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September Shades

Hello friends, it is Leslie here, back with my column Color Me Pretty. You haven’t seen me over the summer (since my last color story in May) because I took the summer off to work on some creative projects and to spend time with my family, including my little ones. That is why I disappeared in June, July and August. But I’m back monthly again and the palette I am exploring for September includes mint, light peach, gray, some emerald, a little orange and a touch of copper. I like these colors together because they are versatile and work well for any season.

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I can imagine all my fall and winter wool fashion items, mostly gray and black, being perked up with my chalky mint jeans, or a pale peach top or maybe some new copper toned accessories. Home décor schemes with loads of grays, linens and whites could also look great freshened up with metallic copper and a little mint.

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I wanted to use watercolors to paint some geometric patterns for you with this palette. I love all the bold triangular patterns I am seeing on fabrics and just felt so inspired. It is fun to mix these geometrics with more organic shapes or even polka dots.

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I found myself layering papers, my paintings and ribbons in my journal. I even painted some of my journal pages with metallic copper paint. I always encourage readers to play with colors in these small ways first before you go on to tackle a room or buy a new wardrobe!

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I have seen many modern looking quilts lately that use simple geometric patterns as well to make beautiful and functional décor items for the home. I have dusted off my sewing machine and it is waiting for an interesting project like this. I have been flipping through a book I recently purchased called, Sunday Morning Quilts, which I think is great for new aspiring quilters like myself.

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Pale peach and orange flowers are some of my favorites and this time I decorated some of my plain soda bottles with some scrap paper and twine to use for a little party. These flowers were all snipped from my garden as the weather has remained warm and late summer roses still have some blooms.

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I hope you have enjoyed this color series and I look forward to seeing you back here next month. Take care, Leslie.

(photos: leslie shewring)

Posted by decor8 in Color Inspiration on September 24, 2012

Your comments...

  1. Jeanette commented
    September 24th, 2012 at 10:36pm

    Oh Leslie, this is just wonderful!! Love it! xxx

  2. kalanicut commented
    September 24th, 2012 at 10:47pm

    Leslie the florals in this post are to die for. Love the papers wrapped around the roses. So gorgeous. Glad to have you back & glad you had time for your family this summer!
    kalanicut´s last blog post ..DIY: Glittered Pumpkins

  3. shannon commented
    September 24th, 2012 at 10:59pm

    delicious! love this color palette and all of the lovely items you chose to showcase it! especially love the wrapping on the soda bottles, great idea!

  4. Caroline @trend-daily commented
    September 24th, 2012 at 11:11pm

    How lovely to see you again Leslie! Very pretty shots-such wonderful light!
    :-) Caroline

  5. Karen commented
    September 24th, 2012 at 11:13pm

    Yay, you’re back! Though I certainly understand taking time away to spend with the kids (I have four little ones and treasure the time they’re off from school). These photos are beautiful, and I have to ask — where did you get those pencils? I love the striped ones!

  6. Rachel commented
    September 24th, 2012 at 11:21pm

    So glad you’re back. Hope you enjoyed your Summer! I’m really loving this color story. It’s the perfect mix! I think mint is slowly becoming one of my favorite accent colors. Nicely done!
    Rachel´s last blog post ..Feels like fall.

  7. Margie commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 1:01am

    You never disappoint dear Leslie

  8. fenny setiawan commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 2:55am

    Finally you back again Leslie, Welcome back :). I am always huge fans of this column. And a glimpse of mint is totally awesome. Love the palate.
    We do not have Fall here, but surely this inspiration is one of my fave.

  9. Sharon commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 3:13am

    So happy to see you back again. Love these images… the bottles with flowers, the hand wrapped package, the wonderful color combination. Looking forward to seeing more! Glad you had a great summer.
    Sharon´s last blog post ..A New Fabulous Decor Board

  10. heather commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 3:51am

    Beautifully captured! All the best with your projects and family- so nice to have met you at the Forage Symposium!
    heather´s last blog post ..Herringbone Oval Vase – $110.00

  11. Michele S commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 4:06am

    Delighted to have you back, Leslie! What a lovely post — sort of an interesting variation on traditional fall colors. Kind of like easing in to autumn, not quite willing to give up completely the pastels of summer. I like the pencils too, and wondered if you “made” them yourself by wrapping the pencils in washi paper?

  12. christine e-e commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 5:48am

    I thought you’d never come back! yeah!!! cartwheels! (umm… wish I could still do them without putting my back out of whack)… Your color splashes are simply amazing!
    christine e-e´s last blog post ..AUTUMN COOKING…

  13. Jessica Senti commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 5:59am

    Yay! I’m so glad you’re back! I’ve been missing all your lovely inspiration all summer. Hope it was a great one!

    Jessica Senti´s last blog post ..{Fab Find} Three Bird Nest

  14. Art and Chic commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 8:50am

    How beautiful – very nice colors!
    Art and Chic´s last blog post ..Design your own bike – Bike by Me!

  15. Lela commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 9:32am

    Wow, I love every single thing in these photos. Lovely color combination and crafts you did there!
    Lela´s last blog post ..City of Colors

  16. Nicola commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 9:42am

    As soon as I saw your lovely watercolour, Leslie, I thought ‘that would make a beautiful quilt’ and then I read down….I have always found your colour palettes really inspiring when I’ve been quilting (and I know a lot of fabric designers have your pictures on their Pinterest boards!)…have fun!! x

  17. zwergenprinzessin commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 10:55am

    oh my, i LOVE the soda bottles!
    zwergenprinzessin´s last blog post ..the dinner project: kw 38

  18. Silke commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 11:12am

    I love the pastels ! Very delicate photos.
    Silke´s last blog post ..My lamp – "UFO"

  19. Priti commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 11:46am

    Hey Leslie! Though you were off of days, but am happy that you are back with a bash. The colors look so pretty on the bottles. Will be looking forward for your next post. :)

  20. Martine vianen commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 12:02pm

    Very nice. Also to paint and experience with colours. Nice to read your colomn. Thanks for this inspiration!

  21. Andreia commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 1:03pm

    Love all these shades! So inspiring! I’ll be playing with geometric patterns too, painting on fabric and I’ve been loving it
    Andreia´s last blog post ..Monday Inspiration

  22. Ingrid/Of Spring and Summer commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 1:18pm

    Welcome back Leslie! You have been missed. Everything is lovely as usual.
    xoxo Ingrid

  23. Amy @ PaintWineRepeat commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 3:07pm

    Welcome back Leslie! The colour pallette is lovely :)
    Amy @ PaintWineRepeat´s last blog post ..End of Summer Blitz

  24. Margot Madison commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 3:47pm

    Love those little flower vases. Leslie makes everything look so sweet.

  25. Tina Ramchandani commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 4:16pm

    Missed you Leslie! Great post. Clearly you’ve been rested and inspired. Love the mints + coppers as well!
    Tina Ramchandani´s last blog post ..Bling Out: A roundup of iPhone 5 Cases

  26. Ashley {GirlyObsessions} commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 4:18pm

    Lovely palette Leslie! Always so inspiring! Can I ask where those polka dot and striped pencils are from?? Adorbs!
    Ashley {GirlyObsessions}´s last blog post ..Girly Fall TV: The Mindy Project.

  27. What House? commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 4:39pm

    Beautiful colours and who would have thought that these colours would fit together so wonderfully. I especially like the grey colour and the pale peach. My friend is having a birthday dinner at a Jacobean mansion house and the decorated soda bottles are a lovely and simple idea for the table. Best wishes, Sonya
    What House?´s last blog post ..Mortgage blog: Brokers have high hopes for first-time buyer market

  28. Marloes commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 7:47pm

    You simply do magic with coulours, so beautiful!

  29. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 7:56pm

    Just gorgeous….such a beautiful palette. It has me inspired for all kinds of things! My wardrobe, my living room and….more. :) Thank you darlin, I have missed your color posts.
    Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog post ..Cheap & Chic

  30. Anette@lebenslustiger commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 10:37pm

    Such pretty palette and beautiful projects!
    Anette@lebenslustiger´s last blog post ..Streetart!

  31. Rachel commented
    September 25th, 2012 at 11:17pm

    So happy to have you back Leslie with your amazing inspiring color stories!! Can’t wait until next month.
    Rachel´s last blog post ..embroidery and Rebecca Rinquist

  32. Nancy Romweber commented
    September 26th, 2012 at 5:07am

    Your photos are beautiful. lOve the flowers, especially. I should take a color palette with me next time I go to the florist. Thanks!

  33. Cathy commented
    September 26th, 2012 at 8:59am

    It’s wonderful to have you back Leslie!! You have been greatly missed, but I’m glad that you had a good summer with your family!! Have been following you on twitter and pinterest…

  34. Katharina Berggreen commented
    September 26th, 2012 at 11:10am

    What great colors!!

  35. Donna commented
    September 26th, 2012 at 1:09pm

    The geometric watercolor study would make such a beautiful quilt. I hope you do it. Thank you for providing so much pretty,

  36. Caitlin commented
    September 26th, 2012 at 9:32pm

    Such lovely and unique colours!!

  37. decocrush commented
    September 27th, 2012 at 8:42pm

    Wow ! Georgeous colour combo…Love all these pastel colours !
    decocrush´s last blog post ..Une école pas comme les autres…

  38. HeadSprung! commented
    September 28th, 2012 at 3:26pm

    I simply LOVE your idea of using soda bottles and giving them a new lease of life with wrapping paper that matches your room theme and the colour of your flowers. A great way to add a contemporary signature to a room. Look forward to adding some life to our office with those!

  39. Chrystina commented
    September 29th, 2012 at 5:43pm

    These colors are incredible. And the pictures are beautiful. Definitely inspiring.
    Chrystina´s last blog post ..I bought another apron

  40. kat weatherill commented
    September 30th, 2012 at 9:51am

    The photo of garden anenome, sedums and roses is stunning, a beautiful collection of soft late summer colours…..
    kat x
    kat weatherill´s last blog post ..London 2012 Olympic Park – Gardens and Landscapes

  41. Lee Rodriguez commented
    October 8th, 2012 at 6:41am

    Hey Leslie!
    Lovely crafts, colorful and so pretty, perfect for this season.

  42. elisa commented
    October 12th, 2012 at 6:00pm

    leslie, it is as if you’ve made a portrait of a dear friend of mine with this palette and these images. a picture of her, her flat, her clothing would fit in perfectly. xx e

  43. Emma Louise Layla commented
    October 22nd, 2012 at 3:41pm

    What a lovely blog. You’ve inspired me to get out my watercolours. ELL Xx

  44. Leslie Stewart commented
    November 3rd, 2012 at 4:10am

    Love the bottles! So simple, yet elegant! Always love to say Hi to another “Leslie”
    Leslie Stewart´s last blog post ..Thanksgiving Treats & Fall Fun Link Party

  45. Carmen Ho commented
    December 22nd, 2012 at 1:58am

    You might want to try picking some postcard-ish brochures/ leaflets from agnes b! They use lovely photographs which often have very inspiring colour themes as well just like yours! :)

  46. Lex commented
    January 16th, 2013 at 7:22pm

    Leslie, could you tell me what type of roses these are? Thanks so so much!

  47. Roxanne Spalding commented
    January 19th, 2013 at 8:07am

    I love the vases you made out of bottles. I write a blog from the viewpoint of A Yorkshire terrier about recycling. I would love to feature your idea for the vases on it. I would put a link back to your blog and give you credit. Email me and let me know if that would be okay with you.
    Roxanne Spalding

  48. Kathi Townzen commented
    January 28th, 2013 at 11:49pm

    Such GREAT ideas and beautiful taste!!!
    Kathi Townzen

  49. Marilyn commented
    February 4th, 2013 at 12:06am

    What kind of bottles are those you used with the scrapbook paper?

  50. Marilyn commented
    February 4th, 2013 at 12:10am

    What kind of soda bottles are those?

  51. Anita commented
    February 15th, 2013 at 4:35am

    I really loved the designs, specially that bottle vase
    The idea is really green and eco-friendly
    Thanks for postinf

  52. Elizabeth commented
    May 13th, 2013 at 1:07am

    Where did you find the soda bottles? I love this idea!

  53. Mindy commented
    June 29th, 2013 at 4:33am

    I’m trying to find the soda bottles too! Anybody have any luck?

  54. Linda Dietz commented
    August 9th, 2013 at 3:37pm

    I too love the soda bottle vase idea! Please have pity on those of us(or maybe I’m the only one) who isn’t crafty enough to know the tricks & techniques. Did you use glue…spray adhesive? How did you decide on the width of the paper? Any other specifics would be most helpful. I am…a wanna-be crafter!

  55. sally foley commented
    April 21st, 2015 at 12:42am

    Love your stuff x

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