so long, summer… and autumn arrives

so long, summer... and autumn arrives

 

 

Whether you were enjoying the summer sipping cape cods in… Cape Cod? Or maybe Martha’s Vineyard?  Or coastal Maine… The point is you were either somewhere non-tropical with mainly tolerable weather, or you were sweating the days away in stormy south Florida like me.

Hopefully you soaked up as much summer fun as possible and are ready to bid adieu, as today marks the final day of this fabulous season.  I am more than ready for the cooler weather, which has not quite arrived yet down here, and I mark this last day of summer with a tribute to a wonderful summer color: white.  Fear not the old adage that has us packing away our whites once Labor Day hits.  Oh no, I do not abide by this silly rule.  To prove that white can transition far beyond the three golden months, I’ve put together a montage of awesome clothes and accessories that can transition beautifully into fall.  And just for good measure, some gorgeous white home interiors to keep the inspiration flowing.

Worry not- summer may be over, but summer whites never fade (as long as you wash with bleach).

white living room

Clean, spare white living room with great art elements

White living area and dining room

White living area and dining room

This living area looks so calm and peaceful enveloped entirely in white.

White bedroom

White bedroom

This white bedroom with whitewashed shutters is gorgeous.  The photographs behind the bed lend some personality and grittiness to an otherwise pristine room.

trend report: fashion and furniture

Home décor isn’t my only passion- I am also very much interested in fashion as well.  But since becoming a homeowner I do feel as if my attentions have shifted much more to shopping for home items than for haute couture (well maybe I never shopped for haute couture, but you know what I mean).  To take a line from the newly nested Carrie Bradshaw in last year’s SATC2 movie, “I feel like I’m cheating on fashion with furniture.”  However, I realize that my two loves can be combined.  While poring over recent runway pictures from last week’s NY Fashion Week I found some wonderful similarities between what’s going to be hot in clothing for fall and what is currently in vogue in home design.

Saturated color on the fall runways (image via style.com)

As you can see above, bright and bold primary colors were all over the fashion designer’s canvas.  This can be easily translated to home decor by adding pops of bold colored accessories to liven up a room.  The outfits above pair a bright eye-popping color with a more toned down neutral to tamper the effect.  Below, the bold blue of the walls, red door, and pop of pink in the lampshade are tempered by a white ceiling and black and white tiled floors :

Bold interior foyer (image via elledecor.com)

The best way to introduce so much color to a room is to do it in a hallway or a foyer, as seen above- this way you don’t feel like you’ve taken too much of a risk if you absolutely hate it- and it is confined to a small area.

Another prevailing trend seen on the runways was the billowy and silky rich blazers, skirts and pants done up in a shade of Yves Klein blue. 

Yves Klein blue outfits (image via style.com)

This monochromatic yet rich look can be translated beautifully into a room.  The Yves Klein blue-colored painting in the room below really gives the space a sumptuous and luxurious feel.  After all, it’s so close on the color chart to royal blue that  the overall effect has a glint of royal luxoriousness to it.

Yves Klein blue artwork pops in a neutral room (image via casasugar.com)

I saved my favorite runway looks for last: rustic preppiness.  There is nothing that makes me happier than plaid (except for maybe several bottles glasses of pinot noir) and layers.  This look was all over the runways, and while plaids usually call for a muted palette, their print is anything but.  The heavier nubby texture lends a feeling of warmth and coziness- perfect for cozying up to a fire on a chilly fall day. 

Plaid looks ruled the runways (image via style.com)

Similarly, an interior clad in plaid makes you want to spark up a fire and lounge about in comfy coziness inside.  The plaid wallpaper in the interior below brings a welcoming and homey vibe to the front entryway of this home:

Rustic plaid entryway (image via postandbeamliving.com)

So there you have it.  To my delight, fashion and home decor can be combined.  What’s in style on the runways is often well-translated into the home.  Whether it’s a bold shot of blue or a whole room wallpapered in preppy plaid, fashion and design are not incongruous entities.