Fashion’s Night In

September 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Ever wonder how clothing designers dress their homes? The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Assouline are publishing “American Fashion Designers At Home.” Written by Rima Suqi, a contributor to T and The New York Times, the coffee-table book ($65, which benefits the CFDA Foundation) looks at the homes of 115 CFDA members, from heavyweights like Diane von Furstenberg and Kate Spade to relative newcomers like Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg.

The interiors, which range from luxurious — like Eva Chow’s gold-leafed Los Angeles living room or Tory Burch’s opulent, surprisingly conservative Manhattan apartment — to industrial-funky, like Rachel Comey’s Long Island weekend house, may seem glamorous to those of us on the outside looking in. But as Suqi points out, even fashion designers “are not immune to the pitfalls of decorating or renovating. They have nightmare contractors, too.”

Source: T Magazine

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Couture Interiors

September 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

Fashion does more than inspire revolutions on the catwalk – it plays a huge role in influencing the way we decorate our homes. Nobody believes this to be truer than Melbourne-based stylist Bernadette Ferrari – who takes note of what designers unveil from one season to the next, drawing from their sassy, playful and inspirational collections each and every time.

A long-time favourite of French magazine editors, Isabel Marant delivered a stunning collection for spring/summer 2010. It was an edgy mix of sterling silvers, rustic browns, splashes of orange and faded denim. She threw in fur sleeveless jackets for a bohemian touch, while the rest of the range was all about fine details including feather earrings, striped shorts, suede fringe boots and all things 1970s.

Ferrari has used Marant’s collection to create a lounge room inspired by the French rising star, and we love the shabby-chic end result.

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Taking the ‘no’ out of reno

September 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

There can be many benefits to renovating your home, from creating a living environment that you enjoy every day to the increased value of your property.

The extension and renovation of a Victorian villa in Elsternwick, pictured here, was designed by Coy & Yiontis Architects. This is a beautiful example of a highly resolved design that creates exciting, modern and elegant living spaces that are of their time, yet are in harmony with the existing Victorian house.

However, renovating can be daunting and fraught with problems if you don’t take time to plan carefully. Here are some common mistakes made by the uninitiated and suggestions on how to avoid the problems to ensure a successful renovation.

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