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Spring Fever

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What I am inspired by:  Spring Fever

As defined by Wikipedia 

Hmmm. ;)  Yes Wikipedia, that about sums it up.

For MY entertainment purposes it has inspired me to create a color palette.  I wanted to capture that first welcome burst of color this time of year.  Early spring is about very happy ‘clean’ colors seen against the backdrop of somewhat depressing and ‘dirty’ colors.  All together the palette then becomes one of hope and renewal.

Forsythia blossoms are some of my favorite early spring bloomers – and forcing blossoms indoors is the perfect way to strong-arm yourself out of a winter-mood!

Speaking of strong arms and moods……let’s have some appropriate mood music.

I’m blaming it on the ‘fever’ but this time the palette that was inspired is a little on the unusual side –  So I couldn’t resist taking this palette a little further – living with it, and even WEARING it!

FYI, I call it unusual because mixing clean colors with dirty colors is often a no-no in interior decor –  but I love turning a no-no into a yes-YES!

How you could live with it:

  • Rugged brown leather and sophisticated wool suit grey – tempered with soft and pretty shades of pink and yellow.
  • A chair that smiles at you!
  • A pretty pink cushion with a gold heart.
  • A sofa with a shock of bright yellow piping bursting forth like a spring blossom
  • Over dyed area carpet making the statement that everything old can be new again
  • Live edge wood softening the contemporary lines of the furniture
  • Burnished brass adding a time worn patina
  • “Lead With Your Heart” Art by Marlene Lowden

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How you could wear it:

  • Gauzy linen scarf with bursts of yellow flowers and titillating tassels. Miriam Ocariz – amazing spring collection.
  • Gold heart studs and tassel bangle bracelets and pendant
  • Warm grey sweater and brown leather boots because it’s still cold and wet outside!
  • Classic worn in boyfriend jeans with a flirty little cami

 

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Spring Fever is an excuse to get a little crazy!  Wear clean colors and go get ‘em dirty!

 

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Swooning Over Fabric

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What I’m Crushing On:  Custom screen printed fabric and bespoke wallpaper by Rapture and Wright.

Why You Will Like It:  For a successfully designed space you not only need the basics like Comfort in Function and Beauty in Form, you also need Delight in Details – that’s the stuff that makes your heart sing.  Imagine an unexpected swoosh of pattern trailing off the end of a sofa.  Or a drapery panel with a swirl of pattern only on the leading edge. It’s old world craftsmanship done in a modern way.

Completely bespoke – you can customize where the screen printed pattern falls on the width of the fabric and even what color it is.  Swoon.

Imaginative and experimental – with a mix of artisan techniques and workshop chemistry, they create patterns for wallcovering by laying metal grounds into paper, and then play with a combination of pigments, hand printing and chemical reactions.  Art meets Science – love it.

Why It’s a Feel Good Purchase:  This is the antidote to mass production. Check out their story and watch them work.

How It Relates To My Work:  It is my life’s quest to discover sources for natural fabrics that are stylishly sustainable.  One of my dedicated sales reps from Threadcount Textiles brought this company to my attention and their products press a lot of my hot buttons  – handcrafted, nature inspired, ethical, artisan, custom, modern, experimental….hoo it’s getting hot in here.  To say I’m looking forward to her coming to present the fabrics to me later this month is an understatement. There’s one pattern and color in particular I have my eye on for one of my treasured clients and I can’t wait to show it to her!  She likes to feel the fabric against her skin and I know this 100% lambswool won’t disappoint.

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Perfect Shade of Grey

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What I’m Crushing On:  The perfect shade of grey.  You don’t need fifty of them ;)  just the right one for the right time.  I stumbled upon this perfect shade when I was out of my office.  So I snapped a photo and then held that color in my mind like a vice till I was back at work with my color deck in hand.

How I Found It:  I was on a boat, heading out into dense fog off the northern tip of Thormanby Island. With oily seas and a stalwart captain at the helm – it was a perfect day for adventure.  We passed small rocky islands dotted with bright green moss which stood out like they were lit from within.  Bobbing bits of kelp and seaweed passed us by, adding just the right amount of warm brown to all the cool colors.  Finding that shade of grey again when I was in the confines of my office with my land legs back and the mist long gone from my hair – I had to ask myself, what made that grey so beautiful? I immediately knew the answer- there was just enough blue to make it fresh and just enough neutrality to keep it soothing.  Throw in hits of bright green and golden brown and it’s a very interesting palette.  Each color needing the other.

How It Relates To My Work:  I don’t know where I’ll use this palette.  It could be for an interior, a fabric pattern or maybe a graphic.  It’s kind of lovely not knowing.  It’s pure potential.  Feel free to use it for yourself if it pleases you.

For now it remains pinned on my inspiration board. A reminder that Mother Nature is the grand dame of design.

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