

Go ahead and pinch us. We can’t believe we get to introduce this week’s podcast guest, interior designer Miles Redd! We were beside ourselves when he agreed to sit down with us while recently in his hometown of Atlanta (and ours). Plus, he’s our first AD100 Designer on the podcast. Miles’ spaces are packed with style, drama, and whimsy, and we think you’ll be were struck by how darn nice he is!

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Karen’s juju hat insect infestation
  • The next addition Karen made to her ongoing guest bedroom project
  • Taryn painted her carport Sherwin Williams Vogue Green
  • Taryn needs help with her guest bathroom because her beadboard wainscoting makes it difficult to hang a mirror
  • My all-time worst trial involving a ‘ceiling pimple’
  • How Miles got his start at NYU and made his way to John Rosselli
  • His time at Oscar de la Renta
  • Why it’s important to trust your own instincts and take risks
  • Miles talks to us about color and why it’s all about relationships
  • Why you should tackle your walls and floors first
  • What it was like working on his parents’ home and why it was a lifelong fantasy
  • Why he loves a door and all the fun things he does with them
  • His thoughts on lampshades, including what everyone does wrong and how he jazzes them up
  • His list of ‘greats’
  • Who he follows on Instagram (mostly his friends)
  • We asked about his new office space, and he confirms that it’s just as glamorous as we imagined
  • The one color he doesn’t like
  • Miles’ decorating pet peeves

Decorating Dilemmas:

First, Taryn asks her own decorating dilemma about how to zhush up her guest bathroom with Reddian style! Miles suggests painting the walls, beadboard, and even her vanity all the same color to create a little navy box. Then paint the ceiling flat white. Miles insists the dark color will expand the space. To place a mirror over the beadboard, put blocks on the back of the mirror, and if you paint those navy you probably won’t notice.

I have a studio apartment and don’t have room for a full sized sofa. How can I incorporate seating areas that don’t involve a sofa? -Jason

Chairs are your best friend! Create little groupings of small chairs paired with little cocktail tables. Pick one or two big, super comfy chairs, then add in lots of petite guys for when guests come over.

I have a hard time decorating to accommodate my male roommate! I have a more girly style but don’t want to add anything too feminine in our shared spaces. How can I decorate so we’ll both like the space? –Kayla

Miles suggests you paint your walls pink, then let everything else in the room be masculine. Pink can be a masculine color and looks great with black, leather, navy, and strong shades. Just be sure to choose a blush pink with a little brown to it. You want something light, but the touch of brown will keep it from feeling like a nursery.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    March 2, 2017

    I’m a little behind in listening to the podcast. I had a similar issue to Taryn’s when we remodeled our basement bath last year. I thought I’d get a pivot mirror, but came across this perfectly sized mirror on another catalog’s site (see it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BAXjMUFNrHH/). Maybe there’s something fun from Ballard that would work for her?

    Of course, it’s been a few weeks, so she may have already made a purchase!

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