Design Trend: Glamour...The Tory Burch Effect

(Photo courtesy of; image by Norman Jean Roy for Vogue.) This picture is from Tory Burch's Southampton Estate.  From the blue and white china to the stunning geometric wall coverings, this solarium says glamour and high fashion loud and clear. This is a hallway in her Manhattan apartment featured in Vogue Living. Whether she is creating a new fashion look or designing the interior of her homes, her look exudes glamour.

Tory Burch, the internationally famous fashion mogul, is a trendsetter helping to increase the momentum of a return to glamour in interior design. She is the creator of an "attainable, luxury lifestyle brand defined by classic American sportswear with an eclectic sensibility.” (

The Tory Burch line of clothing, shoes, eyewear, handbags and accessories embody her personal style, as do the furnishings of each of her elegantly decorated stores. Part of what makes her brand so successful is the shopping environment she has created. You feel sophisticated and chic browsing her glamorous boutiques. With lacquered doors, mirrored walls, traditional furniture, graphic carpets and bold fabrics and wallpaper, her stores look more like a room you would find in a one of her stunning homes than a typical retail setting.So impactful is Tory’s interior design style, her glamorous Manhattan apartment and Hampton’s mansion have both been photographed for Vogue and are routinely written about by interior design bloggers.

Notice the use of green in the awnings, the bright orange entrance and for the interior, more green paired with purple and enhanced with sophisticated chandeliers and mirrors.

How can you create a glamorous home with Tory Burch style?  Choose traditional furniture, mix in a few modern pieces, opt for bold fabrics and graphic rugs, employ a strong color such as emerald green or deep orange, use a variety of textures, mirrors, and throw in plenty of accessories.  Of course, Belfort Furniture and our professional design team is your resource for it all.

Where to begin?  In the living room, try starting with a great upholstered chair in a vibrant fabric as the jumping off point for the rest of the room.  For example, the bold patterned fabric on a traditional chair like this colorful Cadence Chair with exposed wood by Sam Moore.

Or this boldly patterned Victorian lounge chair by Fairfield would be a great place to start for inspiration.

You might try pairing  this Leather armless stationary chair by BeModern, evocative of the 1960's and the  "Madmen" series, with other pieces in your living room.

Or try integrating a more traditional tufted corner leather chair by Bernhardt in Tory Burch's signature emerald green.

Next, choose a timeless sofa in a luxurious fabric.  Off-white or cream are natural color choices as are details such as nail head trim or exposed legs. You might want to opt for a slip covered sofa with waterfall skirt and graphic throw pillows. The Chloe Sofa by Huntington House is an obvious choice.

We also like the stylish Simone Slipcover Sofa by Kincaid. This sofa is perfect for an eclectic, glamorous living room.

Occasional tables in dark wood or a glass and metal over-sized coffee table piled with books, decorative boxes and vases are the next ingredients to create a glamorous living room. Try the Stanley Furniture Avalon Heights Neo Deco Lyre Lamp Table.

Pair this accent table with a glass cocktail table like this Hermitage West View rectangular cocktail table from Belfort Signature and you’re on your way to a sophisticated space.

The final step to creating a Tory Burch inspired living room is to select rugs, throw pillows, lamps, window treatments, artwork and accessories and Belfort Furniture has it all.  It is the layering of different materials and all of the final details that will make your living room opulent and interesting. For example, Tory Burch’s Manhattan living room includes animal print pillows, blue and white Chinoiserie vases, and gilded mirrors.

Here is her gorgeous living room at her home in Southampton, also courtesy of The long colorful drapes and carefully selected pieces and textures throughout the room give it an elegant sophisticated look to be envied.

But envy no more!  You can have a glamorous look in your home as well. The best way to accomplish your accessory purchasing is to enlist the help of Belfort design consultants.  Not only can they can help you choose every piece of furniture, but they will help you select which accessories work best for the look you are trying to achieve. And, you don't want to forget to add the finishing touch to any room, custom window treatments and bedding, and gorgeous rugs. Belfort is your source for hand-tailored custom drapes, blinds, shades and shutters, and area rugs. – a must have in any glamorous living room. Whatever your style, whatever look you want to create for your home, give Belfort Furniture a call. We make decorating easy and affordable.

Belfort Furniture is conveniently located in the Dulles area of eastern Loudoun County, Virginia, and is easily accessible from Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. Whether you live in Northern Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, or Washington D.C., we have the selection, styles and prices that make Belfort Furniture worth the trip! Belfort Furniture was voted “2012 Retailer of the Year” by the National Home Furnishings Association and has been voted “Best Furniture Store” in Loudoun County for 17 years in a row.