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Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Quest for Color!!! Where do you go?

Everything thing is bright and white out. After these past few snow storms my little corner of Chester County PA is a (slowly melting) winter wonderland! The white snow and gray trees remind me of all the white and weathered wood we've been seeing in the design world recently...It is peaceful. It is quiet. But it's making me yearn for more warmth than a white faux fur throw blanket tossed over a weathered wood chair can bring. It's making me yearn for....


Now, I love color anytime of the year. And I have certain sensibilities about what colors I decorate and dress with, as I am sure you do. But this time of year I have a particular craving for bright, juicy, 711 slushee colors. Colors that make my mouth water. Colors that sing of summer. Colors that simply warm me up.

I love seeing different color combinations in homes. It may not be what I do at my own home, but simply seeing it is a thrill....

Notice how white is used as a back drop for many of the colors in these photos......


fresh color living-room
Side note! See the Cyclamen in the photo above to the right of the white chair? I just love those! A great winter indoor plant!

Natural warm architecture like exposed bricks and wood also can balance bright color...

The soft green on the walls here takes some of the edge of the fucshia and compliments it at the same time...

With a ton of color white seems to just soften it for me but I also love seeing color craze drippy deep hue on the walls...

I also love all the color cotton quilting fabric by designers like Anna Marie Horner, Amy Butler and Jennifer Paganelli.

This little montage from Jennifer Paganelli with the snowy trees and a colorful "sky" shows
my sentiments EXACTLY!!

I love reading Ada and Darcy when I need a nice dosage of candy colors...

Kate Spade's Ad campaigns are always full of bright color and are undeniably cheery...
lala! Spring is coming!

And there is something about spice market photos that always throw my heart for a whirl...

The same thing for piles of indian dye powder...Look at it! Does it get you going? Does it speak to you the way it speaks to me? So pretty!!

I swear I get high off color. Truth be told, I will not lie. No huffing or puffing. Just looking at color...

Homes and Markets and Fabrics and Art...Above all, my quest for color is satisfied most when I am some place warm surrounded by flowers, water, and fish and colorful skies. These things I will not post photos of because they are so much better to day dream about...

Where do you go on your quest for color? Do you get color cravings too?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Chinese Laundry

How did I miss this when I was looking for laundry room ideas?

What a fun alternative to the totally clean, totally white, totally (dare I say) barren laundry room!

See the before and after at design sponge and Scandinavian Chic.

Well done Dagny!

New Love: Pure Style Home

You may know all about this already so please pardon my gush of enthusiasm but I am in love with this blog Pure Style Home by Lauren Leiss Interiors.

Lauren's style is so fresh to me and she focuses on putting things in your home that you love....and skipping all the extras. So right on! Yes!

Just look at her living room....
ahhh...it is pure lovely. It's to die for! I love it.

Look familiar? Probably because her home was photographed for Better Homes and Gardens Magazine this past December. If you missed the article you can read it and join me in my obsession of her blog here. I hope she wants lots of new readers because once you start you will be hooked!

Thank you Lauren for your home style inspiration!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Boots with the Fur.

I already thought my Sorel boots were pretty cool when I got them for Christmas...

But now that I've seen Elle MacPhearson prancing around in them, their cool factor and my pride have shot up just a bit I'm not going to lie.

I guess I should be careful not to trip!

(You know, pride goeth before the fall. haha. That was me trying to be funny.)

I do find it interesting however that we get such a rush from any type of celebrity connection what-so-ever that we then have to talk about it (ex: I ate at the SAME restaurant in the SAME booth as Patrick Dempsy in New York! I saw Meg Ryan in Nantucket! Bono looked at me at the U2 show I went to. I swear it!)

I wonder if we'd get the same rush if we knew Jennifer Aniston used Crest toothpaste.


Does she by the way? Does anyone know?

*Sigh*....maybe it's just me.

Anyway, not to go on and on about this but while we are on the topic did you know one of my faux examples up there is true!?

Yes. One is true. And you have to guess.

This is all slightly tongue in cheek I hope you know....

But for the record I did really see Meg Ryan on Nantucket.

Now that I have those sexy boots I would like to convince my husband into letting me wear a coat like that one Elle has on. The first one not the second one. If the first one is like woah, then the second one is like woah. Read: Not so good. If both jackets are questionable than I'd even go for my grandmother's fox scarf. I'd like to wear that out. Out Out. You know, out of the house. Fur is so in right now and I happen to have a gold mine of vintage fur hand me downs (vintage fur seems less cruel to me than new, if this makes no sense to you than we can discuss at a later date).

Back to the jacket. Maybe I will just have to send my husband that photo of Elle. That should help.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Must. Find. New. Organizer!!

Shall I go lively...2011 Weekly Planner
lily jane stationary @ etsy

2011 Art Nouveau Agenda 12 month Calendar and Organizer Great Gift
Earmark @ Etsy

2011 pocket planner - point

Dozi @ Etsy
Or utilitarian...
Domino, Organizers
Paper Source

Paper Source

I know that most people are going digital now...and I am sure that I will graduate one of these days, still I love to open a little book and see my day or month on paper. I like to make a list and cross things off. I like to doodle on the page corners when I am on hold...an I-phone can't give you that.

Is your date book paper or plastic?
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