For her first paper + cloth guest post, I asked interior designer and blogger Amanda Sinistaj (check her out at www.dwellwellonline.com) to find inspiration in the spring 2012 runway collections. As a stylist, my job is to translate and curate fashion for the rest of the world, whether for an individual's wardrobe or an editorial fashion shoot. For her first post, Amanda translates the design vision of the divine Alexander McQueen for a very different runway - your living room.
Runway to Davenport: Alexander McQueen
by Amanda Sinistaj
Trends…I hate that word. Personal style seems so much more appropriate for where 2012 is headed. It will be a year of personal expression, individuality and all about the details! From runways to your living room, we will show you how to translate the spring fashion line up into your home decor.
Alexander McQueen's collection for spring focused on incredible details in pleating and draping that were infused with an oceanic theme. Texture and color is a proposition easily incorporated into your living spaces.
Pantone has announced the color for 2012 is Tangerine Tango, setting the stage for a bright year ahead. Bold is in, and safe is out!
Nautical can go too far, but it can be subtle and just right when using the appropriate fixtures. This vibrant and sculptural Cassidy Lamp from Arteriors Home offers well-balanced scale, texture and color.
$310, Clayton Gray Home
Gold and Tangerine are best pals in the sandbox. They highlight the warmer tones they each carry but still support each other as individuals. This Forest Park Golden Table from Arteriors Home acts as a functional piece of art in any setting. Shape was a huge component on the runways this season and will follow suit into home goods. The tree branch legs on this table perfectly embody the sculptural movement.
$765, Casa Cole
Unique pieces don't have to cost an arm and a leg. Add some movement to your walls with these beautiful Modern Branch abstract prints that can be purchased for a fantastic price.
$45 for set of three, AldariArt on Etsy
"Delicate" and "strong" were words used to describe McQueen's spring collection, and they're also fitting descriptors for these tangerine deco inspired temple jars from Global Views. Add a saturated blast of color in all white room and change the mood dramatically.
$1,173, Fine Home Products
The easiest way to add both pattern and texture into your home is through pillows, such as the Gabriella Pillow in tangerine. Try mixing patterns and solids to better showcase the fabrics. Want to spice it up a bit more? Try throwing an aqua blue in the mix and see what happens.
Cotton velvets or mohair fabrics can add a sumptuous texture and a slight sheen to pieces like this Knoll Lee Lounge Chair, but the best part is they usually come in vast color palettes because they take dye so well. Not to mention, they'll wear like a pig's nose. (That means they are durable, in case you're not from the Midwest.)
$2,499, All Modern