Before I post my first interiors trend piece of 2018, I couldn’t resist this mini one on Bullion fringing. Jonathan Adler didn’t design this as a set for the BBC 2 TV series Feud (which centres on the relationship between Hollywood film stars Bette Davies and Joan Crawford) but with the combination of art deco fireplace and 40s style chairs, he certainly could have done!
Bullion fringe glamour
Bullion fringing – Hollywood style – courtesy of Jonathan Adler shows how to bring back a bit of old-fashioned glamour into our homes. It is first and foremost the bullion fringe which give these chairs their singular personality. However, as they sit in symmetry either side of the fireplace, for me, it is also the combination of perfect proportion, deep buttoned upholstery and boudoir cushions which make them quite so irresistible.
Home and fashion with all the trimmings
This is where interior design/haute couture and grown up dressing all have something in common. It isn’t just about quality of cut and fabric, it is about the details, the accessories, the gloves, the hats, the shoes – the trimmings …
Trimmings or passmenterie (sounds so much better in French) are increasingly being used again in interior design from cushions, to curtains and upholstery.
- Bullion fringe would also be a great way of updating an existing chair or sofa which has lacklustre legs.
Bullion fringing on general high glam alert
The bullion fringing on this low sofa with relaxed cushions and vintage mirror wall shows how to mix traditional passmenterie with contemporary vintage styling. Note too (in this room by another designer) the leopard print, purring quietly amongst neutral ticking, grain sack and linen cushions. I think this is a perfectly balanced scheme and I love the playful use of scale.
Shop bullion fringing
A Davies/Crawford 40s inspired interiors trend is one we are going to see mirrored in fashion too this year. My crystal ball says that there will be more polished, grown up dressing – an extension of the tea dress fever that swept the floor in 2017 … !
Thank you so much for reading. It may be cold outside but just think Glam for warmth – it’s certainly going to be my mantra this week! Here’s another chance to read about a previous post on Jonathan Adler’s collaboration with Clinique. (PS If you have enjoyed this, please don’t forget to follow the blog and share it with your friends too – just press the large blue ‘Follow’ button either at the beginning or end of a post!).
With many thanks again, Charis x