Piping Hot: taking upholstered pieces from warm to hot

If you’re like me, you admire perfectly upholstered pieces with their pretty piping, but think them just outside of your realm of sophistication. Now of course I have upholstered pieces, and some of them even have piping. I’ll even go so far as to say – it’s contrast piping, which means it is in a different color than the base fabric. You knew that though, and if you didn’t, it likely means you go for more modern lines. It need not be persnickety though. It can be cool, and tie disparate elements in a room together.

Oomph Headboard . talk about contrast! Whoa.

I guess the bit about tying different elements together is what has me most interested in piping right now. Having spent a boat load of money on No.5, little of which the viewer will be able to appreciate. Boo hoo, but which was necessary nonetheless, I will be forced to re-use much of what I have. Cue the violins. I know none of you are feeling sorry for me. Perhaps we can all learn something from this experience.

It occurred to me that I might get a little daring and add a true contrast to the base fabric. After all, there’s no law that says it must pick up one of the colors in the pattern, or be a boring neutral. Why not have a double row of piping. Why not make one of those rows an entirely different color – why not I ask you – why not?

Oomph . Rafia Scallop Slipper Chairs.

Designers are always making up rules and then turning around and breaking them, and then calling that rule that they just broke, the new rule that everyone should follow. I’m not blaming them for creating confusion, or design chaos, in fact I encourage it. Get after it. Just understand that even if we don’t have a host of IIDA initals after our name, doesn’t mean we can get to experimenting on our own. I plan to do just that. If I fail, I’ll be prepared to accept the I told you so’s.

A little contrast goes a long way. Pale grey and white with contrasting violet. Want to add an edge – try a double cord, lavender and navy.

Why Should Fall Fashionistas Have All the Fun?: On trend trims

Ava

http://video.wmagazine.com/watch/fall-fashion-advice-from-a-very-young-stylist

This little gal, Ava Ryan, is one of the funniest people I have seen in ages.  She nails the fashion industry with her prima donna attitude, her outrageous references to food and fashion, and her over-the-top statements like:  “Big Bird is the fashion icon of our time.”  and “Why be the Fire Fighter when you can be the Fire.”

Left:  Moonlight Feather Taupe Ostrich Fringe Trim  Right:  Prada

I’ve decided to follow Ava, via W Magazine’s sage advice, and accessorize with the 2017 hottest trims for the home.  After all, why should Ava have all the fun.

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Samuel and Sons . Rhodes Trim in Cabernet

DON’T BE INVISIBLE:  Silver is the new gold.

Left:  Kravet Liquid Metal Nickel Trim  Right:  Ava showing off a Silver Channel Boot

Mauves, feathers, vintage inspired hats, plaids, power reds, florals, and leopard take center stage in this season’s fall fashion round-up.  Pleats, skirts of all shapes and sizes, asymmetrical, mini, mid-calf, and long.  Coats, coats, and more coats.  Velvet, fur, and baubles galore.  More is more – so get ready to bundle up, mix and match, and nail the runway trends in your home the way this little boss lady attacked the industry with her clever insights, wit, humor, and satire.

Left:  Kravet Peace Turquoise Trim  Right:  Gucci Pleated Floral Silk Crepe Midi Skirt $1800.

DRESS IT LIKE A FABULOUS CARPET

Left:  Kravet Snow Bunny Ermine Trim Right:  Miu Miu SSENSE Shoe

BOAS FOR THE BRAIN – Getting Feathery

Left:  Miu Miu Oversized Faux Fur Coat  Right:  Kravet Boa Brush Fringe . Ocean

ACT LIKE AN ANIMAL:  Trim it in Leopard

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Leopard and Floral Melange 

New York Fashion Week can be a jungle, but you can avoid the wild life, and still emerge on trend and the envy of your neighbors with these couture looks.