After my 3 day adventure in bright sunny Los Angeles, which I love to call it the hub of California fashion. Southern California fashion is laid back, fresh, you can wear whatever you would like and no one would really judge you, if you know you can rock it then wear it. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, conservative, European and cooler weather. If you can rock it wear it but then you will be considered a Hipster or judged whichever comes first.
While walking at my favorite shopping center in Los Angeles, The Grove ( 3rd street , between La Brea and Fairfax) I noticed that the hottest color of Summer is Yellow! All shades of Yellow. The first thing that comes into my mind when I think of the color Yellow…sunny, bright and warm. Now we are only talking about fashion right now. I did purchase a Yellow top at Zara. Some Yellow color fashion to hit stores or your closet soon. (google images)
As for the Interior Design aspect of this, you can add yellow by paint, accents and even furniture (google images)
Feng Shui- Feng means wind and shui means water… Lots of times when I step into a room I stand in center and spin slowly it is not that I am doing a dance but rather looking around to see how the flow of the room is or how we would like the Feng Shui of the room to be. Many of my clients do take in consideration the flow of a room. To make a room look bigger you add a mirror, to make a room look smaller add dark paint on the wall. Many times we do not realize that small adjustments can Feng Shui your room.
Color is one of the many fascinating elements of design- the focal point of any room. It could be paint, wallpaper, art or even furniture. There are 5 elements of Feng Shui color; they are
Fire- Red, Orange, Purple , Pink and a very strong Yellow
Earth- Light Yellow, Beige, Tan, Sand
Metal- Grey, White
Wood- Brown, Green
To get a better idea on how color can effect your thinking or mood I have added a description of each color and their meanings:
Here are some of my favorite color physiology interiors (google images)
One of the hottest trends, that will always be a trend…Nail Polish!
Every year new colors become on the “nail trend” list either fall/winter or spring/summer. I’ve noticed on the streets in California, where we have warm weather most of the time, that bright colors are in. Is it because we live in the ” Golden State” or “where the sun is always shining?” that bright colors are always welcome?
Pantone is another great way of seeing which colors are on trend. Color of the year 2015 Marsala (also can be used in cooking, Marsala wine) See above the color trends for Spring 2015.
As an Interior Designer with also a Fashion background watching and wearing these trends are rewarding to me. Feeling inspirited to pampering myself today I decided to get a manicure. (see picture below)
Another great way to spice up spring with these bright colors are for your living space. Paint, pillows and accessories are always welcoming and can be easy switched around or out. Warm colors to make a room look larger while cool colors make a room smaller. The images below are some of inspirational Interior spaces that showcase bright colors.
My days at fashion school in Los Angeles were always about woman’s fashion…well what about men’s wear? Men do have it easy, a shirt, tie, jacket, vest and pants. They also have only one type of shoe…Flat! As I was consulting with my very dear friend about a certain pair of shoes he was going to buy, got me started thinking about men’s fashion… about Fashion/Interiors/Men.
When you think of the ultimate mature type of guy you think some guy who has it all and who looks amazing in the following images. But one question does come to mind when thinking about men’s wear…How we can apply this very minimal variety of options in Interior Design?
(all images – google images)
Now this is how we can apply mens fashion into Interior Design (google images)
As my nearest and dearest Disney movie is about to be released to theaters which is Cinderella. Every girls dream to find her Prince Charming at a ball, all dressed up in a beautiful ball gown and to add that princess feel glass sleepers. Well if you consider the Jimmy Choo’s in the above photo, almost $5000.00 well if Cinderella lived in the Bay Area and worked of a tech company.. yeah I could believe she could afford that.
Hot off the Paris and Milan fashion week runway. Metallic is all that is walking down that runway, even from the Golden Globes fashion short or long it does not matter Metallic is here to stay for now.
Trending on fashion with metallic. Interiors have always had a hint of metallic, the roaring 20’s all had gobbles of gold, and sliver. Art Deco one of my favorite eras screams metallic. Some of my favorite Interiors that inspire me to use Metallic in my projects or that even inspire me to use in designing my next project.
Inspiration can come in so many ways, lets get inspired by the jungle…tigers, leopards, oh my! with birds, and most of green leaves. As we are going into spring and then my favorite time of the year…Summer, hot weather, that means hot interiors, fashion, upholstery and nails. Some of my favorite ways of expressing the JUNGLE… [All – Images – Google-Image]
My inspiration for this season “Welcome to the Jungle”
Wallpaper…something that reminds you of your grandparents house. Growing up in an Italian household, every wall was wallpapered. In the late 1990s early 2000’s wallpaper was outdated, hardly anyone wallpapered a wall. In todays Interior Design market 1 wall has some kind of oversized modern wallpaper.
“Wallpaper began as a cheap substitute for tapestry and paneling. Some historians believe that the use of wallpaper dates back to the 1400s. The first wallpapers were decorations for wood panels, introduced into England by Flemish craftsmen. The papers were small squares with images printed by wood blocks, which were then colored in by hand. As the desire increased to find a less expensive alternative to the wall-hangings of the rich, printers produced simple yet decorative paper panels.
In the 1500s, the wealthy continued to cover their walls but now they did so with brocades, velvets and even embossed leather. The earliest known wallpaper in England dates back to 1509 – an Italian-inspired woodcut pomegranate design printed on the back of a proclamation issued by Henry VIII. Discovered in 1911 at Christ’s College in Cambridge, the paper is attributed to Hugo Goes, a York printer. In general, wallpaper of this period depicted floral designs and murals. Wallpaper’s popularity increased in Elizabethan England. Throughout Europe, a fascination began with these fine papers that offered protection against dampness and an improved ability to handle fireplace smoke.
But wallpaper wasn’t purely a Western invention. The Chinese began to produce it in the early 1600s, showered with painted birds, flowers and landscapes on rice paper formed in rectangular sheets.”
In 2010 and moving forward into the future wallpaper is the new trend either all 4 walls, 1 wall or even better the ceiling. The ceiling is the 5th wall. Some Images of wallpaper and how it is applied. I have attached some images of wallpaper ideas and a couple of my favorite wallpapers all Images are sourced from Google images
Do not forgot the 5th wall..the ceiling
Here are some of my favorite wallpapers: Cole and Son, Groundworks ( can be found at Lee Jofa)