From fashion to furniture: Inspiration from Melbourne Cup Carnival

Get your kitten heels out, your fascinators on and your champagne flutes loaded – its Spring Racing Carnival time in Melbourne! 

From the elegant parade of Oaks Day to the contemporary glamour of the race that stops the nation, horse racing has become an event synonymous with upscale style and on-trend ensembles. Racegoers embrace the latest styles regardless of weather, creating a spectacular parade to rival the fashion-scapes of Paris and Milan. 

So, why not take cue from this wonderful amass of style with some interior additions in your own home? 

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Power suits 

Infinitely flattering, boss power suits are all the rage this racing season. Turn heads in your own living room with the structured lines of this bold blue sofa – the velvet ups the elegance factor tenfold. 

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Statement colours 

Structured outfits aren’t the only thing making an appearance on the freshly mown lawns this year. Bright bursts of colour – think pinks, reds, lilacs and yellows – are welcoming spring in full force. A beautiful artwork - like Australian artist Lamai Anne’s Dark Waratah print - can make for the perfect colour statement at home. 

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Ruffles 

From large sleeves to pants and full ruffle dresses, ruffles have made a huge comeback. Far from the ruffled horrors of vintage granny bed sheets, these modern ruffled bed sheets in soft linen create a flattering look in every bedroom. 

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Golden glamour 

An elaborate creation of feathers and metallics, the glamorous fascinator is a racing fashion staple. Luckily the glam factor can remain all year long with this Gatsby-inspired addition (as well as the champagne service!). 

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Floral patterns 

Dainty and feminine, florals have long graced the fields of Melbourne Cup – and this year is no exception. Opt for a floral-patterned bone inlay table to inject some of this elegance and spring spirit into your interior.