Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pantone Color of the Year 2013


In case you haven’t heard, here it is…. Pantone’s Color of the Year….Ta Da….Voila!


As in The Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz.


Hmmm, what do we think?  Would that have been your choice?  As for me, the jury is still out.  At first I was somewhat surprised.  The last couple of year’s picks were already on my decorating radar, but emerald?  Not my “go to” color palette.  Don’t get me wrong, I actually like emerald.  I just have to process using it in a design scheme.  It will be interesting to see if emerald make a show in my new spring fabric collections  due in a couple of weeks. I did notice more blue and green used together, especially in artwork, on my last market trip. 

I must admit though, while perusing emerald images to use in this post, I started to warm up to the idea.

I’m kinda loving this rich emerald high gloss finish on bookcases.  Of course, any room with a leopard carpet already has my heart.

And I am always a sucker for any combination of blue and green.

I {heart} this  more than words can say!!!

I am working on a project now for a library with rich paneled walls similar to this and we are considering a sofa and pair of chairs in a rich green velvet much like this color.  After looking at the fabric choices in green velvet I got a bit obsessed with the idea. 

Though not technically  emerald, a fresh spring green is always so pretty.  I like the idea of popping a deeper emerald with it to bring in a bit of sophistication and ground the pale color palette. 

Now this is fun, more of an olive green island, and how about that ceiling?  Do you have the nerve to do this?

Here we have several shades of green working together.  Think about all the greens in nature, no two truly alike, right?  Yet they all seem to work together.

Let’s face it… blue and green are nature’s most compatible color combination.

So maybe emerald has a place in your home.  The more I ponder on it, the possibilities are pretty amazing.  A rich glossy emerald in a den or study, new bedding in soft jade and sky blue, or maybe just a touch of green in artwork for a guest bedroom….oh, the places we could go with emerald.

Are you looking for a fresh new feel in your home this spring?  Maybe a little emerald would be just the thing.   Intrigued?…Perfect Home can make it happen.

Now if I could just talk my fella into a nice big emerald ring! 




Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day!





Happy Valentine’s Day from a long absent blogger.  Shameful, I know…. but life does get in the way sometimes.  At least, this year I didn’t fall into my usual trap of making weekly blogging my New Year’s resolution.  It obvious how that worked out for me last year!


Instead I just felt inspired today by all the Valentine Day love I see around me…. which let to thoughts of what else, but pink!  I {heart} pink, always have.  I was one of those “pink” girls growing up.  I had pink baby clothes, pink doll clothes. pink teenage sweater, pink bedroom, and on and on and on…..  When I first opened my bridal salon, The Wedding Belle, eons ago; what color did I paint it?  Pink, of course!  And what color is it now that my niece Alison owns it?  Yep, it’s pink with sophisticated black trim. 



So, as our thoughts turn to love today, let’s celebrate our love of pink!


Sugary sweet pink, a little too sweet for my taste.



This is more my style.



Or this.


Such an interesting color combination.


One of my favorite images ever, this is a foyer designed by the goddess, Mary McDonald.


I have always loved pink and gray together,  This combination is in the ‘dreaming” stages for one of my guest bedrooms.


Isn’t this a pretty combination?  So clean and sophisticated.


Can’t resist one more.


So “think pink” when considering your next decorating plan.  Who knows, you might just fall in love!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone,