Monday, July 30, 2012

Opulent Window Dressing: Modern-Day Lace

Current and upcoming trends in textiles across the fashion industry include one keyword: Texture.  And, the way we are choosing to bring texture into our designs is expanding every day.  One of the most popular forecasted textures in fashion is the adaptation of historical lace designs.

Lace creates opulence within a space or design.  History reminds us of its value and extravagance dating back to Queen Elizabeth in the 16thC. It is important to note that the current trend does not include "vintage" references, but rather, specific historical references from such eras as Rococo, Renaissance, and Baroque.  How we are choosing to adapt them into our designs is left to artistic license.  The above prints by F. Shumacher show entire lace patterns arranged into a detailed graphic print.

Instead of taking entire lace patterns and creating a motif, one of the most beautiful textures comes from an up-close look at the open-work construction of lace design.  The fabrics above are wonderful examples of a suggestive lace motif.  If you look at the fabric print on the left-hand side, it almost appears to be snake skin which creates even more interest and textural appeal.

A more modern pattern of lace is looser in its historical translation and becomes a suggested outline of open-work lace.  These patterns are unlike the traditional soft and delicate feel, but rather, a bold, hard-lined translation often resembling a mosaic.

Outside of prints, layering lace on top of fabrics creates luxurious details. These details are emphasized when hues of gray, copper, and brass are woven into lace for modern-day appeal.

Are you using lace details in your designs?  How do you bring opulence into your space?

Fabric prints by F.Shumacher, Lace trim and overlays by Mariocuccheti Tessuti and Solstiss Lace

Monday, July 2, 2012

Interiors: Patriotic Design

Star Hold Backs shown by Finestra Decorative Hardware

The week of July 4th is upon us and many of us will be spending time with friends and family to celebrate our great nation.   What a perfect time to reflect on Patriotism and how it is used in interior design not only to reflect long standing traditions, but also, the latest trends! 

Americana encompasses the folklore and heritage of the United States.  In many cases, Americana refers to a more rustic view on interior design being used mainly in country settings, cabins, and frontier homes.  This is not always the case...

Guest Suite 2012 HGTV, Chairs from Guild Master
The room shown above demonstrates a more modern Americana design.  It does incorporate the American Flag; however, the design motif is translated, not so obviously, through pattern and texture.  Here, the designer has pulled the "Stripes" out of the "Stars and Stripes" to create a play on words in the form of texture and pattern.  The pillows, flooring and drapery fabric are "striped" in keeping with the theme.  Different hues of blue and white are used in the room with small accents in red.  Bold graphic prints cover the bed and the modern metal drapery hardware anchors the crisp drapery panels within the design.

Fabrics and custom upholstered pieces are another great way to show Patriotism through design.  The two chairs shown above are created with modern color ways and an artistic graphic layout.  These designs create both nostalgia and a modern focal point within a space.

Patriotism is also brought out in design through global events like the upcoming London Olympics.  As many of us are glued to the television watching Olympic trials this week and feeling great pride in our athletes, a new design trend is "jumping the pond".  Not only is Americana showing up in our designs, but also, the Union Jack.  We can easily identify with Britain through language, intertwined history, and patriotic colors.  Therefore, this year, it only seems fitting that these two Patriotic symbols are woven into our designs and in may cases, within the same spaces.

Room by Moghul Interiors, Pillows by Horchow, Ottoman by Restoration Hardware

The silk color block draperies shown above create a bold accent for any Americana or British design combination.

Feeling Patriotic this summer?  The best way to infuse a Patriotic theme into a space without a complete re-design is through small accents like pillows, throw rugs and ottomans.  If nothing else, they will create a wonderful backdrop for watching the upcoming Olympics!