Colors Along The Bayou

We Louisianians are a patient people.  We are aware our neighbors to the North actually get to experience seasonal foliage and fall colors before mid to late November. Fall takes it time getting down to Louisiana, but when it does it stunningly shows its true colors along the bayou in perfect fall form.  I’ve yet to find a better way to take it all in than to hit the road with camera in hand, Dave the Builder at the wheel, and the words from the song “Drive South” defining the moment.

Come on baby drive South
With the one you love
Come on baby drive South

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You can be guaranteed if it’s late November the locals are asking, “Are the leaves in color on the bayou Ginkgo?”   This famous landmark Ginkgo tree has served as the picture perfect photo backdrop for generations of  local residents.  This picture does not do justice to just how beautiful these colors along the bayou really are.

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Decades old iron bridge railing has aged gracefully through the years. Brick-lined streets, decorative ironwork and historical homes make a drive though the garden district a trip through time.

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Further South down the road we go to another small town favorite, Lea’s Lunch Room. Lea’ s is known throughout the United States as the place for pie. It’s a standing game day tradition to stop at Lea’s for one of their famous ham sandwiches and a piece of pie on the way to Tiger Stadium. Recently, Lea’s Lunchroom was listed in the USA TODAY Travel article “10 best: Delicious Pies around the South.”  All that driving and photographing works up an appetite, and it is the best excuse I know of to order up a sandwich and a slice of coconut pie with sky high meringue to-go, of course.  On the road again…

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The Mary McCoy Big House stands steeped in history on the Solomon Northup Trail. The story of Solomon Northup was the subject of the film, 12 Years a Slave. The Bayou Boeuf community and the parishes of Central Louisiana historically factor into the life of Solomon Northup.  When I was in college at LSU I used the Mary McCoy Big House as my thirty minutes to home mile marker. Lots of history and beauty associated with this local landmark.

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Like the leaves, the colors of the season are changing from browns and oranges to brighter reds and traditional greens. This much needed road trip was all the detour needed to help me collect my thoughts and take a breather before the next phase begins. December 1st signals the official Christmas season kick off.  Here we go!

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Spring Home Decor Ideas

Color, texture, edits and updates usher in spring and spring home decor ideas. The colors of spring take winter’s edge off our interiors and fashions- the mirror images of style.  Pantone’s  fashion color report for spring 2013 colorfully illustrates that  exact point.

 

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Home decor items in decorative and colorful choices spring up everywhere this time of year. Regardless if your seasonal update involves a major weekend color infusion paint party throwdown or a more subtle approach of the decorative throw pillow, lampshade, and decorative accent kind, inspirational and affordable ideas abound.

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That’s a moiré wallcovering! Designer Jamie Drake selects a silk moiré wallcovering that not only exemplifies optimum pattern and color choice, but highlights the accessories in the always spring appropriate fuchsia. I like how the balance between feminine and masculine in this bedroom tips the scale toward perfection.

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Hydrangeas in full bloom housed in a porcelain pitcher or galvanized metal bucket never fail to take my thoughts back in time to Saturdays spent at my grandmother’s antique shop.

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A bouquet of hydrangeas sitting atop an oak server, walnut dining table, or mahogany parlor table brings out the natural beauty of the flower and the furniture.

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How spring does love the classic and timeless color combination of pink and green!

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The Featured Designer room at Lee Jofa in New York City features the color inspired brilliance of Nick Olsen. The  Cheshire Tight Back chair is upholstered in Lee Jofa Ayla Trellis in fuchsia red. Bold colors in big doses too much  for your tastes?  My advice for that is to practice the ABC’s of impact- Adjust Big Color.  A seasonal splash of color through spot accessories can achieve just as big of an impact as color drenching the entire space.  Big and colorful things do come in small packages.

Let’s Go Shopping For Spring Things~

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1.  Morrocan 18-inch Embroidered Blue Decorative Pillows (Set of 2) ~ Overstock: $58.99

2.  Trina Turk Needlepoint Shanghai Links~ Layla Grayce: $58

3.  Grand Estate Pillow ~ Kirkland’s: $14.99

4.  The Room Essentials 2-Piece Outdoor Decorative Throw Pillow Collection~ Target: $19.98

5.  Greek Key Orange Reversible Square Decorative Pillows (Set of 2) ~ Overstock: $31.49

6.  Azzure Gold Square Throw Pillow ~ Overstock: $28.09

Look what was spotted on Home Goods Facebook page last week. I am soooo jealous of those of you who have a HomeGoods in your town!  I’ll be HomeGoods happy when and if  we ever get one.

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Welcome spring, friends, and family with color!

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From  left to right~

Pink Spring Floral Doormat from World Market: $16.99

Life’s a Beach Doormat from Overstock: $33.49

Pink Poppies Doormat from World Market: $16.99

Spring Blocks Coir Doormat from Overstock: $33.49

Beautiful Sunflower Doormat from Overstock: $27.49

 

How do you welcome spring into your home decor?

 

The Seasonal Influence of Color Awakenings Through Spring, Space and Color Palette Choices

The seasonal influence of color awakenings through spring and space are upon us.  Warm mid-afternoon breezes,  hints of pastel petals, the yellow dusting of pollen (you want pretty flowers, don’t you?),  the hum of lawn mowers and thoughts of strawberry pie. Spring offers wonderful inspiration for making color palette choices.

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The colors of the season shake off the last of winter’s remnants. Granted it was not much of a winter here in Louisiana, but enough of one to make me appreciate the fact it is almost a memory.

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Spring moves the clock forward, seems to think it is the perfect time for us to clean, and wakes up the color all around us. You know how I love my world to be colored!

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An easy and affordable way to make a colorful impact on your surroundings is through exterior and interior paint, accents and accessories.  Throw pillows are a guaranteed burst of new color energy with maximum results for minimal money.  Who doesn’t like that?

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Wallpaper has the power to quickly transform a space by infusing color, pattern and texture. Using wallpaper or fabric as the wallcovering on only one wall can automatically pack a space with immediate focal point potential. There will always be the question of wallpaper vs. paint.  In certain situations, coupled with certain tastes, here’s where I stand on the matter…why not both?  Decorative harmony is a beautiful and colorful thing!

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A gorgeous wallpaper pattern in equally gorgeous spring colors~ Masquerade from the Gazebo collection by Thibaut.

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“Only those who love color are admitted to its beauty and immanent presence. It affords utility to all, but unveils its deeper mysteries only to its devotees.”

Johannes Itten

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Subtle in nature and brilliant in execution, white does indeed make a strong and complementing canvas for the space to show its true colors.

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The different shades and tones of gray in the distressed headboard, chandelier patina and wallpaper all come together as the foundation to build upon. Gray is no longer associated with lifeless, sterile and unimaginative interiors. I really am embracing it more and more as an accessory color. The more I study this image and the influence gray has on bringing out the pinks, the more I am fascinated by the result.

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Color wakes up a space in the same manner that spring wakes up color from its winter hibernation. As shown above, furnishings and accessories are the means in which color is portrayed as the star of the space.  Balance is perfectly achieved between the neutral walls, rug and curtains and the strategic points of color. Color breathes life into the space to freshen and renew the look.

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How do you color your world?