The second Anh-Minh mentioned her London vacation and that she’d like to contribute a post about Orla Kiely’s flagship store on decor8 (she knows how much I love Orla), I knew I couldn’t resist! And this isn’t your ordinary shop tour, as you’re about to catch a sneak peek of some brand new lighting that hasn’t yet launched, and I’m extremely excited about it because the moment these beauties do hit the streets, I’m posting about them on decor8 and pulling out my charge card (great find, Anh-Minh!).
Visiting Orla Kiely London
By: Anh-Minh Le, decor8 contributor.
Whether you?re browsing or buying, Orla Kiely?s flagship store in London is a real treat for fans of her organic yet modern graphics. The merchandise is gorgeous, but so are the details found throughout the Covent Garden shop.
I couldn?t help but inquire about the pendant lamps on display. The sales associate informed me that they were originally created as store props, but have (understandably) garnered so much interest, that the company has decided to market them. The pricing is still being worked out, but they will soon be available for purchase ? including online (good news for those of us living outside England!).
In case you just can?t wait or are concerned that the price may be a wee bit high: The latest issue of British Elle D?cor includes a DIY Orla Kiely lamp. (Nice coincidence!) The ?Flower Blossom Lawn? wallpaper, which is carried at Anthropologie, adorns the shade of a table lamp.
Back at the Orla Kiely store, the wallpaper is also used to spruce up wood furniture. This is an idea I just might have to steal to spruce up a piece in my own house!
(images from anh-minh le for decor8)
Flickr user Robertspeg sent me a lovely little note a few days ago that I’d like to share with you since it gave me a few thoughts on orange that I’ll mention below. She begins, “I loved your orange post today. Orange is a color I never thought I would use in decorating. Then a couple of years ago, I found I really loved it with pink. Now I use it all the time.”
Peggy is right, orange doesn’t always “click” with everyone at first, at least until they spot it mingled with colors they do love. Eureka! A feeling of surprise sets in, orange suddenly becomes your new best friend. Peggy adds that for her, there was a certain something that she had to do to make orange click in her apartment, “I painted the walls white and now I find I use orange, blue and pink constantly. I never thought I would use such a strange color combination.” And it works, as you can clearly see from Peggy’s photos above.
Orange looks great with pink, also with blue (remember this mood board from Starlee Matz?), and of course, green and cocoa brown, too. They all work nicely together in nature, which is where a lot of designers draw their inspiration, so of course they’ll work indoors, too.
Consider the colors of the desert, the coast, a sunset, or those in your flower garden. When I see color combinations in nature that interest me, I photograph it and save for future reference, as these often inspire my own work. Even if you don’t consider yourself a shutterbug, purchase a digital camera and carry it with you at all times. Just the other day, I saw the most beautiful whitetail and I asked my husband to photograph it (I wasn’t patient enough to chase it as he was!) because it was so pretty – the gorgeous blue body combined with silvery gray wings with cocoa accents. It made me think of a room where the key color is blue, accented with gray and of course, some cocoa and silver.
Artists have looked to nature for inspiration over the centuries, so when decorating your home, look to color combinations outdoors as your guide and let them ignite your creative spark. With every photo I take, I’m stopping to “smell the roses” and it feels so good. Not only am I looking for terrific color combinations, but in the process I discover beautiful little creatures, flowers, plants, all that I may have missed otherwise.
Maybe this weekend, you can carry your camera with you and snap some photos of terrific color combinations in nature? It’s a fun study and will most definitely fire up your imagination. You’ll be surprised to see what you find. :)
(images from robertspeg)
Jenn wrote to me this morning and I was completely thrilled to learn that she’s brand new to the Boston art scene. Fantastic! Fresh blood! Her bright, modern paintings incorporate lots of organic shapes that I find completely captivating, and her color palette is gorgeous. I also like that her website shows the art living in a an actual space, and the extra deep canvas she works on. I love chunky paintings like this, and these organic shapes against bright backgrounds… Swoon!
Isn’t her work so completely vibrant and alive? I predict that this lady has a bright future ahead of her, her designs really appeal to lots of different people. You can purchase her original paintings over on her website (priced between $50-200), along with her giclee prints ($39), or you can visit her etsy store, it just launched last week and is fully stocked with prints that you’ll definitely enjoy browsing. P-2007-4, P-2007-17, P-2007-14, and P-2007-2 are a few of my faves.
Psst: This girl is a blogger, too.
(images from jenn ski)