My Summer break is officially over ūüôĀ¬† I had such an amazing Summer of traveling and relaxing.¬† I¬†am excited¬†to share my experiences from London, Barcelona and Paris in upcoming blog posts.¬† I was so inspired by the beautiful architecture and culture of each place I visited.¬† Oliver Wendell Holmes said ” A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions”.¬†¬† When I travel,¬†I feel that each place I visit and each experience I have changes me in the most profound ways.¬†It creates a new filter by which I view everything new and old.

So, its back to reality for me ūüôā

It is hard to believe during this oppressive heat wave here in the Northeast, that Fall is right around the corner.  Sooner than we would like, Summer will wind down and each day will become just a bit shorter than the last.  Soon we will be sailing into September; salty air and sandy toes will be a (not too) distant memory.

Therefore, now seems a good time to preview fashion and home trends for Fall of 2016.  Even though New York Fashion Week was in February for the Fall/Winter season, I can never wrap my mind around planning two season in advance while I am still wearing snow boots and a down jacket.  Dreaming of Summer in February is the only thing that gets me through the Winter; I refuse to disrespect Summer!  It is only right that Fall waits her turn.

Fashion-home decor posts are among my favorites; the parallels one can draw are endless.¬† There have been¬†many times when I am designing a room and contemplating¬†color schemes¬†that I ask myself “would I wear that if it were an outfit?”¬†¬† I draw much inspiration from fashion, and it definitely informs my design choices.¬† There are so many trends I am loving for the Fall that I am making this a 2 part post.¬† ¬†Here are the first few trends for 2016 that I am loving:

 

  1. ¬†¬†Pinstripes– Menswear is always chic.¬† Crisp tailoring and¬†a rich¬†navy are as¬†flattering for one’s wardrobe as they are for one’s home.¬† Navy pairs well with yellow, camel, orange and gold.
Image via Elle

Image via Elle

2.  Velvet РThis textural powerhouse creates a soft sheen that is as beautiful to the eye as it is to the touch.  It is a rich fabric that elevates any piece it adorns.

Image via Elle

Image via Elle

 

Ethan Allen Baldwin Settee, West Elm Cross Base Ottoman

3.  Patent Leather РAdmittedly this is a hard fabric to make the jump from runway to real life.  Its glossiness adds a smooth surface that reflects light beautifully.  The key to making this look work is to use it in small doses.  Picture frames, stackable trays or boxes are a great way to incorporate this trend without making a big commitment (although, a statement piece of furniture is the way I would go with this trend). Pick a classic color such as the cream or black as shown below, to make this trend more employable.

 

Image via Elle

Image via Elle

4.¬†Statement (faux)¬†Fur –¬† This soft fuzzy texture conveys warmth and boldness.¬† Adding fur in unexpected colors adds a fun element to any space. There should always be one thing in each room that people want to run their hands over.

Image from Style Caster - NYFW

Image from Style Caster – NYFW

West Elm Mongolian Fur stool, Lulu & Georgia Dekla pillow

5. Ruffles Рthis feminine trend is very flattering if the ruffles are structured and strategically placed.  Adding small touches to drapery or pillows is a great way to incorporate this trend.

Image via Style Caster -NYFW

Image via Style Caster -NYFW

One of my favorite apartments in Paris

One of my favorite apartments in Paris

Evelyn Drapes, Flounce Pillow

6. Gold Metallics¬†– Gold is my favorite metal.¬† I could (and probably will) devote an entire post to gold.¬† It is warm, compliments¬†every skin tone¬†and gives a luxe feel to any outfit/space.¬† This trend has been going strong for quite a few years now and doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.¬† If you are still wary of fully embracing this metal, try using a champagne hued gold which will allow you to still incorporate silver into your space.¬† The list of colors that gold pairs well with are endless.

Image via Style Caster - NYFW

Image via Style Caster – NYFW

MGBW Pillow, MGBW Vase

Great design can be much more obtainable if you view colors and patterns like you would when putting together an outfit. ¬†Pay attention to the scale of each pattern you choose, as well as the intensity of the colors you are pairing. ¬†A good rule of thumb is, if you wouldn’t wear it together, don’t pair it together. ¬†Most of all, have fun with it. ¬†Trends are a guide, not a directive. ¬†Choose a classic style that incorporates fun trends in small ways.

I’m looking forward to tackling Part 2 of Fall/Winter 2016 trends.

Let me know what trends for the Fall/Winter that you are loving.

XO

Laurie