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Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Color Inspiration from the Mediterranean Coast

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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.

Collioure Color Inspiration

STAACH Cain Collection Table 2
$1,590 - designpublic.com

Parvez Taj Wall Prints Riad Akka
$358 - designpublic.com

Oras Stripes Jura Wall Mobile Oras
$180 - designpublic.com

Misewell Lockwood Chair
$510 - designpublic.com

Chilewich Three Tier RAYTray
$125 - designpublic.com

Liqueur Glasses – Set Of 2
$55 - designpublic.com
P.S. Thanks Polyvore! You’re my favorite fun internet activity!

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Monday, March 5th, 2012

Inspiration Monday: Spring’s Pastels

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Over the past few years, dramatic black, bright bold colors, jewel tones and even neon have ruled the runways as well as home décor, but the recent fashion shows brought back some hues we had not seen in awhile; pastels. Once evoking thoughts of sister-wife dresses, Easter egg hunts and looking washed out, designers are treating pastels in new ways, making them fresh, cool and futuristic. Peach, lavender, dusky rose, dove gray, mint green and pale blues were everywhere, usually in solids, some paired together in simple blocks of light color, others paired up with plain white with hints of silver.

Graham and Brown Contour Spa Pastel Wallpaper

Above, crisp and cool aqua and mint green pop against a silvery white background of a mosaic tile-like wallpaper.

Kartell DR. NO Chairs

Kartell Mr. Impossible Chairs

If you like this translucent pastel look, Kartell has several great choice, including a range of light pastel options for Thalya Chairs, La Marie Chairs, and Victoria Ghost Chairs. Mix in clear chairs and a healthy dose of white to keep the look fresh.

Blu Dot Modulicious No. 4

Another fresh look? The mid-century inspired casework of Blu Dot allows you to choose the colors you’d like for each drawer. Choose pastel tones outlined in dark graphite or walnut for an updated, contemporary look.

What do you think of this pastel trend? Do you have a favorite pastel hue? Or did you swear off pastels for life back in the ’80s? Will you be incorporating any of these colors into your wardrobe or your home? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!

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Monday, December 19th, 2011

Pantone’s Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango

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She uses tah-ah-ah-an-ger-ines…I’m never going to get that stupid song out of my head now. Thanks a lot Pantone. I have no idea what exactly inspired their pick for 2012, but as someone whose high school and college colors involved orange, I’ll take it. Wish I still had my tangerine Guess? jeans from the ’80s, in fact. Yeah right, as if those would still fit.

Anyhoo, wondering how to get in on some tangerine action around the house? Check out these colorful products.

Love this fun Tiki Stool by Offi. The best thing about it? You can move it from room to room and out to the deck or patio.

Add this fashionable hue to your tablescape with Chilewich’s Rectangle Spun Placemats.

Get coastal with tangerine with this grahpically stunning coral rug from Thomas Paul.

Nothing’s more fun that pops of tangerine in a a pop floral print. Check out Three Sheets 2 the Wind’s Ani Wildflower pillow.

You can touches of tangerine via these eye-popping shower rings from Kontextur. They’re like the earrings of the bathroom.

Kiddos like tangerine too. We love this colorful bus frame from DwellStudio.

Bend seating is a new classic modern line of chairs that I love, and no color can top this happy orange.

A clockwork orange? Sorry, you know I can never let a dumb pun or reference pass by me. This ingeniuous little alarm clock by ANYTHING will brighten up your nightstand or desktop. Speaking of desktops, ANYTHING also makes a bright stapler, tape dispenser and scissors to help perk up your workspace – check them all out here.

Fido needs to be fashionable too! Why not pick him up a fresh Fatboy Doggielounge to start the new year off right?

How will you be incorporating tangerine, or better yet, how do you incorporate it now? Do you wear it proudly on your nails everyday, or do you rather hate it in general? Let us know in the comments section!

Top image from pantone.com.

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Friday, October 28th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Friday: A Groovy U.K. Lounge Makeover

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Thanks so much to Flickr member The beauty is in the details for adding pictures of her lounge to our Fresh New Spaces Group. It is a true lounge; don’t you want to curl up on that couch and watch some trashy shows on television, or sit with a bunch of friends and enjoy some cocktails?

lounge | dandelion

The wallpaper adds vibrant energy to the room. It’s Sanderson Dandelion Clocks

dining room | dandelion

Dandelion Clocks also make an appearance in the dining room. I don’t know about you, but I’m jealous!

To see more of The beauty is in the details’ “nice bits and bobs” and home decor, check out her blog and her Flickr photostream.

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Friday, October 14th, 2011

Flickr Fave of the Week: Super Sunny Wall

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Thanks so much to Flickr member Laurana for adding these cheerful shots of her kitchen to our Fresh New Spaces Group. This yellow will really wake one up while waiting for the coffee to brew! I’m sure on those winter days when the sun sets very early in Finland, this color helps brighten things up.

If you can read Finnish, you can learn more about this kitchen on Laurana’s blog.

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