Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A few years ago, my husband and I were walking along the Thames River in London, just passed Shakespeare's Globe theater, when we spotted a charming door painted yellow. I have an image of that door stored away in the back of my mind that always resurfaces anytime I see a yellow door. And I'd love to have one someday. Yellow doors make me smile, and so do most other things that are yellow!
I know I said that red is my favorite color, but when it comes to fashion or interior design, I always gravitate towards yellow first. Yellow emits happiness into the atmosphere. Yellow also symbolizes friendship, enthusiasm, cheerfulness, and creativity.
In our dining room, we have yellow chevron curtains, and a yellow chair in our living room. My main purse I carry is yellow, I have 2 pairs of yellow shoes, and one of my favorite dresses I ever owned was yellow. Needless to say, I really love yellow. And I think it all comes down to the way yellow makes me feel happy!
1 J. Crew via Pinterest / 2 Back on Festive / 3 Gary Pepper Vintage / 4 Cambridge Satchel via Keikolynn / 5 Tory Burch via Quintessence / 6 Beach House Decorating / 7 HGTV
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Since I wanted to write more about colors in design, today I gathered up a few lovely red photos.
I love the color red, in fact it is my all time FAVORITE color!
Red definitely makes a bold statement, and I know it isn't for everyone, especially when it comes to interior design. However, when done right, it can be exciting and energizing. Red symbolizes love, warmth, energy, intensity, life, and excitement.
Usually, the key with red, is just don't go overboard. Painting all four walls red in a room, may be too much. But painting a door red or chairs red (like above) is absolutely to die for! And the same goes with fashion. I wouldn't pair solid red clothing with red accessories, but when paired with other colors, especially neutrals, red is stunning.
What do you think? Is red too bold of a color or would you use it in design?
1 Fashion Population / 2 Boden / 3 House Beautiful / 4 Atlantic-Pacific / 5 Sarah from Classy Girls Wear Pearls / 6 Lauren from a Lo and Behold Life's cute red door
Monday, April 22, 2013
"I wonder if any element of interior design is more personal than color?
Nothing can more quickly reveal aspect of personality and character
than the choice - or absence - of color."
-Van Day Truex
Let's talk about color! I'm excited to start a new blog series dedicated to designing with color. My last series, on small space living, was fun as I wrote about design ideas for making small spaces more livable. Ever since then, I've been wanting to do another series, and I figure that now is the time!
I often consider color when deciding what material I'll use for making a dress, decor pillows, etc. Often the decision is based on the season, or my mood at the time, or what already matches my decor. And sometimes, it's a less thoughtful process, of simply picking what colors are available at the fabric store. But these small color decisions, whether thought out or not, make a big difference in the way that the finished products are perceived and the feeling they give.
Color says a lot about personality. Van Day Truex's quote about color revealing personality can also be applied to fashion. The clothes we wear can often reveal something about us, just like the color we paint the walls in our home may reveal something about us.
I'm excited to explore different colors over the next few weeks and identify some of the meanings and symbolism behind each color, specifically as they relate to fashion and interior design.
Each week, I will post on a different color. And, I'll begin tomorrow with a post on the color RED!
(Photo from this cute Etsy shop, where the pillows are for sale!)
Friday, April 19, 2013
If I had a white sofa, like this beautiful sofa above, I think I'd like to match it with navy blue decor pillows. I just think this room above is beautiful. I also really love the gold accents around the room :)
So, while dreaming about navy blue decor pillows, I found a few of my favorite around Etsy:
1 The Pillow Fight / 2 Bixby Basil / 3 Whitlock & Co / 4 Jillian Rene Decor / 5 Kain Kain / 6 Festive Home Decor
Top image from Loney
Labels: interior design
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Look how cute this outfit is! She's wearing all black, which normally, I don't wear, not wanting to look too gothic, but this outfit doesn't at all. It looks really classic and chic. And, ironically, I usually don't gravitate towards big statement necklaces. I'm more of a minimalist when it comes to jewelry. But I love this necklace here. It completes the look and gives it some interest, which is definitely needed with all black. And finally there's the clutch. This is another surprise for me because normally I'd never pair black with a brown tone. But, again, I love it here. Having different, contrasting accessories, with an all black (or all any color) outfit is really smart. She looks so cute. I really want to recreate this outfit for myself!
P.S. Here's another all black outfit I love.
Labels: fashion design