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Lavender Love from The Washington Post

May 17, 2007

Leah Hennen, a fellow freelance writer (she has all the big guns like Real Simple, The New York Times,, Health magazine, and now, her own blog, More Ways to Waste Time on her resume), shared The Washington Post series on lavender today. Quite exciting — more design inspiration if you’re looking to add a little lavender love into your life. Seems others are turning their attention towards this color so the timing on this is perfect. The four articles are linked below from The Washington Post. Enjoy!

Lavender Love from The Washington Post“Lavender, Neutralized” discusses how lavender can be a “soft and embracing neutral”. Side point: Is the dog on the sofa not the most overly used, yet utterly charming, accent in home decor photos? It’s almost like dogs are cooler than kids, more hip. If someone flips open their wallet to show their grinning kids, the “friend” usually forces themselves to show interest and politely looks at them. They’re totally hiding the “whatever” look and famous eye roll, pretending that your smiling son is the cutest thing alive. Whip out photos of your new dog, and the whole office forms a line at your desk, requesting you bring in more photos, or better yet, the whole dog. Back to my point. Dogs in photos. Kids in photos completely bombs unless you are selling products for kids. Dogs in photos always work whether you are selling a sleek Italian sofa or an oil tanker. But I digress… Just a ‘trend’ I’m seeing with dogs in photos.

Lavender Love from The Washington Post“How They Make the Most of Lavender” (expert advice on using the color). Good article, check it out.

Lavender Love from The Washington Post“The Experts’ Specific Picks”: This article features fave paint hues from design experts. I’ll add my voice here, as I have my opinions on the subject, too. Ahem. My favorite purples from Mr. Ben Moore are Violet Mist (greyish), Whispering Wind (heavenly, soft purple), and Irises (if you are looking for a deep, dark purple that almost reads as a charcoal grey in certain light).

Lavender Love from The Washington Post And finally, a photo gallery over at The Post showcasing lovely lavender interiors. Like some of these photos I’ve included in this very post.

Lavender Love from The Washington Post I absolutely adore this image. Delish! A purple table for the entry. What a statement. Despite how perfectly stylized things are (shell artfully arranged on (or near as in this case) a book, Nate Berkus and Oprah would grin and the audience would clap at this one, especially Miss Beckster), I think the homeowner sincerely hopes you’ll see that they’re really a fun bunch behind all the OCD perfection. They’re secretly praying that when you enter their home, that purple table will show off their amazing taste, perky personality, and their ability to read books.

Lavender Love from The Washington PostAh. One can only look and admire the perfect placement of every single item. Thankfully, the white coverlet gave this room the grown up feel that it would not have had if the designer added a pattern on this bed. As is, the room is absolutely serene and very, what would that girl on Top Design say, Glamtastic? Or was it Glamalicious? Glammaramma ding dong? :)

Okay, so I think we can call it quits on Purple. I need a break. I think I’ll go back to the regularly scheduled program here on decor8. Hope you had fun with this because the goal here was to break the mold and for some (—->me<----), position purple in a more positive light. I'm cured, what about you?Thank you Leah for the GREAT tip!(all images from the washington post)

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Poppin’ Purple

May 17, 2007

More purple to love today, this time from iVillage and their Inspirations Gallery and Coastal Living magazine. I have to admit, I have never purchased a single issue of CL in my life, and I grew up in sunny Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. But I do browse their website quite often because I love all the features on it, especially the suggested towns to visit (random ones like Edmonds, Washington – a place you don’t hear about much) in their Travel section. And I know I’ve bragged about it before, but their Design Assistant is image packed and a lot of fun to cruise through. Here are a few purple rooms that I liked, although I cheated on a few because they’re more on the periwinkle (blue/violet) side, but I had to include them.

Poppin' Purple This grouping above is from iVillage. All images shown below are from the Coastal Living website.

Poppin' PurplePurple can even be used as a simple accent, such as a vase of flowers or a painting. Sometimes less is more. Except when it comes to handbags, shoes, and design magazines. Then more is more, more, MORE!

Poppin' Purple None of these rooms speak to me, but they are such great examples of purple used in design that I couldn’t pass them up. I do love certain elements though, like that pink rattan chair in the kids room and that gorgeous canopy bed – that looks so Southern to me.

Poppin' Purple Show of hands here… How many of you would have loved this bedroom as a teenager? This room makes me smile because I imagine having children someday and wonder how I will handle their “Please mommy, can I paint my room “Barney the dinosaur Grape”? I may just die on the spot. This room is fine though, but grape would absolutely freak me out.

Poppin' Purple The more I look at the top left image, the more I think I’m insane because that is blue not violet, right? Or maybe it’s periwinkle and if so, we’re cool. If not, my apologies. I think I’ve looked at so much purple in the past 24 hours that everything is starting to look the same. It’s almost like shopping for perfume and those ladies hand you the glass jar filled with coffee beans swearing that if you just stick your nose inside of it, the scent will clear your senses so you can start to smell perfume again. I wonder what I can look at that will have the same result? :)

Poppin' PurpleAren’t dormers so pretty? I like the periwinkle walls with the crisp white trim and ceiling. Looks very coastal and fresh, like a Martha’s Vineyard cottage.

Poppin' Purple Don’t laugh at me. There is ONE purple item in this picture. Can you see it? I just had to pull in this image because I really love suzanis and was trying to find a way to sneak it onto my blog today. I know Domino staffers were into them during Spring ’06, so I’m guessing suzanis are so pass? but I’m into them like crazy. I absolutely love the patterns and their Uzbekistan history, and I love finding items that are so intricately made, unique, and have a story to tell. Suzanis and Moroccan wedding quilts, my long running passions. If you are into suzanis, you’ll love the ones I found at Brimfield last week. I had this designer from Watch Hill, RI fighting me over them. I’ll tell you that story later. But I stood my ground and walked with my suzanis in hand. I would have made you proud. I’ll show them to you in a few days when they’re back from the dry cleaners. So, do you see the purple in this image yet? Hint: tiny bolster pillow on the bed. Yup, there. Ah-ha!

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Emery & Cie

May 16, 2007

I’ll be back with more purple, but I have to show you this site because Emery & Cie really nails it when it comes to showcasing their collection of paints.

Emery & CieThey show you the sample painted onto a chip (love!), but alongside the chip, how it looks in a room — A stylish, slicker than slick room that you’d actually consider living in. I have to thank decor8 reader Ele for turning me onto this website, Emery & Cie totally rocks. I’d heard of them only once before, but never investigated further. Thanks Ele for encouraging me to check it out.

Emery & Cie
Emery & Cie is based out of Brussels where they also have a store, but also there’s a store in Paris and Antwerp and they’re now represented here in America over in New York (yeah!).

Emery & Cie
Now back to Purple! :) Well, okay… After I watch American Idol. I know, silly me. But this is the only season of Idol that I actually watched and I’m totally rooting for Melinda D.!

(images from emery & cie)

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A Passion for Purple

May 16, 2007

I never thought I’d type those words, A Passion for Purple. But the more I think about purple, the more I’ve noticed it over the past few days. My perfume, Jette By Night from Joop is in a gorgeous purple glass bottle. Some of my Mac eyeshadow is in plum or lavender. A sweater purchased at Noa Noa last Fall is a deep plum. I do have purple in my life! Even as I sat in the local Starbucks last night, I caught glimpses of it scattered around me. The hoodie on a teenage girl. Boxes of expresso machines in lilac piled nearby. Mugs leftover from Easter. Even some of the designs on their products incorporated the very color I assumed I disliked. Over the past 24 hours, have you ‘noticed’ purple a little more? It’s actually quite fun to single out a hue and try to spot it around you, observe how it’s used — the various shades, how much/little, and the colors that it’s displayed with. Try this today and see what I mean. To get you started, here are some inspiring images for you…

A Passion for PurpleI love this mail order company in Germany, Impressionen. I stock up whenever I’m over there. They have great prices, too.

A Passion for Purple When I think of deep shades of purple, cups and plates from Aussie design studio Dinosaur Designs comes to mind. Don’t you love how the color looks with other saturated hues? It looks very crisp and modern.

A Passion for Purple Henry Road carries a few pillows in purple along with a table runner, and many Brides carry flowers in various shades, from orchids to violets.

A Passion for Purple Living Etc. has a great online gallery, if you haven’t checked it out before, hop on over there and see how many rooms with purple you can spot. I like how this bathroom used various shades of purple and red in the tile work, and then as a subtle accent, purple tulips on the sink and a purple towel. Nice!

A Passion for Purple Living At Home is a German magazine that I read, well try to read, as my German is still a work in progress. But whenever I think of this magazine, I see orange, blue, red, and purple. Seems Germans aren’t afraid of using primary colors in the home, like blue. When I lived in Germany while dating my husband, I couldn’t handle all of saturated color in homes there, it drove me absolutely insane because back then, I only saw crayola colors in a kids room. Over the years, I started to appreciate fully saturated colors in decor much more through travel, blogs, magazines, books… And I’m not put off by it in the least.

A Passion for Purple More beauty again from the online galleries of Living Etc. When I see spaces like this, I always think about the person that lives there, why they’ve styled things a certain why, and in this case, why purple was their color of choice. It’s fascinating to learn about the associations that others have when it comes to color.

A Passion for Purple Real Simple shows us how to arrange multiple hooks against a wall that looks somewhat purple, at least on my monitor. Purple can lean in so many directions, and depending on lighting, can look almost pink, blue, grey, or cobalt at times.

A Passion for Purple More treasure to look upon from Living Etc. Very sensual, especially seeing plum in silk and velvet mingled with dark, rich wood tones. This is very contemporary and peaceful, welcoming.

A Passion for Purple Country Home is another website to visit for color inspiration, since those who lean towards its laid back style tend to incorporate lots of lavender and lilac in their decor. Of course, always alongside other pastels, and always in florals and stripes, as this creates the charm that embodies this style.

A Passion for Purple Brides is a great website to cruise for color. Aren’t these arrangements stunning? I think every Bride wants to have a second wedding just to recreate the magic all over again.

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Purple Inspiration

May 15, 2007

When pulling together this post, I had to *really* search for purple rooms and accessories because it’s harder to find than say, yellow, green, or red. So for now, here are some fun purple finds and later, I’ll return with more to keep us going for the day into the night. I’m slowly seeing a pattern here within myself when it comes to this hue. I like it either in a soft pastel, such as lavender, and paired with white, or if I’m going jewel-toned bold, I like it alongside red and pink, or green and yellow against a pure white background. I’m not much into the dusty tones, like plum, but it does play well with silver and grey.

Purple Inspiration On a side note, don’t you love this lavender light bulb? Does anyone know where you can find bulbs like these? This image came from Living Etc, so I’m thinking perhaps these bulbs are finds from Europe and may not be here on our shores in the states. But they’re great, aren’t they?

Purple InspirationHere are some magical sleep spaces in purple from Living Etc. Now this is where I perk up and feel completely comfortable around this color.

Purple Inspiration This is the best example of how to gently mix in a color when you aren’t really a ‘color’ person. Purple looks so grown up alongside metallic silver and cool greys, doesn’t it?

Purple Inspiration Some great finds from Urban Outfitters for the home. These curtains are actually quite nice, but I wouldn’t pair them with that olive window, I’d prefer them left untied and the olive trim painted creamy white. Deep purple paired with olive feels a bit gloomy to me, but given that I love peacocks because they’re so exotic and rare where I live, it’s fun to see them as a motif so I can’t turn my nose to this throw rug. :)

Purple InspirationNow we’re talking… This yummy grape is fresh and vibrant alongside red, yellow, pink, and green with a bright white background. I love seeing it used in bold graphics. This chair and wallpaper is from Anthropologie, but most of you loyal blog readers already knew that, now didn’t you? :)

Purple Inspiration Design Public has some dusty purple finds. A wallhanging, some pillows, canvas art, and a rug (it’s on sale by Angela Adams in case you’re in the market for one.) I’m not sure how I feel about mauve though… I had mauve in my bedroom when I was around 16 and lived with my parents. Mauve, plum, grey, and the black lacquered furniture. Yeah, that was in back then. I still can’t believe I had black lacquered furniture in my room and mauve at age 16. And get this, I saved up all my after school earnings from my job to buy the set from Popular Club catalog – bedding, curtains, and pillows. I even found a wallpaper border that almost matched perfectly. I was so obsessed with my bedroom. But now when I think of mauve, I almost feel like I can’t ever ‘go there’ again. Can you relate?

Purple Inspiration Have you heard of The Voice of Color? It’s a color trend report on the Pittsburgh Paints website that takes four trends for the year and gives you the palette for each trend, a few images of the colors used in a room, and some products that work in the space. Although it’s a good start, I’d love to see them grow it out a bit because it’s a terrific idea and I’m sure they could really insert a lot more product and tips if they developed each trend more. This trend report is called Bloom, inspired by the garden in bloom, “Audacious purples, embraced by green, mauve, pink, and orange.”

More purple coming up!

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Color of the Month: PURPLE

May 15, 2007

Rachel Perls, our visiting color expert from Hue Consulting, is back to talk about the decor8 color of the month: Purple!

Color of the Month: PURPLE
I have to admit, it was hard for me to select purple because I’m not drawn to it and actually own nothing violet in my home or closet. I think that if there’s one thing design blogging has taught me, it’s to have an open mind and to experiment more with color. For me, this is my big step into the unknown, my way of experimenting with violet a little bit. I rarely show anything violet on this blog so I’m stepping up and embracing all things purple today. Now let’s see what Rachel has to teach us about this rich, regal hue. Take it away, Rachel!

Color of the Month: PURPLE
By: Rachel Perls, decor8 contributor

Ah, the ever-elusive purple, such a misunderstood color*. It makes sense; after-all, it?s composed of two completely opposing colors, red and blue. Dark purples express warmth and sophistication for the winter. In fact, its association with royalty stems back to ancient times when purple dye was very expensive, so only nobles, kings, and queens could afford it. Brighter purples and lilacs express a fresh playfulness for the spring and summer.

Uplifting, spiritual, and mystical, purple has positive associations for Americans. But be careful about how you use it in Europe, as certain shades are powerfully aligned with death for Catholics there. Case in point: the original Euro Disney signs were purple, and visitors perceived them as morbid. Definitely not the impression Disney intended to give.

Color of the Month: PURPLEWhen it has warm undertones, purple is more closely aligned with the dynamic energy of red. Those with cooler undertones are connected with contemplative, calming blue. Periwinkle is a very blue-based purple. Paired with crisp whites, this room feel very fresh and spring-like. No wonder people have such a hard time interpreting what purple stands for. This can work to purple?s advantage when blue or red just doesn?t fit the bill. (Images from GV Interiors and Gundrun Sjoden.)

Color of the Month: PURPLEWhat comes to mind when you think of the color purple? For me, it?s my favorite 80?s music icon, Prince. Now there was a man who knew how to take a color, and make it all his own: creative, eccentric, passionate, complex. This kitchen in a house in Mexico can take the saturated hues because of the intense light these southern regions get. It?s important to look at what kind of light your space gets, and chose colors that can hold up in that specific context. (Images from Amazon and SaidAlice on Flickr)

Color of the Month: PURPLEColor of the Month: PURPLE
A truly trendy color this season, purple has made its grand entrance into the marketplace through fashion, interior accessories, textiles and beauty products. Purple has infused the market, appealing to women and their eternal quest for beauty. It is truly a hip color for the season in fashion. It’s one of those colors that will last throughout the year because it can change with and adapt to the seasons. (Images from Saks, Tory Burch, various ads online)

Color of the Month: PURPLEThis serene space (top left) doesn?t need any embellishments. The large areas of color on the walls keep the room clean and modern. I think this dining room set is so classy, pairing sleek modern lines with a rich textured purple fabric and intricately patterned back. Can you just imagine lounging in this luxurious lilac lavatory? (Images from Domino and Homes + Gardens)

Color of the Month: PURPLEOnce relegated to fragile old women, designers now embrace lavender as a calming, feminine, luxuriously soft tone. Purple can be understated and sophisticated when it takes on more of a dusty mauve tone. (Image from Homes and Gardens)

Color of the Month: PURPLEThe kitchen is a fun, surprising spot for purple. I have always loved these soft lilac cabinets. Doesn’t this look like a fun spot to prepare a meal? (Image from Sunset)

Color of the Month: PURPLEPurple can be brought into your d?cor through artwork, flowers, pillows, candles, so many accessories, so little time! (Image from Location Works)

Color of the Month: PURPLEPurple can be incorporated into outdoor living spaces, too, through natural elements like flowers. Isn?t this wisteria vine gorgeous? (Image from Domino)

Color of the Month: PURPLE..or even an over-the-top bathtub! Wow. Would you dare to go this bold in your bathroom? (Image from Bolig)

Purple is a malleable color, so put your own creative spin on it to suit your personal taste. Go forth, dare to explore the color purple in all its tints and tones. As you can see, the options are endless. Have fun! – Rachel Perls

*A footnote on terminology: purple is an imprecise term for both mixtures of red and blue and pure colors in the violet range of the spectrum. Read more here on purple versus violet: violet is spectral; purple is extraspectral.

Thanks, Rachel! For more color-inspired posts, please visit previous posts on Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green. In June, we’ll be learning about Orange, so stay tuned. (We usually do our color of the month posts here mid month.) I’ll be back with more purple inspiration of my own later on today…

(top images from Living At Home and Living Etc.)

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