For lots of folks, this will be a big weekend of hunting for hidden eggs, kids posing with big bunnies, chowing down on peeps and chocolate and brunch with family friends. Whether you celebrate Easter or not, it’s a great time to consider the holiday’s signature color palette. After all (if you’re not currently buried in snow), you may be seeing yellow daffodils, purple crocuses (croci? it’s been awhile since Latin class) and pink tulips emerging from underground bulbs and blooming. Easter egg hues fit right in.
I am not one of those women who gets all giddy about pink and then pretend that makes me girly. However, pops of pink done right have been catching my eye lately. I don’t want to involve tutus or a tiara, but a recent viewing of Steel Magnolias has me thinking about bashful and blush. Here are some great uses of pink:
Last week I was cruising the fabulous tackiness that is Route 28 on Cape Cod and stopped by Jenny Boston. I love the way they made their cute black and white store stand out with a few simple and obnoxious fuchsia accents. It kind of fits their style; it’s like Jackie O or Kate Spade on a budget with some obnoxiousness added in (in a good way; if Kenneth Jay Lane and Trina Turk had a baby, it would be Jenny Boston).
I hadn’t thought about pink and purple since the early ’80s, but this gorgeous flower arrangement that Saidos da Concha posted to our Fresh New Spaces Group on Flickr. Please come on by and share any shots of your home!
A few months ago I was lucky enough to attend a really fun wedding in Puerto Rico. The only thing better than the fun look of this cupcake cake was waking up to the box with two pieces in it someone had packed up and stuck in my hands the night before!
Finally, more electric orange and geranium pink grabbed my attention on the streets of Collioure, France. I’m definitely going to have to have some fun with more pink and orange around my house. What do you think about pink?
While I’ll laugh myself silly over Portlandia‘s “Put a Bird On It,” I still love birds on things. I’m up at our family place in Maine, and upon arrival, we were greeted by a nest full of robin’s eggs (the marine lanterns were my great grandfather’s and we had them turned into the porch lights). You can see the back of the nest cascadng down the side here; I’m too short too get a good shot!
I climbed up on a stepladder to get a peek at the baby birds when I saw that their mom was busy crapping on my parents’ black car again:
Obviously, a robin feeding her baby on a rug was an appropriate choice for the bedroom I use. This is the room the kiddos in the family also use when they are up here, so I originally decorated it around a favorite bright Fairfield Porter poster from The Farnsworth Museum. We’d been needing an area rug for three years now, but I like to wait until I find the perfect thing:
Here’s a peek at some of the little deets, like Mr. Lobster and a fun throw pillow from Mainer Angela Adams:
A wooden boat picked up at an antique store and a Seth Thomas clock that’s been here since before I was born.
A hint at the lobstering harbor view; it’s pretty gray today, but the sea is right beyond that deck railing:
Here’s a little more Maine color eye-candy:
If you’ve never been to mid-coast Maine, I cannot recommend it enough. Just be sure to come with an appetite for lobsters and arm yourself witha lot of bug repellent.
What are you clicking this week? My colleague Janet shared this video with me and now I’m dreaming of treehouses and visiting Whistler.
I’m also dreaming about fantastic topiaries, because The Aestate rounded up a fantastic group of them. Also, I watched a whodunit show this week where the culprit was a topiary gardener, SPOILER ALERT! I think it was on Bones. Anyway, here’s a favorite from her collection:
Do you subscribe to Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle newsletter, GOOP? I totally dig it, and this week’s feature on Food Hero Seamus Mullen has me dreaming of chowing down on some shellfish this summer. Just curious – what do you think of GOOP?
What are you pinning this week? I haven’t had a spare second to Pinterest much this week, but I did find my pal Leah Hennen’s amazing Indigo Board and now it’s the only hue on my mind. It’s making my beige walls bum me out, in fact, so know that might happen if you have beige walls and you happen to check it out.
Note: In trying to track down the credit for this image, I ran into a dead end, so if you happen to recognize where it originated and who the photographer was, please let me know in the comments section so that I can add it.
What caught your eye online this week? Please share a link with us in the comments section. Have a great weekend everyone!
Last week four of my girlfriends and I hit the Mediterranean Sea and stayed in Collioure, France. This is an absolutely stunning coastal village with a history that dates back to the Phonecians. It is also the place that inspired the Fauvists, after Henri Matisse and André Derain spent a summer collaborating and painting there. The views, people, architecture and colors continue to inspire today. While Collioure has it’s own unique style, culture and spirit, I have picked a doorway that shows off one of the most well-known French color combinations. It’s a beautiful warm yellow and bold blue, outlined in white stucco, with a few accents provided by terracotta tile and some gorgeous greenery:
To find this very French blue and yellow combination, I recommend Pantone 18-4148 TPX Victoria Blue and Pantone TCX 14-0756 Empire Yellow.
With these colors in mind, I decided to plan my dream contemporary, French-inspired dining room. I did go a little more powdery with the blues I chose.
Based atop a cherry yellow and white striped rug from DwellStudio, added a simple maple table from STAACH, added a few Misewell chairs that combine metal and wood, added a few accessories including a limited edition Parvez Taj canvas that reminded me of all the fishermen I saw catching dinner along the sea, a pop of green provided by a Chilewich three-tiered tray and a super-cool pendant light from Joug. While the light fixture is made of plastic, it’s unique texture and glow remind me of the light hitting the stucco walls of the buildings in Collioure. For purchase information, click on the links next to the thumbnails below.
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