I've mentioned before that my career began in fashion, and although I've shifted my focus towards the world of remodeling and interior design, if given the choice between a Vogue or an issue of Elle Decor, I'm going to choose the glossy fashion mag every time.
I wouldn't quite say that I'm betraying my current industry; rather I would argue that these two industries are actually tightly interwoven with many common threads (pardon the puns...).
Those in the industry are always arguing, in true chicken or the egg form, which came first... does fashion influence interiors? Do interiors dictate what designers send down the runways at fashion week? I don't claim to know who starts the trends, but I will say that I personally often consider an individual's wardrobe choices when helping them come up with a design scheme for a room, or architectural details for their soon to be remodeled home.
I have found that at the beginning of the creative process, I am inspired by the runways and department store windows. Those bright happy neons that are cropping up everywhere? How fresh would it look to throw in a chartreuse piping on a serious, buttoned up neutral or navy sofa or accent chair? The what-goes-around-comes-around chambray shirt? A blue on blue on blue (on white) serene color scheme that is as easy as it is soothing. The Moroccan-inspired ikats and suzani prints that are everywhere from printed denim to bags to shoes to men's ties? Nothing modernizes a traditional (stale?) living room or breakfast nook like a few patterned pillows or a throw, a statement upholstered piece, or a duvet and an accent chair (love this room! Perfect combo of modern and comfy, without too much of a commitment). And who can forget my favorite recent HomeGoods finds- . For those not afraid of a statement, I dare you to try this gorgeous New Ravenna ikat glass mosaic on your powder room walls. If you've clicked through and you (also) feel like you can't live without that stunning wall of gorgeousness, CALL ME. I love you! And I want to design your space.
And what does it say about a person's interior design style when their wardrobe is NY standard black and grey? A sleek minimalist and monochromatic look, with clean lines and various shades of black, white, or grey (or even greige) would make this person feel right at home.
Don't be afraid to embrace the things you love. Many people who ask me to help them with their design know what they like, but they're afraid to pull the trigger. If I had one, my design mantra would go something like this: "Don't worry too much about what 'goes together.' If you put together a room (or an outfit) of things that you sincerely love, it will look good together." Think about that next time you take a gander into your closet, shop your favorite store, or consider changing up a room.
Ellie Mroz is the C.A.O. and Design Specialist for , a Westfield-based Design/Build General Contractor. http://www.MichaelRobertConstruction.com
She can be reached at Ellie@MichaelRobertConstruction.com.
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