Tar­lie B De­signs chats about in­te­rior de­sign longevity

There are many cor­re­la­tions be­tween fash­ion and in­te­ri­ors.

Highfields' Own - - Contents - BY OWNER OF TAR­LIE B DE­SIGNS, NATALIE BROWNLIE

We are con­stantly bom­barded in daily life with im­ages of what we should be wear­ing, how our hair and make-up should look and what items we must have for our home.

Who hasn’t bought an on-trend item of cloth­ing only to find it doesn’t suit them nor re­ally work next sea­son?

To have de­sign longevity in your home, work with the bones of your home — just as a piece of cloth­ing de­signed for a twenty-some­thing may not look great on a per­son of mid­dle age, work­ing with the era and style of your home will en­sure a more har­mo­nious co­he­sive look. Clas­sic never goes out of style. When pur­chas­ing big ticket items like sofas, rugs or light­ing, it is best to in­vest in pieces that are well made with clas­sic lines that you will love for many years to come.

Match­ing every­thing is not a good look!

Don’t make the mis­take of look­ing like you have pur­chased every­thing from one show­room floor.

Com­fort is im­por­tant — there is no point hav­ing a fab­u­lous pair of heels if you can­not walk in them and nei­ther is the gor­geous stream­lined sofa that looked great in the fur­ni­ture cat­a­logue but is un­bear­able to sit in.

Ac­ces­sorise ac­cord­ing to the sea­sons — gor­geous throws and cush­ions in warm, rich hues for win­ter and lightweight breezy fab­rics for sum­mer in cooler pal­ette colours.

Have some fun with a fab­u­lous fur­ni­ture piece, and ac­ces­sorise in an un­ex­pected splash of colour which can re­ally in­ject per­son­al­ity.

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