Color Inspiration

September Shades

September 24, 2012

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.

September Shades
September Shades

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.

September Shades

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.

September Shades

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!

September Shades

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.

September Shades

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.

September Shades

September Shades

September Shades

September Shades

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)

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  • Reply Jeanette September 24, 2012 at 10:36 pm

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

  • Reply kalanicut September 24, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    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!

  • Reply shannon September 24, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    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!

  • Reply Caroline @trend-daily September 24, 2012 at 11:11 pm

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

  • Reply Karen September 24, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    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!

  • Reply Rachel September 24, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    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!

  • Reply Margie September 25, 2012 at 1:01 am

    You never disappoint dear Leslie

  • Reply fenny setiawan September 25, 2012 at 2:55 am

    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.

  • Reply Sharon September 25, 2012 at 3:13 am

    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.

  • Reply heather September 25, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Beautifully captured! All the best with your projects and family- so nice to have met you at the Forage Symposium!

  • Reply Michele S September 25, 2012 at 4:06 am

    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?

  • Reply christine e-e September 25, 2012 at 5:48 am

    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!

  • Reply Jessica Senti September 25, 2012 at 5:59 am

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


  • Reply Art and Chic September 25, 2012 at 8:50 am

    How beautiful – very nice colors!

  • Reply Lela September 25, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Wow, I love every single thing in these photos. Lovely color combination and crafts you did there!

  • Reply Nicola September 25, 2012 at 9:42 am

    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

  • Reply zwergenprinzessin September 25, 2012 at 10:55 am

    oh my, i LOVE the soda bottles!

  • Reply Silke September 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I love the pastels ! Very delicate photos.

  • Reply Priti September 25, 2012 at 11:46 am

    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. :)

  • Reply Martine vianen September 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm

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

  • Reply Andreia September 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Love all these shades! So inspiring! I’ll be playing with geometric patterns too, painting on fabric and I’ve been loving it

  • Reply Ingrid/Of Spring and Summer September 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm

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

  • Reply Amy @ PaintWineRepeat September 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Welcome back Leslie! The colour pallette is lovely :)

  • Reply Margot Madison September 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm

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

  • Reply Tina Ramchandani September 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Missed you Leslie! Great post. Clearly you’ve been rested and inspired. Love the mints + coppers as well!

  • Reply Ashley {GirlyObsessions} September 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Lovely palette Leslie! Always so inspiring! Can I ask where those polka dot and striped pencils are from?? Adorbs!

  • Reply What House? September 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    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

  • Reply Marloes September 25, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    You simply do magic with coulours, so beautiful!

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente September 25, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    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.

  • Reply Anette@lebenslustiger September 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Such pretty palette and beautiful projects!

  • Reply Rachel September 25, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    So happy to have you back Leslie with your amazing inspiring color stories!! Can’t wait until next month.

  • Reply Nancy Romweber September 26, 2012 at 5:07 am

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

  • Reply Cathy September 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

    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…

  • Reply Katharina Berggreen September 26, 2012 at 11:10 am

    What great colors!!

  • Reply Donna September 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm

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

  • Reply Caitlin September 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Such lovely and unique colours!!

  • Reply decocrush September 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Wow ! Georgeous colour combo…Love all these pastel colours !

  • Reply HeadSprung! September 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    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!

  • Reply Chrystina September 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    These colors are incredible. And the pictures are beautiful. Definitely inspiring.

  • Reply kat weatherill September 30, 2012 at 9:51 am

    The photo of garden anenome, sedums and roses is stunning, a beautiful collection of soft late summer colours…..
    kat x

  • Reply Lee Rodriguez October 8, 2012 at 6:41 am

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

  • Reply elisa October 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    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

  • Reply Emma Louise Layla October 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm

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

  • Reply Leslie Stewart November 3, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Love the bottles! So simple, yet elegant! Always love to say Hi to another “Leslie”

  • Reply Carmen Ho December 22, 2012 at 1:58 am

    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! :)

  • Reply Lex January 16, 2013 at 7:22 pm

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

  • Reply Roxanne Spalding January 19, 2013 at 8:07 am

    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

  • Reply Kathi Townzen January 28, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Such GREAT ideas and beautiful taste!!!
    Kathi Townzen

  • Reply Marilyn February 4, 2013 at 12:06 am

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

  • Reply Marilyn February 4, 2013 at 12:10 am

    What kind of soda bottles are those?

  • Reply Anita February 15, 2013 at 4:35 am

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

  • Reply Elizabeth May 13, 2013 at 1:07 am

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

  • Reply Mindy June 29, 2013 at 4:33 am

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

  • Reply Linda Dietz August 9, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    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!

  • Reply sally foley April 21, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Love your stuff x

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