The change of season always brings novel ideas for updating our wardrobes and homes. The transition between Summer and Fall has always been an exciting time, launching invigorating new textures and color combinations. This year looks electric- electric blue that is! Combined with our favorite neutral, black, this hue is several watts of HOT. Spring’s Fashion Week is expected to give us a hint of what is to follow in home decor. Alice & Olivia’s blouse, below, offers a classic mix: neutral pairs with bright; smooth silk anchors textural lace.
Black invented chic, n’est pas? And blue is as reliable as our sky overhead. Indeed, this year’s coupling proves to be timeless. Both colors, relay solid tradition and steadfast appeal. Yet, together, they say unexpected in a truly enduring way. Perfect justification for investment pieces that double as work-horses for years to come, like this Chloe top-handle bag or Prada’s do-it-all loafer.
Fabric house Robert Allen offers a splendid botanical, Moon Blossom, in Beacon Hill’s Midnight Garden collection. Based on a 19th century work, believed to originate from an artist of the venerable William Morris Guild, this decadent print is organic in nature, yet has a steady geometric repeat that can anchor an entire design scheme. Considered serene, as well as energetic, Moon Blossom would delightfully brighten any space.
All-at-once glamorous and welcoming, this dining room (by Maison 21) has every element the eye needs to read pleasure. A fabulous, textured grass cloth (in our color du jour!) envelopes a traditional furniture arrangement. The glossy black paint on the chairs and chandelier shades adds contrast and visual depth.
A saturation of rich color is not for everyone. To introduce a new idea, some of us prefer a smaller, sophisticated touch. Portable lamps are an easy way to attempt a trend and this version, by Lamps Plus, will generate sparks in just the right way.