Interior Design and Fashion

To Be Featured in March 2013 Barton Creek Living Magazine

By: Melissa Webb

Spring time is upon us in Barton Creek.  Here are a few tips on Interior Design tips for 2013 that one can use to update a home now that the bulbs are starting to bloom.  Texture and Touch:  People seem to be in search for “touchable” textures that inspire warmth and comfort.  Suede and wood are two of the materials which will define the interior design world in 2013.  Also, variety of texture will be a key factor in arranging spaces.  Another trend along these lines is embroidery and knitting.  This isn’t your Grandmother’s projects.  Colorful carpets with thousands of knots to various storage baskets and handmade projects will be here for a while.  Have you noticed all of the strips in both retail and furniture stores?  A simple way to achieve vibrant living and energy in a space is using stripes in an elegant manner.  From carpets, wallpapers to upholstery and graphic art – each of these elements can wear the distinct feature of movement as long as they are designed by stripes.  The idea is to make things stand out, without compromising in elegance and harmony.  Lastly,  floral patterns with a white background are back!  Floral patterns are back in style, only this year they come with a twist:  a white background.  You can go for a variety of colors, as long as the overall result is appealing.  Try new fabric covers, graphic art, wall paintings and wallpapers, if you want a strong effect.

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On The Runway & Red Carpet
First, Salvatore Ferragamo’s Massimiliano Giornetti sneaked subtle tassels—and plenty of other stunning details—into the Tokara Lace Velvet Open Toe Pumps ($1336) for F/W 12. The elegant shoes perfectly complemented the series of floaty, romantic dresses that came down the runway. Then just last month, model Alexandra Richards was photographed in a Gatsby-esque look while attending the Chanel party celebrating “The Little Black Jacket” exhibition in New York. Her beaded Chanel dress from S/S 11 and Alexander Wang Liya Pumps ($485) in Black are a sophisticated pairing, but it’s her dangling vintage earrings and tassel purse that give her outfit its Jazz Age appeal!

On The Market
1. Nine West Voyage Booties ($129) in Black Suede
Black ankle booties don’t look so basic with a couple of Western-inspired details, like decorative stitching and a fringed zipper closure. Pair these shoes with your favorite denim button-down and leather skirt, then add a blazer and opaque tights come fall.

2. Mulberry Lily With Tassels ($1200) in Black Forest Soft Matte
Mulberry works tassels into many of its coveted accessories, including keychains and lace-up flats, but we love how the iconic British brand updated their classic Lily bag with twin tassels and gold rivets. The investment-worthy purse also comes in a rich bordeaux color, one of the hottest shades for fall!

3. Tory Burch Perez Tassel Necklace ($225)
Add a little retro charm to your look with Tory Burch’s necklace; it’s got a single resin bead attached to a luxe gold tassel and lends any outfit a touch of glamour! Toss it on over a simple blouse or wear it with a silky black evening dress.

4. Cobra Society Moses Cigarette Top Fringe Pouchette ($595) in Black Kid Leather
Ready to make a tremendous tassel statement? Consider Cobra Society’s outstanding pouchette. It comes with a cluster of studded fringe that is sure to garner compliments. Sling this purse over your shoulder with a t-shirt and jeans, or incorporate it into a more feminine look for uptown/downtown contrast.

5. Mango Fringed Messenger Handbag ($120)
If you prefer a carryall that’s more practical for everyday use, Mango’s leather messenger bag is a stellar combo of fashion and function. It’s well-sized and comes in a neutral, goes-with anything hue. But fun fringe and a pair of swingy tassels also give it a covetable on-trend vibe!

6. Dieppa Restrepo Gaston Fluorescent Tassel Loafers ($395)
Colombian designers Andrea Dieppa and Elisa Restrepo, known for their classic unisex footwear, teamed up with Opening Ceremony to create these exclusive shoes. Their signature Gaston loafers are reworked in striking animal print and come with bright orange tassels.

7. BCBGeneration Chain-Wrap Bracelet With Tassel ($16)
This gold chain bracelet is ideal for trendsetters who fancy delicate jewelry over statement-making trinkets. However, it’s still a visually intriguing piece: the bracelet wraps twice around your wrist and the solitary black tassel lends a bit of ’20s flapper charm.

8. Oscar de la Renta Beaded Tassel Clip Earrings ($395)
Time to jump on the bold earrings bandwagon! We adore Oscar de la Renta’s long beaded pair, especially since they’re clip-ons and won’t distress your lobes. Make sure to wear them with a pretty updo, the better to showcase those glittering green tassels!

9. Coach Tristen Heels ($228) in Bisque/Midnight
Mix a little bit of color-blocking with a pair of tassels, and you’ve got Coach’s chic take on spectator shoes! These daytime heels are quite versatile; the nude, red, and navy color palette is punctuated with gold hardware and would look stylish with a summery dress or tailored trousers.—Tiffany Tse

Child’s Play: Lulu deKwiatkowski’s Fabrics for


In her new line of fabrics for children, Lulu deKwiatkowski brings a sophisticated touch to the playroom—and beyond

Written by Jill Gerston

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Textile designer Lulu deKwiatkowski has always been crazy about vivid colors. When she was a young girl, her mother decorated her bedroom in pink-and-green plaid. “I would have loved giraffes and elephants on my wall, so I could make up stories about them,” she says. “A child’s room should have an atmosphere that is magical.”

DeKwiatkowski is known for the stylized florals and geometrics that embellish her assorted Lulu DK lines of fabric, wallpaper, and china, among others. She now hopes to entice the sandbox set with her new collection of children’s fabrics, Lulu DK Child for Schumacher, which features eight printed and seven embroider­ed cottons in a multitude of luscious hues and coordinating patterns. The Los Angeles–based designer infuses her whimsical creations with a rich, sophisticated color palette, conjuring a fanciful world of watermelon-pink elephants, teal-and-green strings of beads, coral fireworks, and tangerine butterflies. “Lulu’s collection has a more modern aesthetic than the toiles and novelty prints you usually see for a child’s room,” says Susan North, Schumacher’s creative director.

Trends in Interior Design for Austin

11 05 2012

As part of my push to implement a “greener” 2012 personally and from a business standpoint here are some great tips for this year and how to bring in sustainable design to your home:

Fashion isn’t just for clothes. Your home reflects your tastes and style, and decorating your home in the latest trends can make you just as fashion-forward as having the hottest designer bag, shoes or sunglasses. Even if you’re short on cash, you can make your home look modern by tracking current trends and adding inexpensive versions or accents to your own living space. Plus, choosing new classic colors, décor and furnishings means you won’t have to repaint in a year or completely redecorate next season.

So what are the trends of 2012 that we think will be around for more than just this year? Here are some hot styles you can use to update your own humble abode:

Bold and bright are back. Tangerine is being touted as 2012′s color of the year. Yellow complements tangerine and is a hot accent color in its own right. These bright hues infuse any room with energy and enthusiasm. Green and turquoise were popular at the imm cologne design expo held in January. Even neons can be found leaving the runway and appearing around the home. Pair these eye-popping palettes with gray, the chicest of the neutrals.

Bring nature inside. Wood is good, especially light oaks. Mix different grains and types of wood for an all-natural patterning effect. Natural stone is also showing up on countertops and in artistic touches. Choose light-wood furniture and go for a slightly unfinished, rough look, so that it almost appears as if you’ve made it out in the woodshed. Consider putting up wooden beams across the ceiling in one of your larger rooms for that back-to-nature feel.

Respect the environment. Sustainability is not just for your food and energy. You’ll find many furniture manufacturers now tout the sustainability of their materials. It’s also much easier to purchase environment-friendly products, from floor coverings to linens to furniture to fixtures, as more companies are eager to promote their green agendas. Look for recycled materials, and visit to locate green designers, retailers and manufacturers.

Natural lighting. Big windows, northern exposures and skylights are in fashion this year — then again, when isn’t natural light a wonderful enhancement to any home? Using natural light is even part of the “go green” trend, helping you save money on energy and reduce your carbon footprint. Add reflecting surfaces such as mirrors, metal fixtures and objects and even crystals, which have been trending over the past several years, to reflect even more light and add depth to any room.

Flexibility and smaller sizes. As the era of the McMansion is left [thankfully] behind, furnishings are adjusting to smaller-sized rooms, not only shrinking but also become multi-purpose or moveable. Select a modular sofa that can be adjusted to create a larger or smaller seating arrangement. Invest in a desk that has a much smaller footprint; after all, our computers and components are shrinking so your workspace can, too. Fancy footstools in accent colors that work in any room of the house offer flexible seating options and drop-leaf or extending tables can expand for company and contract for everyday space saving. Even your giant flatscreen can be hidden in a cupboard that also holds movies and game hardware.

Few of us can run out and scoop up the latest pieces by top designers. But we can use this year’s style trends — most of which seem destined to become standards of interior design — to launch our own decorating revolutions, turning our homes into showcases that are stylish, modern and homey all at the same time.


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