Haute home: Sometimes fashion fades into the woodwork
Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 5:13 p.m.
Does your outfit blend into the woodwork?
We're not talking in a boring, bland way, but in a complementary one. Perhaps your wardrobe is a reflection of your broader taste, and there's no place better to see that than in the way you decorate your home.
If you're true to your style from your clothing closet to the linen closet, you're probably not the type to bounce from trend to trend, style experts say. Instead, you probably have a strong point of view that evolves and is enhanced over time.
Designer Nanette Lepore has made a rug out of a favorite print that she used in a fashion collection, and the pigmented colors she likes to wear are the ones on her walls, too.
"I want to create an environment you want to come home to," she said.
The home gives a picture window into your personal style because you live with it a lot longer and that tends to show off what you truly value, said jewelry designer Cathy Waterman.
A glimpse into taste makers' closet connections:
Nanette Lepore: Fashion designer
There is nothing precious about Lepore's home, she said.
"I want the same thing from my house as I want for my collection," she said. "I like to make live-in clothes. I want to think of my clothes as go-to clothes, not special-occasion-only clothes."
"I feel like my personal style is very eclectic and I like to decorate that way. I like a lush, romantic room that feels warm and homey and very personal," Lepore said, who is launching a home collection this fall.
She's a fan of prints and rich colors, and they're an important part of her decor just like her runway.
"I think most people want to layer when they get dressed or when they decorate," she said.
The catwalk trick she brings home with her? Good lighting.
Cathy Waterman: Jewelry designer
While she's known for pieces that shine, her personal wardrobe and decorating sensibility are driven by craftsmanship and art. She has a lifestyle that puts her more often in the garden, kitchen or studio than the red carpet, Waterman explained.
Her tastes are very eclectic, artsy and dramatic, and when she likes something, she really likes it: Take fairy tales, she said. Her closet is home to velvet cloaks and capes.
She also loves her silver snakeskin boots and "luscious" green velvet dress by Alexander McQueen almost as much as she loves funky pottery pieces and black-and-white photos.
"I like things that have a handmade quality to them. It's probably why I do what I do," Waterman said.
Kelly Wearstler: Decorator turned designer
"Whenever I work with clients that are uncertain about where or how to start in terms of home decor, I ask them to go into their closet and to describe to me what they find," Wearstler said. "What color, style and textures they find. We build from there. I can use this feedback as a foundation."
Her own world is filled with mixed messages, and she likes it that way. In clothes, that means raw denim paired with beautiful, shiny jewelry. At home, it's "rough texture and raw art accented with the gleam of polished metals."
The tell-tale pieces in her home are her chairs. They are "functional sculptures and serve as jewelry to a room," she said.
She'll also take abstract fabric prints and turn them into wall art, or she'll reupholster furniture with denim. A carpet can be a sweater design, and a favorite home object can inspire the closure on a clutch handbag, Wearstler said.
"It's super exciting to see all this cross-pollination," she said.