The details are not the details. They make the design.
Charles Eames

Details matter. If you are looking for a special way to customize chairs, sofas, lamps or pillows in your home, consider passementerie, which is decorative trimming such as tassels, tapes, braids and fringe. Fringe may call to mind the early twentieth-century rooms of Downton Abbey or the flapper frocks of The Great Gatsby, but fresh colors can make the look new. Trims made of tassels or beads add a sense of movement and can even reflect light in a room. 

"A Napoléon III chair in the living room is upholstered in Tony Duquette’s Tibetan Sun cotton, and urns from HomeGoods are displayed on a console draped in a fabric by Ralph Lauren Home."
Elaine Griffin and Michael McGarry's apartment in an 1890s Harlem brownstone.
Interior design by Elaine Griffin.
Photography by Joshua McHugh.
Elle Decor (May 2011). 

"[Designer Meg] Braff added a bullion fringe to the sofa to bring in more blue. 'You could do the same thing with a sofa off the floor at Crate and Barrel — just add a trim to personalize it,' she says. The same idea also elevates plain lampshades or curtains."
House in Palm Beach.
Interior design by Meg Braff.
Photography by Thibault Jeanson.
Photo originally appeared in House Beautiful, April 2011.

"Club-chair fabric (“Rigoletto”/Taupe #5568/2, by Rose Cumming). 
Trim on club chairs (“Orsay”/Taupe #34607): Samuel and Sons."
Chicago-area home of Larry and Deborah Coven and their children.
Interior design by Gail Plechaty, Real Simple Design.
Photography by Werner Straube.
Text by Krissa Rossbund.
"Bright, White, and Inviting Family Home" produced by Hilary Rose.

Gwen Stefani "shook the fringe of her floor-length Ferragamo flapper dress" at the Ferragamo-sponsored opening of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on October 17, 2013. She was "gracious and gleefully pregnant," with husband Gavin Rossdale at her side."
Photography by Roxanne Lowitt.
"L.A. Nights" by Danielle Nussbaum.
Town and Country (December 2, 2013).

Brian J. McCarthy "designed the living room's walls as 3-D matte-white plaster waves, done wet on site. 'You use these wood combs, so you control the movement, the ebb and flow of it,' says McCarthy. The Cubist-like cocktail table is a copy of one by the 20th-century French designer Marcel Coard, its surface water-gilded in palladium silver leaf for the softest kind of glamour.
Custom two-sided slipper chair in Fadini Borghi fabric. Armchairs, Jonas, in a Quadrille linen. Coffee table, Vosges. Chandelier, Newel Antiques. Art, Sophie von Hellermann."
Interior design by Brian J. McCarthy.
Photography by Max Kim-Bee.
Text by Mimi Read.
"Soothing Seaside Retreat" produced by Carolyn Englefield.

 "Jardins Anglais, 1803 one of the first wallpaper landscapes rendered in continuous scenes, and considered with two other decors, Le Palais Royal and Les Metamorphoses d’Ovide, to be one of the precursors of the scenic panoramique."
Photography by Eric Jansen.

 "Floor to ceiling delft tile adds unexpected pattern to this living room." 
Photography by Melanie Acevedo.

 "In entry, Louis XVI chairs. Tablecloth in Claremont felt; trim, Brunschwig and Fils. Custom console and mirror. Lamp, Robert Altman. Art, Jean-Michel Basquiat."
"Boxwood," an historic estate in Nashville.
Interior design by decorator David Netto and architect Gil Schafer.
Photography by Max Kim-Bee.

"Alexa Hampton, the president of Mark Hampton LLC, was inspired by Mudejar tiles when she designed this room. To 'tile' the walls . . . , panels printed by Chuck Fischer were digitally painted as wallpaper by Duggal."
Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2014.
Interior designer: Alexa Hampton., Mark Hampton LLC.
Photography by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.
"Rocking the Palazzo" by Penelope Green.
New York Times (May 1, 2014).

Detail of Alexa Hampton's luxurious tufted velvet banquette, which was trimmed in Samuel and Sons' Rouen Tassel Fringe.
Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2014.
Interior designer: Alexa Hampton, Mark Hampton LLC.
Photo: Jean Bourbon via Samuel and Sons Passementerie's Facebook page.

"Angela Pham, photographer, doesn't need a fiancé at the moment. She has her fringe (so this season), funky brogues, and Bradley (sort of)."
Photography by Philippe Jarrigeon.
Fashion Editor: Felicia Garcia-Rivera.
Market Editors: Kelly Connor and Chelsea Zalopany
Casting: Zan Ludlum/Zan Casting; Casting Assistant: Sisi Chonco/Zan Casting
Hair: Wesley O’Meara; Makeup: Georgi Sandev
Studio: Fast Ashleys Studios

"Formal living rooms have long been the stage for elegant braids, tiebacks, and fringes in staid palettes. Now trims of all sorts are suddenly popping up in such casual venues as porches and family rooms, where they're showing off the season's hottest colors. Take your pick: Vibrant turquoise, hot pink, apple green, sunny yellow, and vivid orange furbelows are rendered not only in traditional silk, but also in fluffy cotton and in glass and wood beads."
Coral-and-green brush fringe (Samuel and Sons).
Photography by Colleen Duffley.
"Passementerie: On the Bright Side" written and produced by Krissa Rossbund.

"Shells fringe a custom shade on a Pottery Barn lamp in the master bedroom."
Designer Carolyn Espley-Miller's Carpinteria, California, beach house.
Interior design by Carolyn Espley-Miller.
Photography by David Tsay.
House Beautiful (September 2010).

"I love wooden tassel-and-ball fringe in all colors, shapes, and sizes. It looks great on cushions or curtains or lampshades." -Mario Buatta
Photo courtesy of the manufacturer via House Beautiful.
"101 Home Makeover Ideas from 101 Designers" by Christine Pittel.
House Beautiful (February 2009).

Laura Carmichael, Lily James.
"The actresses share a laugh on the Highclere Castle set."
Photo by Austin Hargrave.
The Hollywood Reporter (June 17, 2014).

Laura Carmichael [Lady Edith Crawley] in a behind-the-scenes image from the set of Downton Abbey Season 4.
Photo via PBS/Masterpiece website.

"The second floor of Macar Feyzullah Pasha is laid out in the form of a Byzantine cross."
Serdar Gulgun's hilltop home, Macar Feyzullah Pasha, which overlooks the Bosphorus strait.
Photography by James Merrell.
This piece originally appeared on

"Jewel-toned upholstery and silk wall hangings complement Gulgun's collection of Arabic art and calligraphy."
Serdar Gulgun's hilltop home, Macar Feyzullah Pasha, which overlooks the Bosphorus strait.
Photography by James Merrell.
This piece originally appeared on

 "Above the living room banquette, a digital blowup of a detail from a Renaissance fresco."
Garrow Kedigian's Manhattan apartment.
Interior design by Garrow Kedigian.
Photography by Christopher Sturman.
House Beautiful (December 2013). 

 "A set of 19th-century chairs dressed in Schumacher's Shock Wave cozies up to a gently worn velvet banquette with P.H. Dorcic bullion fringe and pillows in Holland and Sherry and Dye-Namix fabrics. He [designer Garrow Kedigian] used gold paint to dress up the wood table base by Mecox Gardens. The display cabinets have a faux-limestone finish."
Garrow Kedigian's Manhattan apartment.
Interior design by Garrow Kedigian.
Photography by Christopher Sturman.
House Beautiful (December 2013). 

"The music room's view of the courtyard and mature trees is framed by simple curtains in Scalamandré striped silk. The owners' young sons are talented musicians, and for recitals, an ottoman in Bergamo velvet and sofa covered in chenille and trimmed with deep fringe—both from Claremont—supply the seating. The sofa throw and pillow are in Fortuny silk, the side table and lamp were found at Nial Smith, and the rug is a beautifully faded Oushak. The vintage cocktail table, in black opaline glass and bronze cast to resemble bamboo, is from Wyeth."
Interior design by Christopher Maya.
Photography by John Gould Bessler.
"A Deep Calm" by Christopher Petkanas.
House Beautiful (June 2007).

"In the octagonal entry/dining room, Farrow and Ball’s Lamp Room Gray in Full Gloss shimmers below the etched skylight and a vintage Sputnik pendant. The Baker Shansi table is ringed by Zentique Louis side chairs. Bright seats and fronts (in Holly Hunt Made in the Suede) contrast with dark backs (Rogers and Goffigon’s Biarritz) against the 19th-century pumpkin pine floor. Photograph, Lynn Geesaman."
Designer Nina Farmer's Boston brownstone. 
Interior design by Nina Farmer.
Photography by Paul Raeside.
House Beautiful (March 2014).

"In the dining room, the chairs, table, and walnut chest are all antique, as is the portrait, which came from Greensboro, Georgia; the photograph is by Rinne Allen, and the rug is Scandinavian."
Textile designer and artist Susan Hable Smith's Victorian cottage in Athens, Georgia.
Photography by Richard Powers.
Text by Ingrid Abramovitch.
"Georgian Revival: Susan Hable Smith at Home" produced by Anita Sarsidi.

"A shade trimmed in ball fringe dresses up a custom sconce."
Prewar Greenwich Village apartment.
Interior design by Fawn Galli.
Photography by Jonny Valiant.
House Beautiful (March 2012).

"The blue-and-white palette is updated with blasts of lime green on the rug designed by Jonathan Adler. White bullion fringe accents the ocean-blue sofa, while a Sister Parish floral fabric upholsters matching armchairs." 
Interior design: Elizabeth Schmidt. 
Photography by Werner Straube. 
Text by Amy Elbert. 
Family Lake Home With Vibrant Color” produced by Sandra L. Mohlmann. 


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