From the Catwalk to Home Interiors

There has always been a close relationship between global fashion and interior design trends. In this article Bernie shows you how this year’s hottest fabrics, textures and colours seen on the catwalks of London, New York and Paris are appearing in our homes.  

Metallic and Gold

A big fashion trend at the moment is metallic and gold with models sashaying down runways in metallic tops, stilettos and mini-skirts. This edgy and modern material is also showing up in home interiors to create a luxurious Hollywood look and feel, from rugs and sofas to tiles and statement furniture. Bernie recommends grounding metallic and gold with a neutral colour palette, then adding a touch of drama with a pop of colour.

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Colour trend: Blue

Turquoise, royal blue, aqua, cobalt – this year the colour blue is starring in fashion collections and design show rooms. Bernie reveals the use of soft blues in interiors has a calming affect while bright turquoise and cobalt shades breathe life into a room. Take Carrie’s apartment in Sex and the City 2 – it features electric blue walls paired with modern, minimalist white furniture. And if you’re not up for changing your colour scheme you can always add blue with accessories like these wonderful ceramics. Ooh, and don’t you just love this turquoise kitchen splashback!

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The biggest trend at Paris Fashion Week 2013 was striking monochrome looks, particularly the high definition contrast between ebony and ivory which you can see in Alexandra Wang’s Balenciaga collection here. And the juxtaposition of opposites also continues to pack a visual punch in interiors. With this colour scheme you can play with textures and patterns and inject splashes of colour for drama. When done correctly the results are spectacular, says Bernie.

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Botanical prints

Jetting across to New York now, botanical prints were a hit on the catwalk as you can see by this tangerine Diane von Furstenberg jumpsuit and muted rug in the same tones. Popular fashion blog, Fab Sugar also featured this bright DKNY floral dress and Bemz Marimekko lounge slipcover, demonstrating the close parallel between fashion and interior trends.  Bernie suggests reupholstering an armchair with a retro botanical print or purchasing a few fun accessories such as a lampshade or throw cushions in bright colours.

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Ethnic influences

Ethnic influences are also starring on the catwalk and in homes. We adored the large ethnic-inspired earring and scarves models donned in Dolce & Gabbana’s spring 2013 Show. And Bernie loves the ethnic touches in this eclectic Swedish home, especially the beautiful patterned floor cushion. If you’d like to spice up your living space with ethnic accessories first decide on which ethnicity you’d like to focus on, African, Balinese etc. You can also blend cultures together but it is much trickier – Bernie says getting ethnic décor right is more of a feeling rather than following a set of rules.

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Fur has long been a favourite with the fashion set and it featured heavily in winter 2013 collections in London, New York and Paris. It’s certainly a global trend coming in woolly, furry, patented, glossed and distressed textures. You’ll also find fur in luxe interiors, whether it’s in the form of a throw rug or this gorgeous Mademoiselle Kravitz Chair made of fur and leather. What a lovely purchase this winter.

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Give Bernadette Ferrari a ring on 0417 088 602 or email if you would like expert advice on how to incorporate the latest global interior design trends into your home.

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On Trend Celebrity Homes

Christian Louboutin

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Revered French shoe designer Christian Louboutin enjoys downtime at his retreat near Awan Egypt which is filled with ethnic influences.  From a Moroccan dining table inlaid with zelige (a form of tile work), to hand beaded furniture in bedrooms and Moroccan lanterns.  We love this romantic bed draped with an embroidered -suzani from Uzbekistan – a wonderful example of a stylish ethnic décor.


Patricia Herrera Lansing and Carolina Herrera Baez

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It’s no wonder sisters, Patricia Herrera Lansing and Carolina Herrera Baez have impeccable style, their mother after-all is famed Venezuelan-American fashion designer, Carolina Herrera, known for her elegance and dressing first ladies from Jackie Onassis to Michelle Obama. We love Patricia’s nursery, a starry blue wonderland for her children, and Carolina’s study which is a perfect example of how blue can lift a room. The fashionable colour blue is also cleverly brought into the dining room with bold art and a beautiful dinner setting.

Silvia Venturini Fendi

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In Italy, the luxury accessory queen, Silvia Venturini Fendi relaxes in her laidback island style retreat. Like Louboutin’s getaway it features wonderful ethnic touches and gorgeous blue. From bright pink chaises from India to the Turkish fireplace decorated with Sicilian religious items. We also love the blue-and-white majolica tiles in the kitchen.

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The Design Edit: The Sydney Decoration & Design Exhibition

Staying up to date on the latest interior design trends is a big part of our job at Ferrari Interiors and in this article Bernie shares the most exciting and innovative products she found at the recent Sydney Decoration & Design Exhibition.

Lappish Style Reindeer Hides

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Talented mother and daughter team, Aija Habermann and Bianca Ridings are the brains behind Lappish Style. They’ve brought a slice of their Finnish heritage to Australia with their beautiful reindeer hides. Not only are the hides luxurious, this product is also eco-friendly and sustainable. Lappish Style’s home fashion range includes authentic Lappish reindeer hides, cushions and ottomans.

Kindle Heaters

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If you love outdoor entertaining then Bernie recommends investing in a Kindle Heater. These were a marvellous find at the Decoration & Design Exhibition. Aesthetically pleasing and practical, these heaters come in five different styles and there are an array of accessories to choose from including; smooth shades, sandstone finish with black or white trim, programmable 7 colour lights, warm white lights, colour accent rings and a cocktail table in black or white that can be slipped over the stem of the heater.

Blofield Air Design Lounges

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A brilliant furniture concept at the exhibit was Blofield Air Design Lounges – the world’s first brand focusing on air design. Inspired by the traditional Chesterfield, this inflatable lounge is comfortable and stylish. A perfect way to transform an event space – it comes with a custom electric pump so it can be inflated within minutes. Perfect for indoor and outdoor spaces, you can pop these lounges on the beach, a pool deck or in an office. The Blofield Chesterfield range includes: single armchairs and two-seat couches in stone white, red and black. A sweet baby Chesterfield single armchair for children is also available in pink, blue and stone white.

Ziga Rugs

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The Ziga Rug collection was also a standout, made with the finest raw materials such as Tibetan wool and natural hemp farmed in the villages of Nepal. The attention to detail and quality of these rugs is truly exceptional. Primarily produced using a traditional Tibetan style of rug weaving, there are a wide range of patterns and colours to choose from including granite, slate and cubism collections.

Turquoise ceramics by MRD

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Turquoise is a popular colour trend this year and MRD’s range of turquoise ceramics is to die for. Indeed respected UK designer, Abigail Ahern selected MRD’s Aporto Ceramic range as one of her favourites for Australian House and Garden magazine.

Must have winter indulgence – Cashllama™

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So, what is Cashllama™? It’s a new luxury textile made of 100% llama fibre made in an innovative factory high atop the Bolivian Andes. Local artisans discovered that de-hairing the softest and finest inner fleece of the llama yielded beautiful fibres. As a result this new textile is softer than cashmere, warmer than wool because it has a hollow fibre and less likely to pill. We recommend snapping up one of these gorgeous throw rugs and cosying up on the couch with it this winter.

For more information about the latest innovative design products please ring Bernadette Ferrari on 0417 088 602 or email

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Get Creative with Patterns

In this fun and simple ‘how to guide’ Bernie reveals how to pair colours and mix patterns. It’s not as daunting as it seems when you stick to these basic rules, and when you get it right the results are spectacular! Read more

Mixing patterns in a room and bringing in colour gives it personality and depth says Bernie, so don’t shy away from experimenting. Like anything the more you practice, the better you will get at it. Here are some useful tips to get you started.

1. Stick with odd numbers:

When grouping patterns, three is a good place to start and you can go from there if you’re feeling confident.

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Pattern no. 1 has to be something you absolutely adore and should make the strongest statement. It’s good to go with a large scale pattern.

Pattern no. 2 must feature a couple of the same colours found in the first pattern and the size of the pattern should be a tad smaller.

Pattern no. 3, here Bernie recommends choosing a complementary colour or a neutral textured piece. The scale of the pattern should be smaller again.


2. Break up patterns with texture:

Too many patterns on top of each other is overwhelming so break them up by placing solids and textured fabrics between them.

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3. How to play with colours:

Bernie recommends avoiding mixing primary colours with pastels, or jewel tones with muted colours. It’s best to stick to the same colour tones and intensities.

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4. Getting the balance right:

To create a sense of unity, make sure that the whole room is in the same colour palette. Alternatively, place bright patterns against fresh white walls – they will really pop!

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5. Pattern Pals:

There are endless possibilities when it comes to the types of patterns you can mix together. Polka dots work with textures and graphics. Damask, floral and stripes are lovely together too. Ikat patterns can also be placed with paisley and polka dots. So, head down to your local fabric shop and have a play.

Missoni – The Pattern Masters:

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Italian designers, Rosita and Ottavio Missoni are renowned for their colourful patterns and stripes. As you can see by these photos of the Missoni Home Collection they are gifted at mixing and matching their bold designs to create a vibrant, striking look.

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If you’d like further inspiration Bernie recommends looking at fashion. Designers are bold when it comes to mixing patterns and colours in shirts and ties, and scarves and skirts.

If you’d like help mixing patterns and colours in your home please ring Bernadette Ferrari on 0417 088 602 or email

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Five Fab Finds

Incorporate some of 2013’s hottest design trends into your home with these fab finds. (more…)

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Colour Trends of 2013

Each year Dulux’s colour experts study global trends to come up with the colours that will make the biggest splash. In 2013 they’ve come up with six colour palettes based on the themes of movement – Dulux has taken a look at how colour is shifting and changing in modern times.

The 6 colour palettes:


In times of global turbulence, we often look to the past for certainty. The Merge theme evokes nostalgia by combining past, present and future styles to create something fresh but familiar. This colour palette features hues of stone, timber, leather and red.



The Seek palette embraces our passion for finding one-off pieces, transforming pieces from the past and creating a new space from the old. It has a vintage feel, although the colours are given new life through their use.



With the rise of new technologies, we are empowered as a global community to speak as one and create change. The Empower palette is a range of blues inspiring optimism, openness and communication.



The Rise palette is inspired by a fusion of east and west. The Japanese design aesthetic is quiet, calm and considered, a style that is fitting with today’s modern demands. It presents a range of sophisticated pastels, to help create a soft, light environment.



While some people try to block out the growing impact of digital technologies, there is also a generation who can’t get enough. The Share theme is inspired by the world of social media and its impact on design. A monochromatic palette with metallic highlights sets the mood.



The Blur palette s bold and daring, exploring our need to be excited and enticed with our everyday interactions. With combinations of red, pinks, purples and oranges  it will certainly grab your attention.


For more information about these 2013 colour trends, including the names of colour shades within these collections, visit

Refreshing your colour scheme is a great way to rejuvenate your home. To arrange a colour consultation with Bernadette Ferrari ring 0417 088602.



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Design Trends of 2013

Celebrate the start of the New Year by experimenting with some hot new trends in your home. Creating a more vibrant and inspiring space could be what you need to take charge in 2013.

Here are some of the upcoming trends we love:

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Retro botanicals

Colourful plant-inspired patterns paying homage to the 1950s will remain a strong design feature in 2013. This will be seen in upholstery, wallpapers and art pieces. It’s in stark contrast to the bold colour-blocking which was such a hit in 2012.

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Raw and earthy

Simple, raw wooden surfaces are set to be a daring design feature of 2013. Stripped of any embellishments, furniture with no visible vanish of paint will be a big talking point. It takes the hard edge industrial look to a whole new level.


Bring brass back

If you’ve got some antique brass items in storage – now is the time to pull them out. Metallic materials are being embraced by designers at the moment in a bid to brighten up a dull room. Bring this theme in with lamps, vases and candleholders.

Cool cooktops

Cool cooktops

Induction cooktops are literally cooler than other types of conventional cooktops. The induction system heats only magnetic materials, and not hands, aprons, potholders, or anything else that customarily gets burnt in kitchen accidents.  And that’s not the only advantage. Induction cooktops allow chefs to control heat precisely and instantaneously, meaning you won’t steam up the kitchen on hot summer days. More and more home owners are incorporating these spacey cooktops into their kitchen design.



Incorporating transparent materials and glassworks into your home is yet another one of 2013’s fun trends. From simple lamp bases to a large transparent coffee table, the sky’s the limit! Fill transparent or glass furnishings with new items to freshen up an existing look.

If you’d like help rejuvenating your home with the latest design trends contact Bernadette Ferrari on 0417 088602.


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Celebrity Hotels

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Le Royal Monceau, Paris, France

Since its opening in 1928, this iconic establishment has hosted such guests as Ernest Hemingway, Walt Disney, and Sofia Coppola. Philippe Starck’s recent reimagining of the decor stays true to the hotel’s storied past, rich in history, art and Parisian elegance.

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Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai, UAE

Claudia Schiffer, Tiger Woods and Roger Federer count the Burj Al Arab among their favourite hotels. This seven star resort is 321 metres of billowing architecture, where one can expect gold plated opulence at every turn. The extravagant hotel décor is highlighted by jewel tones, chandeliers and spiral staircases.

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Las Ventanas al Paraiso Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico

With a name which means “Windows to Paradise”, it’s easy to see why Las Ventanas al Paraiso resort has welcomed a long list of A-list celebrities, including Jennifer Aniston, JLo, Adam Sandler and Leonardo DiCaprio. The luxury Mexican beach hideaway in Los Cabos, with its fresh white exteriors and lavishly landscaped grounds, overlooks a sparkling sapphire sea. Guest rooms feature intricately carved furnishings, colourful native paintings and a personal telescope to gaze at the stars.

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The Little Nell, Aspen, The United States

This legendary hotel in America’s most famous ski town Aspen, is where the stars come to rest and relax after a long day on the slopes. A traditional mountain chalet, The Little Nell has played host to the likes of Jack Nicholson, Kate Hudson and Mariah Carey. Warm, neutral tones, plush sofas, sleek leather armchairs and an abundance of fireplaces, create the perfect atmosphere for a wintery escape.

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The Mercer, New York, The United States

Amid the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple, The Mercer hotel provides a home-away-from-home for Hollywood celebs such as Jay-Z, Kanye West and Renee Zellweger. In 2005 it made headlines when Russell Crowe launched a telephone at an employee, but beyond this incident, it’s also known for its chic, sophisticated feel.  Located in Soho, The Mercer provides guests with loft style rooms featuring striking high ceilings, large windows and an abundance of natural light.

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Travel in-style – Great Design Hotels

A hotel is not just a place to rest your head. When travelling Bernie recommends steering away from bland cookie-cutter hotels, and instead book unique properties which feature thought provoking interior design and architecture as well as rich cultural authenticity. Here are some of her favourites;


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