Fashion is about clothing, but it’s also about conveying ideas, attitudes and personal style. The same can be said of our homes. In fact, when perusing fashion magazines, we often focus on the furnishings that set the stage, because every great outfit deserves a great interior. With those backdrops in mind, we looked to our friends in fashion—jewelry, clothing and accessories—for a little design inspiration. The result is a vanity room with sparkling walls, a tweedy lounge and a dark chocolate dressing room with a glamorous edge.
Wall Covering Maya Romanoff, available to the trade through Jane Piper Reid & Company. Box, Vanity, Chair available to the trade through Baker Knapp & Tubbs. Wall Mirror New Dimensions Frame & Mirror. Pendant Light Lighting Universe. Scarf, Nude Pearls Butch Blum. Pewter Cup Stuhlbergs Fine Home Accessories. Mirror, Tableware, Beauty Products Essenza. Home Perfume Anthousa Home Ambiance, Great Jones Home. Gold Rings Kimberly Baker Jewelry. Panel Ribbon Taffeta, Gretchen Bellinger, available to the trade through Trammell-Gagné. Cocktail Ring, Watch, Glass Pearls Fini, (206) 443-0563.
Coat Rack Retrofit Home. Jacket, Tie Butch Blum. Sneakers Gems Sneakershop. Scarf Mario’s. Chair, Pillow, Table Inform Interiors. Martini Glass Area 51. Bowl, Tray, Top Book Velocity Art & Design. Books, Coffee Press, Mug, Light Seattle Art Museum Shop. Rug Diva.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
Curtain, Rug Diva. Mirror, Tables, Boxes available to the trade through Michael Folks Showroom. Screen Newman Studio, available to the trade through Trammell-Gagné. Lamp Base Piano Nobile. Lampshade Lit Shades. Ottomans, Tray Revival Home & Garden. Feather Wall Ornament Whimsy Home Décor & Unique Gifts. Women’s Fashions Mario’s.
Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend
Our elegant vanity was inspired by an ongoing fascination with lace, the popularity of the Swarovski Kiosque bag and other crystal embellished designs—mixed metals, dusty pinks and the return of classic glamour. Fashion loves these things, and we do too.
One of the best parts of going out is enjoying the ritual of getting ready. Barbara Barry’s ultrafeminine dressing table celebrates the experience with pure 1940s glamour, and her curvy tufted chair adds a perfect touch. Flexible glass-bead wall covering from Maya Romanoff’s Bedazzled collection in “Pearlie” echoes the quiet luster of beautiful nude pearls, while a Geode pendant light from the Geometrix collection by Schonbek shines with Strass crystal by Swarovski in rosy taupe. It’s a brilliant match with a glittering cocktail ring and the glow of gold. Reflected in a silver-framed mirror, Gretchen Bellinger’s ribbon taffeta reveals the rosiest point of view. Baker Knapp & Tubbs’ mosaic bone box offers a perch for an antique mirror, pretty bottles and other vanity-top decorations. For the finishing touch, Anthousa Home Ambiance Perfume graces the space with a fragrant infusion of vanilla, grapefruit and blood orange.
Classically inclined lines are a dominant and growing trend in menswear, albeit with a brand new twist of cool—tailored attire with sneakers—or a dash of unexpected color. Men.Style.com defines it as “Trad and True.” We just call it good-looking.
With menswear on our minds (and a Luciano Barbera car coat in our garment bag), the tweedy texture of Kvadrat’s Hallingdal upholstery by Danish designer Nanna Ditzel was irresistible—especially on Arne Jacobsen’s iconic Egg Chair, originally designed for the lobby of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen in 1958. With a nod toward a traditional wing chair, the Egg’s molded shell offers a cocoonlike respite with a tilt mechanism that swivels.
For our haberdashery theme, pillows in British fashion designer Paul Smith’s “Bespoke Stripe” for Maharam look tailor-made. A Kasthall “Esther” rug completes the ensemble with a great-looking marbled effect in linen and wool. Combining ancient weaving methods with modern yarn techniques, the Kasthall ethos celebrates tradition while constantly moving in new and exciting directions. It’s the same attitude found in the snazzy pair of PF Flyers at the foot of the chair. This classic American sneaker brand is going on 70, but it isn’t standing still: Japanese houndstooth keeps it fresh—and we painted the walls to match the crinkled patent goatskin.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Will Never Die
In 2008, designers referenced everything from haute bohemian influences to refined rock ‘n’ roll. Whether in Paris, Milan or New York, embellishment was big: feathers, fringe and studded detail. And the most chic of the fashion flock wore brown with black.
For this sumptuous dressing room, our muse was a print dress by Dolce & Gabbana, its palette of chocolate, black and white inspiring layers of rich visual texture throughout, including a dramatic black fringe curtain by Ado and the beautifully mottled tonal variation of a hand-tufted linen rug by Kasthall working wonders on the floor. We love the play of color with the ceruse oak “New York” screen by Newman Studio. A Cortez mirror, supported by a pair of Carioca end tables, anchors the room with a handsome focal point. Studded ottomans complement the mirror’s embellished frame, adding a pop of bright white for visual punch.
Our final accessory? A feathered wall adornment for a fanciful flourish. After all, when your décor is inspired by fashion, there’s always room for a little fun.