Fashion Influence: Groovy ’70s Style

For today’s March fashion post, I’m still looking at retro influences, but this time from the ’70s.

The geometric shapes and bright, bold colors popular during the mod ’60s era continued to be big in the ’70s—and not just with color blocking. Colorful floral patterns were also big, as was the chevron pattern.

And let’s not forget the metallic clothing popular for disco style, which came back around to be big in fashion last spring.

These eye-catching modern rooms give off a ’70s fashion-inspired vibe.

This space by Eileen Kathryn Boyd is full of bright punches of color.

And this glam space has lots of metallic elements.

There are plenty of current décor products that display these ’70s fashion trends as well.

Gold Moroccan Pouf


Chevron Box from Zhush


Jonathan Adler Bookends

Interested in getting a ’70s look in your home? Check out Sunset’s tips for “embracing ’70s style.”

Now that we’ve seen the revival of ’60s and ’70s trends, let’s not forget the ’80s. We recently did a post on how ’80s style is coming back in design, too.

Images: 1 via; 2 via; 3-4 via Houzz, as linked above; 5 via; 6 via Houzz; 7 via

Fashion Influence: ’60s Mod Style

Fashion’s influence on interiors has brought mod ’60s retro looks to the forefront of design again.

For anyone who watched Sunday’s Season 5 premiere of Mad Men, just think back to the clothing and interiors for an idea of the look. Bold, vibrant colors and geometric shapes are the name of the game.

The mod look came back in fashion last fall and will continue into spring. The Fashion Photography Blog found great examples in Marc Jacobs’ spring collection.

And Banana Republic has made ’60s style especially accessible with its Mad Men® Collection.

The look can be seen in interiors as well. This current room still has a mod feel with its ’60s-esque color blocking.

This dining space is also brings ’60s style to mind.

There’s no shortage of furnishings sporting a mod look these days. Elle Decor’s recent Trend Alert on Graphic Patterns has a number of options, including this throw from Jonathan Adler.

I also came across this Chest of Drawers from Chelsea Textiles

…and these Pumpkin Armchairs from Ligne Roset.

What do you think of the return of 1960s fashion and its influence on home décor?

Images: 1 via; 2 via Banana Republic; 3-4 via Houzz; 5 via Elle Decor; 6 via; 7 via

Fashion Influence: Tropical Paradise

For today’s March fashion post, I want to look at another big spring 2012 trend: tropical looks. Much bolder than the pastel tones, island prints aren’t for the faint of heart when it comes to their wardrobe or their home design—but they’ve certainly been seen in both arenas.

New York Magazine found a number of tropical ensembles available this spring, including this dress from Altuzarra:

Harper’s Bazaar also picked up on the trend, showcasing exotic clothing and accessories like this Charlotte Olympia heel.

Tropical themes in home design are a great way to have fun with color!

Look at this bright eating nook with views of the water….

…this white window seat with playful prints… 

…and this beachy living room complete with palm leaves.

Want to add a tropical feel to your own home? I’ve also compiled a few fun furnishings to help.

Tommy Bahama placemat and napkin

Painted Palms Lamp from Vietri

Platter from Anthropologie

 Happy tropical decorating!

Images: 1 via New York Magazine; 2 via Harper’s Bazaar; 3 via Houzz; 4-5 via Coastal Living; 6 via Tommy Bahama; 7 via Vietri; 8 via Anthropologie

Fashion Influence: Decorating with Pastels

In line with my posts this March on fashion’s influence on interior design, today I want to look at one of the big spring runway trends this year: pastels.

Spearmint isn’t the only pastel tone that’s being seen in fashion and interiors; soft shades of pink, blue, lavender, yellow and orange are all popular too. Elle Magazine reported on the trend, showing this trio of pastel ensembles:

Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire also pointed to pastels for spring.

And the trend certainly isn’t limited to the runway. Muted hues are also found in home design. These rooms showcase pastels in interiors at their best:

And these décor products can help bring soft spring colors into home design.

Graham & Brown wallpaper

Pastel Circles Throw Pillow Cover via Etsy

Tiny Taper Spring Candles from Williams-Sonoma

What do you think of pastel tones for your clothing and your home? Leave a comment to let me know!

Images: 1 via Elle; 2 via Marie Claire; 3 via Houzz; 4 via House Beautiful; 5 via Houzz; 6 via Graham & Brown; 7 via Etsy; 8 via Williams-Sonoma

Fashion Influence: Menswear Looks in Design

As a continuation of my March series on fashion’s influence on interiors, today I want to look at how common themes in menswear have been popping up in home design lately.

When it comes to menswear, pattern is king. Think pinstripes, plaids, houndstooth and herringbone manifested in neutrals and other strong hues. This suit is a perfect example, as are the Brooks Brothers images below it.

Not too long ago, Elle Decor pointed out menswear fashions in home décor as a design “Trend Alert,” noting this plaid wallpaper and this dinnerware set, both from Ralph Lauren Home, among other items.

I’ve also seen other great home design accessories inspired by menswear.

Pinstripe pillow from Horchow

Thomas O’Brien® throw

And these rooms offer stylish masculine appeal:

This boys’ bedroom design by Tobi Fairley includes plaid duvets mixed with grey linen wingback headboards that are situated wonderfully in front of beautiful grey draperies. I love the addition of an animal print with the rug.

Herringbone makes a statement when the pattern is exaggerated. I love the focal point over the fireplace here, and isn’t the sofa below fabulously bold?!

Menswear looks are all over home design these days. What do you think of the fashion-inspired trend?

Images: 1 Hugo Boss; 2-3 via Brooks Brothers; 4-5 via Elle Decor; 6 via Horchow; 7 via Houzz; 8-10 via Decor Pad, as linked above

Fashion Influence: Opposites Attract in Design

You may remember that I’m doing something special this month on the blog; many of my March posts will be focused on fashion and its influence on interior design.

What’s more striking than the high contrast of black and white?! I love to see these opposite values together, both on the runway and in the home. Incorporating graphics and geometric shapes is a great way to add interest to a black-and-white interior space, and you can also consider adding a pop of gold to glam it up!

Take a look at these designs from Libertine’s fashion collection to get your imagination going on how to use black and white in your home, and maybe even use them to inspire a new outfit in your wardrobe while you’re at it!

As far as interiors go, this space (below) is such an inviting room, and it’s all done with the use of black and white. The bookcase is simple while adding geometry and height to fill the expanse of the room. The gold-toned floors also add that spark of warmth, and there’s more great geometry with the herringbone pattern.

This a great way to make a statement with a collection of black-and-white photos and art.

And how about this fun foyer with graphic wallpaper used as a focal point? I think it’s very chic!

Here, subtly patterned black wallpaper adds visual interest to this contrasting palette.

What do you think of using black and white in home design? Leave a comment to let me know.

Images: 1 via; 2 via Houzz; 3 via decorpad; 4 via decorpad; 5 via Houzz

Fashion Influence: Deco Décor

You may remember that I’m doing something special this month on the blog; many of my March posts will be focused on fashion and its influence on interior design.

Today’s post will focus on Art Deco style, a look that was a big part of Gucci’s Spring 2012 collection.

You can see the sharp edges juxtaposed with feminine touches like pearls, floral motifs and feathers reminiscent of 1920s flappers. Art Deco is all about geometry and glitz, like the gold and chrome tones mixed with lacquered black in Gucci’s designs.

I also look to Art Deco architecture for inspiration, which often includes repetition of pattern. I’m immediately drawn to architecture in New York like the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center.

Chrysler Building

And, of course, Art Deco influences can be found in interior design and home decor as well. Think mirrors and geometry.

Wisteria's Antiqued Art Deco Coffee Table

This is an updated Art Deco space.

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Images: 1 via; 2 as linked above; 3 via; 4-5 via; 6 via Houzz

Fashion Influence: Tribal Looks in Design

This month on the blog, many of my posts will be focused on fashion and its influence on interior design, beginning with today’s post. Even fashion across the world influences design here, including tribal motifs.

This interesting juxtaposition of pictures (below) from the Interiors by Stacey Cohen blog gives a great example, and I’ve found many other examples of tribal golds, browns, oranges, animal prints, textures and patterns in design as well.

Many tribal and safari looks were spotted during the Spring 2012 Fashion Week, according to Fab Sugar, including clothing and accessories.

Michael Kors dress

For interiors, I’ve seen products and rooms that have that tribal feel.

This is a Diamond Weave Jute Rug from West Elm.

And a pillow from CB2 spotted on Houzz.

These rooms also have tribal elements, from animal prints and patterns to textures and earthy hues.

Be sure to follow the blog to see more of my posts on design influenced by fashion this March!

Images: 1 via; 2 via; 3 via; 4 via Houzz; 5 via Elle Decor; 6 via Houzz; 7 via Houzz