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Color Me Pretty: Neon Pink

Hello Friends, it is Leslie here for July’s Color Me Pretty series. This time around I decided to explore black, white, silver, grey and yes, neon pink. I do not think I have gone totally eighties on you. I have just been a little obsessed with this color combination since I saw the cover of Inside Out magazine last month.

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This magazine inspired this mood board below… and this series today!

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You can sneak a little neon pink into a neutral interior and have it feel really fresh and summery with a simple pillow as an accent as shown below.

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Of course it is a trendy color, which is what makes it so fun, just use it in small dosages! Handwriting, beads and tape were also brought into the mix this time around. I hope you enjoy what I have put together for you.

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I love photographing chalkboard menus when I travel in Europe. It is more about the handwriting, less about the menu. Chalkboards are fun in the home and I like the idea of sketches or poems written on them, maybe even a fancy frame around their edge. Even if you are nervous about showcasing your own handwriting, go for it. That is what the eraser is for!

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I have been sticking Rob Ryan’s tape on everything. As most of you know, tape can instantly personalize a plain journal or a blank card.

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On my mood board I combined some Japanese tape with a little neon pink stitching to make a card. I also combined Rob Ryan’s tape with some Japanese tape to make another card.

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Recycle tip: An empty food can is painted white and then spruced up further with a little note and some ribbon to hold a plant for a gift.

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Craft Idea: I tried using stencils this month as well –to go along with my eighties investigation because weren’t stenciled walls big back then in the US? Do you remember the do it yourself grapevine stencil kits? Well, stencil kits are back better then ever! I loved using the kits by Ed Roth of Stencil 1. Lotta Jansdotter makes some nice larger scale stencils that I tried too. You can also check out Lena Corwin’s chapter on stenciling in her book “Printing By Hand”.

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I used stencils from both Stencil 1 and Lotta Jansdotter to create images on some small square canvases. I realize I am not the best stencil student as I like to paint myself but it was fun to have a guide and the results were very fast. I did not have a stencil brush, which I think I will use next time around. I especially liked making some cards for my mood board collection on heavy paper using the stencils.

Have you tried using stencils? Any tips you want to share with us beginners?

Thank you for joining me here and I will see you again next month with a Color Me Pretty series for August! If you would like to see previous CMP columns please click here. Bye!

(images: leslie shewring)

Posted by decor8 in Color Inspiration, Color Me Pretty on July 30, 2010

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  1. Brooke H commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 4:07am

    Hands down, best Color Me Pretty post to date! Absolutely love it. Great job Leslie. =)
    Brooke H´s last blog post ..Fashion Illustration Exposed

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  2. Brooke H commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 4:10am

    . . .Also could you by any chance share some info on the pillow in the first photo? Its ideal for my apartment.
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  3. ishtar commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 4:19am

    this color me pretty photos are awesome!!! I really liked the combinations of all this colors! modern, fresh, stylish! So nice! beautiful photos Leslie!!! : D

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  4. Samantha commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 6:06am

    oh yes I remember stencils, when I was first married just about every wall in the home had some kind of stencil on it!
    I love these boards above and have also just discovered pretty sticking tape, have been playing around with it myself this week, I think it will become my latest obession.
    Samantha´s last blog post ..China trends

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  5. Tina commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 6:08am

    I´ve never bought stencils but I tried to make one myself to decorate a chair (with a motive and not letters) and it was FUN and turned out really nice: http://tinajoathome.blogspot.com/2010/04/chair-project-is-finished.html

    It´s really a great thing if you want to make something “you”. :-)
    Tina´s last blog post ..Yarn giveaway!

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  6. MsCritique.com commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 6:11am

    I love the colour palette. Looks fab!

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  7. Brianna commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 6:15am

    This is super gorgeous.
    I have always thought that neon pink was such a pretty color, but its brightness can be easily overwhelming when it is overused.
    This way, with simple and small splashes of it, makes all the difference!

    LOVE
    LOVE
    LOVE
    it.

    xoxo
    bB

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  8. Elisa commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 7:05am

    Just decorated my bedroom in black, white, silver and grey…gosh dare I add some neon pink!!
    You got me thinking!

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  9. Danielle commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 7:15am

    Love the combo together!
    The pink adds a hint of brightness!
    Danielle´s last blog post ..Fill in the Blank Friday

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  10. neaner commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 7:53am

    I really enjoyed this post. In my adult life, I’ve never really considered using hot pink in my apartment. It just goes to show that any color can be lovely in interiors if executed well!
    neaner´s last blog post ..The Canisters That Got Away

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  11. Casa e Cose commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 8:01am

    love the mood board. when they are nice like that it becomes such a pretty interior decoration. shame mine is not that pretty…

    besitos,
    helena
    Casa e Cose´s last blog post ..rainbow colors

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  12. Renee commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 8:07am

    LOVE this colour combo! There’s something so fun and refreshing about accenting with neon colours with an otherwise neutral colour scheme.
    Renee´s last blog post ..Pick of The Week- Off Cut Studio Vases

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  13. Jillian commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 8:43am

    looooove this inspiration. i gets my juices flowing. thanks!

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  14. Jillian commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 8:44am

    looooove this inspiration. it gets my juices flowing. thanks!

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  15. Dreaming of Palm Trees commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 8:58am

    Can’t go wrong with any neon color as far as I’m concerned. :) Love it! xo
    Dreaming of Palm Trees´s last blog post ..Have a dreamy weekend- Happy Birthday- Michelle!

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  16. Diane commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 9:17am

    Love this color series. The neon pink looks awesome with black, grey/silver and white. So inspiring Leslie!

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  17. Shay commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 9:22am

    Love this color combo and all the decorating ideas !!! Very 80′s !!!
    You rock Leslie !!!
    Shay

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  18. fresh365 commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 9:32am

    Can’t get enough of gray and I love the addition of bright colors- yellow, green and especially pink!

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  19. Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 9:46am

    This is always a fun combination! And I understand your chalkboard obsession… I had my hubby add a chalkboard wall at his place of work because of this!

    As for the colour combo… it brings me back to these totally cool flourescent pink shorts with black polka dots I had back in the day, hehe.

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  20. Will commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 10:26am

    Thanks, Leslie! I have just decorated my new home office in black and hot pink! A lovely post x
    Will´s last blog post ..Colour Cocktail- Multi Coloured

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  21. Katherine commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 10:29am

    Ohhh, nice choice on the color combo…liking it lots!
    Katherine´s last blog post ..38 turns 39- short year- long journey

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  22. peggy commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 10:42am

    Hi Leslie,

    This is a really beautiful post. I love this color combination!

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  23. Piper (DailyDivaDish) commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 10:52am

    I’ve tried, but have never had stencil skills. I’m loving these pops of neon pink with the black, white and grey. Gorgeous!
    XO Piper
    Piper (DailyDivaDish)´s last blog post ..Here’s what I’ve been up to…

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  24. Cassie commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 11:19am

    Everything looks amazing! So great. xoxo

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  25. Marsha Harris (Splenderosa) commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 11:24am

    I love this! As I’ve grown up I realize how soothing this palette can be. I love silver/gray with pops of color. Excellent ideas too, sweetie. I’m sending on to my DIL. xx’s
    Marsha Harris (Splenderosa)´s last blog post ..TGIF

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  26. Ludmila {creamylife.com} commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 11:49am

    This is such a stylish and gorgeous combination! Amazing post, Leslie! Just as always! Hope you’ll have a beautiful weekend! xoxo
    Ludmila {creamylife.com}´s last blog post ..Where I am now

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  27. Eleanor (Oh Louise!) commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 11:59am

    Oh my gosh..amazing! I looove the tape– & i think i need to be reading the Inside Out magazine! Awesome job on the post!

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  28. Nuit commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 12:14pm

    whAt a delicious color…. I have NEON pInK on my Toe Nails and I AM the HAppIEsT giRl =D
    Nuit´s last blog post ..She rocks- Sarah Richardson

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  29. mer commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 12:21pm

    ooh, this one is really fun!
    mer´s last blog post ..two new prints

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  30. Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 12:54pm

    I LOVE this color combination! I was an 80′s girl so I have a secret fondness for Neon, but this combo is so modern and fresh. As far as stenciling goes, the trick is to work with fairly dry color, either a stencil creme, a powder or hardly any paint on your brush. sponge, cloth, finger, what-have-you. Then work you color in lightly, starting on the stencil and sweeping into the cutout. That way color doesn’t seep under the stencil and make a mess.
    Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor´s last blog post ..This Polymer Clay Tutor 5th Friday Will Inspire Your Creativity

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  31. Holly of So Chic Decor commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 1:44pm

    Lovely pictures! I love these colors together.
    Holly of So Chic Decor´s last blog post ..Mood Board – Olioboard

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  32. jadeee_d commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 1:45pm

    loved this post leslie! such a lovely, fresh colour combination. and i LOVE that rob ryan tape.. i’m on the etsy store now and feel a shopping spree about to begin :] thanks for brightening up my day!
    jadeee_d´s last blog post ..music- mayer hawthorne

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  33. Ashley commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 2:18pm

    I love the neon pink,gray, and white! Inspired!

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  34. PriscilaPetersDecor commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 2:48pm

    That pillow on the 3rd photo…. wow!!
    PriscilaPetersDecor´s last blog post ..Cute idea

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  35. Laura Gaskill commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 3:30pm

    80′s, yes, but the way you’ve put the colors together here just feels very fresh + current. Nice work, Leslie! Honestly, I wish I could just pull that inspiration board right out of my computer screen and hang it over my desk right NOW!

    Have a lovely weekend Leslie (& Holly!) xo Laura
    Laura Gaskill´s last blog post ..Sweet Obsessions Friday

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  36. Catherine commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 4:28pm

    Love it. I usually go for a riot of colour but I love this too

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  37. Jen A. commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 4:33pm

    That is some supercool tape! I’ve never seen it before thanks for posting it.
    Jen A.´s last blog post ..Robots on my Mind

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  38. Steph Bond @ Bondville commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 7:30pm

    Hi Leslie, I absolutely love your inspiration this week and am obsessed with the Thank You plant. Genius.
    Steph Bond @ Bondville´s last blog post ..Hip Products- Tightology tights for Kids and Mums

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  39. patricia commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 8:34pm

    I’ve never tried stencils myself but I’m very curious about working with them. To be perfectly honest the thing that makes me giddy is every time I purchase an Inside Out magazine. It’s my favorite magazine right now. So inspiring.
    patricia´s last blog post ..our friday morning

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  40. Torrie @ a place to share... commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 10:33pm

    I love this color combination and I kind of like having memories of the eighties- with the bright pink and the stencil kits:). I write that as I sit hear watching an 80′s movie (Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure- a little ashamed to admit, but they’re sure enjoying it:) with my kids!

    A couple of quick ?’s~ Regarding the white can… Did you put the white ribbon around the rim? I love this idea and want to do it myself! And- did you use acrylic paint for this? I’ve painted cans to use as vases/pen holders/etc. but with the paint that I used as it tended to peel off/scratch easily.

    Thanks for the great ideas!
    Torrie @ a place to share…´s last blog post ..Honey-cherry yogurt popsicles

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  41. Torrie @ a place to share... commented
    July 30th, 2010 at 10:34pm

    I love this color combination and I kind of like having memories of the eighties- with the bright pink and the stencil kits:). I write that as I sit hear watching an 80′s movie (Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure- a little ashamed to admit, but they’re sure enjoying it:) with my kids!

    A couple of quick ?’s~ Regarding the white can… Did you put the white ribbon around the rim? I love this idea and want to do it myself! And- did you use acrylic paint for this? I’ve painted cans to use as vases/pen holders/etc. but the paint that I used tended to peel off/scratch easily.

    Thanks for the great ideas!
    Torrie @ a place to share…´s last blog post ..Honey-cherry yogurt popsicles

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  42. Hazel commented
    July 31st, 2010 at 6:59am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! Inspiration at every turn!! OMG! Love it! I’m inspired to re-do my own inspiration boards now! :) Hazel
    Hazel´s last blog post ..What have you got planned for the weekend

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  43. laura trevey commented
    July 31st, 2010 at 9:02am

    I love the color combination of pink, black, and white…
    laura trevey´s last blog post ..Have a Beautiful by the Poolside Weekend

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  44. Sandra Kuwartowski commented
    July 31st, 2010 at 10:27am

    what a nice post – it shows me that tin and tape are very nice interior accessoiries. I never used stencils (except potatoe ones…) but I am screenprinting …. maybe a good idea to get the paint/ink evenly on the stencil is to have the stroke of brush first in vertical direction and then in horizontal direction (oh, I hope this makes sense to you…). Lovely post, Leslie – I love the neon pink (I often use it for my printing as well combined with gold, the pure 80ties groove)

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  45. decor8 commented
    July 31st, 2010 at 1:45pm

    Leslie – My mother was the stencil queen so she taught me how to do them when I was little. She always taped her stencil down with masking tape and used a stipple brush and tap tap tap — that’s how she applied the paint as that was the best way to avoid it from bleeding outside of the pattern. It also has to do with the paint, if yours is too “wet” it will bleed so it’s best to use the creamy stencil paint – it’s in a tin and reminds me of cream blusher. Also, you always dab some on paper before applying it immediately to the stencil to dab off the excess and do this each time you refresh the paint on your brush. There is also a stencil spray paint which is usually used only on fabrics, it’s good too.

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  46. shelley t commented
    July 31st, 2010 at 5:30pm

    leslie, you are seriously genius! this post, as all your posts, is absolutely gorgeous. this was actually one of my least enjoyed covers of ‘inside out’ but you made it come to life in ways that hadn’t even entered my mind. thanks for your take on our gorgeous aussie mag.
    shelley t´s last blog post ..Fabulous Friday

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  47. Susie M commented
    July 31st, 2010 at 5:44pm

    I love love love neon pink. It amazes me how a small splash of bright color can liven up a neutral space. This post gave me a great idea for my own home. Thanks.
    Susie M´s last blog post ..Response cached until Sun 1 @ 23:39 GMT (Refreshes in 23.95 Hours)

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  48. Brigitte commented
    July 31st, 2010 at 6:38pm

    I love the shots that have just a hint of hot pink, especially that painted food jar.
    Brigitte´s last blog post ..The Unofficial Mid-Summer Chicago Art Festival Guide

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  49. Erica Cooper commented
    July 31st, 2010 at 7:16pm

    Thanks for sharing the “inside out” color story. I am not sure would love the pink with the gray long term, but for a short splash of color, it works.
    I do love that you shared the chalk board… I am in love with chalk boards, especially the vintage style with unique handwritten script… that really gets my creative juices flowing. I also love the stacks of tape, that inspires me as well.
    Thanks for your post!
    Erica Cooper´s last blog post ..Curly Girl Design…a Favorite Find Giveaway!

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  50. tamara nicole commented
    July 31st, 2010 at 10:07pm

    What fun colors!!! Lovely lovely ideas, and seriously LOVE your blog!!!

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  51. Julie the Alkaline Sister commented
    August 1st, 2010 at 2:26am

    Leslie, Is that new bench I spy yours? Love the graphic piped fabric on the white frame. So crisp and it could be accented with any colour cushion. Love the entire post, would have been fun for you to add a clip of 80′s music to listen to while we scrolled thru-don’t you think? Shania Twain or Lionel Ritchie- Hee!
    Julie the Alkaline Sister´s last blog post ..Cannellini Bean and Artichoke Spread – The benefits of cannellini beans

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  52. Merissa commented
    August 1st, 2010 at 5:44am

    My goodness Leslie! These are crazy beautiful! I always love the light in your photos and your eye for the little details that make your photos so special. I love the pop that the neon pink gives, it’s very fun and playful. I totally have that same magazine issue as well. The cover just caught my eye when I saw it at Barnes & Noble and once I flipped through the pages, I couldn’t put it down and ended up purchasing it. It was so cool to see your interpretation of the cover’s color story here. Your work has sparked such inspiration for me.
    xo, Merissa.
    Merissa´s last blog post ..Fonts- France- &amp Japan- an old issue of Harpers Bazaar

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  53. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    August 1st, 2010 at 10:35am

    Absolutely amazing…as always Leslie! I love, love, love this combo. Leave it to you to make me think of adding a bit of neon pink….thank you! :) Always so inspired by you & your inspiration. So don’t be surprised if my monday post is inspired by you! ;)
    xo
    Melis
    Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog post ..Closer to home- Dont forget

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  54. Wikkie commented
    August 1st, 2010 at 2:20pm

    What a beautiful colour combination! Just love the neon pink. It brings a special effect into your house when used subtile.
    In my shop I also sell the wall stickers of Mimi’lou who also uses neon pink as an accent. Take a look at muursticker ‘fils de perles’ for example.

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  55. Leigha commented
    August 1st, 2010 at 4:54pm

    Exciting (and slightly unpredictable) color combination. Way to keep us on our toes…but still filled with delight!
    Leigha´s last blog post ..Soft white

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  56. The Design Dish commented
    August 2nd, 2010 at 7:15am

    I love color me pretty! What great posts!
    The Design Dish
    The Design Dish´s last blog post ..JCrew Bridal Boutique

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  57. Amelia commented
    August 2nd, 2010 at 9:02am

    when I did stencils, I cut out using a scalpel on acetate, masking taped down as you said, and I used spray paints to get an even finish.

    Such lovely, inspiring ideas I want to go off and make, make, make!!!

    Amelia.x

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  58. gina commented
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:16am

    i think this combo is really pretty

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  59. steve commented
    August 2nd, 2010 at 5:48pm

    What a lovely series of colour combinations, very inspiring!

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  60. Hilary commented
    August 3rd, 2010 at 12:31am

    These colors…or lack thereof, are somehow completely refreshing to me.
    Hilary´s last blog post ..Room with a View- Curtains

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  61. Caitlin commented
    August 3rd, 2010 at 11:11am

    Oh my gosh this is so stunning- definitely my favourite ever! Something about these colours together looks so incredible and inspiring to me :) I am definitely going to incorporate some neon pink into my room!

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  62. martha brown commented
    August 3rd, 2010 at 12:34pm

    re: stenciling
    –if you are stenciling onto fabric, cut the stencil from freezer paper and then iron it onto the fabric. It makes a perfect stencil every time!

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  63. crt commented
    August 3rd, 2010 at 4:28pm

    This post is really inspiring… and offers a lot of great ideas! Thank you for sharing!

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  64. Sima Gilady commented
    August 5th, 2010 at 3:46pm

    :::B E A U T I F U L:::

    LOVE love LOve loVE this colour combo!

    xoxo,
    Sima

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  65. Jessa commented
    August 5th, 2010 at 9:20pm

    Love this so much!!! It’s a fabulous colour combo!!

    Jessa xx
    Jessa´s last blog post ..The Key To My Heart

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  66. emily commented
    August 9th, 2010 at 10:46pm

    Anybody know what that gray and white patterned fabric is in the first shot? Love it.
    thanks!

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  67. Z commented
    September 18th, 2010 at 10:14pm

    Hi I love the pillow from the first photo too, (white & silver) can you tell me where it’s from?!

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  68. Glory commented
    September 11th, 2012 at 5:40am

    I was looking for some inspiration for combining pink with other colors, and this is a blast! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  69. Katia commented
    October 31st, 2012 at 10:49pm

    How I love these colors! I realli love black and withe and a little bit of pink!
    Katia´s last blog post ..Nuove minicard – biglietti da visita e un po’ di più!

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