Designer Friday: Tish Mills

For the past 20 years, Atlanta-based designer Tish Mills has brought families closer together through her residential design firm, Harmonious Living. Primarily focused on Southeastern projects, Harmonious Living pays a great deal of attention to the cohesiveness of shades, shapes, and sizes when choosing the decor for a particular space. Taking inspiration from homes’ exteriors, Mills crafts a seamless transition from exterior to interior, and often implements materials and textures inside from her surroundings outside. A trained Feng shui expert as well as designer, Mills is adept at building harmonious environments for others. Meet the Georgian design guru in today’s Designer Friday below!

No pane no gain! This windowed Harmonious Living design is the peaceful dining room imaginable!

Andrew Joseph: What’s your wakeup ritual
Tish Mills: Every day I meditate as soon as I wake up. Depending on the morning, it could be 5 minutes or it could be 30. And then… Coffee!

Andrew: Dream country to work in? Or dream project to take on.
Tish: A dream would be a country estate in the South of France.

Andrew: Vintage or new?
Tish: The mix of two, not too much of either, it must be the perfect balance.

Andrew: Style (or design) icon?
Tish: Axel Vervoordt is my design crush, I had the honor of hearing him speak about 10 years ago in Venice at a DLN Conference. He truly designs from the soul. As for style icon, DVF. About 12 years ago I heard her speak at the DLN conference. I was struck by how she created her fashion empire from a suitcase and a dream. She reminded me that I can create any business I want. The only thing that can hold me back is fear, and, there’s nothing to be afraid of. Go and create!

Andrew: What’s one ingredient you put in everything?
Tish: Garlic. I am Italian after all.

Earth tones tone down this living room into a natural space with no shortage of texture.

Andrew: Secret talent?
Tish: I was a champion equestrian growing up. I rode Hunter Jumper and then transitioned into 3 Day Event. One of my dream projects is to design a true Horse Farm.

Andrew: Favorite city to recharge?
Tish: San Francisco, which is my hometown. I feel connected and grounded when I am home.

Andrew: If you made a documentary, what would it be about?
Tish: The design process of a ground up. Everything that truly happens… the good, the bad and the ugly!

Andrew: Who is your ideal client?
Tish: I love a client that truly understands how close the relationship should be. Someone who allows themselves to be vulnerable and share their passions. Someone that is willing to go outside of their comfort zone to manifest their dreams.

Andrew: Best compliment you’ve ever received?
Tish: A client recently gave me the most beautiful necklace with a thank you note telling me that the house we created had truly been transformative for the family. They all have their own space that is a reflection of them as well as a family space that brings them all together. It truly is why I do what I do.


About The Designer | For the last 20 years, Tish Mills has dedicated her career to creating highly peaceful spaces that are a true reflection of the homeowner’s personality and the way that they live. “Great design is a result of a very close homeowner and designer relationship. It is all about bringing the homeowner’s wants and desires to life in a perfectly blended way. It should never look purchased, but rather collected with great thought”, says Mills, owner of Tish Mills Interiors. She has mastered the skill of creating balanced spaces that are seamless from interior to exterior by using a mix of colors and materials from the surrounding areas. It is no secret that Tish Mills has a gift at capturing exactly what her client envisions. Since being founded in 2000, the firm has worked on projects throughout the Southeast and West Coast, as well as in China and Africa, creating an international presence for her firm at the moment.


Andrew Joseph is a regular contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine. See more of his work here

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