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Golden October

Hello everyone, it’s your roving reporter and monthly decor8 columnist from Paris, Emilie! Are you well? Warm? Under a blanket with a hot chocolate? Because fall is here and this is a season that I love because the colors and autumn light is so wonderful, magical even.

Playing With Food: Golden October

I just returned from a trip to Canada, where the color of the trees was really amazing. We stayed in a small cottage on a lake, and I let myself get carried by the softness of this beautiful season.

Playing With Food: Golden October

For this month’s edition of Playing With Food, I was inspired by my friend Judikaela because she had prepared some food for us while we were away. The meal consisted of a delightful lemon rosemary roasted chicken with roasted carrots and beets and it was simply delicious! For dessert, we feasted upon orange and apple muffins, equally delicious. The colors of the food inspired me so once again I got out my camera and let my fingers click, click, click to capture the mood of the month – golden October.

Playing With Food: Golden October

Playing With Food: Golden October

Playing With Food: Golden October

Playing With Food: Golden October

Playing With Food: Golden October

Playing With Food: Golden October

The sweetness of this moment, the sunset over the trees of red and gold, it was a magical moment! Does autumn inspires you? Why? – Emilie

(photos, text: emilie griottes)

Posted in Color Inspiration on October 30, 2012

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.

Color Me Pretty
Color Me Pretty

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.

Color Me Pretty

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.

Color Me Pretty

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!

Color Me Pretty

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.

Color Me Pretty

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.

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

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 in Color Inspiration on September 24, 2012

Something Yellow

Hello decor8 readers! ! It’s Emilie again reporting from Paris for another edition of my decor8 column, Playing With Food. Are you ready for some inspiration for the weekend? Good!

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Remember last month when I explored the color red? This month it’s time for a little yellow! Just like last month, I was inspired by my travels and the flower fields from train windows, just as I was in my post about red. Inspiration calls to us from every corner. Do you hear it and then, do you listen and obey?

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

This time, I was in the train for go to La Loire, and I passed a field of sunflowers as shown above! Magic! I had a tiny bit of time to take out my camera so I quickly seized the moment and shot from the window as the train rushed ahead into new landscapes. I was so happy though to get my single “magic” shot because it inspired me so much and in turn, this post. I’ve included a few other flower shots that I took while in La Loire to support my current love of yellow and because I think they’ll look pretty woven into this post. See what you think!

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

On returning, I was still feeling inspired by yellow – from the fields to the things that I saw on my travels. I decided to turn the yellow apples on my trip into an apple cake. I guess the sunshine and sunflowers inspired this as the finished product is golden and a bit rustic too. It’s my dads’ recipe, and has caramel on top. (so yummy). If you want the recipe, let me know and I’ll let you know in the comments section. Anyway, it is crispy on the sides and soft and almost melting on the inside! It is THE best cake in the world because it is my father’s recipe, of course, wink, wink. :) But really, it is the BEST cake.

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

I also baked cookies (biscuits) decorated with yellow beads of mimosa, yummy! That single dash of yellow is the perfect topping – sometimes less is more. By the way, don’t you love the shapes? Again, inspired by field flowers…

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Then, still inspired by yellow, I made a good old-fashioned homemade batch of lemonade to accompany it all with my fresh lemons picked while away. A few cut lemons, water, sugar to taste and and “voila”. Easy.

I hope you like yellow and are enjoying your summer. For my next PLAYING WITH FOOD story to run on decor8 in September, what should my theme be — do you have any ideas?! I’d love to see what you’d like for me to experiment with. A color, a mood, a topic, then I will relate it somehow to food and show you how I’ve Played With Food!

If you’ve missed my previous columns on decor8, play catch up here. – Emile.

Posted in Color Inspiration on August 24, 2012

Something Red

Hello decor8 readers! It’s me, Emilie, and I’m here to post a little something red for you for my Playing With Food column… A few months ago, I went down to the south of France to the home of my grandparents. They live near the sea Méditteranée, in a region called l’Herault. There, the sun shines almost all year, the weather is warm, the sky is often blue, and the village is surrounded by fields and vineyards. It’s so nice!

Playing with Food

Going for a walk, we came across a field that was so special as it was a vast field of poppies! Like red paint in the fields, it was magical! The wind blew the flowers and a kind of red wave was rippling in the wind, just amazing!

Playing with Food

I stopped for a moment, and the next day I returned with a wicker basket. We sat near the fields, we had cookies (shortbread specific region) with strawberries that I had prepared the day before by marinating them in a mixture of thyme and sugar, and we took the time to snack while enjoying the beautiful poppy fields.

Playing with Food

Playing with Food

Playing with Food

Playing with Food

This visit gave me a new idea for my column on decor8, Playing with Food! Why not occasionally include some articles with colors that inspire me? So I searched red food ideas to add to the theme.

I picked cherries from the garden and I made small meringues, accompanied by a chocolate mousse and a cherry. I also picked a lot of raspberries (it’s finally summer, there are plenty in the garden! YUMMY!), made tarts, and then I ended up with a few cupcakes with red cream icing, of course!

Playing with Food

All this reminds me of this pretty poppy fields, the one who made me realize that summer was finally here! What color is inspiring you lately? Any colors that you have noticed popping up often in your dishes at home that you’re preparing lately?

(images: emilie griottes)

Posted in Color Inspiration on July 16, 2012

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