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Color Me Pretty: Easter Ideas

Hello friends, this is Leslie here and for my column this month on decor8 I am using a springtime palette of peaches, pinks, and yellows combined with a soft, putty neutral to inspire you for Easter. After a long, dark winter here on Vancouver Island, I am excited to see all the buds and blossoms on the trees. The soft pink cherry blossoms are incredible and the daffodils, forsythia and hellebores are blooming in the yard.

Color Me Pretty: Easter Ideas

The sweet colors of spring are here, I hope you enjoy these ideas that I’ve pulled together to inspire you for Easter or springtime in general.

Color Me Pretty: Easter Ideas

I have been seeing so many pretty ways to decorate eggs lately. From simple dips in vegetable dyes to using rub on tattoos as décor motifs. I decided to go for a more painterly approach. I did the typical poking of the eggshell on each side, as well as poking the yoke to break it and then blowing out the inside into a bowl (lots of scrambled eggs the other morning). I used Martha Stewart acrylic craft paints from Michael’s to dab on my various floral and confetti patterns. It was so much fun to decorate them!

Color Me Pretty: Easter Ideas

I then hung them on a cherry blossom branch for a festive display.

Color Me Pretty: Easter Ideas

I decided to take some of my ribbons out of their usual storage bin and hang them from pretty blue hatpins on my tack-board. I love looking at all the thin strips of color and it got me thinking about what else I can use them for…

Color Me Pretty: Easter Ideas

Like tying different ones simply around napkins when entertaining…

Color Me Pretty: Easter Ideas

Or bundling a few small bottles together to make a sweet floral arrangement. Sometimes just looking at my craft and art supplies gets me inspired. When they are all tucked away too neatly I forget they are there!

Color Me Pretty: Easter Ideas

I also wanted to share with you some art supplies I have been experimenting with called PanPastels. I know they have been available for a while but I just started using them and love the effect you can get. They are similar to typical pastels but less messy and easier to control. You can apply them with various sponge like applicators and they layer really well. The hardest thing is choosing the colors, as there are so many. I am partial to the “tint” tones right now and I can see myself using them for sketching and collage.

Color Me Pretty: Easter Ideas

Color Me Pretty: Easter Ideas

Color Me Pretty: Easter Ideas

I hope you got some ideas today and thank you for having me here Holly! I will see you all next month. – Take care, Leslie.

(photography: leslie shewring)

Posted in Color Me Pretty on March 30, 2012

Meet Nicky & Max in Berlin

Extra! Extra! Photography, recipes and food styling to love straight from Berlin today! I recently heard about Nicky & Max, or Nicola Walsh and Max Faber, from a decor8 reader in Ottawa (thanks Giulia!) and I had to blog about them given that I live so close and of course, Ich liebe Berlin!

Meet Nicky & Max

Nicky is a photographer originally from London who relocated to Berlin last year for a different way of life. Max is her work partner who is from Berlin but has lived in France and in many German cities cooking, styling and eating his way around – he started cooking when he was only 17 years old and now he is unstoppable. Together, Nicky & Max work on projects and share a lovely blog written in both English and German that you have to check out. Here are some examples of their work. Try not to drool on your keyboard!

Meet Nicky & Max

Meet Nicky & Max

Meet Nicky & Max

Meet Nicky & Max

Meet Nicky & Max

Meet Nicky & Max

I hope to eventually meet them and learn more about their work but for now, you have an introduction to some more great peeps who are creative that can inspire you today. Enjoy!

(images: nicky & max)

Posted in food on March 29, 2012

Moody Blues Work For Me

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the color blue. In my work studio, I have lots of bright colors set against a white, neutral background because it inspires me to mix in color according to my mood, removing those that may not be particularly rockin’ my world at the moment. Currently, I have lots of yellow, orange, red and pink in my studio but a few days ago a more moody mix of emeralds and indigos started to creep in.

Moody Blues
Darker tones of blue on the bed paired with brighter ones throughout the room, like light blue walls, make moody blues less so, via: Anthropologie

I’m wondering if this is pointing me towards my eventual Autumn palette as I love warmer, richer hues in cooler months. Or perhaps this is a reflection of how I’m feeling lately — introspective, serious, thoughtful… And the weather has been so completely bonkers bouncing between summery sunny days to ones like today when only a blanket of gray covers the sky and the temps have gone from mid 70s to a murky and cool 40s. Bleh.

I had to put the candles on in my studio today to inspire me because I was ready to hit the garden shop in the morning for the plants and flowers for my balcony and now spring feels so very far away. Instead of caving in to this weather, I decided to round up some moody blues to inspire me so below it my virtual mood board which accurately fits my whole vibe at the moment. It seems a whole slew of artists, designers, decorators, stylists, cooks and photographers share my color fix at the moment, too. See for yourself…

Moody Blues

If you only want a hint of blue, try slight additions to your home to try it on for size, via: 79 Ideas.

Moody Blues

John Cullen captures blue in one single gorgeous moment.

Moody Blues

honey houses shows how to make granny chic a bit more moody.

Moody Blues

I love this pairing of emerald green with this gorgeous indigo blue sofa from Anthropologie.

Color Me Pretty

Leslie Shewring always has the best mood boards showing her inspirational palette of the moment.

Moody Blues

I’m a huge fan of gallery walls, especially set against deep colors, via: design is mine.

Moody Blues

Chris Court & Sibella Court show us how to add some blue to a mostly white bathroom.

Moody Blues

Julia Hoersch is a German photographer who really used the light to make this dining room feel very inviting in it’s pretty tones of blue, gray and violet.

Moody Blues

I love another subtle hint of blue like those shown on this leather sofa via: Riazzoli.

Moody Blues

Deep moody tones of green and blue always work for me, via: Lovely Sweet William.

Color Me Pretty: May

Leslie Shewring pairs blues with a bit of green a tiny burst of red to add some energy to the mix.

Moody Blues

Watercolor blue tones are a pretty addition to any room through paintings, porcelain… These vases are from West Elm.

Color Me Pretty: May

Leslie Shewring again shows how to use blue with a tiny bit of red to add visual interest.

Moody Blues

Chris Court & Sibella Court demonstrate a way to make ethnic prints and fabrics feel fresh and modern by sticking to a set palette, introducing beige for warmth and red for energy and adding a gorgeous accent wall.

Moody Blues

Anthropologie is always on trend. This sofa is fun and a great way to introduce blue tones to a room.

I wonder if you did a vibe mood board today, what colors you would use? Care to share?

(images linked to their sources below each shown above.)

Posted in Color Inspiration on March 29, 2012

Sian Zeng & Magnetic Wallpaper

Magnetic wallpaper? What? Oh yes, it was only a matter time after magnetic paint was all the rage. Here’s the skinny on magnetized papers… Xiang ‘Sian’ Zeng is a fab designer who recently reached out to me and I’m so glad because her textile and wallpaper collection for the young at heart is fresh and innovative. I’ve talked about her on decor8 before but her latest creations are undeniably darling. You’ll see what I mean in a second.

Sian Zeng wallpaper

Born in China, Xiang Zeng relocated to Hungary with her parents when she was a child, then moved to London and graduated from Central Saint Martins with a BA in Textile Design. She now designs under her brand, Sian Zeng, with work inspired by fairy tales, imaginative scenes that play out in her mind, quirky interiors and fun ‘crazy’ patterns. With numerous awards to her name since graduating only three years ago, Sian is unstoppable and truly a lady to watch.

Sian Zeng wallpaper

Sian Zeng

Sian Zeng wallpaper

Sian Zeng wallpaper

Sian Zeng wallpaper

Sian Zeng wallpaper

Sian Zeng

Sian Zeng wallpaper

I like the screen printed stuffed gigantic scissors – so quirky! It is also worth noting that all wallpaper is printed in England using earth friendly inks on paper from sustainable forests and that some of the wallpaper is magnetic so you can stick things to it, including her very own magnets to fit the themes of the papers. You may order Sian’s work online here if you wish. Enjoy!

(Photos: Richard Clatworthy. Styling: Sian Zeng & Margarita Lorenzo)

Posted in textiles, walls on March 26, 2012

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