Who’s Ready For Summer?

Who’s ready for summer?


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.


If summer means I get to color my summer world with tropical brights, fresh and green right off the farm to table seasonal vegetables and fruits, and accents in the so summer appropriate classic color combination of pink and green then I say bring it on.



farmers-market-summerEd Lester Farms – Coushatta, Louisiana 

pink-and-green-breakfast-areaTraditional Home

Under serious consideration is my effort to develop a signature paint color in a stunning shade of pink to pay homage to my first true color love. I even have the name of my paint color selected-  I pink therefore I am.

Long is my 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.

Texture was the standout feature of this wallpaper.

Capturing the essence of the flower child chic groovy sign of the times depended on the colors, pattern, and texture.

sweetie“Sweetie” by Inaltéra

With Six You Get Eggroll starring Doris Day and Brian Keith features a blast from my past in the form of the master bedroom wallpaper.

vintage retro wallpaper daisies

Retro Wallpaper

Inspiration is everywhere.

with six you get eggroll master bedroom

Perhaps it sheer and 60s style coincidence that my bedroom design and decorating choices closely mirrored the master bedroom of the McClure residence as shown below.

benjamin-moore-sweet-16Benjamin Moore sweet 16 pink

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?



Blue, Brown and Aqua Color Palette

The color spotlight for this week shines on the palette perfection brought forth by the calm, serene and often understated elegance of a blue, brown and aqua color palette.

Traditional Home

A tried and true color palette choice, a blue, brown and aqua color palette is not your average lock you down to basic run-of-the-mill color palette option.

Selections of varying shades work together to serenely frame a space regardless of decorative style.

Cat-Mountain-ResidenceGlynis Wood Interiors

From the subtle shades of coastal blues and tranquil aquas to a bold turquoise paired with a warm Moroccan, the blue, brown and aqua color palette strikes a perfected balance of blended shade and tone culminating in flawless color palette execution.

blue-brown-paint-colorsBetter Homes & Garden

Working with classic color palette combinations as the decorating foundation and building from there allows for a fresh perspective in the grand color palette scheme of things.


Aqua, turquoise, Tiffany or Wedgwood- the many tones, colors and shades available in the current paint, fabric, upholstery and wallcovering marketplace reflects the popularity of this palette and how it fits in with the design and decorating styles and tastes of today’s decoristas.

Bold Statement

Saint-JamesHotel Saint James

High Impact


Reserved Elegance

blue-brown-beach-house-dining-roomTraditional Home


Color Awakenings Through Spring Color Palette Choices

The season of color awakenings through spring color palette choices is 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.

spring flowersGood Housekeeping

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.

spring color palette choicesPrego Sem Estopa

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!


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?

decorative throw pillowsGood Housekeeping  

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!

clarissa hulce wallpaperHarlequin 

Oh Happy Day

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

Thibaut wallpaper

“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

Habitually Chic

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

Country Living 

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.


Color wakes up a space in the same manner that spring wakes up color from its winter hibernation.

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.

Norskein Interior Blogger 

How do you color your world?

Vegas Nights: Bright Paint Colors

The final installment in  the Color Your World series is courtesy of my colorful interpretation of America’s playground, Fabulous Las Vegas.

vegas stripCaesars Palace

neon paint colors

Vibrant and bright paint colors take the pulse of our decor choices and supply the essential element, the pop of color.



bright-fabricInside Fabric



Fiori di Como at Bellagio

chihuly_cobaltblue01_org_lFive-Piece Cobalt Blue Sea Form Set with Turquoise Lip Wrap by Dale Chihuly


Dylan Blue Velvet Button-tufted Club Chair with Round Acrylic Feet

Vegas sign

Cameron-Diaz-apartmentElle Decor

vegas nights wallpaper



Designers Guild

Porter Teleo: Ink Blots


Inside Fabric

I hope you have enjoyed viewing this series as much as I have enjoyed bringing it to the page.

Thank you, thank you very much.

Color Your World Series: Decorating With Black and White

The second installment in the Color Your World series focuses on decorating with black and white.

black and white upholstered chair

House Beautiful

Decorating with black and white epitomizes classic elegance.

Atlanta0holidayshowhouse-dining-roomAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles


Handmade Cambridge Lucindy Modern Wool Rug

Evesham Modern Abstract Area Rug

Handmade Soho Melie Zebra Pattern New Zealand Wool Area Rug

This timeless color combination choice is the most distinct of distinct color choices- an interior design and interior decorating classic that commands the room while beautifully owning up to the bragging rights of presence through powerful neutrality.

bette-davis-1932-gettyimages-506011763House Beautiful

From fashion to floor to ceiling, decorating with black and white is a color palette choice that allows a space to open up.

black-white-living-roomHarper’s BAZAAR

Luxury New Traditional Chandelier

Luxury New Traditional Chandelier

Nula 14-Light Linear Shell White Chandelier

Nula 14-Light Linear Shell White Chandelier

Let’s look at the color combination instantly recognized as a premier choice in the world of color, design and decorating.

jean-louis-deniot-inc-07Interiors by Jean-Louis Deniot, Inc.

“Color is black and white put together”

– Author Unknown


Architectural Digest


Scalamandre black white gray zebras wallpaper


Bobby Berk Wiggle Room White & Black Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Bobby Berk Wiggle Room White & Black Peel and Stick Wallpaper

black-and-white-fabricPucker Up Buttercup Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Pucker Up Buttercup Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Black and white makes a strong and timeless statement. This color combination strikes a stunning scheme resulting in the desired effect- a chic and commanding presence.