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DECORATING WITH... SCARVES

Aside from the odd scarf tied to a handbag, I don't wear them much. After all, I don't drive a convertible, I don't wear a lot of suits, and I'm too young to go the cravat 'n pearls route. BUT... I own a lot of scarves anyway. Vintage (a rare White House design, silks inherited from my grandmothers), designer (Fendi, Hermes) and a sentimental polyester number I bought off the street in Rome. Rather than keep these beauties stashed in the back of my closet, awaiting a dream car purchase or the onset of my golden years, I decided to bring them out in the open, and into my decor. Here are a few inspirations for the home, starting with the king of scarves, Hermes.

STUFF YOUR HERMES - PILLOWS
Aren't these colors fantastic? It's actually a very neutral room, but the feeling is sophisticated and lively. There are only four (count 'em) uses of color - and the Hermes scarf pillow (backed in mocha satin) sets the palette for the room. Design by Robert Brown Interior Designs
Some lovely Hermes pillow options available from Decorati.

A very adult, masculine palette isn't put off by a little scarf scrollwork.

Very elaborate, and traditional, patterns available from Vivre - similar to the one in the picture above.





More gorgeous pillows available from Decorati. I'm head-over for the pink and red combo with tassels!!!

Hermes on Housewives, of all places. Kelly Bensimone, of the Real Housewives of New York City, has two hot pink couches in her living room, chocked full of Hermes pillows. The pillows are completely fabulous, and I'm so sad I couldn't find more pictures to show you. However, you can watch the video of her house tour (including a giant horse, her washer and dryer, and more pillows) HERE.
Here's a mid-century modern mix with Hermes. Although the scarf is elaborate, the color scheme does match the chair. A little - not totally sold on this one!

Large Hermes cushions - you'll need at least three scarves, one for the front, one for the back, and another for the sides (just be emotionally prepared to cut it up!). The look is stupendous. Not sure about the rest of this room. Are zebra bridles really a great use for your Twillys?

HANG YOUR HERMES
I love the idea of framing and hanging scarves. They often make beautiful, abstract patterns, and you can indulge in color combinations and designs you wouldn't necessarily want to wear. Here, an art deco inspired framed Hermes scarf gives a jolt of color to a quiet living room. This image is, of course, from Domino.

And don't make the scarf shine alone - I love this whimsical, lime green chinoiserie frame, done by Dose of Design!

An Hermes scarf in a traditional frame. Notice how the scarf border creates an instant mat.

A beautiful use of a framed Hermes scarf in Ivanka Trump's New York apartment (from Blue Hydrangea). The various blues and greens in the room all come together in that scarf.

       OTHER DESIGNERS
      Graphic prints with Louis Vuitton...

A bright Vera scarf, courtesy Little Green Notebook.

Pucci patterns are fantastic in a room - here are some options in pillows and as wall art
The famous vintage store Decades, located in Melrose Heights, L.A., decorated their walls with Pucci scarves.
Try Ouno Design for pillows made from vintage scarves (including the recent olympics, Japanese fabrics, and Peter Perritt).
SOURCES:  all images, as linked above.

15 comments:

Beach House Living said...

The pink tassel scarf pillow is great. Hermes scarves are like works of art. If one ever came my way it likely end up in a frame, rather then on my neck, never mind a pillow.

erica@ moth design+luxe life said...

Fabulous post! I'm really enjoying your blog! xo Erica

Tiina said...

fantastic pillows. i love the idea of framing scarfs! i should do the same with my LV and chanel ones.. have a happy day!

studioJudith said...

The Hermes tassel design has long been a fav ... .
though I used to buy stacks of them, I finally acknowledged I just wasn't a scarf-wearing girl. Lot of excellent alternative ideas!

Jjj

Down and Out Chic said...

I really like how the scarves look framed (although if I had an animal head like that zebra that's definitely where it would go).

maureen @ The Inglenook Decor said...

I adore the one with all the tassels but they're all so gorgeous!

Duchess said...

totally agree about ivanka's apt.

Viera said...

Great post
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FrenchBlue said...

This looks so current and fresh! I love the colors and different designs. Love the tassels too! Endless ideas!!

Scandinavian Chic said...

That's a really good idea! Love the MS version :)

Bromeliad said...

Wow. Great roundup. I tried the scarf to pillow once but I might have been better off knocking off Hermes rather than Urban Outfitters.

Kari said...

This is a great example of Hermes scarf turned fab pillow by Bob Brown...
http://www.atlantahomesmag.com/article/high-style

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

I love this idea and everytime I see it I say I am going to do it and then I forget. Thanks for the stylish reminder. I am going to do it! But no Hermes scarves here.......sigh. XO

pve design said...

I have a collection. I would love to make some pillows or a dog bed.
pve

Jan said...

Wow, beautiful ideas and post. Thanks so much!

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