Color Inspiration – Mushroom Hunting

February 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

During the holidays I went back to San Francisco to see my family and of course, go mushroom picking with my father. Our mushroom of choice, chanterelles. Nutty rich golden goodness…

This year has been a surprisingly disappointing year for mushroom gathering, at least in Northern California. Last year we had around 100 pounds of chanterelles! After one gathering we had seven cookie sheets of mushrooms that were monopolizing the dining room table! This year I don’t think we even made it to a pound, but we did however find enough to make two lovely chanterelle pizzas.

Without the abundance of chanterelles, this year I focused more on the other pretty things in the forest and took this photo of a witches butter mushroom. I love the combination of the moss green, lichen green and tangerine orange. I think it would make a lovely color scheme in a room. I have always been inspired by color combinations in nature. If it naturally grows together in nature, it must be meant to be.

Witches Butter

Witches Butter

Chanterelle on my knee

Chanterelle on my knee

Gills of a mushroom

Gills of a mushroom

Young Turkey Tails

Young Turkey Tails

Coral Mushrooms

Coral Mushrooms

Alberto Pinto

January 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

A designer born in Argentina and based in Paris was a recipe for one unique and beautiful style. Alberto Pinto’s designs were luxurious with rich, bold color schemes, over scaled patterns and a Middle Eastern flair. He had an eye for mixing different patterns and styles of various eras, making for a interesting, layered design that I find so appealing. I am especially inspired by his comfort with color and his details. I love the details, in any design, and Alberto Pinto does a beautiful job, especially in the details of doors, cabinets, windows, molding and so on.

I love the detail of the windows and the bold green sofa.

I love the detail of the windows and the bold green sofa.

Architectural details

Architectural details

Mixing patterns

Mixing patterns

Eastern meets victorian meets english

Eastern meets Victorian meets English

Pinks and purples nicely done

Pinks and purples nicely done

Door and cabinet details

Door and cabinet details

Bold stripes

Bold stripes and molding details

Something to make you go aah

September 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Peach and moss.. What a beautiful, bold, color combination!

I find this such a happy space, one that could quite possibly keep me from ever leaving. It is simply a feel good room.

It is refreshing to see the bed floating in the middle of the room, and a wise design choice to frame it with a rug and chandelier.  And that wallpaper! I have a thing for watercolor like fabrics, wallpapers and so on. This wallpaper is by Black Crow, other beautiful wallpapers are made by  Porter Teleo and can be customized.

Designed by Robert Passal for Traditional Home Magazine’s Hampton Show House.

Wallpaper by Black Crow
Upholstered bed frame fabric by Schumacher (Gainsborough Velvet in Apple)
Side table by Stephanie Odegard

aaahh

 

Color Inspiration: Succulents Succulents

March 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

via. Style Me Pretty

via. Piece of Shell

via. Black Bird Experience on Etsy

My Little Danish Dream Kitchen

September 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have never imagined my dream house as some extravagant mansion, but small and perfect. I want to have pretty things that make me happy daily, like a playful colored pot, pretty glass door knobs, a cute salt and pepper shaker. I think things you use daily should have thought put into them. I’d rather invest in things like a favorite cup to have my morning tea in, rather than china I might take out twice a year.

So.  Adorable. That is what this little Danish kitchen it. I LOVE it. What a happy blue; I just can’t help smiling when I look at it. I think the color and light has a lot to do with making it feel airy and open rather than cramped. This is my future kitchen’s roll model.

Det Blå Køkken by Det Mondaene Skur

Embracing Bright Colors

September 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

I used to be slightly fearful of colors, especially bright colors, but no longer. I’ve seen them put together nicely in person and now I am fond of these cheery, playful colors.

Bright colors can be fun, beautiful and even sexy, but in excess it can go wrong; don’t over do it or it will look like a gum ball machine. Adding soft colors or neutral spaces give your eyes a place to rest.

Bright colors don’t have to mean childish.

Marigold Yellow

August 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

I love a marigold yellow. I don’t come across it enough but maybe thats why it catches my attention so much. It is happy and luxurious with a royal feel but isn’t too overwhelming like a lemon yellow can be. I especially like it for a bedroom because it almost says “Wake up sunshine,” with its color.

 

 

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