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Color Cravings: Shades of Green

February 2, 2009

I’ve having a color craving, or two… You see it’s this palette and it has me going a bit ga-ga at the moment. Chartreuse, Mint, Clover, Silver and White. A delicious medley for Spring, which will be here before we know it. J.Crew and Anthropologie have color cravings too, seems we share many of the same… This palette offers a lot of versatility. Consider this: when you’re out in nature, green and blue are the two most dominate colors in most parts of the world. Sky and Earth. When you observe the colors alongside them, flora and fauna, everything coordinates. If your palette is like the one below, you can mix in some blue. Or add some black. Maybe a dash of cantaloupe (you will see an example of that in the chair upholstery shown below) or rose. That’s why it’s a versatile color mix, at least according to me.

Fashion and wedding attire from J.Crew. Home and garden from Anthropologie.

I would have taken the time to link to each product shown above but it’s all basically from the new Spring catalog so just click here and you’ll find most of what you’re looking for. If you get stuck, comment below and I’ll post the direct link.

Oh green! Imagine these hues living together in a room, say your office? I love green in an office or entryway. I find this palette refreshing, welcoming, and a bit preppy romantic which I love. When I think of the bathroom, I tend to lean towards blue, gray, black and white, pinks, neutrals, lavender but the more I look at the Anthropologie shower curtain {shown direct north} I’m thinking green tones definitely work in a bathroom too but I’m still not completely sold. And though they are nice in a bedroom, I tend to see these greens more in a guest bedroom for some reason that I can’t explain… but I’ll try. I don’t think this palette is cozy and that’s good for a guest bedroom. Why? I’d rather my guest room be polished, simple, clean and tied together – not necessarily cozy, warm, or overly relaxing. I love my guests, but I don’t want them to stay locked in their zen den or worse, never leave the house!

Where would you like to see this color palette in your home? Do you hate it? Do you like it and why?

Past posts on green: Color of the Month, Grassy Greens, Green in the home, Green furnishings, What Green Means.

(images from J.Crew and Anthropologie)






Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips

Got a Passion for Purple?

March 31, 2008

PointClickHome just posted a slideshow with lots of purple finds, including some of their favorite paint colors by Benjamin Moore. They didn’t highlight Passion Plum 2073-30 but I have to add that to the list because it’s a deep hue that is so rich and delicious…

Got a Passion for Purple? I really like this cane coat stand from Red Egg – the materials and design anyway. I can’t say I like it in this color because it’s a bit too Golden Girls for me — I’d paint it bright red, crisp white, tulip yellow, or black. I’d also love to reupholster that chair in perhaps that Duralee animal print and paint the frame white. Or reupholster it in some red and white geometric print and lacquer the frame in black. I know, I know, the whole point of this post is to highlight purple finds but I can’t help myself since I love to alter things, editing is in my blood. The Tokyo Dahlia wallpaper is lovely, it’s from the Oriental Garden collection over at Designers Guild.

To learn more about the color Purple and to view rooms in this sassy hue, here are a few decor8 links to inspire you:

Color of the Month: PURPLE
Lavender Love from The Washington Post
Poppin’ Purple

(images from pointclickhome)






Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, Inspiration

Color Me Monday: Green

March 18, 2008

It’s March 17th , how can I not mention green today? For some inspiring rooms in this grassy hue don’t miss this. And below I have a few green (color not eco) products for you to enjoy!

Color Me Monday: Green
Guide: 1. Green light frame, 2. atom art bowl, 3. kate spade pop clinton street stevie bag, 4. green is good tote,and 5. kate spade perry street 5×7 frame.

More green goodies not shown: oval silhouette hooks, gumby & friends notecards, kitchenaid artisan 5-qt. stand mixer (now with a $30 rebate), martha stewart tossed sprigs platter, martha stewart cupcake liners/toppers and garden damask bedding.

Would you like to see more products in green? Click here.

(images from anthropologie and kate spade)






Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, Inspiration

Color Me Monday: Red

February 26, 2008

Today I’m going with red for this edition of Color Me Monday. Red is highly emotional — heat, passion, fire, anger, power, love and hate. Because it’s a stimulant, red is best in the dining room if used on the wall, not as effective in the living room as it can inspire heated discussions amongst guests. If you use red in the living room, put it on an accent wall behind the seating arrangement so guests are not facing it, or sprinkle it around the space in the form of soft furnishings, flowers, or area rugs.

Color Me Monday: Red Playful red! Photo from LivingEtc.

In the dining room, red stimulates appetite so using it there seems to work well, but if the tone of red you use makes you feel restless or moody and you start to notice this whenever you’re eating there, then you may need to decide on either a different tone of red or paint the walls a more relaxing color and use red as an accent. When combined with light to medium blue (cool), red loses its intensity since it’s a warm color and blue seems to balance it out, which is precisely why red and blue is a great color combination for a home office space. Light pink and red give the room a very feminine look, while fushcia and red can be extremely edgy and glam. Red and orange is a great combination for the kitchen with pure white – fresh and clean! On the other hand, gray or black with red is very grown up and sophisticated. However you plan to use red in the home, here are some great products that I like that may interest you in adding this color to your home just a little bit more. I selected a mix to appeal to everyone while still staying true to objects I’d own, just perhaps not at the same time or in one space. Enjoy!

Color Me Monday: Red
Thomaspaul Bali pillow, Emilie chair from Anthropologie, Sock Monkeys print by Marisa Haedike of Creative Thursday, Iannone Design cork credenza, Orla Kiely traffic jam tote bag, Kerala semi-circle rug, and olauf curio cabinet from Anthropologie (marked down to $299 from $698!).

Color Me Monday: Red Louis chair from Ballard Designs, iron bed, flour sack pillows, “gather” sign, and kilim rug all from Sundance, and the Garret glass cabinet from Pottery Barn.

Color Me Monday: Red Isak blossom tray, Jantze Brog?rd Asshoff bloom chair, Hippie dining chairs from CB2,
Normann Copenhagen funnel, Lulu tray from Angela Adams, bread bin and oven crab apple oven mitt from Anthropologie.

Color Me Monday: RedA litte red for the walls… Marimekko kulkue wall hanging from CB2, Sitting Still by Yumi Yumi, Nautical Portraits from Lab Partners, and Feeding the Pigeons by Hadley Hutton.

If you’d like to learn more about the color red and view red rooms, visit Rachel Perls’ informative For the Love of Reds post on decor8.

(images linked above.)






Color Inspiration

Pretty in Pink

February 21, 2008

I feel like showing you a few pretty in pink finds today since I’m hoping that it will somehow rub off and turn cold New Hampshire into a warm Springy day. What do you think of when pink comes to mind? Little girls? Love and affection? Blushing brides? Cotton candy? Does it calm you down or excite you?

Pretty in Pink Pink vinyl doilies, glasses suitcase stationery set from pink loves brown,
camellia watercolor print, rainbow sherbet reading glasses, kate spade
pink agenda, grid pillow, Identity5 print on canvas, and the new orange22
Botanist Flora cocktail table.

Pretty in Pink

Pablo Tube Top pink lamp, Un-Bermuda bag from Lilly Pulitzer,
Hepper Podium pet bed, assorted pink wallpaper patterns from
Walnut Wallpaper, and A Stitch in Time necklace.
Pretty in Pink Keep Calm and Carry On poster that you know all bloggers and blog
readers must own to establish that we are secretly part of this online
design world… I mean, if I go into someone’s home and find this poster,
I’ll instantly know they read blogs whether they admit to it or not. :)
Areaware Orlov horse pillow, Filles Des Iles eau de toilette, and a
pink poppy pillow from Hable Construction.
Pretty in Pink Pink Hairhide chair, Bamboozled bracelets in gold with tiny pink
ladybugs (so coastal South Carolina preppy), Stargazer lily knob,
Doxies and Hearts personalized stationery, Petite drop crystal
pink chandelier, and the Bedlam patterned wallpaper which I
think would go so well with this chair, don’t you?

While pink is a toned down version of red, it isn’t perceived nearly as powerful as red despite being in the same family. In fact, most associate pink with weakness. Guess that’s why most men wouldn’t be caught dead in a pink shirt in the office while women show little problem wearing this flirty hue. If red is passion and fire, pink is all about being spontaneous and sweet. I associate pink with certain people, places, and movies. When I think of where I grew up, I think of pink (South Carolina) because we had lots of it in the surf shops and clothing stores. I also think of my pale pink izod shirt because I wore it constantly.

I’ll say pink and you tell me what immediately comes to mind. Ready? PINK.

If you have a positive response to this color, if you think of positive things, try to incorporate it into your home and/or wardrobe whether in small doses or in Betsey Johnson extremes (tour her apartment here). You should be living with colors that give you joy and though many a lady claims that her partner hates pink and won’t allow it in the house, you can inject shots of it in rooms that they may not spend much time in – like your art studio/office, your closet (wallpaper the inside of the door or if you have a walk-in transform it into a girly dressing room), or add it to your patio through cushions and flowering shrubs. Where there’s a will, er, woman, there’s a way!

(images linked above)






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