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Color Me Pretty: Fluorescent Touches

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.

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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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Color Me Pretty on July 19, 2011

Color Me Pretty: Garden Inspiration

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.

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

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!

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.

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

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!

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)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Color Me Pretty on June 27, 2011

Color Me Pretty: Summer Dreams

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.

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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.

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!

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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.

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)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Color Me Pretty on May 27, 2011

Color Me Pretty: Anthropologie Inspired

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Color Me Pretty on April 29, 2011

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