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Flower Inspiration

October 4, 2011

Hello Friends! This is one of those, “Stop and smell the roses” posts. Even though the blooms have all faded and summer has come to a close, we can still draw inspiration from flowers because stores still stock plenty that you can bring indoors to add color long after your garden has faded.

Flower Inspiration

It is during these busy autumn days that we need some time outs, wouldn’t you agree? Time to notice the subtle seasonal changes and time to enjoy what is left of summer’s bounty. I feel like I am writing this post primarily for myself as I only have a few moments to sit in between getting my son down for his nap, doing the fifth load of laundry, figuring out what is for dinner and then picking my daughter up from school. We all have our various forms of daily madness and hence the need for a moment or two of quiet solitude (if we are lucky).

Creativity needs these moments.

Flower Inspiration

We need these spaces in our day to take a deep breath and notice some leaves or the color of some petals or whatever else nature is offering us. Since work is important and many of you cannot go outside right now and find some flowers to smell, I thought I would gather up some of my floral photographs from the past for you to enjoy. Hopefully this brief pause will help give you some creative ideas or at least a little break from your daily routine. It is pleasure to be back here on decor8 after taking a mini break this summer to travel, and I will see you here soon with my usual Color Me Pretty column later this month.

Flower Inspiration

Until then, take good care. – Leslie Shewring.

(text, styling + photos: leslie shewring from a creative mint)






Color Inspiration

5 Color Palettes That Include Pink

July 20, 2011

Do you love pink but have a hard time using it at home? Do you find it tricky to know which colors to pair it with in order to avoid an over-the-top Hello Kitty loves Barbie fest? Well, are you familiar with designer Emma Lamb? If you’ve been reading decor8 for awhile, I’m sure you are — I’ve mentioned her before and find her crochet work so nice — especially if you are into the ever popular homespun style that is taking over the internet at the moment. Emma’s blog really caught my eye lately because of her color boards and the more I see them, the more I’m reminded to feature them on decor8. Like most of you, I like peeking into the imagination of those working in creative fields to see what their starting point is for a design. On Emma’s blog, I particularly enjoy her color palette series and though she has tons more on her blog, here are five of my favorites at the moment, all layouts below are by Emma and images are individually linked below.

5 Color Palettes That Include Pink

1: GEMSTONE: A bold, almost neon pink paired with other jewel tones is so pretty. These colors make me think instantly of Kate Spade! Images: 1. Cath Kidston, 2. Penny Royalty, 3. Lepidoptery, 4. Kate Spade.

5 Color Palettes That Include Pink

2: MINIMALIST AT HEART: This looks very Scandinavian mixed with a Japanese touch — all rolled into a minimalist, clean aesthetic. The black makes this palette work so well. I love how pink is almost bubblegum but looks so grown up alongside the “hot” colors and the very cool grays. This palette reminds me a bit of the most recently Chloe collection. Images: 1. Conni Matta, 2. Retro Villa, 3. Wu Guanzhong, 4. In Queue.

5 Color Palettes That Include Pink

3. ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE: This is a romantic, cool palette using various tones of pink which gives this palette a lot of depth – it’s subtle, layered… sweet. Images: 1. Alicia Bock, 2. Sarah Wynne, 3. Derya Davenport, 4. Tetsu-FMR.

5 Color Palettes That Include Pink

5 Color Palettes That Include Pink

4. AUTUMN FEVER: Pink here is used in various tones with a variety of brown, yellow and some orange-red to warm it up. This is a great alternative to the typical Autumn palette that so many stores throw at us with the normal brown, orange, red and copper colors. Mix in some warm mustard, apricot and fuchsia for a kick! Images: 1. Marisa Peterson, 2. Violet May, 3. Hip & Clavicle, 4. Ruti’s Roots.

5 Color Palettes That Include Pink

5 Color Palettes That Include Pink

5 Color Palettes That Include Pink

5: FRESH PICKED: This is an enticing use of pink for the summer – for a wedding, patio decor, tabletop styling, even a pretty summer outfit. This is very J.Crew, isn’t it? Lots of blue, yellow and green tones here. You could wear white linen pants with a colorful top with lots of these colors in the pattern, a solid tangerine handbag and gold sandals to pick up the warm yellows in this palette. Here, pink is very retro modern and has zing. Images: 1. Style Me Pretty, 2. raehein, 3. Better Homes and Gardens, 4. Eva Magill-Oliver, 5. Better Homes and Gardens

Out of the color groupings above, which one caught your eye? What do you like about it? How would you like to use it? Did this inspire you to think outside of the box when it comes to pink? It doesn’t always have to be super sweet and girly?

Gorgeous palettes, Emma – we’re all so inspired by these mood boards you’ve done!

(images linked above to their source, collages by emma lamb)






Color Inspiration

Neon Fluorescent Touches

July 19, 2011

Hello friends, it is Leslie here with Color Me Pretty for July. I just got back from Tokyo so I thought it would be fun to share some of my color inspiration from the trip. Similar to last summer, I noticed a wide use of fluorescent colors in home décor items, fashion, stationary and even crafting supplies (read Neon Pink here). Small blasts of color can really liven things up. I have gathered a few ideas that I hope will get your creative wheels turning.

Neon Fluorescent Touches

If you cannot imagine anything permanent in your home with such electric color, try introducing a tiny bit on a mood board. I made a little garland using tape and beads in fluorescent pink, yellow and orange.

Neon Fluorescent Touches

Neon Fluorescent Touches

I also found a beautiful card by Emma Cassi that has a perfect fluorescent pink and a calendar card by Catherine Campbell brings in a few more bright tones. Mixing these flashes of color with a sand and white backdrop really speaks to me about summer.

Neon Fluorescent Touches

Every time I go to Japan I cart back a bunch of books. It is fascinating to examine how they approach collage, journaling and home décor. I also love seeing what is the current “kawaii” or cute obsession. Pandas are always big, however, this time I noticed a lot of lama (or alpaca) motifs. Yes, lama motifs adorned books, stickers, fabrics, calendars and t-shirts. Who knew? I wonder what will be next?

Neon Fluorescent Touches

Neon Fluorescent Touches

Little fluorescent touches to party décor (i.e. balloons, candles, streamers), make your own cards, photo album embellishing and gift wrapping are fun ways to experiment with these colors that you may not normally use.

Neon Fluorescent Touches

Neon Fluorescent Touches

Neon Fluorescent Touches

As is brightening up an area around your desk with a little fluorescent tape on some of your favorite images. These rolls of Pro Tapes look like they could be good for these kinds of projects.

Neon Fluorescent Touches

Lastly, you could always decorate your day-timer. Why not add some bright colors to make your schedule seem a little more playful? We are all busy these days but do we have to be so serious? Come on, try painting your toe nails fluorescent and add some teen spirit to your calendar. :)

How do you place to add a little neon to your life? Any ideas to share?

I will see you back here in August. –Leslie.

(photography: leslie shewring)






Color Inspiration

Garden Inspiration

June 27, 2011

Hello Friends, it is Leslie here with June’s edition of Color Me Pretty on decor8. I have been spending many hours recently tending to my little garden so I have fresh greens on my mind. I know, it seems you either love green for design or you don’t. However, I am here to give spring green, chartreuse, blue green and yellow a chance. I hope you enjoy this simple palette.

Garden Inspiration

But first, here is where my inspiration began… in my very own flower garden at home here in southern California.

Garden Inspiration

Garden Inspiration

Garden Inspiration

Garden Inspiration

Garden Inspiration

First, I thought it would be fun to do an arrangement of edible herbs from my garden. I picked sage, mint, thyme, rosemary, oregano flowers, cilantro flowers, arugula flowers and onion flowers for a little bouquet. I popped it into a glass jar and think it would be a sweet gift for my friend who enjoys cooking. The leftover sprigs went into some little vintage glass bottles. If it is summer where you are please take advantage of all the bounty at your farmer’s markets and stands. Make yourself an insanely large salad because it will taste extra good this time of year and pick up a bunch of herbs to enjoy in a vase. Mixing herbs with flowers can look beautiful too. Peonies and mint smell amazing together!

Garden Inspiration

Garden Inspiration

Then I felt inspired to pull together a mini mood board. On this small peg board I have a fun card by Cornelia O’Donovan for Pearl & Black, and some scrap pieces of fabric and papers. When using a limited palette like this it is nice to experiment with patterns. It is important to have both larger and a smaller scale patterns to create a sense of balance.

Garden Inspiration

These patterned notebooks are by Labclip, o-check design graphics and bungalow.

Garden Inspiration

Garden Inspiration

I pinned up some butterfly tags I made to spruce up simple wrapping. I used the large “Punch All Over The Page” butterfly punch by Martha Stewart. I have been seeing framed collections of “punched” butterflies that also look pretty and provide an interesting way to showcase paper scraps you may have!

Garden Inspiration

Garden Inspiration

I hope I sparked an idea or two for you to take away for a project you may be working on. Thank you for having me here. See you next month, – Leslie.

(photography + styling: leslie shewring)






Color Inspiration

Summer Dreams

May 27, 2011

Hello Friends, it is Leslie here with Color Me Pretty for May. With summer just around the corner I cannot help but think about flowers in my garden, fun drinks with friends and family birthdays. All in a palette of white, peach, mint green, washed grey and a little raspberry.  Of course time for a few crafty projects in this summer palette would be great to. A girl can dream.

Summer Dreams

Summer Dreams

One quick project for entertaining is dressing up those white spray painted glass bottles with a little washi tape and a couple paper doilies. Nothing fancy, just apply the tape and doily pieces here and there. I cut a few flowers and sprigs from my garden and instantly a windowsill or a table is prettied up for a get together.

Summer Dreams

Summery garnishes can make a plain old lemon soda look rather elegant. I like serving something fun and nothing gets a little house party going like a feature cocktail. Fresh mint, a little lime or a couple raspberries can make any drink feel like a special occasion. It can also be interesting to use all different glasses even for the same drink. This way everyone can hopefully remember his or her glass!

Summer Dreams

Here is a little folding book I made from a couple pieces of scrap paper and some fuji instax mini photographs I took while putting this series together for you. I want to make more of these this summer. One could be of the kids while we are at the beach or another possibly of my mother’s garden. They make a cute gift for the host after a weekend stay with friends or family.

Summer Dreams

Summer Dreams

Summer Dreams

Summer Dreams

Summer Dreams

I hope you enjoyed this series and that it sparked a couple ideas for you. Do you have any plans for the weekend? Whatever you do take good care and do something just for you.

Thank you for having me here, see you next month, – Leslie.

(images: leslie shewring)






Color Inspiration

Anthropologie + Travel Inspired

April 29, 2011

Hello Friends, it is Leslie here with Color Me Pretty for April. This time around I cannot stop thinking about travel and cafes. No, they are not colors but since I just came back from a quick trip to London and Copenhagen I find myself dreaming about the cafes I visited and where I may go next.

Anthropologie + Travel Inspired

Yes, the travel bug was caught quite severely and that is why this image from Anthropologie became my source of inspiration for this month’s Color Me Pretty. By looking at this picture, I was transported to an Italian café. This gorgeous photo shoot, which took place at Caffé Roma Pastry on Broome Street in New York, inspired me in a fury to create something in a similar palette for you.

Anthropologie + Travel Inspired

Splashes of dark tangerine, gold, sap green and Prussian blue mixed with light tan and milky coffee. This is a pretty palette for summer fashion, entertaining or decorating.

Anthropologie + Travel Inspired

Anthropologie + Travel Inspired

I printed out and pinned the first Anthropologie image from the set on my tack board and then created a mood board around the image. I grabbed old cards and tickets I had collected during my last trip to Rome, along with some post cards and my own photos. I tend to keep little bits of paper from wherever I go. Do you do this? I just love looking at business cards of where I have eaten or ticket stubs from an incredible site I have seen. I keep many of these bits and pieces in an archival box on my shelf or in journals I made upon return home.

Anthropologie + Travel Inspired

Since Caffe Roma appears to serve some fine looking gelato I started thinking about ice cream, then, ice cream dishes and how they may make fun low floral vases for entertaining. I experimented with some little bouquets and the ice cream dishes worked well as they keep the flowers low enough to have a conversation over. You can find sundae, sorbet and ice cream dishes at restaurant supply stores online like this one.

Anthropologie + Travel Inspired

Anthropologie + Travel Inspired

I couldn’t help but doodle some watercolor flowers after looking at the fabulous En Plein Air Dress and Gladiolus Skirt featured in the photographs. The gestural floral patterns used in these two pieces have me thinking about borders for cards or patterns I could use in some other crafts. I also love bringing bold floral patterns into my home as accents and these two fashion items have my wheels turning.

Anthropologie + Travel Inspired

Anthropologie + Travel Inspired

It is really fun to take a virtual trip somewhere and let it inspire some fresh creative ideas. Thank you for joining me here today on my little journey helped along greatly by the styling work and photography by the brilliant folks at Anthropologie.

See you back here next month, Leslie

(images: leslie shewring)






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