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Chic spaces


October 2012

It’s worlds colliding, in the best possible way.

Fashion trends — straight off the runway — are popping up in interior design in a variety of ways this season. From furniture to wallpaper, room accents and paint colors, look for a barrage of imagery straight from high fashion to your home.

Black is Back

While black is a mainstay in fashion from season to season, it’s a full on blackout for fall 2012. Interior designers are taking notice. Black leather furniture, rugs, tables, lamps and more are making a sophisticated statement in home décor. Even black and white photography and dark-hued paintings are lending a mysterious vibe to otherwise cozy surroundings. Not ready for a full-on Matrix moment? Instead, add black accent pieces to your current design theme, or choose a dark plum, charcoal gray, chocolate brown, navy blue or other deep hue to test your dark waters.

Cabin Cool

Call it hunting shack chic or cabin cool — no matter how you shake it, interior designers are bringing Tommy Hilfiger ads to life with a return to the rustic. The trend is translating into home in a similar way to its fashion translation; think traditional plaids, touches of wool and shearling, chunky knits, leather, camel and brown hues, fair isle, tweeds, fur, equestrian inspirations, fisherman pockets and more. Add key trend touches with cable-knit and fur throws, and plaid and tweed pillows. Or, go bold with nature-print furniture and rugs.

Home Statements

For this aristocratic trend, it’s a case of fashion imitating home. Hot off the runways for fall: embroideries and textile patterns found more often in interior design than fashion houses. Fashion lovers are digging the look, and celebrating with nubby tweeds, crochet, brocade, print mixing, tapestry patterns and velvet. The great news? Many of these styles are already in your home, via window treatments, pillows, rugs and throws. If not, these cozy yet fashionable accent pieces are often found in discount stores like Marshall’s and T.J.Maxx, as well as thrift shops — if you’re not adverse to a little digging!

In the Navy

Is it possible to translate a trend like military into home design? Yes — and it’s not only easy but oh-so posh. A little military can go a long way in your home, so the addition of a simple color like Navy blue or Army green via pillows, wall colors, a rug or a lamp shade, paired with a piece of furniture that boasts grommets or buttons, can be all it takes to add a hint of the call of duty. DIYers might even add epaulets to a pillow for that added punch.

Bright White

While black is the clear color winner this season, the emergence of white as a fall fashion trend is adding legs to the movement to squelch the stale "after Labor Day" rule. For home, it’s a trend worth trying. White is not an easy home interior color for a variety of reasons: it shows every flaw, can often look surgical and may be too stark for some. However, in the right space, nothing looks more contemporary or luxe. To keep your white "user-friendly," try white accent furniture (which tends to take less of a beating than your main pieces), wallpaper with a white print, regal white place settings — or a variety of accent pieces, such as artwork, frames, coasters, candles or trays.

What to wear now

>Vintage-inspired jewelry

What’s old is new again ... again. Vintage pieces have seen a resurgence in recent years, with 2012 being no exception. This fall, the theme will be most prevalent in jewelry, with 1920s inspirations and Art Deco flavor classing up even the simplest of styles.

>Party Frocks

There also will be no shortage of Roaring ’20s appeal in dresses this season. Fall’s flirtiest frocks are taking center stage as slip dresses, beading and opulent extras make over-doing the new "do."


>Casual chic

With autumn in the air, it’s no surprise we are reaching for our coziest clothing. Sweaters were huge on the fall 2012 runways in sumptuous fabrics, and both cropped and oversize varieties hitting high notes. My fave? The best of both worlds in a chunky-knit, high-front/low-back hemline.

>This month's inspiration

This glam chandelier from Restoration Hardware marries fall fashion and home décor in one amazing piece. The dark base and striking glass make this objet d’art an ode to two fall trends in one: regal luxe and statement black.



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