Some topics of conversation that never go out of style. Conversing about and consulting on the use of the color combination pink and black is one such topic, a house favorite if you will. Sugar and spice, hammer and nail, love and marriage, style and elegance-good things come in pairs.
Hello there. With all things holiday and the last week of 2015 coming to a close, I thought I would check in with a year-end color review post. Color is an instant way to infuse a space with inspirational drama, serene appeal and the decorative oomph.
Light, bright, soft, dark, neutral, complementing, accent or focal- color takes the pulse of a space with the stroke of a brush and decorating genius. Let’s color review the top of the pops of color schemes, palettes and combinations that colored our world in 2015.
Who’s ready for summer? The first day of summer officially arrived yesterday. No calendar needed. It was hot, it was outdoor living at its finest, it was an excellent party guest! Summer is on tap.
Dave the Builder snapped the pic of my brother’s freshly cleaned swimming pool right before he dove in. A cool summer splash revives the mind and refreshes the body on a hot summer afternoon. All winter long we wished for summer, and believe me, the great genie of hot with a huge dose of humidity granted our wish. Do be careful what you ask for.
I am seriously considering developing a signature paint color in a stunning shade of pink to pay homage to my first true color love. The name of my paint color? I pink therefore I am. I have a long history with the color pink. My first design and decorating endeavor dates back to the late 1960s, when my very brave and trusting Mother allowed me carte blanche with the paint color and wallpaper selections for my bedroom. The standout feature of this wallpaper was the texture. The colors and pattern design captured the flower child chic groovy sign of the times, but it was the the texture of this wallpaper that made an impression on me.
I love the summer of 1968 movie With Six You Get Eggroll, starring Doris Day and Brian Keith. Inspiration is everywhere, and evidently it was at the movies for me. I don’t believe it a mere coincidence that my bedroom design and decorating choices closely mirrored the master bedroom of the McClure residence as shown below.
Summer is a three month fest of vacations, outdoor living it up entertaining, interior updates and refreshes with summer colors, patterns and textures and relaxing on the patio, porch or deck with a cool beverage embracing the lazy days of summer. Who’s ready for summer?
Making things pretty on a penny is always a subject of interest to me, clients, friends, family and judging from the emails I receive, most of my readers.
The summer retail season is heating up, and the stores, outlets and online sights we love to call favorites are rolling out seasonal finds much to the delight of decorators, designers and gotta have it guys and gals. Seasonal decorating is nothing new, but the items in which to accomplish this mission of home decor beautification are. Summer style spotting with pen, paper and bookmark icon ready to jot and save is proving to be successful on the summer finds front. Here is the first round of the Gotta Have It List summer 2015 edition.
H & M continues to impress with decorative accents big on visual quality and style at an affordable price. You just can’t go wrong with an accent piece in the decorating darling duo of black and white. A classic color combination paired with a trending pattern in pop of zebra detail places this ceramic jar accent at the top of the Gotta Have It list summer 2015 edition.
Named after English architect Charles L. Eastlake, the design of this late 19th century style of furniture is one of my least favorites. This mass produced style is actually more of a “in the style of” interpretation of what American professional cabinet makers serving as master furniture designers deemed an authentic replica of Eastlake’s design. Charles Eastlake was not impressed with the results. Mr. Eastlake and I are of the same school of thought. His words say it far better than mine.
“I find American tradesmen continually advertising what they are pleased to call Eastlake furniture, the production of which I have had nothing whatever to do, and for the taste of which I should be very sorry to be considered responsible.”
~ Charles L. Eastlake
That being said, the Eastlake style chair in the above image from Style Me Pretty demonstrates how a chic update can transform an otherwise dated piece into a hip and happening accent chair focal point. Not all antique furniture pieces are prime candidates for paint, but in the case of Eastlake furniture I say pick it out, shake it up and paint it pretty.
Late summer means treasure hunting days at one of my favorite haunts, Korner Shoppe Antiques. This gem of a joint is full to the gills with my kind of treasures, trinkets and trash. Inspiration struck as I perused the shoppe’s Facebook page so I did what all deal dreaming decoristas do- I sketched out plans for an upcoming project around copper pots and pans.
One very brilliant episode of Mad Men placed Howard Johnson’s back into the thoughts of a generation of hungry Americans who ordered up cups, plates and scoops of American fare under the iconic bright orange roof.
Everything is right on Target for graduation and Mother’s Day gifts fresh in Lilly Pulitzer colors bright and pattern right. The limited edition Lilly Pulitzer collection for Target will be available April 19th. Can you tell I’m excited about this collection? I read this fabulous remark the other day and found it to hit the bullseye. The cure for spring fever is spring shopping.
I have several selections from the Lilly look book in mind for our son’s girlfriend who is graduating from university next month and a special Mother’s Day gift recipient on my the gift is in the giving list. Allow me to share with you my favorites from the collection.
For chic summer evenings ~
Embroidered Clutch ~ Gold
For a touch of Pulitzer Pattern on the Patio ~
Drinking Glasses ~ set of 4
Nosie Posey Glass Hurricane Candle Holder
For the after graduation getaway or summer beach vacation~
Giraffing Me Crazy Beach Towel
For the home~
Set of 4 Napkins with Pom Pom Trim
Ceramic Mugs with Gold Caddy
Nosie Posey Floor Cushion
Mark you calendars for the arrival of the Lilly Pulitzer Collection for Target gift ideas.
Carnival season is rolling throughout the state of Louisiana and Gulf Coast regions. Dark clouds rolled in this morning, but a positive party attitude prevails victorious at Mardi Gras. The spirit, tradition, customs, pomp and circumstance of Carnival in Louisiana began with the clubs and carnival organizations formed in the greater New Orleans area over one hundred and fifty years ago. Fat Tuesday is the last day of the Carnival season culminating weeks of celebrated indulgence. In honor of the history and recorded beginnings, this year’s annual Places In The Home Mardi Gras post takes a look at Mardi Gras historical musings and Rex, King of Carnival.
The Krewe of Rex is one of the oldest krewes of Mardi Gras. Established in 1872, Rex continues to reign as the King of Carnival. The origin of inspiration for the official colors of Mardi Gras points to the official green, purple and gold colors of Rex. Rex established the color palette of Carnival, and it’s the party favor that keeps on giving. Strong, bold and vibrant colors take center court as king in the Mardi Gras krewe of décoration.
Leave no stone, house, balcony, courtyard, fence, tree, ladder, person, or architectural element unturned or undecorated in the name of all that is ornate, ostentatious and wildly extravagant. Show your colors- it’s Carnival and it shows throughout the cities, towns, villages and parishes of Louisiana.
The more things change the more traditions and symbols stay the same. Parades, beads, throws, masks, costumes, libations, meals fit for kings, queens and royal court jesters, crowns, scepters and Boeuf Gras – the roots of the Krewe of Rex and Mardi Gras run deep through the years of royal good times, traditional splendor and joyous revelry.
A grand bacchanal, Mardi Gras attracts over one million people to the Greater New Orleans area. Rex issues his Official Proclamation of Carnival, inviting his subjects to gather together to celebrate. With a symbolic key to the city in Rex’s hand, the Rex parade rolls on Fat Tuesday to the beat and bellows of throw me something, mister. Contrary to popular belief, Mardi Gras is not just an all or nothing peep show throw down. It’s a celebration of many masked facets, one easily customized to the laissez le bon temps rouler side of the revelers brain. We’ve rolled with the family flow on St. Charles Avenue and seasoned our celebration with a dash of naughty in the French Quarter. Culinary and historical debauchery is on Krewe control, and family oriented fun is a neighborhood parade route away.
With Valentine’s Day the subject matter of conversation hearts and music of the heart, I have fittingly updated my Power of Love Spotify playlist. A good playlist mirrors balanced design and decor. A well-represented mix of classic, traditional, contemporary and modern plays well. In music, a sampling can be the defining quality of the body of work. As the Valentine’s Day inspired images below demonstrate, a well-chosen and well-placed use of the color of love defines the intent. The color red draws the eye, introduces drama, envelopes the space in depth and frames the focal point.
A survey of florists of the Society of American Florists shows roses as the most popular flower ordered for Valentine’s Day. I find the percentages of the color of roses ordered for Valentine’s Day interesting.
A movie line of past caught my attention not for its brilliant observation, but for furthering my interest enough to check the numbers. The line made reference to Valentine’s Day being a greeting card holiday. According to the numbers, more than 151 million cards are sold each year for Valentine’s Day. That’s Valentine’s Day inspired.
Brand recognition and interior decorating ideas association influences the market and the buying public. Shopping in retail, grocery, electronics, big box, dollar and home improvement stores for the items that keep the all things house that make a home process up, running and connected is what you make out of it. Some love the thrill of the shop, search and source while others find the process about us much fun as spending the day in the dentist chair getting a root canal. My approach and attitude toward this necessary ritual is rooted, no pun intended, in the glass half full it’s what you make of it attitude.
The stately portrait of the white haired gentleman framed in attire and colors befitting the home of the red, white and blue is the brand hallmark of a classic breakfast cereal. This famous logo never fails to bring to mind the Federal era, American antiques and star spangled decor.
Going boldly with bold color, furnishings in unique form and placement, and pattern play perfection are design and decor treatments that will have people talking.
Black and White Marble
Black, white and basic. Or is it? Twenty odd years ago a major grocery chain in our area introduced a line of generic brand products packaged in no-frill black and white packaging. I mean this packaging was straightforward and to the point with white being the predominate color choice accompanied by plain text black lettering.
One would think the plain, ordinary, lackluster, non-descriptive packaging would have faded into shelf obscurity, but not in this case. The complete opposite effect took place, and the basic packaging stood out above all the others.
I can only venture a guess, but I think as eye catching as colorful and bold packaging can be, it served as a frame to draw the eye and attention to the generic brand and away from all others.
Visually commanding focal points are not decoratively exclusive to interior design and home decor accents. The generic brand packaging successfully caught the eye in spite of the basic branding. Less is more proved brilliant in this case. Connecting the dots to decorating yet?
It is amazing how many brands utilize the color combination green and blue in product packaging. I’m beginning to catch on to the genius behind this clever marketing choice. It’s hard to deny the power of this color combination and the association of it to the calm and cool coastal waters of Any Beach, USA. From sea to salad, tranquility sells, sales and sails!
The next time you are shopping, searching and sourcing, remember this decorating exercise in brand recognition and interior decorating ideas association. Inspiration is everywhere!