Sometimes we think we are behind the times with design trends, and sometimes we think we are way ahead of the curve. For example, several years ago, we trimmed this sofa for our client’s very traditional living room with a beautiful bullion fringe to really dress it up. Of course, we realized this was not a new idea – fringe was often used liberally on Victorian and Edwardian furniture and lampshades. But, at the spring markets, fringe was back in more unexpected and bold ways. We spied the contemporary Nicolene chest from Currey and Company in a recent article by Patricia Sheridan in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. According to Cecil Adams, creative director, “fringe is never completely out of fashion”. He went on to say that “they chose to embellish this chest with modern brass pulls and leather tassels as a nod to handbag hardware.” On the other end of the spectrum, we found this over-the-top lampshade at www.vintageshades.com a company that specializes in making custom Victorian style shades and reproduction antique lamps. One of their lamps would certainly go well in the Gingerbread Cottages we last wrote about! Fringe and tassels add visual interest and are always in style – from ultra-modern to traditional to Victorian, there is something for all tastes.