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Fresh For Spring

March 21, 2011

Hello friends, it’s Leslie here with Color Me Pretty for March. With all the heartache over the last ten days I wanted to focus on spring with the sense of hope, creativity and new life it brings. I thought I would revisit one of my favorite palettes, which includes pale blue, watery aqua, minty green, and splashes of dark coral. To change it slightly I added some chalky looking lavender. I have been seeing this palette in various forms lately and thought you may enjoy it.

Fresh For Spring

Cheerful poppies have been blooming in my garden and I decided to place these ones in a spray painted mason jar. I further decorated the jar with ribbon and a few strips of Japanese washi tape. Decorating some white floral containers with tape is simple, quick and adds a sweet handmade quality don’t you think?

Fresh For Spring

Fresh For Spring

Fresh For Spring

I was really inspired by the work of Thomas Campbell who Holly introduced me to in her post a few weeks ago. I couldn’t help but get back to my sewing machine to sew more paper together. I made some interesting wrapping paper quickly as well as some larger pieces I may frame and use as wall hangings for my home. When I did not have the right color of paper I used watercolors to create the tones I needed.

Fresh For Spring

Fresh For Spring

Fresh For Spring

Fresh For Spring

I filled my journal pages with pieces of freshly colored paper and photographs. I love having this record to go back and look at when I want to create something down the road and am lacking inspiration. My journals have always helped keep my visual ideas organized. They act as mini mood boards that are portable, easy to keep and refer to. Long after my tack boards have been cleaned off I still have my journals waiting neatly on the shelf.

Fresh For Spring

I hope I may have sparked an idea or two for you to carry out in some of your creative projects. Please take a moment this week to stop and notice the flowers of the season. Even if they are just the ones on display at the market! I will see you back here next month, until then take good care and thank you. – Leslie.

(images: leslie shewring)

Leslie






Color Inspiration

Mint + Beige

February 28, 2011

Mmmm mint! I’m all about beige right now also and loving it, especially as a trench coat with a fun, colorful patterned lining for spring or on the walls with crisp white glossy trim. I’m also liking mint and cream a great deal… I keep thinking of painting an hold cabinet a minty green like the one shown below. What is your current color crush? I think peachy coral would be a great accent with this mint/beige color combo, don’t you think?

Mint + Beige

Mint + Beige

necklace from boden, j.crew vintage cotton tee, sugarcane + cocoa necklace from anthropologie, pie crust dinnerware from anthropologie, escape from the black forest print by the black apple, birds eggs from Australia print from cake with giants, kid’s room from MILK magazine, little town made from envelopes by camilla engman.

Mint + Beige

Mint + Beige

Not a big fan of pastel-y Mint? Even though it is such a pretty hue… it’s not for everyone. You can combine it with fresh green or chartreuse to brighten things up or add in a muddy olive and deep gray to make the room more rich and cozy… above are some inspirations from vtwonen magazine showing you how to mix mint in for a fresh spring look. If you are not familiar with vtwonen, it is a fabulous decorating magazine from the Netherlands that I started subscribing to a few years ago. I can’t miss a month of this mag – even Leslie is a subscriber and a few of my other US-based friends. I definitely suggest it for loads of decorating ideas & inspiration. They produce books to, I will be in Amsterdam in June so I plan to pick up a few this time as they’re quite amazing.

(images linked to their sources above)






Color Inspiration

Lemon Yellow

January 24, 2011

Hello Friends, it is Leslie with Color Me Pretty for January. This month I have been thinking about lemon yellow since all of my little lemon trees are dripping with fruit here in southern California, however I was not sure what I wanted to pair with it for this column.

Lemon Yellow

Then I saw Holly’s post on Shane Powers work (his website is here) and I got inspired to pair yellow with craft paper brown, some gray and a little black. Here is the image that sparked some creative projects in my studio…

Lemon Yellow

I printed it out and tacked it to my moodboard and started to think of ways that I could inject a little yellow into my life. Here is my moodboard with Shane’s work as the focus.

Lemon Yellow

After posting Shane’s image on my moodboard along with other bits of inspiration, I looked to it as a visual guide to help me pull this palette in to my life. Here are a few small ways that I turned an inspiring photograph and a pretty palette into something tangible in my own home to enjoy.

Lemon Yellow

Over the holidays I wrapped many of my gifts with Trader Joe’s paper grocery bags. I loved the white hand drawn looking illustrations they had printed on them. Since I have lots of these bags leftover I decided to continue using them for gift-wrap but just turned the paper around so that the holiday illustrations are no longer showing. Even if the outside of the bag may have slightly faded, the inside is that nice craft paper brown. I had fun using an opaque white ink pen to draw, stencil and write on some of the gifts.

Lemon Yellow

I also used Japanese washi tape and some ribbons I had to further decorate my little packages.

Lemon Yellow

I wrapped a container with the paper from the same bags and placed in some of my favorite flowers to further bring sunshine into my home. This is shown on a shelf in my crafting studio.

Lemon Yellow

I decided to add this palette to my inspiration book using some fancy tapes that fit the scheme. Now I can refer to it as a jumping off point for a future project.

Lemon Yellow

I even collected some things that I found in drawers and bins in my studio that fit this color scheme and stacked them on my desk to give me further inspiration.

Lemon Yellow

When combined with pretty yellow fabric napkins, fresh flowers, a gray vase and a crisp white table cover this palette looks sophisticated for a patio lunch or if it’s not warm where you live, an indoor lunch with a touch of Spring.

Lemon Yellow

My studio shelves were rearranged to bring in this palette. Some of the books were wrapped in the paper from the bags and labeled them to identify their contents. The “Don’t Hold Back” print is by artist Nan Lawson.

Lemon Yellow

I thought it may be interesting for a few of you if I shared some of the art projects I do with my four-year-old daughter since she is often dancing around my studio when I am trying to shoot my posts. It is enjoyable for her to work in the colors I am working in and since it was all about yellow, I laid out some supplies for her to use. You can see her work above. A while ago I came across these two really interesting posts about occasionally setting palette constraints for your children in order to teach them more about color and composition. You can read more about this concept from Uniform Natural and Shin + Sons let me know what you think and if you have tried this before and with what results.

Don’t you think this color combination is a nice transition from winter into spring or even from late summer into fall? It is warm and fresh at the same time. I like working in color combination’s that I have not used before because it is a great way to understand new possibilities for projects to come. I hope you enjoyed this series.

Thank you for having me and I will see you next month. – Leslie.






Color Inspiration

Color Inspiration From Sweden

January 14, 2011

I think we could all use a little color inspiration today! I’m already seeing it in stores here, but mostly in pastel tones for Easter. I’m thinking we turn up the volume this year and make the pastel-filled Easter a bit more graphic and strong. Perhaps mix your pastels with some stronger shades of the same hue (pale yellow with mustard, for instance, adding in some black for strength). These colorful rooms from Swedish magazine Skona Hem may spark some ideas for you.

Color Inspiration From Sweden

Color Inspiration From Sweden

Color Inspiration From Sweden

Do any of these looks excite you? Spot any corners that you’d like to try at home this Spring?

(images: skona hem)






Color Inspiration

Pantone Color Forecast: Spring 2011

December 10, 2010

Pantone is THE global color authority for the fashion and home industry so I shared their Spring 2011 color forecast with Real Simple readers today (view it here) because I was so inspired by the palette. Here is a pretty little presentation that I’ve put together for you to view these colors — maybe as you look at them you can think of which ones you’d like to try in a room scheme…

Pantone Color Forecast: Spring 2011

Pantone Color Forecast: Spring 2011

Pantone Color Forecast: Spring 2011

Over at Real Simple, I also shared a few things in my home since it seems that rather unknowingly, I had a feeling for pink before it was predicted to be the color of the year. I guess when you work with interiors and are around products long enough, you just start to get a feel for things, don’t you? You must find this true of yourself, blogging and the internet makes us all feel pretty tuned in to what’s going on out there.

Did you know that Pantone has a gorgeous PDF to download each year that is filled with color inspiration for the season to come, from some of today’s top fashion designers? Oh yes. I’ve been downloading it for years. In it, you’ll read various expert opinions from a panel of fashion designers who talk about what inspired their color choices and overall collection and which ones they believe will work well together in your closet (my favorite part) — though you can also try the same suggestions in your living room.

Here are some colors that I think work together from the 10 shown above:

  • For a mid century modern enthusiast: Mix Coral Rose, Russet and Beeswax.
  • For a modern, contemporary home that is also warm: Mix Color Rose, Russet and Regatta.
  • For a fresh Moroccan vibe: Regatta and Blue Curacao all the way! Add Silver Cloud, too.
  • For a little cool sophistication try: Regatta, Blue Curacao, Lavender and Silver Cloud.
  • For some spice why not go with: Coral Rose, Honeysuckle, Russet and Beeswax.

See a favorite or two? What colors do you see working well together in a room?

(images: pantone)






Color Inspiration

Merry + Bright

December 8, 2010

Hello Friends, it is Leslie here with Color Me Pretty for December. I am really inspired by some of the soft colors used for decorating for the holidays. Hues like aqua, soft lavender, butter yellow and silver. It is a pleasure to experiment with a more subtle hued approach. With the help of a few sparkly ornaments and some candles, I can already feel my holiday spirit being lifted.

Merry + Bright

Wrapping gifts has always been a real joy for me. I love seeing parcels nicely wrapped and tied with ribbon. I also cannot seem to throw out pieces of nice paper, as I tend to save them all. Lately, I have been into making paper quilts to use as wrapping paper for special friends who enjoy paper like I do.

Merry + Bright

Merry + Bright

Merry + Bright

Merry + Bright

I use tape to quilt together pretty scraps of paper to make a larger piece of paper to then wrap presents with. The process does not take very long and I like the effect after a simple ribbon is added. It is a nice way to use gorgeous bits that may have otherwise gone in the trash.

Merry + Bright

Merry + Bright

I had to include this photograph of a special bag I purchased in Amsterdam in October as it has been hanging in my studio and I have been staring at it for some time. You can see how the palette has been influencing me! The bag was made by the hands of Leslie Oschmann an American designer living in Amsterdam who I had the pleasure of meeting. She is a lovely, warm and very talented designer who turns old unwanted paintings into new tote bags. Leslie also breathes new life into chairs and jewelry. You can read more about what she is up to on her website. Some of her bags are also available at Anthropologie.

Merry + Bright

Merry + Bright
Merry + Bright

Merry + Bright

It is my wish for you (and me) to fit in some “slow” moments this season as they help make a hectic holiday routine more manageable.  Create space for a lingering cup of tea, a little time to savor yummy books or magazines, an afternoon for organizing or at least a minute to indulge in the scents of fresh flowers. Whatever holidays you celebrate I hope these last few weeks of 2010 are filled with joy. See you next year and thank you! – Leslie!

(images: leslie shewring)






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