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
Hue you calling gorgeous?
The hue and tone promoted in Rose Quartz is soft yet strong. It will easily complement or take the lead in just about any choice of color palette.
Traditional holiday colors ring true as the classics, but transitional color combinations beautifully deck the holiday halls.
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.
The Places In The Home Kitchen, Breakfast Area, and Butler’s Pantry page weekend update is not to be confused with Saturday Night Live Weekend Update, but it definitely took all of Saturday, and Saturday night, and it was definitely live. With our household number temporarily reduced by two over the last three weeks, I was able to clear out the cobwebs, so to speak, dig in, style up, photograph and post the results of the new and improved Places In The Home Kitchen, Breakfast Area, and Butler’s Pantry page weekend update.
After much decorative debate our bella cucina has made the color transition from Sherwin-Williams Anjou Pear to Sherwin-Williams Curio Gray.
Any decorative decision made in haste runs the risk of the dreaded and expensive do-over, or worse yet, the dreaded make do. Decorating mistakes and missteps happen. Goodness knows I could write a book on the ones I have made. Trial and error has its place in the color my world scheme of things, and painting offers one of the most inexpensive uh-oh, this isn’t going to work outs there is. Anjou Pear began to rot sooner than later and the neutral but distinct color of Curio Gray proved to be a classic fit.
The biggest part of the kitchen remodeling project (if your interested find that post here) and material choices- cabinets, granite countertop installation, flooring- still float my boat and will remain in play for awhile. I’ve debated over replacing the breakfast area chandelier and double fluorescents but the form, function and illumination of the fixtures wins out.
New, edited and vintage accessories in gold, white and cream breathed new life into the look. Dave the Builder picked up this crock from Ace Hardware. I bought the medium sized vintage rolling pin from a local shop and the larger one I found on Etsy. The treasure hunt for vintage cutting boards began and ended in my own kitchen. I totally forgot I had most of these. It was a like Christmas day when I found them.
One marathon eBay search later and this perfectly imperfect white porcelain pitcher was coming my way. I don’t mind digging in for the search, but after 3-4 hours of eBaying, Etsying, and online Goodwilling I was ironstoned, porcelained and crocked to a crisp! With camera and coffee in hand it was onward and upward to the next phase- the pictorial proof of our Kitchen, Breakfast Area, and Butler’s Pantry page weekend update.
Without further ado, I cordially invite you to view the new, improved and updated Kitchen, Breakfast Area, and Butler’s Pantry page.
Life often revolves around the color wheel, demonstrating the power of color.
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.
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.
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.