Inspired By…

September 8, 2009

I’m really feeling tones of lusty romantic violets and soft greens right now with black and weathered gray mixed in… all against a white foundation (but of course) with ethnic accents. Here are some current inspirations from my files…

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Dilka Bear

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The palette in my bedroom

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The Autumn collection at my Noa Noa shop around the corner.

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Tine K Home

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Tine K Home

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Tine K Home

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Tine K Home

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Tine K Home

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Are you inspired by this palette too? It’s everywhere over here… clothing, interiors, cosmetics, fashion accessories. I think it’s a relaxing, soft mix that takes us into Fall and then nicely into the Winter season as gray is such a great neutral for the cold months… I like pairing gray with black and silver for December, it’s a nice palette to decorate the home with since it’s classy and cozy.

I also love the idea of bringing the outdoors in with natural touches — fallen branches, pinecones, acorns and flowers. Natural wood is another favorite of mine, anything rustic and untreated works very nicely with this palette as it provides a nice contrast while adding warmth as violets and grays can go a bit “cold” otherwise. You can warm up this cool scheme with natural woods, elements from the outdoors, and various textures — crochet, woodgrain, flat weaves, knits, felts, etc.

(images linked to their sources above)


  • Reply lisa h. September 8, 2009 at 7:06 am

    I’m right there with you. I really like icy lavenders and violets and grays mixed with plummy browns too.

    In the fall, I like bringing home a few fallen leaves from my walks. They don’t last long, but they look very pretty on a table or windowsill with some candles.
    .-= lisa h.´s last blog ..A walk in the park: 5 palettes for the end of summer =-.

  • Reply pilgrim September 8, 2009 at 7:43 am

    long time reader, sporadic commenter. just recently i’ve bean buying a lot more of these dusky pastel tones because the suit my skin tone. they always remind me of you, holly! :)
    .-= pilgrim´s last blog ..made by pilgrim: stencil screenprints =-.

  • Reply caro September 8, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Today I blogged some pictures of my livingroom and you can see, I’m in love with these powder-colors, too. Grey and White with a touch of purple, rosé or blue is so wonderful and the tine k. interior would look so great in my apartment. Liebe Grüße von caro.
    .-= caro´s last blog ..So leb ich. =-.

  • Reply daisy janie September 8, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Wow – these really inspired me, too! Really a pretty collection of these tones, both subtle and not so subtle. Love them all!
    .-= daisy janie´s last blog ..how to | make a paper winebag =-.

  • Reply Rachel B September 8, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Tine K Home is amazing!!
    .-= Rachel B´s last blog ..Bloom E-course Enrollment =-.

  • Reply Afi September 8, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Very lovely color palette! As you said it’s perfect for cold months :) I really loved Noa Noa’s collection, the illustrtion by Dilka Bear and OMG this fantastic head board by Living ETC! Genious idea!
    .-= Afi´s last blog ..Chubby birdie =-.

  • Reply Victoria Klein September 8, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Tis a sophisticated yet comfortable palette – very inspirational, if you ask me. Personally, I’m still attached to the gray/yellow palette, but it would like great with a little extra purple. :)

  • Reply yael September 8, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Your bedroom is just a dream… congrats!!!!!!
    .-= yael´s last blog ..Alphabet doodle – Print =-.

  • Reply Sam September 8, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I’m working on some designs right now that I think are moving toward these colors. Lovely!
    .-= Sam´s last blog ..Link:lore (Chakra Pennywhistle) =-.

  • Reply my trampoline September 8, 2009 at 9:30 am

    i love lavender side by side with red, as in the living etc. living room pic

    its a color combo that’s so underrated
    .-= my trampoline´s last blog ..Embroidered Folksy Linen Set =-.

  • Reply shauna September 8, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I am obsessed with violet lately and have firmly decided it is one of the best colors ever. See my latest violet purchase… http://flic.kr/p/6WtQcb

    • Reply decor8 September 8, 2009 at 9:39 am

      Shauna those shoes are awesome!

  • Reply April & May September 8, 2009 at 10:40 am

    This was just the colour palette I was looking for….Working on an inspiration palette for an interior….And these colours I had in my mind….so lovely…Every picture, colour…I just love it….
    .-= April & May´s last blog ..modernemotive =-.

  • Reply minouette September 8, 2009 at 11:40 am

    It’s lovely. So, you’ve been won over? I thought you didn’t like purple.
    .-= minouette´s last blog ..Euoplocephalus linocut 1st edition – Hard-headed Vegetarian =-.

  • Reply Jennifer September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Such lovely colors! I especially like the artwork at the top!!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Ebay Finds: Mourning Jewelry =-.

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente September 8, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    This is a beautiful palette….so soft, warm and inviting. I love these colors particularly in velvet…..*sigh* So lovely…
    .-= Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog ..Cheap & Chic: inspired by art on etsy =-.

  • Reply Laura Gaskill September 8, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Yes, yes, yes! I just picked up a copy of Atlanta Bartlett’s book, Easy Elegance, and these shades remind me of the soothing feeling created in many of her rooms.
    .-= Laura Gaskill´s last blog ..Dreaming… =-.

  • Reply Eden September 8, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Love the colors and combination. Wish my husband would go for it.

  • Reply krys kirkpatrick September 8, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    I love the palate and the use of the branches and door. The aqua is my favorite at the moment. I use it for accents in my all white beach shanty.
    I enjoy your blog and have you in my reader. Have you seen the blog creative-geisslein.blogspot.com/ ? And also anabundanceof.blogspot.com/…they are both amazing.

  • Reply ChiliCrab September 8, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Hi Holly, I really love this post. I think you have a great talent to find exactly what people like to see, always trendy and full of surprises.
    This color palette makes my day. I never thought I would ever say I love purple, violet and lilac since those days in the 80s… But I do! And it is proven that there are so many more fans out there since it is still so up-to-date!
    My favorite is the head board by LivingETC! Yummi!
    .-= ChiliCrab´s last blog ..russian love – pendant =-.

  • Reply Rachael, Pistachio Press September 8, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    I’m also completely enamored with this color combo. I went to Italy last summer and saw this palette all over the place, and I’m excited to see that it has traveled to the states!
    .-= Rachael, Pistachio Press´s last blog ..Giveaway =-.

  • Reply LaurelJ September 9, 2009 at 2:45 am

    That fabric cube headboard is fantastic. If I were any good at sewing, or had a sewing machine, or a bed, I would try that.
    .-= LaurelJ´s last blog ..Dear Fellow Laundromat Patron =-.

  • Reply Penny Patten September 9, 2009 at 10:33 am

    The colors are great together. I just some of Noa Noa in the British country Living magazine. Love the clothes.
    .-= Penny Patten´s last blog ..The Donkey Arrived Yesterday =-.

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