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Surprising brights

Surprising brights

Posted by on Aug 12, 2009 in Art, Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Photographers | 4 comments

When it comes to colors, my design aesthetic is lying somewhere, bruised and battered, in the no man’s land between cool neutrals and wild brights. Trying to accommodate both tastes is rather exhausting. But I’ve found some solace in the portfolio of photographer James Merrell, whose work shows brights being introduced into otherwise neutral...

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Yellow: conquered!

Yellow: conquered!

Posted by on Jul 25, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, My house | 13 comments

I’ve finally done it. I’ve introduced some yellow into our house. If you recall from this post, yellow has been my nemesis for years. But, I’ve taken the plunge and bought…….. ….a pillow and a poster. I know, pathetic isn’t it? It’s just a color so why all the drama? But, before you give up on me for good,...

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Black and white wallpaper

Black and white wallpaper

Posted by on Jul 25, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Shopping | 1 comment

I’ve started to become a fan of black and white patterns in interiors. There’s nothing quite like the drama and contrast of a black and white scheme to energize a room. In particular, I’ve been eyeing up some of the fabulous wallpapers out there in this popular color combination. There are literally thousands to choose from. It’s...

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Getting away from it all

Getting away from it all

Posted by on Jul 18, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 7 comments

I was struck recently by this photo, by Petrina Tinslay. What a perfect image! That sky is just glorious. You couldn’t help but relax here. It made me want a room with this combination of rosy pink, amber and deep violet. I found a few that are similar. Via Pink Wallpaper. Both via Peacock Feathers. By stylist Lucyina Moodie. Via This is...

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How to do dark walls

How to do dark walls

Posted by on Jul 9, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 4 comments

I’m a bit of a coward when it comes to using dark colors in my home. Let’s face it, splashing navy blue or chocolate brown all over your walls is not for the faint-hearted. There’s always the risk that you’ll deaden the room, making it seem small and gloomy. But, done right, dark walls can look incredible. They can create a cozy...

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Pink he’ll live with

Pink he’ll live with

Posted by on Jun 27, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 6 comments

I was thinking about pink recently. Why? Well, I spotted this colorscope over at Simplified Bee and decided to give it a whirl. I was drawn to the fuschia color most (which apparently makes me courageous, passionate, playful and serious (?)) Anyway, then I wondered, why don’t we have more of that color in the house? Of course, it’s because I...

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Olive, moss and fern

Olive, moss and fern

Posted by on Jun 14, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 1 comment

I’m seeing a lot of these yellowy-greens around the design blogs at the moment. What I like about these shades is that they’re so timeless and flexible. Take a look at these totally different looks, all using variations of olive, moss and fern. With lavender, olive is pretty and romantic (Vanessa Bruno‘s apartment via Decor8): Used in...

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Ode to Orange

Ode to Orange

Posted by on Jun 7, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating | 8 comments

Oh, orange you tricky color, you. You have me all confused. I like your zesty brightness, But you’re the boldest hue I’ve used. I’m tempted by your playfulness, You always make me smile. But once I’ve put you on my walls, Will your cheeky looks just rile? I felt my heart strings tug, when I saw you on these doors. Then I saw you on...

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