Karyn Millet captures dazzling design interiors & fascinating global landscapes. In 2010 she received the prestigious Stars of Design Award for photography by the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. Her recent editorial work features designers like Taylor Borsari and Joe Lucas in Traditional Home and the cover of Luxe. Interiors + Design. Her book, The Accidental Photographer tells the story of her remarkable reinvention and is now available at Amazon, MOMA NYC bookshop, and the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. Karyn started 2014 in India & Rajasthan… first working trip there…check out her collection of fine art photography on SHOPkarynmillet.com for stunning shots like these in Jodhpur and Jaipur. We love her eye and her style!
Q:How do you MIXX pieces from different eras in YOUR home decor ?
A: I bought one of my great, great uncle’s oil paintings last year in Broadway, England. His name was Francis Davis Millet and he died on the Titanic. A classic portrait, framed in its original gilt barn wood, it sits opposite a modern, abstract piece I shot of Malibu, sleekly framed in a plexi-box. They work together as classic anchors.
Q: Why does a MIXX matter?
A: Too much of a good thing isn’t a good thing and doesn’t allow for self expression. Having a “set” of furniture rather than an inspired, varied collection can be a bit boring. Mixing things up makes it yours and no one else’s. It takes a bit of daring but how can you go wrong if you really love it?
Q: If we asked you to pick one item from MixxCentury to have and to hold in your home what would it be?
A: Definitely the Hotel Silver Coffeepot, ca. 1930 - I’d love to serve my future dinner guests coffee from this wonderful vintage coffee pot!
Q: What’s your vintage obsession?
A: My father was from Guatemala and I love visiting the colonial town of Antigua in particular. They call the local people “walking rainbows” because of their brilliantly woven textiles used for clothing and for the home. I love incorporating my collection of colorful Guatemalan napkins into my dinner parties and barbeques. It’s fun to have a red and white checked tablecloth topped with hot pink Latin-style serviettes. I like to serve a Pimms Cup with a cocktail napkin from Antigua, the famous Quetzal bird woven across its middle.