When Fashion Inspires Interior Design

Fashion Meets Interior Design

Whenever folks are stuck to figure out what their design style is I first point them to their closet – then Pinterest, but that’s for another post.  What we like to wear is a personal reflection of our style.  If we are willing to wear it, why wouldn’t we want to sleep, dine, or entertain surrounded by it?

Recently, I did a big renovation of our house.  One day after it was all said and done, I was reaching into my closet to pick out something to wear and it struck me like a lightning bolt, I was essentially wearing my new bathroom.

Because fashion and interior design are so closely linked I decided to steal a couple of looks from The Hive’s Instagram account and make them into rooms.  Blue and black together is a big trend this fall and I couldn’t be happier as both colors show up repeatedly in my new kitchen and living room.  I picked this gorgeous Veronica Beard jacket, Mother Denim tuxedo striped jeans, Tibi top, and Isabel Marant boots to translate into a living room.

Fashion Meets Interior Design

Start with the gorgeous Henry sofa in a black crushed velvet from John Derian’s collection by Cisco Brothers, and bring in the Noma Indigo rug from Dash & Albert as anchors. For balance try Classic Gray from Benjamin Moore on the walls.  To add interest, do two of the sofa pillows and two Dapper chairs in Inlay Indigo, all from Cisco Brothers.  Also from Cisco is the Arden rectangle ottoman in a buttery brown leather.  Its solid profile balances out the legginess of the other pieces.  Add a touch of brass in the table lamps and a side table between the two chairs to incorporate our model’s brass buttons and finish off the room with a commissioned piece of original art like this one from Gingham and Grosgrain. Oh the drama!

The second outfit is another personal favorite combination because it’s the new color palette of Penny Post — olive green, black, and a touch of brass.  This gorgeous Rag & Bone coat with a cozy black turtleneck and Citizens of Humanity black denim made me think of a bedroom.

Fashion Meets Interior Design

Dark walls in bedrooms are in vogue again and how fun would one be painted in Chimichurri green from Benjamin Moore? (Shotgun Double used this color in a kitchen recently and it was perfection). The tailored April bed in black linen adds more coziness.  Punch up the solids with a black and white buffalo check quilt and Euro shams from Taylor Linens and standard shams in a black cross stitch from Anchal Project, a new line we are really excited about.  Toss on the bed a pillow or two in the new moss green from Walter G and you have made a nice statement.  Finally, anchor the room with a solid neutral rug like the Jute Woven Natural rug from Dash & Albert and add symmetry with two pairs of Tanso nightstands from Cisco Brothers and Chantal table lamps from Thomas O’Brien. So cozy!

If you have a favorite outfit that you love and want to recreate in an interior, we can help.  Our interior design partners are masters at making a room reflect your personal style.  If you’d like to learn more about our design services, then visit our website or contact us at hello@redbarnmercantile.com.  And, just a friendly reminder, our Cisco Brothers upholstery sale ends this Sunday, September 16, so stop in soon.  Happy Fall fashion shopping!


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Owner Amy Rutherford started Red Barn because she wanted to deliver a service — to provide both old and new in one place. No longer will busy shoppers be limited to reproductions or forced to shop multiple flea markets for the look or gifts they want. The trick in blending old and new, vintage and modern, classic and quirky, is balance. And Amy’s knack for mixing rustic antiques with urban chic has created a look that is both fresh and familiar.

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1 Comment

  1. Avatar Pat Moore says:

    I love seeing one of my chiropractor as a model. She always looks perfect. Great piece. Thanks.

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