the year of the salmon…

pantone are calling it emerald, dulux has nominated indigo: i’m no expert, but right about now pale pink {be it salmon, blush or peony} is looking like the colour of 2013…

& i’m seeing it everywhere…

in big hits…

big hits

thin strips…

thin strips

& with metallic twists {my favourite}…

metallic hits

so pretty & so perfect for spring, summer & beyond…

check back tomorrow to see how i’m planning to bring some more of this happy hue into my life…

images via: toastrockett st georgeenter my atticpaulina arcklinstudio wmnordic leaves, lenneke wispelweytamara maynes, martha stewart

a colour for each season {of life}…

kirra jamison

when i first saw the home of australian artist kirra jamison featured on sf girl by bay yesterday {check the rest out here} it made me smile: a lot…

not just because the colours used throughout are happy, smily colours, but because it reminded me of my last home as a single gal {& the decade leading up to that}…

back then, in my early 30s, my pad was a light & airy one bedroom flat on the third floor of a 70s block with a balcony & a garden view…

i had a huge carved wooden daybed as a sofa, a faded pink vintage garden bench & chairs as dining room seating & soft, playful girly colours throughout which made me happy every time i looked at them…

happy florals

moreover, my decorating style reflected where i was at in life {carefree & spirited} & the colours i incorporated reinforced that: from saffron yellows to soft pinks, warm bursts of orange, peaches & reds…

but as fond as my memories of that time are, it’s not a look i could wholly embrace now, nearly ten years later…

indeed, i’ve been through a few colour phases since then & it makes me curious as to whether the colours we gravitate towards represent, at any given time, a certain phase or season of our life that we’re at…

modern calm

by my mid 30s i found myself moving more towards a sea of soft greens: from seaglass & sage, to the grey-green of the eucalyptus leaf…

this came at a time in my life when i was striving to find balance between being the independent single girl i once was & being half of a firmly-ensconced twosome: i sought & needed the calm & cleansing that this palette promised…

leaf

it turns out it was just the tonic i needed to help me transition from my old life to the new: a rebirth, of sorts…

fast track to a few years later & i was shifting gear yet again, this time to an even simpler palette: natural linens & crisp porcelain whites etched with jet black…

back to basics

looking back, it’s obvious this neutral backdrop has always existed in my life, it had just played second fiddle to the lastest colour craving overlaid upon it…

but then, with a career change afoot & the ill health & subsequent passing of my father, this pared down look came to the forefront & represented a serious need to get back to basics…

white blossom

such starkness was, to a large degree, indicative of the loss of my girlhood innocence & a need to strip away the layers i had neither the time nor the energy to deal with: a need for clarity in a time of questioning…

& now, two & a half years later i’m finally emerging from that dark place in my life: slowly & with tentative steps…

abigail ahern

&, ironically, it’s now a deeper, moodier palette that seduces me: rich berry tones graduating into sludgy, inky hues of charcoal, indigo & aubergine…

colours so deep that you can get lost in them for hours…

inky sky

colours that represent a confidence & knowing that comes, i think, only with age or having endured some of the rigours that life throws at you…

& this palette that is so often accused of being oppressive is, to me at least, liberating…

maybe because these are the colours that represent the ashes from which my phoenix will surely arise…

images via: sf girl by baystyle me prettybeach blissseventeen doorsthe pursuit aestheticbeauty foundsimple every day glamourbrown dress with white dots

a colour feast…

not really many words for you today, just pretty pictures & a palette that speaks to the inner workings of my very being!

eggplant, bitter chocolate, fig, berry & bone {a colour feast of gastronomical delights}…

if it helps to get you into a suitably soulful mood, throw on a bit of nina, kick back & peruse at leisure…

orbs

sweet contemplation…

the feast

the perfect feast…

the artful parlour

an artful parlour…

yarn

rhubarb-dyed yarn…

saipua

sensuous saipua…

fig

figgy deliciousness…

catherine martin

wallpapery perfection…

finished already? more nina love here & here & here

happy weekend all…

{ps, yes, you’ve probably seen some of these images here before & yes, you’ll probably see some of these images here once again at some stage in the future… i figure you’ll cope!}

images via: eric blumabigail ahernabigail aherndamselflyssaipua24.mediacatherine martin

 

the colour green {a colour for any year}…

is it just me, or does anybody else take umbrage at the thought of having a colour of the year thrust upon them?

it’s just as well i happen to love emerald {pantone’s selection for 2013}…

but, as it happens, the colour green in all its glorious manifestations has for a long time held prime real estate in my heart…

of course being so abundantly featured in nature doesn’t hurt this colour’s popularity one little bit, particularly not for a nature-loving girl like me: in fact its omnipresence makes it one of the easier colours to live with long-term…

it’s also incredibly versatile in that it can simultaneously energise & renew whilst calming & promoting a sense of well being: i like a colour that works hard for its living!

i’ve recently found myself pinning quite a few rooms featuring various degrees of green…

catherine martin

this decadent number invokes memories of yesteryear with its gatsby-esque motifs: the somewhat muted palette skilfully counteracts the abundance of pattern on pattern…

sibella court

whilst fresh is indisputably best in this new york loft, where a panel of vintage floral wallpaper brings the outdoors in…

emerald chairs

for this dining room it only takes the merest hit of the hue du jour to instantly elevate & energise…

sixes&sevens

similarly, one healthy dolloping of colour is all that’s required to cast its spell over this cosy retreat: here a bottle green banquette grounds the space whilst inviting refuge in its deep, murky depths…

baixa house

& a light-handed sprinkling of pale mint serves to further refresh & invigorate an already light-filled apartment…

the greenery

but if, like me, you can’t get enough of the colour, you could always consider combining it en masse to make the most of its envy-inducing powers…

images via: catherine martinthe society incfrench by design, kara rosenlundbaixa houselittle blue deer

on why i need a second home {in the country}…

there’s something so terribly conspiratorial about the dead of winter that makes me want to throw the contents of my home in a skip & start all over again with a palette like this…

mulberry

well hello there lady dripping from head-to-toe in mulberry whilst petting your pet fox…

nice colour scheme, nice colour scheme indeed!

guest bedroom

there’s no room at all in my new pad for my usual abundance of linen…

instead, roll out those plaids & mingle in a touch of chintz {the more clashing patterns the better, thank you very much}…

while you’re at it, skim a rug across the floor & wrap those footstools in faux animal print!

tim walker fox

heck, i don’t even mind harbouring a couple of snuggling foxes in the carved-out backs of armchairs… {don’t worry children, they’re only sleeping!}

mulberry2

indeed, feather my nest in some heady mix of earthy delights & be sure to line it with some speckled egg & a handful of fanciful feathers for good measure…

toile & tartan

swathe my windows in tassel-edged tartan & nestle it alongside some toile for joy {a nice change from de jouy}, if you must…

hallway

oh & don’t forget to line the corridors with walking paths in forest green {beats having to go outside & brave the cold}… just be sure to add suitably-swaddled seating for when the legs get weary…

manor library

& then, when all is said & done, kick back in the library with a sobering brandy alongside a crackling fire {& the obligatory touch of tartan for good measure if it’s all the same with you}…

afterall, this is where this entire merry adventure started for me in the first place…

images via: tim walker for mulberry via stilla’s styleeducating the peanut, tim walker via quigleys cabinet, tim walker for mulberry via stilla’s style, homemaker2wordschintz of darknesspollyanna pumpkin