Many times when I am working, I say those words used by Tim Gunn from Project Runway. They help me to focus and remember that for every problem there is a solution. I just need to find it. I am an avid watcher of the show because I love to see how the designers solve all of those weird challenges the reality show producers give them.
The fashion industry and the interior design industry are almost twins. The newest fashion colors will almost instantly show up in the home design magazines and the hottest colors for your living room will be on the department store’s shelf of sweaters. Each week I plan to blog about the winning or a losing design on the show and show the correlation to the Interior Design industry.
Ashley Nell Simpson, the premier episode’s winner created a skirt and top combination that was all about texture and color. The top has an exaggerated eyelet top with an open back and the skirt has a great graphic detail in yellow and black. Exaggerated graphic details are all the rage in interiors plus yellow and black are very popular colors if done correctly.
If you wanted to bring the look of this skirt and dress combination to an interior the easiest and least expensive way is to paint the walls a pleasing yellow, such as Farrow & Balls. Babouche 223. There is almost no other ‘color’ in the space so the designer used loads of textue in the canned chairs, paneled walls, and baskets.
The fireplace in this space makes a great splash and emphasizes the fireplace as the focal point. I also like graphic rug with the gold detail rather than matching the bright yellow.
Check out this home with the trellis black wallpaper, bright yellow draperies and federal style mirror. The contemporary cushions work in this traditional home because the colors are so strong. I especially like the bamboo style white chairs which work well with the walls and trim.
See you next week! Jules