Saturday, August 28, 2010

Use Fall Fashion Trends to Re-fresh Your Room.

I must admit, I am not a big fan of most television design shows.  The quality of the work is often shoddy and they don't show the months of work that it takes to produce a completed room.  That being said, HGTV has lots of fans and especially popular is their reality series, Design Star.  Last Sunday night HGTV crowned its newest Design Star, Emily Henderson. Emily wants to host a show that takes cues from her client’s fashion sense and turn it into a style statement for the home.
Emily Henderson, HGTV's new Design Star
 Thom Filicia, formerly of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, had a show on the Style network called Dress My Nest which is also based on creating a space from a clients fashion style.

Thom Filicia
This is a timely concept, as more and more, the design industry is following the lead of the fashion industry. Each year the furniture market offers pieces in color stories, textures, embellishments that can be seen on the runways in New York, Paris and Milan.

In this blog post, I thought it would be fun to look at what is going on in the fashion industry for Autumn 2010 and talk about ways to incorporate those ideas to refresh our own homes as we anticipate cooler weather. One of the most talked about fashion must –haves for fall is a camel hair coat. This classic material never goes out of style.

Max Mara's take on the camel hair trench coat

One way to incorporate this look into your home is by adding a camel hair blanket to your bed, or


as I plan to do, add a camel hair pillow or two to my sofa.

Another fall fashion trend is embellished sheer materials. Peek-a-boo clothing has been with us for ages, but now, the more embellished the better.



True to form, the for-the-home market is offering its take on  embellished sheers for your windows, a quite beautiful version, don’t you think?  In the summer, I love my windows open to the sun, in the winter, layering in a sheer under window panels adds warmth, visually and literally.



The final fall fashion trend that we will explore in this post, is the ever popular animal print.

Thanks Chic Chocolate for the image.
I am of the opinion that every home should have a little animal print somewhere, even if its in a rug

Ballard Design

or a throw.  (I plan to add this throw in my family room when the weather grows cooler.)  How fun to snuggle under something soft and beautiful!

Williams Sonoma throw

That’s it for today. Next time, we will address metallic’s, leathers, and men’s suiting. Until then, what fall fashion trend are you going to incorporate into your home this autumn?

2 comments:

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Karena said...

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