Cannot resist Decor8!

23 Jun
If you have not visited Decor8 website, you should because I’m so fascinated by all its contents. Occasionally, I will clip some of its beautiful essays and pictures  here such as the one below. Enjoy!

Decor8: A Passion for Purple

Have you heard of The Voice of Color? It’s a color trend report on the Pittsburgh Paints website that takes four trends for the year and gives you the palette for each trend, a few images of the colors used in a room, and some products that work in the space. Although it’s a good start, I’d love to see them grow it out a bit because it’s a terrific idea and I’m sure they could really insert a lot more product and tips if they developed each trend more. This trend report is called Bloom, inspired by the garden in bloom, "Audacious purples, embraced by green, mauve, pink, and orange."
This serene space (top left) doesn’t need any embellishments. The large areas of color on the walls keep the room clean and modern. I think this dining room set is so classy, pairing sleek modern lines with a rich textured purple fabric and intricately patterned back. Can you just imagine lounging in this luxurious lilac lavatory? (Images from Domino and Homes + Gardens)

Once relegated to fragile old women, designers now embrace lavender as a calming, feminine, luxuriously soft tone. Purple can be understated and sophisticated when it takes on more of a dusty mauve tone. (Image from Homes and Gardens)

The kitchen is a fun, surprising spot for purple. I have always loved these soft lilac cabinets. Doesn’t this look like a fun spot to prepare a meal? (Image from Sunset)

Purple can be brought into your décor through artwork, flowers, pillows, candles, so many accessories, so little time! (Image from Location Works)

Purple can be incorporated into outdoor living spaces, too, through natural elements like flowers. Isn’t this wisteria vine gorgeous? (Image from Domino)

..or even an over-the-top bathtub! Wow. Would you dare to go this bold in your bathroom? (Image from Bolig)

Purple is a malleable color, so put your own creative spin on it to suit your personal taste. Go forth, dare to explore the color purple in all its tints and tones. As you can see, the options are endless. Have fun! – Rachel Perls

*A footnote on terminology: purple is an imprecise term for both mixtures of red and blue and pure colors in the violet range of the spectrum. Read more here on purple versus violet: violet is spectral; purple is extraspectral.

I never thought I’d type those words, A Passion for Purple. But the more I think about purple, the more I’ve noticed it over the past few days. I do have purple in my life! Even as I sat in the local Starbucks last night, I caught glimpses of it scattered around me. The hoodie on a teenage girl. Boxes of expresso machines in lilac piled nearby. Mugs leftover from Easter. Even some of the designs on their products incorporated the very color I assumed I disliked. Over the past 24 hours, have you ‘noticed’ purple a little more? It’s actually quite fun to single out a hue and try to spot it around you, observe how it’s used — the various shades, how much/little, and the colors that it’s displayed with. Try this today and see what I mean. To get you started, here are some inspiring images for you…

I love this mail order company in Germany, Impressionen.  They have great prices, too.

When I think of deep shades of purple, cups and plates from Aussie design studio Dinosaur Designs comes to mind. Don’t you love how the color looks with other saturated hues? It looks very crisp and modern.

Henry Road carries a few pillows in purple along with a table runner, and many Brides carry flowers in various shades, from orchids to violets.

Living Etc. has a great online gallery, if you haven’t checked it out before, hop on over there and see how many rooms with purple you can spot. I like how this bathroom used various shades of purple and red in the tile work, and then as a subtle accent, purple tulips on the sink and a purple towel. Nice!

Living At Home is a German magazine that I read, well try to read, as my German is still a work in progress. But whenever I think of this magazine, I see orange, blue, red, and purple. Seems Germans aren’t afraid of using primary colors in the home, like blue. When I lived in Germany while dating my husband, I couldn’t handle all of saturated color in homes there, it drove me absolutely insane because back then, I only saw crayola colors in a kids room. Over the years, I started to appreciate fully saturated colors in decor much more through travel, blogs, magazines, books… And I’m not put off by it in the least.

More beauty again from the online galleries of Living Etc. When I see spaces like this, I always think about the person that lives there, why they’ve styled things a certain why, and in this case, why purple was their color of choice. It’s fascinating to learn about the associations that others have when it comes to color.

Real Simple shows us how to arrange multiple hooks against a wall that looks somewhat purple, at least on my monitor. Purple can lean in so many directions, and depending on lighting, can look almost pink, blue, grey, or cobalt at times.

More treasure to look upon from Living Etc. Very sensual, especially seeing plum in silk and velvet mingled with dark, rich wood tones. This is very contemporary and peaceful, welcoming.

Country Home is another website to visit for color inspiration, since those who lean towards its laid back style tend to incorporate lots of lavender and lilac in their decor. Of course, always alongside other pastels, and always in florals and stripes, as this creates the charm that embodies this style.

Brides is a great website to cruise for color. Aren’t these arrangements stunning? I think every Bride wants to have a second wedding just to recreate the magic all over again.

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Happiness is looking at a group of images that swells your heart with so much joy and causes your creative juices to overflow. Go ahead, indulge in the beauty that is the everyday life of Twelve22 in her previous London home, now Minneapolis home dated 1917. View Anna’s flickr sets here for even more visual goodness. Ah.

(images from twelve22)

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Oromono *new* Online Shop

Kirsty wrote in from Oromono to let us know the good news — her store is online and ready to accept orders! I’m not sure if you’re familiar with Oromono, but her 3D work using textiles is stunning; I actually first came in touch with them over a year ago while browsing Lekker and wrote about it here. Oromono ships almost anywhere, so if you see something you love online, chances are that Kirsty can send it to your home. I really love her rouging and pleating techniques…

Thank you Kirsty for the tip!

(images from oromono)

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Horchow: 20% off Everything TODAY Only!

Today only, May 3rd, take 20% off of everything at Horchow. Enter code ONEDAY at checkout. If you’ve been saving up for that Lulu De Kwiatkowski bedding, here’s your big chance. Sale ends at midnight, so you’d better jump on this one!

(images from horchow)

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