Recently, I discovered Meredith “Diff” Miller via Instagram, and I quickly realized we were kindred spirits. Meredith is a Director of Merchandising at Lilly Pulitzer by day, and by night she is an incredible interior designer with a passion for Palm Beach. After spending over a decade in the fast-paced Manhattan fashion industry, in 2012 she moved to Philladelphia’s Main Line for a life change. Today, Meredith lives with her husband in the most charming 1950s stone Colonial that she has decorated to perfection. Let’s take a look inside her home and recent projects, and get to know Meredith better through a Q&A she and I conducted.
Q: You have established an esteemed career in the fashion industry. How did this influence your passion for interior design, and how did you decide to create your own business?
A: I’ve always had an appreciation for the “visual”… I majored in Art History at college. Whether is is putting an outfit (or line) together or creating a space, it’s always been something that has been both my version of excitement and challenge! I fell into both my career and business… neither were what I set out to do but when you are doing what you love, it’s not work!
Q: Who or what inspires you the most?
A: I’m inspired by so many things tangible – people, art, color, pattern! I’m also inspired by the intangible – passion, drive, and persistence… Everything is intertwined.
Q: How does your work at Lilly Pulitzer inspire your interior designs?
A: I am a HUGE fan of print and color in the home and always have been…. Lucky for me that I am surrounded by such inspiration on a daily basis. Who doesn’t want to live the lifestyle that Lilly exudes – happy, carefree, and fun!!
Q: We share a mutual passion for Palm Beach. When did you fall in love, and how often to you visit?
A: Palm Beach is a unique place – so much history and elegance but so modern and chic! There is a timelessness to the town that is so intriguing and mysterious. I am down there for work (slash I love it) at least four times and year and try to get down as often as I can.
Q: What brought you to Pennsylvania’s Main Line, and how long have you lived in Bryn Mawr?
A: I have been living on the Main Line since 2012. I am a Philly native but grew up “on the other side of the river” (different suburbs). My husband is a Bryn Mawr boy… I moved down from NYC in 2012 for a life switch. I was nervous about moving to the burbs from NYC, but there are FAB options for everything on the Main line… same options as NYC, just more convenient because I have a car!
Q: Tell me more about your beautiful home. What year was it built, and did you do any renovations?
A: Our home was built in 1955. We live in a neighborhood that is darling and just what you want out of life in the suburbs – picture stone Colonials with white picket fences (no fences but you get the gist!) Most of the houses have been built upon and the owners have been there for years. We are one of the few original structures and one day hope to build! We have redone our kitchen, basement and are in talks to build a portico over our front door. We have repainted and/or wallpapered every room (and sometimes twice already!)
Q: How did you go about decorating? Any tips?
A: When I start thinking of a room, I start with a foundation – It can be a color, piece of furniture, art, etc… it is the non-negotiable for the room that I build upon. I like layers so I let things happen as they do – it’s a bit organic but I think that yields a better end result than starting with a completely set plan… I also prefer mixing old with new as it helps to add depth. My motto is: bring it on. It’s your home so as long you like it, do it. I also like to make sure there is an emotional connection to the design – it helps bring it to life and add dimension!
Q: How would you describe your personal style? How is this reflected in your wardrobe and in your home?
A: My personal style reflects my home and/or vice versa. I love color and print. I also like trend but make sure there is a level of classic.
Q: What are your favorite hobbies?
A: I wish I had more hobbies… In my free time (which is limited) I like to get fresh air and enjoy life (which can be a lot of things!)