Be Inspired: Urban Living

As a former fashion buyer for David Jones, Bernie keeps a close eye on how catwalk trends are being translated in home interiors. This winter she reveals fur, felt and leather are making a huge splash! To learn how to create a sophisticated urban living space by adding these luxe textiles into your home read on


Metallic Leather

This year leather is making a big impact in a range of edgy metallic colours. On the fashion front we’re seeing metallic leather skirts and jackets by top end designers such as Gucci and Burberry. Away from the catwalks of London and Paris, metallic leather is showing up in urban homes in the form of fabulous cushions.


Fabulous Felt

You may have noticed that a must-have celebrity fashion accessory in 2013 is a felt fedora hat with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jessica Alba and Kate Moss all spotted rocking them. Fashionistas this winter are also donning gorgeous luxe wool and felt coats produced by the likes of Stella McCartney.



Felt slippers are a great way to keep your tootsies warm this winter. I love Gaspard Tine Beres’ “Lasso” house slipper – a felt shoe which you assemble yourself with a single coloured shoelace. Onstail’s wool felted slippers pictured above in purple and aqua are made using hot water and organic soap. The slippers are then coated with natural latex on the soles to prevent you from slipping over.


In the interior design industry, felt is also extremely popular this year with designers using it as flooring, furniture, room dividers and accessories. For a cool urban look, opt for felt furniture with an industrial feel. I love this child’s felt chair from Bentwood.

Emma felt chair

The Emma, an elegant armchair designed by Färg & Blanche for Gärsnäs is another example of beautifully crafted felt furniture.



Charlotte Kingsnorth’s Felt Up chair is the perfect place to snuggle up this winter. The Felt Up chair cocoons you and because the felt is 16mm thick it keeps you nice and warm.


At designEX I also fell head over heels for Ronel Jordaan’s felt products. Her handmade merino wool felt cushions come in a rainbow of colours and are hand-dyed and hand-carded. Her felt collection also includes throws, planters, decorative felt nests and hollowed out sheep which are used as floor lamps. It’s all very playful and perfect for chic urban homes.


Fur is back

Fur has been a firm fixture on catwalks this year too with several designers embracing it including Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. For Fendi, Karl Lagerfield used fur in every single look of his 40+ collection, from coats and handbags to sunglasses and shoes. Yes, fur is back in a big way!


Fur is also a wonderful way to add texture and a luxe feel to your home. It can be incorporated into your living space in a plethora of ways including fur furnishings, floor rugs, throws and cushions.



From the catwalk to interiors, fur, felt and leather are making big waves this year. To discover further ways you can incorporate these textiles into your home please give Bernie a ring on 0417 088 602 or email