Rice: Color Me Happy!

January 31, 2008

Most of you know that I’m a big fan of Rice in Denmark, so I thought today during the dead of winter (at least here in New England) that some of us buried under snow could use a dose of color. A ginormous dose.

Rice: Color Me Happy!
Rice usually isn’t this colorful, yes they’re pretty big on blue, pink, red, but it seems this season they’ve taken their usual palette and turned it wayyy up to near neon excitement. Think lime, bright pink, orange, colors that leap from the page. Happy! Joy seems to be the feeling they’re going for with their energetic Spring collection.

Rice: Color Me Happy! One day I vow to have a living room with ceilings this high and light this gorgeous filling it. Am I dreaming?

Rice: Color Me Happy! Lots of hand painted furniture, this bright blue table is so easy to duplicate – you can find lots of tables like this in those unfinished wood stores or in second hand shops.

Rice: Color Me Happy!I always think of toile as super stuffy – nice to see it displayed in a whimsical space like this.

Rice: Color Me Happy!Everyone who is designed obsessed, moves around their furniture at least on a monthly basis, and is color crazy (but who cannot commit) needs to live in a space like this. Pure white walls (devoid of any color/tint – decorator’s white from Benjamin Moore is my favorite) with neutral flooring. Larger pieces of furniture should be a mix of mostly white and wood (light to medium tones). Splashes of color can come from soft furnishings, trunks, small tables in bright hues, art, etc. That way, we have the perfect canvas for our constant need to change things around. Tired of your little green table? Paint it blue today. Sick of pink? Remove the pillow covers and sew up two vintage silk scarves and slip them on instead. Isn’t this the perfect interior scenario? To me it is.

Rice: Color Me Happy! What little girl wouldn’t love a purple bedroom (and parents who are totally cool with it)?

Rice: Color Me Happy! Furnishings aside, look at this light and these large windows. How can a space not look pretty when you have these bones to work with? Decorating is so much easier when you have a room like this as your starting point. It’s like working with Kate Moss, you can dress her in anything and she’ll be stunning.

Rice: Color Me Happy! This is a super saturated outdoor patio, but you can’t help but respect the lady that could run a home so well. :) Only in photos, remember that, only in photos…. {sigh}

Rice: Color Me Happy!
Fun entryway. I especially like how they’ve painted only part of the wall. This was a very common fad in the 1980’s in America only we were so clever as to use wallpaper border to trim it. Eek. What were we thinking? But ’80s flashbacks aside, I could deal with a wall painted only part of the way up if it’s done right – this is an example of right. Very nice splash of color, a nice way to welcome guests. Interesting animal head. I could perhaps do without Mr. Rhino and instead, I’d have my new favorite chandelier installed by Patrick Townsend.

{1/31: I have to update this post! I’m so excited to say that I just returned from Barnes + Noble with a copy of the Feb 08 LivingEtc magazine in hand and as I flipped through it during dinner, I saw an apartment that looked so much like these images. The pendants over the dining room table were a dead giveaway. I realized that the apartment featured on pages 58-66 is Charlotte Geeniau’s place – owner of Rice. And it’s a rental so if that doesn’t inspire you… But what an awesome coincidence. You have to pick up LivingEtc because the full on spread is amazing.}

(images from rice)


  • Reply Tamms January 31, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    What you don’t like Mr Rhino Head?? Why ever not?

    PS I love the purple room!

  • Reply Bari January 31, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Thank you so much for pointing us to fabulous design all over the world! I’m crazy about this color punch here!

  • Reply jen January 31, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    i feel refreshed – thank you holly!

  • Reply decor8 January 31, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Tamms can you just see that in my house? he he

  • Reply Dans p? roser January 31, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Lovely! I love all the colours, and wonderful combinations. Thank you for showing. =)

  • Reply Kathleen aka Coffee Mom January 31, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    How have I never heard of Rice before? I think I’m in love!

  • Reply Jaime January 31, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Oooohh, I love it all!!! What a happy place Rice is!

  • Reply nice-etc February 1, 2008 at 4:16 am

    i don’t think i’d heard of rice before, either! i’m loving it very much and will have to pick up the new living etc.. white with colors all over is right up my alley haha.

  • Reply David February 1, 2008 at 8:52 am

    where can i find that translucent green chair in the purple room?!

  • Reply boliyou February 2, 2008 at 3:22 am

    The purple room is great! I even like the pink rhino head (in someone else’s house). It’s got great whimsy. But I just love the lampshades in the photo with the blue table. Thanks!

  • Reply Jennifer at Design Hole February 2, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Ah, my dream. I love color. It’s usually my starting point and/or inspiration for designing rooms for clients.

    I love painting ceilings a saturated color.

    Believe it or not, red ceilings look great (in the right spot of course).

  • Reply Kylie February 4, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    I was scrolling down to see what posts I have missed over the past few days and immediately stop at the fun, fresh colors of Rice’s products. Wow. I’m definitely one of those “color crazy” people that you described. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Lisa August 14, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    This is so refreshing!! This is all so beautiful you can’t help but feel happy!
    The rug is beautiful can you point me in the direction of finding one??

  • Reply Sandra August 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Iam looking for a neon purple like this for my daughters room and cant seem to find anything like it! Is it special made? Please Help :)

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