Make it beautiful everywhere! Dorothy
A QUICK POST! I took this photo today. Love this MOD print!
Here is an article recently posted on H&M’s (LOVE this store) website. Fashion dictates the trends we will see in the Interior Design field.
Fashion has a longstanding love affair with interior design and furniture. Maybe it’s not the most obvious of inspirations, but this spring, interiors are rocking the fashion house.
In the early 00s, avant-garde designers such as Hussein Chalayan and Martin Margiela made collections based around the idea of wearable furniture and while not exactly spawning a big fashion trend they pointed to the fact that fashion can find inspiration and beauty anywhere.
Scroll down to this season and you’ll find the wonderful dresses of Mary Katrantzou with trompe-l’œil patterns depicting actual interiors from old issues of Architectural Digest and World of Interiors. Blue curtains in photographs turned into blue fringes on the dress, a chandelier into a necklace. Katrantzou’s dresses dazzled the fashion crowd and had Tim Blanks of Style.com gushing that the concept was “so artful, but so elementary that it made you wonder why no one else had attempted it.”
Strangely enough, another distinctive micro trend for S/S 2011 is the use of tassels, seen here at H&M in belts and blouses, while houses as different as Louis Vuitton and Emilio Pucci put them on bags. Where do you often find tassels? You guessed right, as ornaments on furniture.
At the same time we’ve seen the rise of interior design blogger Todd Selby and his blog The Selby, documenting the houses of creative people together with the inhabitants. Proving there’s a link between fashion and furniture, he has since landed campaigns for fashion brands such as Dockers and Converse.
Even for the fall season, interiors seem to be in vogue, but this time it is the seats and details of cars that have piqued the interest of fashion designers. Ann-Sofie Back together with Phoebe Philo at Céline both based their collections around cars and their sumptuous designs, showing that even the most masculine of worlds can be turned into beautiful and feminine clothes.
article from: http://www.hm.com/us/
I am amazed at how quickly the Washington area steps out of winter into full blown spring. Everything looks so beautiful with the bright green leaves sprouting on the trees. Flowering trees of pink, white and purple. What a time for inspiration. I have collected some photos over the past few weeks. Check out some of my FAB FINDS! Dorothy
First and foremost, Dwell Studio at Target. Check out the line of linens available at a price that makes good design affordable to EVERYONE!
Lighter colors and plenty of sunshine. Today was a great day to walk around Reston Town Center. Do you have a dark color drapery or maybe a heavy velvet you have loved on your windows all winter? It is time to think about an update for the spring and summer. Put away the furry blankets and pull out the cotton weave. Purchase a pretty, flowering plant and hang some fresh, light colored sheers on your windows for the Spring an Summer. Here comes the sun! Beauty is all around us.
The trend, we are living in space outdoors. This is a great place to add an addition to your home without building walls or a ceiling. You may want to run electricity for lighting etc. Water is a whole other question. Do you want a fountain, a pond or a pool. Maybe just a super outdoor kitchen/bar area with running water. Oh the options are endless. So many beautiful arrangements running through my mind. It is outdoors week at the Washington Design Center. Check out some of what I have have spotted.
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Just mad for this new Wall art from Loophouse.
I have had this thing about lighting and lamps these past few days. I photograph them, spot them on the internet and dream up new designs for lamps and chandeliers. Lighting can make all of the difference in how a room looks and feels. Take a look at some of my
photos. The lamps finish the rooms in some photos. In others, the lighting could make a huge room warmer, like the large chandelier that drops down bringing the eyes with it.
I simply love chairs. This color is IT for the coming season. Teals, blues and green hues are popping up everywhere in design.