We just returned from a fabulous designorgasmic New York sourcing and scouting trip and oh my, did we find some great home fashion trends, materials and props. Who doesn’t love New York, it’s truly the epicentre of design in North America and we look forward to our semi annual creative indulgence.
I have so many things to share that it’s hard to know just where to start so let’s start from the ground and work our way up. I don’t have enough naked floor space to lay all the to-die-for area carpets that Sam and I fell in love with. First from Edward Fields I loved, loved, loved the metallic threads that ran through so many of their fabulous carpets. Some appeared to be made out of the metal pot scrubbers, just like the ones that we use in our kitchens, this was a fabulous texture, available in both gold and silver . There were also countless samples that had tinsel-like metallic threads running through the otherwise organic textures and also a lot of sculpted raised carpets. Too yummy for words – I need more floor space!
For walls we swooned over antique mirror subway tiles, mirrored and ceramic patterned tiled and even wood parquet for walls. The mix of mirrored and ceramic or stone mosaic is a sexy brilliant combination- please can I have more wall space, there are so many tiles that I want to bring home.
For windows and furniture, colour was hot! Thank goodness we are seeing a return to colour. Lots of stripes, both chevron and lineal, typography inspired fabrics and skulls, yes skull motifs where every where from the fine jewelry displays at Barneys to the exclusive French fabric houses. We fell head over heels for a raw linen fabric with large printed skulls in metallic detailing. At Edelman’s Leather the fall collection consisted of laser cut skull and butterfly motifs.
Gold accent pieces shone brightly everywhere- from the apparel accessories and studded jackets at Patricia Field’s flagship store in SOHO to the designer furniture showroom floors. Gold is the hot metal this season and it looks fabulous next to all the spectacular crystal and agate pieces. Crystal, agate and gold are this season’s must have finishes. The overall look of the season, au natural elegance. I could have moved into the Ralph Lauren designer show room with the Baccarat crystal chandeliers, antlers, raw sisal, and silk carpets. The juxtaposition between easy, comfortable living and over the top opulence is far too alluring.
Speaking of seduction… you know that I’m having an affair with LED lighting, I love to back light glass for bar fronts, backsplashes and even flooring. We saw many displays that employed coloured LED’s to create fabulous ambience and design brilliance. Oh the possibilities with these new lights. Consider under-lighting furniture, wall hung mirrors or create a colour changing coffered ceiling that can change to reflect your moods. Out of the D&D building and into the vintage and antique shops, I have my eye on a one meter diameter architectural medallion of Medusa and a very old arched top safe………………….irresistible – just like the city itself. I’m already counting the days until I’m back!