The New Orleans Saints are back on the field in black and gold glory. Saints fans are hoping for an exciting season of New Orleans Saints football. Black and gold home decor accessories make decorating for Saints football gatherings become fast friends with interiors this time of year, and I do like to show my support for the team colors by decorating with black and gold home decor accessories and design accents.
Life often revolves around the color wheel. The influence of color touches lives far beyond pattern, palette, and walls. In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, I find I am more and more amazed at the power of color. It’s no coincidence that color is closely associated with traditional rights of passage and milestones in our lives. The pink or blue of a baby nursery, the religious significance of white baptism robes and christening gowns, graduation caps and gowns in school colors, white and ivory wedding dresses, black tie affairs, golden and silver anniversaries- you get the idea.
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
Emilie Parker, Josephine “Joey” Gay, Grace McDonnell, and Victoria Soto share obvious and tragic circumstances, but choosing to define their memories by those circumstances is not fair to the lives they lead. I am so struck by one particular detail, a shared commonality lovingly revealed and colorfully expressed. We’ve learned how color defined their individuality and its impact in each of their lives, memorials, and funerals. Josephine loved all things purple, Emilie the color pink, Grace claimed both as her favorites, and Victoria adored the color green.
Big sister Emilie Parker nurtured way far beyond her young years. Comfort came to those who remembered her caring qualities by a simple and colorful request- to wear the color pink, Emilie’s favorite, in a united show of love and remembrance of the little girl who loved pink.
Grace McDonnell’s mother talks of Grace’s love of peace signs and the colors pink and purple. Her mother shared with Anderson Cooper how the family took part in a very colorful, deeply personal, comforting, and fitting tribute to Grace. Grace colored the world with her artwork so full of vivid colors, wise subjects, and touching sentiments. Color was not absent from her world, and her parents made sure it would never be via Sharpies and color filled tributes.
Victoria Soto simply adored the color green and pink flamingos. That revelation crosses my mind when I source, select, and admire the color green. Green has a calming quality and is said to represent safety. From what we now know, Victoria Soto died offering to the best of her ability the qualities of her favorite color.
Isn’t it beautiful how color is a sweet and strangely comforting testament to the creativity, imagination, and strength of Grace, Victoria, Josephine, and Emilie. Color gives hope through the green and white ribbons that stand strong with Sandy Hook and the citizens of Newtown, Connecticut, and unity echoes through music, small voices, and somewhere over the rainbow colors in support of the families and in remembrance of Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Rachel Davino, Olivia Engel, Ana M. Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Dawn Hochsprung, Madeleine F. Hsu, Catherine V. Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli, Anne Marie Murphy, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, Benjamin Wheeler, and Allison N. Wyatt.
The nineteenth century lives on through character, color and design in the converted presbytery home of Muriel Dana. Featured in Campagne Decoration, the decor of this Normandy coast home reflects the fascination of a time gone by.
A self proclaimed decorator and bargain hunter, Muriel’s passion for furniture and objects of the nineteenth century swathe her home in a magnificent interpretation of romance, lace, and femininity. Shades of pink frame the space flattering brown accents, and the French settee done ooh la la lovely in complementing aubergine.
Repairs were made to cracking walls, doors, and windows, allowing detail to authenticity in the ground floor reception rooms. The greens of both the Louis XVI cane chair with gold accents and velvet curtains draw the eye to the finish of the golden brown mud walls beneath the wainscot. Two-tone walls, such as in this case, enrich the color palette.
The undeniable hallmarks of French decor- gray(or is it grey), blue, white- Très bien! The patina of the original mud walls allows an antique finish to be created summed up by two words, perfect imperfection.
Should I begin with the distressed beauty of the copper pot lined cupboard, the silverware cabinet door hardware and napkin holder, the embroidered sheets doing cuisine duty, or the gourmet feeling that French design and decor defines?It’s all so wonderfully French and so wonderfully good!
The upstairs master bedroom became the room Muriel had always dreamed of. Isn’t that exactly what a master bedroom should be? Baroque influenced accents from whitewashed walls, golden cherubs, and lace panels exemplify the new meaning of the three r’s ~ romantic, refined, restful.
Like mother, like daughter~ a dream room is the wish Muriel granted her daughter Sophie. Decor choices of framed vintage prints, pink as far as the eye can see, a bed crown befitting a sleeping princess, and toile de Jouy are perfect for child’s play.
Taking a meal in the intimate dining room overlooking the gardens would certainly be a dining and visual treat. The deep patina of the gray(grey) wall showcases the rosewood decorative wall clock as a focal point. The chicken wire doors of the china cupboard, the highly decorative appliques and crown, and toile lined shelves epitomize European charm.
Home design and decor should express and reflect the essence of its owners. The homeowner’s passion for the furniture and accessories, reminiscent of the nineteenth century, is uniquely displayed throughout the home. Character and charm are two elements of great design, and are the calling card of this stunning home.