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International Chic Chronicler Takes You Inside the Best Bohemian Homes in the World

When Unstyled is the Most Stunning Look of All

BY // 12.06.17
photography Courtesy of Vendome Press

Oh, to be a fly on the chicest walls in the world – that is, in essence, the job of Miguel Flores-Vianna. The international photographer and design editor is on an endless quest for effortlessly beautiful surrounds, sharing snaps along the way via Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Home & Garden, Veranda and his personal, wanderlust-inducing Instagram account.

His latest tome, Haute Bohemians, gives a glimpse into the perfectly unstyled homes of extraordinary writers, editors, artists and artisans, landscape designers, art and antiques dealers and collectors, and interior designers.

I use the word “unstyled” quite loosely here – the dwellings are, of course, thoughtfully adorned with art and posh furnishings – but they exude a certain blithe disorder essential to la vie bohéme.

Flores-Vianna takes you into the transformed Renaissance-era home of furniture designer and art dealer Osanna and Giangaleazzo Visconti di Modrone in the heart of Milan – a crumbling beauty which holds works by Anish Kapoor and Maurizio Cattelan beneath 18th-century painted ceilings.

He takes you through editor and tastemaker Marian McEvoy’s Hudson River Valley cottage, filled wall-to-wall with her own creations. He also explores the lush Moroccan retreat of landscape designer Madison Cox, a 1930s home which gives glorious views of the Spanish coast.

The spaces range from stark to baroque, modest to grand – but they all share a distinct sense of personality and authenticity. As Flores-Vianna writes, “they, like unforgiving mirrors, reflect who their owners are in a most personal way. They are like maps of their desires and like images of how they see themselves.”

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Miguel Flores-Vianna made a Dallas appearance today at the new JAMES Showroom at 1025 N. Stemmons Fwy, Suite 210.

“I think it is rare to find someone who can capture a well-lived spirit with such authenticity. As a designer, I identify with his work and the homes he photographs – they have such soul and honesty,” says Meredith Ellis, renowned interior designer and owner of JAMES Showroom.

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