If you find yourself avoiding a particular color, try to experiment with that hue via photography. I recently set off to study purple and I am so glad I did because I learned something about myself. I don’t dislike purple. I dislike fully saturated purple, but I love the less intense shades, the muted violets, especially stunning when combined with pink, turquoise, and gray. Or with yellow and pale green. Here are a few photos that I took yesterday. When I uploaded them to my computer, I sat in my chair in awe. I’m a believer. I want to start working with purple more in my life. Can you see why?
I don’t know if this exercise will work for you, but whenever you find yourself disliking a color, take out your camera and challenge yourself to photograph only things in the color you dislike. Keep at it for a few weeks. It’s usually not the color but the level of intensity of that particular hue that turns you off. A highly saturated color is quite intense, but a less saturated color is more on the muted side, far less vivid, and has more gray in it. Maybe your photography exercise will help you see your least favorite hue in a whole new way. Ha! I guess you can say that I needed to adjust my lens in more ways than one because my camera helped me to see purple, I color I avoided for years, in a whole new light!
“When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, With a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me, And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves, And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter…But maybe I ought to practice a little now, So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised when suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple?” – Jenny Joseph, Author
(image by holly becker for decor8)
I’m adoring the things at Track and Field Designs right now. A laptop bag with a vintage typewriter on it, a felted owl pin (perfect for a denim jacket this Fall), pretty bird magnets to add some cuteness to the fridge, and pillows… We love pillows! This stuff is just too cute.
(images from track and field designs)
Speaking of Klippan in my earlier post showing pillows from Frances Rose, their table linens are also worth a mention because they’re perfectly Scandinavian in all the ways we love. Simple yet elegant with bold colors and adorable patterns against white or linen.
I figured out why Scandinavian designs appeal to me just recently when I thought about why I liked them so much. And I think it’s just part of my nature to always ask why, as I’m constantly looking to know more about the world around me and I’m not scared to admit it when I don’t know. I believe that asking questions is the only way to understand the world around us, and that sounds like the most reasonable thing in the world, but oddly most don’t ask. They assume. Or they just don’t go there.
It’s almost like we come into this world asking our parents, “Why is the sky blue?” and “How are babies made?” and then we reach this point somewhere around 11 or 12 years old where we start to become independent and asking just isn’t cool. We take this into our adult life because we’re told that asking shows that we don’t know the answer and we never should admit something so tragic as not holding ultimate knowledge! It’s this thing we have about asking for help that I think is rooted more in our fear of losing independence somehow. Like asking means needing help and needing help shows weakness. Not true! When it comes to design, I’m asking myself more and more the question, why? Understanding if I genuinely like something by asking why helps me to explore that. Is this making sense? Am I taking things too seriously?
Whether I am or not, I still asked myself why I liked Scandinavian patterns. Is it because every other blogger does? Or because we’re seeing them everywhere? There’s no doubt that peer opinions are strong influences because it’s part of our nature to want to be a part of the crowd. (Have you heard of influencer marketing?) But I discovered that I really do like Scandinavian patterns and traced this back to my childhood because my grandmother had them everywhere in her home.
I like patterns that are geometric, orderly, like apples in a row or beads or lines. (Also explains my interest in Japanese fabrics and the latest collage art techniques out there.) And I like the images to be somewhat cute or strong and bold (think of Sanna Annukka) or a bit more free form and organic (Lotta Jansdotter), but still have some order to the overall design because things that are busy make me feel very distracted and stressed. Scandinavian design uses a lot of natural materials and neutral backgrounds, which I think is nice because it’s simple and earthy and I love things when they are laid back and close to nature.
If you’re looking for Scandinavian textiles online, visit Fjorn. Something about their site felt familiar to me, so I think I’ve written about them before. But I don’t remember so maybe you don’t either, which is why they deserve a mention. They carry Klippan and also a more tradition design house called Ekelund, as well as a few others but those didn’t strike me the same as the Klippan stuff and the Ekelund table runners.
(images from fjorn)
Etsy seller Frances Rose from England has lots of affordable pillows in fabrics by Klippan and Marimekko. I love this Klippan design below called Candy with all the yummy goodies on it (Hurry, she only has 5 left!).
I’ve added a few more favorite pillows from other sellers on my etsy ticker (left column) today, so click on over to see more shops that offer you a quick way to freshen up your space without dropping a ton of cash.
Psst: Looking for more? Click on the tag pillows below to find posts featuring others I’ve blogged about in the past.
(images from frances rose)
A reader wrote in asking about the wallpaper shown in this image below, an entry to the Fabulous Stationery contest sent in by Allison Nance. I usually reply to quick questions via email versus turning them into a post, but since I can’t locate her email to send her an update, here’s an update for her – I think I found the pattern! It’s over at Romo Fabrics and it’s called Kimura. It looks identical to me. The slight color difference could either be the lighting in the photo, or perhaps this pattern is available in additional colors.
(images from romo fabrics)
Here’s another find from the pages of New Decor, this time it’s a home accessories studio called Lovely Lovely. They carry mostly fun things for the kitchen like tea towels, aprons, glasses and tablecloths. And for kicks, check out their look book which reminds me of Vogue magazine meets The Stepford Wives.
(images from lovely lovely)