Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Get into the Bling Thinge; Imagine Trimmings as Jewellery for the Home: Add Glamour to Your Surroundings Using Decadent Fabrics, Wood, Metal and Crystals, Says Barbara Chandler

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Get into the Bling Thinge; Imagine Trimmings as Jewellery for the Home: Add Glamour to Your Surroundings Using Decadent Fabrics, Wood, Metal and Crystals, Says Barbara Chandler

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Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER

BLING is the thing for spring, as London homes go glamorous with luscious fabrics, magic metals, dark exotic woods and shiny lacquers. Here a mirror gleams, there a flash of crystal or a string of pearls catch your eye.

To get the look, use black as your "big anchor colour" - black-stained furniture, ebony floors and lacquered kitchens. Throw in a few feathers, mix with a bit of crystal and a touch of fur (real or fake), and you are nearly there.

The lust for glamour has raced from Bond Street to High Street in a flash.

One moment, Ralph Lauren was offering mono furnishings; the next, suburban Matalan had picked up the mood with cool black-bordered linens, a black bedspread for [pounds sterling]30, and a suave suede-shaded lamp with cubic Deco Perspex base for the same price (find its stores in NW2, SE7 and Enfield). Oh, and Woolworths is selling black paint.

Trimmings are the glamour home's "jewellery"; Peter Jones's ground floor has it all, at the right price - a deep fringing of crystal droplets for [pounds sterling]11 a metre, plus delicate feather trimmings. Add fashion fabrics and glass-bead trimmings at only [pounds sterling]5.50 a metre, plus inexpensive feather boas.

Then, cross Sloane Square to trimmings specialist VV Rouleaux (also in Marylebone High Street, W1). Or blow the budget at Spina, which is tops for tassels, with an OTT repertoire of coral, pearls, crystal and feathers. You can layer these glittering prizes with this season's metallic sheers - Peter Jones has a stiff, shiny organza in rich deep shades for [pounds sterling]4.95 a metre - or follow the King's Road to Chelsea Harbour for shimmering designer options.

Visit Sahco, Nya Nordiska, and Mary Fox Linton for pricey, but very pretty, choices.

Hang sheers the modern way, from a pole, threaded through eyelets, or with looped "tab" tops, or using simple ties or clips (Sahco has its own system, or try Walcot House). …

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