Conversing and Consulting: Color Combination Pink and Black

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.

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Color drives the design and decorating choices we make.  Our design style and taste preferences evolve and mature over time, but we seem to stay true to our first loves.

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My color crush on the color pink is a color match made in decorating heaven.

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When pink is paired with the color black, the tone shifts from demure to dramatic.

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This pink sleeper sofa from 9 by Novogratz available at Walmart caught my eye for two main reasons: the color is fabulous and the price is right. 

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As chic as it is affordable, the  9 by Novogratz Sofa Sleeper II  falls into the category of lovely as it stands, but maybe even more chic with a few additional design modifications.

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Which came first, the fashion or the home decor fascination with the color combination pink and black?

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You’ve come a long way, baby!  I definitely prefer how the color combination pink and black applies and appeals to the fashion and home decor taste of today.

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Marble tile accents lend glamour to this modern day take on the classic pink and black bathroom.  Pink and black custom-made Roman shades pull double duty as the casual yet chic focal point.

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Distinctive color combinations influence the fashion world as well as personal design styles.

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Well-suited color combinations anchor, accent and accentuate the look.

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Incorporating the color combination pink and black into a space opens the door to a sophisticated palette presence.

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Top of the Pops of Color: A Color Review

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.

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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.

Blue, Brown and Aqua Color Palette

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Oscars 2015: Color Goes To The Movies

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What Works For You Is What Works

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Flawless Gray Areas: Inspiring Gray Rooms

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St. Patrick’s Day Decor Favorites In Gorgeous Shades of Erin go Bragh Green

Julianne-MooreJulianne Moore in Gucci as featured in Harper’s Bazaar ~ photographed by Camilla Akrans

Louisiana Gulf Coastal Style

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Who’s Ready For Summer?

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Inspired Ideas Floating Around

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Benjamin Moore Color Of The Year 2016 Simply White

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Combining Classic Elegance With Modern Chic: The Color Palette Jackpot

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Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark Interiors

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Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Rose Quartz and Serenity

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Who’s Ready For Summer?

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.

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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.

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If summer means I get to color my summer world with tropical brights,

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fresh and green right off the farm to table seasonal vegetables and fruits,

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and accents in the so summer appropriate classic color combination of pink and green then I say bring it on

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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.

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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.

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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?

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The Gotta Have It List Summer 2015 Edition

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.

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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.

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This is not the first time the Quorum  6 Light Salento Chandelier in Persian White has made an appearance on the Gotta Have It list.  Why the encore feature?   It begins and ends with my all time  favorite four-letter word, SALE!

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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.

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  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.

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Light Pink Shag Faux Fur Fabric ~   Cherry Blossom Velvet  ~  Crystal Upholstery Nails  ~  Faux Fur in Mongolian Pink

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.

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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.

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This Howard Johnson’s sugar bowl from Fishs Eddy is on its way to the Places In The Home test kitchen counter sprinkled with memories of summer vacations, motor lodges, fried clams and 28 flavors.

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What home decor items will you be adding to your Gotta Have It List summer 2015 edition?

Lilly In April For May

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.

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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.

 

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For chic summer evenings ~

 

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-women_embroidered-clutch---goldEmbroidered Clutch ~ Gold

 

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For a touch of Pulitzer Pattern on the Patio ~

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_drinking-glasses---set-of-4Drinking Glasses ~ set of 4

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-glass-hurricane-candle-holder---nosie-posey-10Nosie Posey Glass Hurricane Candle Holder  

 

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For the after graduation getaway or summer beach vacation~

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Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_beach-towel---giraffing-me-crazyGiraffing Me Crazy Beach Towel

 

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For the home~

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Ceramic Mugs with Gold Caddy

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Nosie Posey Floor Cushion

 

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Mark you calendars for the arrival of the Lilly Pulitzer Collection for Target gift ideas.

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Oscars 2015: Color Goes To The Movies

Hollywood is in its own spotlight this week leading up to Sunday night’s award season crescendo, The Oscars. Considered the gold standard of Hollywood excellence and achievement in film, The 87th Academy Awards ceremony will recognize a most talented field of nominees in Oscars 2015 categories of best actor and actress in a motion picture, film, director, music score, cinematography and costumes among many others.

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Of course, the really important aspects of the televised event revolve around the unofficial categories of particular Oscars 2015 interest – best dressed, best designer, best do, best looking couple, best acceptance speech, best host moment, and new to the mix, best selfie. Remember this how many Academy Award winners can you crowd into an Academy Awards show selfie Ellen style from Oscars 2014?

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Hosting duties for The 2015 Oscars ceremony fall into the talented hands and steps (quite the dancer, this guy) of Neil Patrick Harris.  Hosting The Oscars is a tough gig, so we’ll have to see how this pairing shakes out.

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Stand-out moments from Oscars past have become ingrained in our memories. Remember when Sally Field won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1985 for her starring role in Places in the Heart?  Ms. Field’s “You like me right now, you like me!” acceptance speech hitched a ride on the pop culture band wagon for a long and what’s all the fuss about ride.  Anywho, Places in the Heart served as the inspiration for the title of this blog. Home is where the heart is, and the heart of the places in the home beats family strong.

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Do you have a favorite film in this year’s field of Oscars 2015 Best Picture nominees?  The jury is still out in my viewings and selections, but I will say Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is by far one of the most colorful films I have seen in quite sometime, literally. The Academy Awards show loves color. Gold statues, red carpets, and green rooms- color most definitely goes to the movies, and it stars in The Grand Budapest Hotel.  It’s of no surprise this film is also nominated for best cinematography. The artistically impressive color rich sets and period costume colors jump, jive an’ wail off the screen.  Talk about giving the lines, location scenery, sets and star-studded cast a run for the scene stealing money.

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The royal red lacquered elevator walls are certainly on trend for 2015.  I am a goner for the color combination of purple and red- a successful and striking pairing in the pop of color world.  This color combination is a staple in the world of neon and advertising for the draws you in qualities shown in the image below. Quick question to you all…

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The phrase “pop of color”- is the interior design and decorating world tiring of this phrase, or is it a short and sweet-exactly to the palette point catch phrase that’s here to stay?  I like it and use the term frequently. Why use twenty words when three get to the heart of the matter.  If you read Places In The Home enough you will recognize my select descriptive terms.  Gorgeous, lovely, decoratively, stylish, and swoon worthy describe things to a classic tee. What’s the point of this part of the conversation?  Words, like color combinations, say so much about personal style.

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Strong, classic color combinations play well to and with the storyline.

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Color has a strong influence over the space it inhabits. Tone, hue, shade and patina take top billing in this color production number.  What is to first appear as basic and utilitarian actually serves as the focal point of the scene. Matte black, rich copper, and natural aged woods, metals and porcelains in blondes and browns frame the scene in period authenticity and scene effectiveness, a genuine color synergy for sure.

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The impressive and color rich sets of The Grand Budapest Hotel places the Oscars 2015 spotlight brightly and boldly on how color goes to the movies. #Oscars2015

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Mardi Gras Historical Rex Musings: King of Carnival

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.

Proclamation_King_of_Carnival_1936“Proclamation by the King of the Carnival”

Rex, the King of Carnival~

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Rex_2012_White_Deer_VerticalKrewe of  Rex Mardi Gras parade on Napoleon Avenue

Let the good times and the Krewe of Rex parade roll.

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A Valentine’s Day Inspired Compilation of Pretty Pictures and FYI Valentine’s Day Facts

A Valentine’s Day inspired compilation of pretty pictures and FYI Valentine’s Day facts to keep you in the Valentine’s Day know.

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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 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.

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Valentine'sLee Jofa Holland Flamestitch velvet ~ House Beautiful

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Pink is such a delicate and graceful color, complementing in soft tones and shades.  Ever wonder why pink is used as the base color in many cosmetic and beauty products?

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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.

Red= 63%

Pink= 27%

White= 26%

Purple/lavender= 18%

Yellow= 15%

Peach/coral= 13%

Orange= 11%

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The colors associated with Valentine’s Day run the gamut from delicate to high drama.

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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.

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Valentine’s Day by the Numbers

Maybe I should say Valentine’s Day buy the Numbers.

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Chocolate confections, strawberries, macarons (macaroons), meringues, fudge, cheesecake, cupcakes, cookies and conversation hearts are served with Valentine’s Day love.

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Cupid’s consumers will be spending a total of $18.2 billion (that’s billion with a Be My Valentine) on Valentine’s Day.

~Source: National Retail Federation

Numbers show 94% of those who celebrate Valentine’s Day desire chocolate and candy as the gift of decadent love.

~Source: WalletHub

Valentines-candies-cookiesValentine’s Day Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownie Bars, See’s Candies, Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cordials, MacaronsTriple Chocolate Mini Bundt CakesCreamy Fudge Hearts

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“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

~Helen Keller

I hope you have enjoyed this Valentine’s Day inspired compilation of pretty pictures and FYI Valentine’s Day facts.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Brand Recognition and Interior Decorating Ideas Association

Brand recognition and interior decorating ideas association influences the market and the buying public.  Shopping in grocery, electronics, big box, dollar and home improvement stores for items that keep the all things house that make a home process up, running and connected is what you make out of it.  My approach and attitude toward this necessary ritual is rooted in an it’s what you make of it attitude and friendly game of decorative distraction.  I have a resourceful tool of spin I use when the aisles begin to close in- a friendly game of brand recognition and the interior decorating ideas association.  I will not identify any brand in this post by name, but I don’t believe it will be hard to connect the dots. No endorsements, no preferential product treatment or mention, no sponsored posts (not that there is anything wrong with that- news of shareworthy products goes hand in hand with all things house that make a home). This exercise in brand recognition and interior decorating ideas association is just another way to incorporate beauty, color and style into the day.

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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.

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Well, hello! Talk about gorgeous on a most colorful scale. 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.

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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. Why?  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.  When less is more proved correct in this case.

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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!

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So the next time you are shopping, remember this decorating exercise in brand recognition and interior decorating ideas association and my mantra, inspiration is everywhere!

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