If bedding is fashion, Dian Austin's designs are the ball gowns. After several years as a successful buyer and executive in the world of fine apparel, Dian Austin left the runways behind. But she took her knowledge of luxury fabrics and couture-quality detailing with her, creating a collection of bed linens renowned for handcrafted quality and opulence.
She made the most gorgeous clothing for the Hollywood elite. Each season, Grandmother Austin would bring me a selection of fabrics for my wardrobe and describe the designs she had in mind. She included me in the whole process.
It was a natural progression as I developed more of an interest in my home than my wardrobe. I thought there was a real void in the marketplace for luxury-couture bedding, and I had the experience to develop and produce (my ideas).
I am influenced by everything around me: a painting in a museum, period costumes and uniforms, exquisite fabrics, lovely details on clothing from anywhere in the world. I can immediately visualize the designs for an entire collection.
The lush textures and surfaces of brocades, cut velvets, jacquards and embroidered silks attract me.
I love the warm feeling of Old World frescos in neutral hues of champagne, sand, and topaz. Currently my bedding is made with a deep garnet pane velvet from Italy, combined with crushed silk and hand-embroidered detailing.
My husband Doug, our wedding picture in the first antique silver frame I purchased at Portobello Road, and fresh cut flowers.
I have a small Regency chinoiserie table (that) holds a lamp made from an Italian bronze statue, our wedding picture, my grandparents' wedding picture, a few of my favorite French Limoges items, and lots of books.
I have seven decorative pillows, two of which are long bolsters. At night, they are piled on a luggage rack next to the armoire.