The Insider: Vicki Pfeil
As trends come and go, a design store must be truly distinctive to rise to the top and remain there for three decades. Miller’s Fine Hardware, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, has demonstrated both stamina and style, thanks to the vision of owner Vicki Pfeil.
With locations in Jupiter and West Palm Beach, Miller’s has set the standard for luxury kitchen, bath and lighting fixtures. We recently spoke with Pfeil about brand-building and creating her ideal kitchen.
Store’s specialty: As the retail industry evolves with the internet, we wanted to focus more on highlighting special, exclusive lines like Waterworks, Samuel Heath and Fantini Rubinetti. And we try to find a good mixture of styles to satisfy our clientele, from traditional to transitional.
Favorite kitchen, bath and lighting trends: Here in Palm Beach, we’re seeing a softer version of the traditional style, featuring crisp, clean finishes and monochromatic tones in whites and grays. And when it comes to lighting, our brands are really embracing a more industrial design, with exposed metal details–like something you’d find in a workshop. But there’s always room for a little crystal.
Memorable projects: Over the years we’ve been able to source some unusual pieces for the designers we work with. We put together a mosaic tile tray for a sink and a lion’s-head wall filler for a powder room. There’s one home in Weston that has a bowling alley, and we did a nice locker-style bathroom to accompany the space.
Your dream kitchen: I just refinished my kitchen, actually. I went for a modern interpretation of a Shaker style. I love the classic lines. For finishes, I opted for large subway tiles and chrome fixtures. I prefer the simple things–nothing too flashy.