Thursday, 22 November 2012

Shades of Fall


In the spirit of thanksgiving - traditionally linked to the northern hemisphere FALL season and of all things autumnal - I've been looking around my house for inspirational colours and objects. Okay so we're not in Autumn in Australia - that's okay, trifling things like which side of the world you're on don't have to stop you from decorating...

One of the first things I noticed and liked about our present house, was the intact art deco bathroom. The vibrancy of emerald green wall tiles, edged with sophisticated black, scream 1930s. It made me want to don a flapper dress and swoon against the yellow (yellow? hmm, not so keen on that) bath straight away. In a strage pairing however, the cool elegance of the walls are brought down to earth by a chequerboard tiled floor of  pumpkin inspired tones: flat terracottas and ochres, speckled greys and nutmegs, and a hotchpotch of spicy accents. The "pattern" eludes me, but the colours have grown on me. It doesn't show the dirt and always feels warm and welcoming.

Penguin classics are an obvious PUMPKIN orange highlight to any bookshelf. My brother and sister-in-law are currently selling their home and their penguin classic collection has no doubt impressed many would-be buyers. Don't think they're throwing them in with the house though.


The coffee pot, creamer and sugar bowl pictured above have been a favourite of mine for years. Made by English Ironstone Tableware I love the orangey brown on creamy white african inspired pictures. The edges of the handles are printed with a giraffe pattern. I discovered it in an antiques store in Brisbane years ago, and it always looks great on display.

And speaking of autumnal (love that word - try to use it at least once a day) colours, don't stop at oranges and browns. Reds and yellows are obvious inclusions - and can be wonderfully set off by unexpected pops of pink and white. Peachy colours are very flattering too if we're talking fashion.

Here's some of my fave things, pics from pinterest and beyond:

jaegar princess pea coat; kate spade mug; kitchenaid mixer

and last but not least (because I love photos and collages):

Clockwise from left: www.Marthastewart.com; the conran shop, www.lifestyleetc.co.uk;
goldfinch, www.knithacker.com; yellow sandals, www.sosjernen.com
 

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