Making a Fashion Statement | by Cara McBroom
What does your interior style say about you? Or better yet, how can your sense of fashion guide the interior design of your house? Those of you who find yourself pondering what “look” to go for in your homes, may want to begin by taking a look in your own closets! This method may not be exact, but it sure is fun to think about! Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing! What style would you be?
La Femme Bohemme
GLAMOUR Goddess (a.k.a. GG)
The Glamour Goddess has an affinity for drama! She feels most at home in full makeup, and dressed to the nines in her couture and high heels. She prefers a more dramatic interior that reflects her flair for fancy!
This creative and introspective gal is not into bright colors or mainstream interests. She much prefers black and aged white finishes, and furniture with decorative details that emulate architectural details of the Middle Ages (let’s face it, modern day architecture has no use for flying buttresses). We can, however, give homage to this style by celebrating pointed arches, sculpture, and wheel windows. While this style was first brought about to build churches that could be super tall, with spires that reached for God and pointed arches that let in light in a way that seemed spiritual, we seem to translate Gothic style as dark and moody. Either way, our MG would probably love a room like the one below:
Beach Goddess (a.k.a. BG):
La Femme Boheme may have to move aside for this nature-loving beach dweller! BG can take on many different aesthetics, as it’s easy to infuse a little “beachy” into anything and it still look great! One thing all BG’s have in common is affection for the coast, whether it be the color palette, the natural fibers or the simple way of living! I live near the beach, so I went a little crazy on this one:
Equestrian Enthusiast (aka EE)
The Equestrian Enthusiast draws inspiration from none other than, yes, horses! Handsome tailored upholstery, well-worn leather accents, and a mostly neutral (horse-inspired) color palette is what this gal will need to feel at home.
Retro Modern Chic:
This cool chic believes that the architects and designers had a great thing going 60 years ago, with the invention of “modern” style. She adds to it some current contemporary, for a clean, retro, but hip result!
The Pop Princess may have been a product of the “MTV generation”—she reads all the latest magazines (fashion and popular culture magazines, like People), is up on all the latest trends, loves music and movies and may even have an affection for retro. This open-minded diva may have a more eclectic décor, with accents from the 50’s, a variety of bright color accents, and maybe even a collection of pop art prints, from artists such as Andy Warhol.
Do you love fall colors, hand-me-down furniture, and curling up with a book in your favorite oversized sweater? Does your idea of dressing up include throwing a sport coat over whatever you happen to be wearing? Try being the Traditional Gal:
This super busy, on-the-go, “plugged in” city gal wants to come home to a very clean, less-is-more environment! The less clutter and complication when she’s unplugged, the better! She wants a modern, open concept with masculine colors and sleek luxury.
These are just a few ideas! I could indulge myself and keep going, but I will stop here and say that if you are still confused about how to decorate, call a designer and ask for their help! We are like fashion stylists for the home! We can come up with something uniquely “you”!
‘Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.’ - Coco Chanel