Interior Designer Maria Viola-Kuttruff finds inspiration in fall’s hottest runway trends.
If you think personal style doesn’t influence home décor, guess again. Maria Viola-Kuttruff, of Viola Interior Design in Merion and president of American Society of Interior Designers Pennsylvania East Chapter, has formulated many a floor plan just by sizing up a client’s wardrobe.
For a Philadelphia wealth management office, Viola-Kuttruff—whose role as regional head of ASID is to spread the word about design—found inspiration in a suit jacket. “My client had his jacket hanging on the back of a chair in his office,” she says. “It was conservative looking but very tailored.” The resulting scheme—a darker color palette with clean, masculine touches—was spot on for the corporate environment.
Fashion and furnishings are constantly colliding (just look at the number of fashion designers touting home interiors collections or teaming up with existing brands for collaborations), and this fall, many of the season’s hottest runway looks are finding their way into homes in the form of subtle detailing, Viola-Kuttruff says. The same boho fringe dripping from clothing and accessories is now adding new interest to contemporary seating styles while tassels, currently adorning earrings and necklaces, are reappearing on window coverings, tie-back seating cushions, and even bar cabinets. In a pop-culture-meets-décor moment, bar carts are back and especially popular with both millennial men and women thanks to ’60s-set Mad Men, she says.