Pantone proves beautiful and colorful things come in pairs. The announcement of Rose Quartz and Serenity as Pantone Color of the Year 2016 marks a first. This is the first time in the history of Pantone Color of the Year selections that two different colors have been selected.
The words rose and serenity evoke delightful impressions. Romance, peace, calm, tranquility, kindness and gentleness. I immediately connected the Color of the Year 2016 selections with the sentiments of the holiday season. A color coincidence perhaps, but doesn’t it make for a lovely association?
With a delicate balance of tranquil tone and soft hint of periwinkle perfection, Pantone Serenity becomes the perfect Peace on Earth holiday color palette.
“Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”
-Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman
Traditional holiday colors ring true as the classics, but transitional color combinations beautifully deck the holiday halls. This post pays holiday homage to Rose Quartz and Serenity and the holiday scenes, ornaments and decorations inspired by the hues and tones of the Pantone Color of the Year 2016.
Last week I featured the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2016 Simply White. Let’s keep the color palette conversation going, shall we? Many decorating moons ago, the color wheel of decorating fortune landed on the color palette jackpot. Jackpot of inspiration, that is.
The decorating jackpot was, in fact, a realization which forever changed my way of thinking and decorating. Combining classic elegance with modern chic in the places and spaces of the houses Dave the Builder and I were flipping met with the delight of the real estate buying public. That is one test, if passed, that will validate the design and decorating choices you are making.
Transitional or traditional with a modern twist offers the best of both decorating style worlds. I quickly discovered transitional colors play well with traditional styles and the traditional fall color palette. Don’t get me wrong, I am totally on design board with the classic warm tones and colors generally associated with the fall color palette, but at the same time I don’t strictly adhere to the if it isn’t broke don’t fix it rule of thumb.
Thumbing through fan decks, color chips and shelter magazines for color inspiration connected the dots between color as an accent and color as the focal point. I believe we can all agree color anchors, emphasizes, enlivens and transforms a space. For those times when a space calls for a powerhouse pop of color, may I present a collection of transitional colors or your decorating consideration.
Common, expected and (dare I say it) traditional choices can be a “safe” decorating choice, but at the same time a boring choice. I recently saw the image below and attached quote from Isaac Mizrahi on House Beautiful’s Facebook page. I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Mizrahi if by tasteful he means boring.
“I’m all about exuberance. We only have one short life to live, and we shouldn’t waste it being tasteful.”
Try implementing an uncommon color choice into an otherwise common color situation. Take a chance, folks. Trying new things is what puts the fresh and fun in decorating.
Let’s look at a around our house favorite, decorating with antiques. When it comes to decorating with period antique pieces and the selection of complementing or even contrasting decorative accessories, my advice is to think outside of the crayon color box. Neutral, schmeutral- pop the color to it.
Traditional colors true to the Fourth of July waving proud and sitting pretty in red, white and blue are on color parade this week. Most of us will enjoy a short work week, and hopefully all of us will enjoy a long 4th of July weekend celebrating the holiday of summer with friends and family. I’m looking forward to traditional Fourth of July celebration fare, fireworks after dark, pops in the park and maybe, just maybe, the new wallpaper I received for Mother’s Day going up in the foyer. A foyer 4th! With all the pre 4th of July party, project and menu planning at Places in the Home, things are getting pretty busy around here. I figure it is the same at your places in the home, too. Having fun is a lot of work! When time allows, I invite you to scroll through these red, white and blue Fourth of July inspired images for star-spangled inspiration. No political agenda, opinions or talking points- just pretty Fourth of July inspired pictures decked out in a patriotic pop of color palette and federal finery.
Inspiration is everywhere made good on its promise this Mother’s Day. Dave the Builder heard the something out of the ordinary call, gifting me this most unique and exquisite Italian heather plant for Mother’s Day. This visually striking plant in all its classic pink and green color combination glory is summer planter poised and ready. Giving thought to what type of planter befits this beauty, the usual suspects in my traditional rotation failed to impress. It appears a decorating style metamorphosis is taking place, a planting the seeds of change decorating 180.
“In gardening, architecture, landscape design and interior design the principles are interchangeable – or, at the very least, highly adaptable.” — Charlotte Moss
The preferred decorating style of choice at Places In The Home is traditional with a twist, but styles and tastes evolve as they should, and mine are no exception. If only on an experimental basis for the fresh and updated look of it, try introducing one or two accents, colors or patterns from a different decorating style to the space. A decorating 180 turns up the volume just enough to keep things visually interesting.
I paid a visit to the Hopefully Classic warehouse (storage unit) a couple of weekends ago to do a bit of shopping. Shopping from within is a tremendous concept. I become reacquainted with items in the inventory, an afternoon of hunting and digging for treasure qualifies as an excellent workout and the prices can’t be beat. I pulled a set of decorative concrete planters (one of which is shown in the above image) to pair with two small boxwood plants I bought marked down at Lowe’s. The picture does not do the planter justice, and as stunning as these planters are, do these lovelies qualify as my personal decorating 180?
Hold the phone! This Orlandi Statuary basket planter may be all the style sashay towards a decorating 180 needed to calm the winds of change. The style deviation is subtle enough not to overwhelm the process while staying true to the traditional foundation. Throw the eye a curve ball every now and then and hit a style home run.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Want, need, seasonal availability and patience in design and decorating lined up over the weekend. It was hard to contain my excitement when Dave the Builder emailed me the picture below of this display live and in person from our local Lowe’s garden center.
One white pumpkin, one greenish blue pumpkin, one ornamental cabbage and one vintage dough bowl later… well this isn’t exactly the look I had in mind. The build up to perceived pumpkin perfection may have been better than the actual great white pumpkin purchase. As it sometimes goes in the world of design and decorating, what we initially envision doesn’t necessarily translate well to space, palette, placement or in this case, pumpkin.
If at first you don’t succeed, design and decorate again, and again, and again. I think it is safe to assume all great, beautiful and stylish design and decorating does not come straight out of the box that way. I’ve lost count of the projects I have started over at the beginning, in the middle of, and heavily tweaked at the end. If it doesn’t feel right how can it look right? I know, the client knows, and the client knows I know. You know? Adding to, taking away from, switching up or a simple re-positioning is often the missing piece of the puzzle that brings forth the “that’s it!” look you were going for in the first place. Tenacity, coupled with patience in design and decorating, is the power tool of the trade.
You’ve got to roll with the punches when it comes to the creative process. It’s a work in progress, an exercise in patience and pumpkin. What presently doesn’t work will eventually come together for the next phase of the extravaganza aka Thanksgiving decorating. I am gingerly practicing pumpkin caution with these fall decorating beauties of the moment. Here’s hoping they will at least look presentable for an upcoming Thanksgiving staging session. It’s not looking too good for the one in the above image, but hope is on the table. I always take out a decorating insurance policy in the form of classic core pieces, accents and accessories.
That’s what I love about working with a good foundation and why I preach classic pieces. Strong lines, good bones, great pieces and patience in design and decorating are the tried and true hallmarks of great and lasting design and decorating.
It may be a coincidence, but it seems the senses become heightened as the days shorten, colors deepen, spices and aromas entice and the tones and textures of nature engage us by sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.