Sunday, March 13, 2011


When I was a girl, my favorite candy was bazooka gum.  I loved the deep pink color of the gum and the super sweet taste as I chewed it for all of 5 minutes before the sweetness was gone and all I could do was blow big beautiful pink bubbles that would eventually pop and spread all over my nose.   Later in life, as I grew into a young woman, the closest thing in color to the bubble gum pink I loved was that bottle of pepto bismo I kept in the back of my medicine cabinet for those nights when I ate, drank and enjoyed myself a little too much.  The color pink, and in my case fushia pink, has always been a source of pleasure and fun for me. 

I never considered using pink as a decorative element in any of the homes I've lived in. Just wasn't sure how I'd feel about sitting in a pink room, or being surrounded by pink things, for any length of time. But the more I see the color used in decor, in all its pretty variations, the more I think I'll try it some time. Perhaps I won't do an entire room in pink, but I would definitely do an accent wall or paint some furniture in a deep, rich pink.

Here are some of the fabulous ways designers have used pink to cheer up a space. I hope these bring a little fun to your day...

This is how I'd do pink.  A little hint of pink on the walls with green (my favorite color) as an accent.  I love the chinoiserie cabinet and beautiful green vases against the soft pink walls.  I would leave out the pink rug and stuffed animals, but otherwise, I love this vignette.

A charming way with pink. Love the way they used a very traditional victorian sofa painted white with an updated modern fabric and then paired the different pinks with gilded tables and a gorgeous candelabra floor lamp.  Really chic and fun!

A beautiful sanctuary.  I can image myself waking in this bed with the beatiful light of day shining on my face.  Glorius...

So pretty.  A little Laura Ashley meets Morocco.  Exotic and sophisticated.

I love the bright and brilliant tones of pink in this room.  The black fireplace and wood table help to tone things down and make the room a bit more serious.

Just charming!  Love the fushia wall with the lovely white vanity and stool. 
A room any girlie girl would love...

Another lovely use of pale pink walls.  Works beautifully with the red toile fabric, dark wood furniture and beautiful oriental carpet.  Lots of old world charm.

Fabulous and chic.  Love how the pink sofas pop and against all the neutral tones.  

This is how you do an entry.  That pink above the wainscott is gorgeous and so sophisticated with the black wall brackets, white chair with black and white flamestich upholstery and gold accents.  Definitely a do!

I think I'll try this at my cabin.  The pink walls with that subtle grey on the doors and wainscott gives this room a cozy feel that also sophisticated.  Sort of a feminine lodge look.

Modern and eclectic.  Love the pink chair with the zebra rug and green vases.  A very fun room.

Wow!  Austin Powers meets Jonathan Adler.  I love the colors in this room.   Although it's quite bright, the white walls and floor bring balance to the saturated pallate.   Lots of punch with the fushia, orange, green and red accents.  I'd loose the pink poodles, but I love everything else.

Amazing.  Love the all white furniture, floors and walls and then the pop of color you get from the 
 billowy pink drapes and pink entry and door.  

Modern, earthy, comfortable.  The pink chair brings a little fun to an otherwise neutral pallette.

All this pink has made me thirsty, so I think I'll have a pink drink at this lovely rooftop cafe (that's got a little pink going for it too)...

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Photo credit:  house beautiful, decorpad, tudorks, sunnygoode.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Lady Sings the Blues...

Although being blue is usually associated with being sad, there’s nothing sad about blue as a color in home d├ęcor. Blue comes in many shades, and can create different moods depending on the shade you choose. My favorite blues are watery with hints of green, like the Caribbean. These blues instantly make me feel peaceful and calm and fill me with hope. I painted the main room of my shop, Verdigris, a Martha Stewart blue called  Dupioni Silk.  I'm constantly getting compliments from customers because it's so pretty.   It’s the kind of color you’d see on the walls in a French chateau and it looks great with light and dark woods, silver and gold, and antique or modern furnishings.  At home my bedroom is painted Palladian Blue, a Benjamin Moore color.  As much as I like change, I’ll never change this color.  My bedroom is my sanctuary, and this color makes me feel like I'm at a fabulous spa each night.  Just what I need after a long day of battling life’s adventures!

There’s a shade of blue for every mood and taste, so experiment and feel the power of blue -- if not on your walls, then with your accessories and foundation pieces!  Here are some beautiful and inspiring blue rooms.  Definitely try this at home...

Sophisticated, sedate, tranquil....

Love that fabulous old french mirror and daybed against the gorgeous blue/green wall...

The gorgeous deep blue silk pillow and bedcover against crisp white walls and silver accents make this room sophisticated and chic. 

Funky, eclectic and unexpected.  Just how I like it...

Bright torquoise walls and sofa grounded by tufted black slipper chairs, black and white rug, pillows and curtains keep this room from overwhelming the senses.  Daring and fun!
Love, love, love this room.  The unexpected color combination of chartreuse green, deep purple and black against watery blue walls makes this my favorite room.  It's fabulously quirky, eclectic and chic. 
A beautifully put together room with lots of complimentary blue tones that don't overwhelm.  Very warm and comfortable with clean lines and sophisticated touches.

“Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the Deity to be a source of delight”  --  John Ruskin

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