By Caitlin King / Special to Sunday Market
This fall, liven up your living space with home décor inspired by fashion trends from the runway. Investing in a few of these fabulous and functional finds — some even from local designers — will bring style to any room in the house.
Focus on form and function by investing in a piece of modern furniture that looks great and hides clutter. Ample’s Hip Pocket Table ($795 at Couch, Ballard) is designed and made in Seattle, and has a beautiful solid-walnut top and powder-coated steel legs. A merino-wool sling cradles your books, magazines or tablet, keeping them tidy and organized.
Step back to the ’70s and embrace the metal of the moment. Add a strikingly graphic brass paperweight, such as the Hex Weight ($116 at Totokaelo Art–Object, Capitol Hill) by Seattle-based Iacoli & McAllister, to your desk or bedside table.
Or contrast brass with luxe material. The Studded Velvet Pillow Cover ($34 at West Elm) features antiqued-brass nailheads and soft velvet fabric.
The newest trend in fine art is pieces that are approachable and affordable. Visit Amazon Art, the site’s newly launched fine-art section, for a unique piece from an up-and-coming artist or lesser-known gallery.
Opt for a colorful print like Varanasi in Oil ($185) by Glenn Losack or the surrealistic You Are I print ($140) by illustrator Kazu Tabo. The site offers more than 40,000 works, including art from five Seattle galleries.
Unusual materials add textural interest to the home. Here are a few ideas that you can take from the fashion runways and apply to furnishing and home accessories.
Try the chambray trend in the bath with Yoshii Two Tone Chambray Towels ($54 each) and Chambray Face Cloths ($10 each, both at Totokaelo Art—Object). Handcrafted in Imabari, Japan, from chambray and looped terry, the towels are machine washable and super absorbent.
Your grandmother’s tablecloth just became trendy. Delicate detailing is made modern in the Lace Tablecloth ($35) and the Lace Table Runner ($18), available at H&M’s Home collection, which you can now shop online.
A textured wall can add visual stimulation to a room. Check out Stickwood Adhesive Wood Paneling ($200–$500 at West Elm) for instant rustic charm. The boards, which cover from 20 to 40 square feet, come in 14 colors, with reclaimed options available.
Dress up boring dresser drawers with something unexpected, such as Saddler Knobs ($14 each at Anthropologie). The handles are made from bone and leather, the hottest material for this fall.
Pantone’s color of the year is perfect for the Emerald City. Start with a backdrop of emerald and black swirls reminiscent of woodgrain in the Malachite Wallpaper ($248 a roll at anthropologie.com). Or go geometric with Cubix Wallpaper in emerald ($51 a roll at hayneedle.com).
Next, add some accents. The retro 746 Phone in green ($68 at West Elm) mirrors the 1967 edition of the British classic. The phone plugs into a standard socket and features push-button dialing.
The ceramic Bulb Forcing Vase ($36 at Watson Kennedy, downtown) is available in a variety of green hues and looks stylish whether or not it’s holding flowers. And Northwest natives know that a Glassybaby votive is a timeless accessory. Opt for the greens set ($220 for five) or a single votive in emerald ($44).
Shimmering gold and silver accents add sheen to clothes — or a room. Check out Nate Berkus’ fall collection for Target, which just arrived in stores. Best bets include the Multiple Taper Candleholder ($20) and Two Tone Mirror ($35).
Pick up a conversation piece that stands out on your coffee table. Gold Cards ($19 at Frye Art Museum) are fabulous gold playing cards that will make you feel rich whether you win or lose.
The cool silver H&M Glossy Cushion Cover ($6) adds sophistication for a steal.