Fall Fashion Meets Home Decor: Studs

Punk rock has gone mainstream this fall as studs are showing up on everything from shoes to shirts. These rock and roll elements are showing their kinder, more sophisticated side.

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Here the fashionable Mary-Kate Olsen shows her love of studs in this motorcycle jacket by Givenchy.  We love that runway fashion isn’t always practical and sleeves can be extra long!

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This fall “Stud it Up!” by incorporating this “heavy metal” look into your wardrobe. Go full metal with a studded dress or keep things a little low key with a well-placed studded accessory.

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This trendy look easily translates into home decor with the use of nailheads and studs in furnishings. Take a look at how these studded looks can transform your home.

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This studded vent hood keeps things cool in this kitchen.

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What do you think of this trend? Are you loving the resurgence of studs?


Fall Color: Crimson

Although the Crimson Tide might be our biggest rivals in football, we find ourselves drawn to this deep shade of red. The color crimson has quite a history, during the Elizabethan era crimson was associated with royalty and nobility. Today the color can be found strutting down the runway during New York Fashion Week.

Designer Diane Von Furstenberg used this bold shade of red in her Fall 2012 Collection.

Diane Von Furstenberg Fall 2012. Photo via Glamour

This fall incorporate a few crimson pieces into your wardrobe, just make sure you don’t do it on game day!

Diane Von Furstenberg Fall 2012. Photo via Glamour

Crimson can be just as captivating in homes as it is on the runway. See how this rich shade of red can add warmth and texture to your interior spaces.

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Dress up your windows with a deep shade of crimson.

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Cover you walls in crimson for a luxurious look and feel.

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Help Those Affected By Hurricane Isaac

A home contributes to being content and to feeling safe and it’s one of the largest investments that we can make. Unfortunately Hurricane Isaac put people living along the Gulf of Mexico at risk.  It was seven years to the day since Hurricane Katrina hit the greater New Orleans area and the Mississippi Gulf Coast as Isaac forged his destructive path.

Many homes were damaged or destroyed as Isaac creeped along leaving people facing the daunting task to recover and rebuild.  Some residents evacuated before the storm making sure they were safe.   Others that decided to stay behind, sought safety in their attics. Waiting for the water levels to recede. Many had to be rescued by neighbors and relief workers.

While the citizens of Louisiana and Mississippi try to reestablish some normalcy and recover from Hurricane Issac, the American Red Cross has been working around the clock providing assistance to those in affected by Issac. I am so lucky to be able to be part of this great organization. The American Red Cross helps provide clean-up kits after a disaster, food, clean water and emotional support to our neighbors in need. They also provide shelter to those whose home is uninhabitable. You can help make a difference by donating to the Red Cross here in New Orleans. To find out more please visit the American Red Cross.  You’ll be helping people recover so they can start to rebuild their lives and their homes.

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Mobile Units Go Into Neighbors To Offer Assistance


Red Cross Volunteers from Mexico Help After Isaac

Fall Fashion Meets Home Decor: Polka Dots

Polka dots are making quite a comeback in today’s fashion. This retro print was pretty popular back in the 1950s and 60s.

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And like most great trends, this graphic print seems to be finding it’s way back into the good graces of designers such as Kate Spade, who centered her Fall 2012 Collection around the print.

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Photo via Women's Wear Daily

If New York Fashion Week is any indication, it looks like these dotted designs will be around come spring and into the summer as well. Designers Jason Wu and Diane Von Furstenberg showed their affinity of polka dots in their 2013 Spring/Summer Collections.

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Want to emulate this flirty design in your home? Here are some sophisticated interiors with great polka dot fabrics and wallcoverings.

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Pantone’s Color Trends for Spring 2013

Fall hasn’t even begun and already we are thinking ahead to spring color trends. That is how the design industry works, predicting which colors will dominate in the upcoming year.

Pantone, the global authority on color, has recently released their Fashion Color Report for Spring 2013, in conjunction with Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.

This comprehensive report gives an “overview of designers’ use of color in their upcoming collections.” According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, “This season’s color palette emphasizes this need for balance, while at the same time allowing for individuality, self-expression and excitement.”

These colors can as easily translate into the home’s interiors. We already mentioned that the color blue was voted America’s Favorite Color by House Beautiful, so it isn’t surprising to see two different shades of blue on the Spring 2013 Color Report. Other colors highlighted in House Beautiful’s Color Report, green and purple, find their way into Pantone’s list of top color choices for spring.

It will be interesting to see which of these hot hues rise to the top.  Which is your favorite color for springtime?


And the winner is…

America has spoken and their overall favorite color is…blue. According to House Beautiful‘s Color Report, 29 percent of those surveyed (4,000 participants total) choose the color blue as their choice of paint color. Another hue on their radar was green, who received 21 percent of the vote.

“Blue and green are cool hues that imbue our living spaces with serenity. Our homes are our havens, and we’re not surprised that the two most popular colors are restful and reassuring,” said House Beautiful Editor-in-Chief Newell Turner.

From the calming blue of the ocean to the cool strength shown in navy, blue is many things to many people. Here are some of our favorite blue interiors.

Designer Bunny Williams tells Elle Decor that California Breeze by Benjamin Moore is one of her go-to color choices.

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A darker shade of blue will certainly make a bold statement in any room you chose to use it in.

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The cooler tones in this blue is the perfect color for your beach house.

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The sky is the limit with this hue of blue.

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Looking for the perfect blue for your home’s interiors? Give New Orleans-based interior designer Susan Currie a call at  888-624-1272.


Orange Crush

Pantone voted Tangerine Tango (a shade of orange) as the color of 2012, and as we head into fall, I though it would be a good idea to share ways to can incorporate this bold hue into your home. We learned in grade school that when you mix yellow and red together you get orange. Depending on the mixture, the shade varies from a fiery orange to a softer almost pastel color.

Because of the many shades, orange is a very versatile, easily paired with a variety of colors.

In this grouping, orange is accompanied by neutral tones like gray, white, black and brown.

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Photo via ABC Design Life


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Orange also works well with other bright colors like blue, magenta and yellow.

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This fall add some orange into your everyday decor. This happy, vibrant color will give your space an energy that help you get through the cooler months ahead.

Looking for help dealing with color in your home? Give New Orleans-based interior designer Susan Currie a call at  888-624-1272.