City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In April

Fashionable Windows In April

Chicago in April. Perhaps it is April when the reality of Spring’s awakening is truly upon us. Spring blooms arrive late in Chicago.  Yet when they do arrive the blooms are breathtaking and rejuvenate those that strut the streets of style and the city itself. To appreciate Spring in a city that anticipates its arrival with heightened awareness is to even further appreciate the gift each day brings…

Spring’s Blooms & Chicago’s Cloud Gate

The windows of fashion once again change to beckon passerby’s with the seasonal shift towards warmer days. Neutrals of classic whites paired with infusions of pastel and floral bliss welcome Spring. Spring green, onward.  Onward to the images captured from behind my lens. A continual monthly visual of fashionable appeal from the streets of high fashion of the great, Windy City of Chicago. Fashion and photography compiled to inspire…

Spring Green On Michigan Avenue: H&M Visual Delights
Neiman Marcus & The Striking Mannequins Of High Style
Black On White Delights: Neiman Marcus
Stylish Form Behind The Windows Of Neiman Marcus
Michael Kors: Floral Delights
Floral Infusion: Michael Kors
Spring Appeal At Kate Spade
Barney’s & Alaia, Paris
Oscar De La Renta Behind Saks 5th Avenue
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
White & Creamy Nuetrals: Ralph Lauren
Jil Sander: Neutral Lineup
Burberry’s: The Classic Trench
Burberry’s: The Classic Trench
“White is Always Right”: Classic Max Mara
Max Mara Style On Michigan Avenue
Chartreuse & Bright Plum: Visual Delights From Max Mara
Fashionable Windows Of Style: Max Mara
Fashionable City Love: Chicago & Max Mara

Oh, for the love of fashion. For the love of a city. For the love of the mannequins of fashionable form that beckon my lens continually. Inspiration a constant. Change is a constant. Consistently do I aim to inspire with sharing images from behind my camera each month. Fashion and the city. May the arrival of Spring inspire you to appreciate the artistry of visual merchandising and the art of fashion itself.  Fashion’s seasonal change awaits. Onward in being inspired no matter where you reside.

Onward,

Kristin

Fashionable Reflection: Plumage & The Photographer

Red Geraniums: Vibrant Delight In Blooms

Vivid Red Delight: Geraniums
Vivid Red Delight: Geraniums

Red Geraniums. Showy flowers in clusters of brilliantly bold red. Perhaps the red geranium itself could be considered a bloom that boldly proclaims Summertime. Like a burst of colorful fireworks, these red blooms are striking with their delicate flowers and dainty petals protruding from strong stems and interesting foliage.  The geranium offers a delightful appeal when thriving and spilling from garden beds as edging plants, filling flower boxes, window boxes and potted in pots or various containers. Seeking the sun these blooms of red are said to grow best when they are planted in clay pots. Who knew? It is no wonder the two seem to be paired together so often. A classic combination, for certain.

Although there is variation in flower color, growth habit, leaf pattern, and scent within the world of geraniums, it is the red annual geranium that I am drawn to. From trailing vine types to upright garden forms, the geranium in red is a distinctively bold addition of vibrant cheer to any setting it is placed within.

The Timeless Geranium
The Timeless Geranium

As with so many blooms, within the Geraniaceae plant family,there are perennial geraniums and annual geraniums (Pelargoniums).   The common garden geranium, which continues to be a timeless favorite outdoor and indoor plant, is Pelargonium hortorum. From the genus Pelargonium, the term itself means “stork” in Latin as its “long, slender fruit capsule” are said to resemble a stork’s bill. Again, who knew?  Of note, there are over 200 Pelargonium species and hybrids. Most species of the geranium originated in South Africa and have maintained themselves as a gardener’s favorite for over a century.  Perhaps the geranium can even be considered an old-fashioned standard.  Timeless appreciation.  Pelargoniums have 5-petalled flowers, which are distinguished by colours and patterns; with two petals at the top and three below. Thus the flowers have “a single plane of symmetry” (zygomorphic). Nature’s perfect design, for certain. Although some species of pelargoniums have attractive smelling scents, including mint, rose, fruits and spices, I accept the simplicity of the basic red geranium and its strong bold scent.  Onward to a classic bloom in red

Cheery Pops Of Red:  The Scented Geranium
Cheery Pops Of Red: The Scented Geranium
Visual Appeal In Bloom:  Red Geraniums
Visual Appeal In Bloom: Red Geraniums
Red Geraniums: Vibrant Color On Display
Red Geraniums: Vibrant Color On Display
Cascading & Vibrant Colorful Delight:  Red Geraniums
Cascading & Vibrant Colorful Delight: Red Geraniums
Exterior Appeal In Striking Red:  Geraniums
Exterior Appeal In Striking Red: Geraniums

Consider the red geranium. For certain, the geranium, whether in a single pot or found in mass, these blooming bursts of red offer a splash of color, visual delight and cheer.  Perfect.  Blossoms of joy, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“A flower blossoms for its own joy” -Oscar Wilde

Enchanting Hues Of “Rose Gold”….

Rose Gold Color Hue Delights
Rose Gold Color Hue Delights

“Rose Gold”.  A beautiful color hue that varies in tones and is termed to relate to gold rather than as a color itself. In terms of actual gold, pure rose gold does not exist. Of note, gold itself is only one color: yellow.  The “colors” found in gold are produced by mixing pure 24K yellow gold with various other metals.  Rose gold is actually an alloy of gold and copper. Copper offers a bold pinkish-orange color and the addition of this alloy to gold produces a beautiful pinkish gold color.  A lesson in gold, indeed. But oh, the beauty of rose gold found in metallic lighting, appliances, fabrics, paint, and a myriad of interior accessories.  Interior delights of visual appeal.  And of the rose gold hue enriching life’s poignant celebrations? Oh the sweet elegance that this enchanting hue offers when swathed and layered in celebrations of love and life. A visual appreciation of this appealing and captivating color…

Stunning Jeweled Delight:  Rose Gold Ring

Rose Gold:  The Hue Of Sweet Metallic Appeal
Rose Gold: The Hue Of Sweet Metallic Appeal
Metallic & Brilliant:  Rose Gold Hues
Metallic & Brilliant: Rose Gold Hues
Metallic Delights of Rose Gold Hues
Metallic Delights of Rose Gold Hues
Metallic Hues Of Rose Colored Appeal
Metallic Hues Of Rose Colored Appeal
Rose Colored Hues:  Interior Delights & Accents Of Rosy Appeal
Rose Colored Hues: Interior Delights & Accents Of Rosy Appeal
Rose Gold color Hues In Entertaining
Rose Gold color Hues In Entertaining
Rose Gold Hues Of Enchanting Delight:  Celebrations
Rose Gold Hues Of Enchanting Delight: Celebrations
Wedded Delights In Rose Gold Hues
Wedded Delights In Rose Gold Hues
Captivating Rose Gold Hued Tabletops Of Celebration
Captivating Rose Gold Hued Tabletops Of Celebration
Celebrations In Hues Of Rose Gold
Celebrations In Hues Of Rose Gold

Consider with appreciation the mere beauty of the rose gold hue. For certain, a hue that offers a lovely, sweet appeal can also offer a modern mix of distinction when stylized within the interior. And as a hue that dreamily layers events of wedded bliss? Enchanting and memorable. Enchanting hues of “Rose Gold”, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“The sunset faded and blended from pink to peach to mango in a smoothie in the sky. For as long as she doesn’t love me, I will love her.”
― Jarod Kintz

Elements Of Historic Architectural Splendor, Charm & Elegance: Charleston, South Carolina

Historic Splendor & Visual Delights: Charleston, South Carolina
Historic Splendor & Visual Delights: Charleston, South Carolina

The visual splendor of Charleston, South Carolina…
Having visited Charleston during the early Spring blooms of March, my eyes spanned every angle in awe. From behind the lens there were very few moments in which I was not photographing the elements of Charleston that surrounded me. Compositions that beckoned to be captured at nearly every turn. Alas, in the world of digital photography, the options to continue clicking allowed me to capture well over 2,000 images. Should I have admitted this? A visual love of a city resulted in mass images. Although my mantra follows the “Less is more” principle, from behind the lens of a camera, when immersed within a city layered with history, exquisitely preserved architectural wonders, Antebellum mansions off the coastal shores, decorative iron work balconies and gates, gas lamp lighting, confection colored buildings with shutters and window boxes, trees dripping with Spanish Moss, palm trees and rustling Palmettos blowing in the Southern breeze paired with a skyline dotted with church steeples, it was no surprise to me that the number of images I captured were vast. Wonderstruck, for certain.

Founded during the 1600’s, Charleston is surrounded by the Ashley River and the Cooper River, off the Atlantic Ocean. Within the Carolina “Low Country”, English colonists settled Charleston during the 1680’s. At that time an urban development plan was established, called the “Grand Model”, which was an orderly grid of streets. For certain, I easily wandered these streets in amazement at the striking structures that lined the cobblestone streets and blue slate sidewalks. Charleston’s history began with crops grown on inland plantations of rice, tobacco, indigo and cotton. By late 1700, Charleston was the largest port in the America, behind New York, Boston and Philadelphia. With the successes of exportation, it is perhaps no surprise that the plantation owners and shipping magnates would build substantial three & four story mansions with distinctive verandas and ironwork. In 1783 Charleston adopted an ethical city motto: “She guards her customs, buildings and laws”. For certain, Charleston has preserved all of those. A city known for its survival and endurance, it is interesting to note that Charleston’s historied past includes being “raided by pirates, besieged by the British and burned to the ground during the Civil War, demolished by an earthquake and flooded by hurricanes”. Onward, indeed.

Known for some of the oldest landscaped gardens in America, this sophisticated city oozes with traditional Southern hospitality and charm. Coastal breezes off the shoreline brought added delight as I strolled through the streets. Horse drawn carriages covered with surrey’s pulled by Percheron draft horses brought back the period of a bygone era. Turn after turn, structures that were a visual tribute to the classical grandeur of historical decadence awaited my lens. From the verandas supported by columns, dripping with ferns, with ceilings painted sky blue to the pink-hued Bermuda stone, gambrel roofs, cornices, double staircases and iconic Charleston Single Houses (one room wide & deep with a single entrance door facing the street and and opening onto a porch that runs the length of the house and often 3 stories high), the visual entrancement that Charleston holds is stunning. From the decorative earthquake bolt covers embedded on the historic structures to the graceful palmettos that sway in the Southern breezes, the heart and soul of historic Charleston swells with attributes of an historic European city. From the iconic pastel hued “Rainbow Row” of buildings on East Bay Street, to the harbor and its historical link to the nearby Ft. Sumpter on Sullivan Island where the first shot of the Civil War took place, the historical importance of Charleston endures. Every turn offers history and architectural jewels on display. It has been stated that those that travel to this Grand Dame city can easily become seduced by her offerings. From behind the lens, I was clearly seduced. To edit through the multitude of images that I captured? Daunting. It is my hope that the images presented provide a mere feel of the beauty, elegance and historical, architectural importance of the stunning, jeweled Southern city of Charleston, South Carolina….

History & Visual Delight:  Charleston, South Carolina
History & Visual Delight: Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina:  Preserved History & Charm
Charleston, South Carolina: Preserved History & Charm
Vivid Delights In A Jeweled City:  Charleston, South Carolina.
Vivid Delights In A Jeweled City: Charleston, South Carolina.
Architectural Interest:  Charleston, South Carolina
Architectural Interest: Charleston, South Carolina
City Splendor:  Charleston, South Carolina
City Splendor: Charleston, South Carolina
SouthernCharm & Visual Appeal:  Charleston, South Carolina
SouthernCharm & Visual Appeal: Charleston, South Carolina
Visual Interest Of Southern Style:  Charleston, South Carolina
Visual Interest Of Southern Style: Charleston, South Carolina
Architectural Features Of Iconic Style:  Charleston, South Carolina
Architectural Features Of Iconic Style: Charleston, South Carolina
"Eye Candy":  The Appealing Visuals From Behind The Lens, Charleston /South Carolina
“Eye Candy”: The Appealing Visuals From Behind The Lens, Charleston /South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina: Striking Delights
Charleston, South Carolina: Striking Delights
Iconic Elements of Charleston, South Carolina
Iconic Elements of Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina:  Visual Delight
Charleston, South Carolina: Visual Delight
Visual Elements Of Historical Charleston, South Carolina
Visual Elements Of Historical Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina:  An Architectural Jewel Of Intrigue & Delight
Charleston, South Carolina: An Architectural Jewel Of Intrigue & Delight
A Southern City Of Jewels & Lush Green Appeal:  Charleston, South Carolina
A Southern City Of Jewels & Lush Green Appeal: Charleston, South Carolina
Architecture & Elements Of Historical Distinction:  Charleston, South Carolina
Architecture & Elements Of Historical Distinction: Charleston, South Carolina
Distinctive Appeal Of A Southern City:  Charleston, South Carolina
Distinctive Appeal Of A Southern City: Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina: Visual Delight That Beckons
Charleston, South Carolina: Visual Delight That Beckons
Palms, Palm Fronds, Ironwork & Shutters:    The Southern Charm Of Charleston, South Carolina
Palms, Palm Fronds, Ironwork & Shutters: The Southern Charm Of Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina:  A City Of Shutters, Ironwork & Architectural Appeal
Charleston, South Carolina: A City Of Shutters, Ironwork & Architectural Appeal
Colorful Structures & Elements Of History:  Charleston, South Carolina
Colorful Structures & Elements Of History: Charleston, South Carolina
Candy Colored Structures Paired With Southern Details:  Charleston, South Carolina
Candy Colored Structures Paired With Southern Details: Charleston, South Carolina
Architectural Appeal: Charleston, South Carolina
Architectural Appeal: Charleston, South Carolina
Striking Details & Colorful Appeal Of A Jeweled, Historic City:  Charleston, South Carolina
Striking Details & Colorful Appeal Of A Jeweled, Historic City: Charleston, South Carolina

One of my personal favorites, architecturally speaking…“Two Meeting Street” Inn near the Battery. Touting “Romance, Civility & Grandeur”, this now renowned Inn is deemed as “The jewel in the crown of the city’s historic inns”. It is simply a jewel…

"Two Meeting Street Inn", Charleston/South Carolina:  A Historical  Architectural  Jewel
“Two Meeting Street Inn”, Charleston/South Carolina: A Historical Architectural Jewel
"Two Meeting Street Inn", Charleston/South Carolina:  A Historical, Architectural  Jewel
“Two Meeting Street Inn”, Charleston/South Carolina: A Historical, Architectural Jewel
"Two Meeting Street" Inn/ Charleston, South Carolina: A Historical & Architectural Jewell
“Two Meeting Street” Inn/ Charleston, South Carolina: A Historical & Architectural Jewell
Palm Fronds, Spanish Moss & Vintage Iron Work Paired With Striking Architecture:  The Splendor Of Charleston, South Carolina
Palm Fronds, Spanish Moss & Vintage Iron Work Paired With Striking Architecture: The Splendor Of Charleston, South Carolina
Historical Charm & Southern Hospitality:  Charleston, South Carolina
Historical Charm & Southern Hospitality: Charleston, South Carolina
Timeless Visual Appeal: Charleston, South Carolina
Timeless Visual Appeal: Charleston, South Carolina
Lush, Green Appeal:  The Historical City Of Charleston, South Carolina
Lush, Green Appeal: The Historical City Of Charleston, South Carolina
Visuals Of Delight At Every Turn:  Charleston, South Carolina
Visuals Of Delight At Every Turn: Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina:  Historical Architecture & Appeal
Charleston, South Carolina: Historical Architecture & Appeal
Charleston, South Carolina:  A City Of Architecture & Visual Delight
Charleston, South Carolina: A City Of Architecture & Visual Delight
The Charms Of The Historic, Coastal City Of Charleston, South Carolina
The Charms Of The Historic, Coastal City Of Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina:  A Jeweled, Architectural Delight Of Southern Charm & Elegance
Charleston, South Carolina: A Jeweled, Architectural Delight Of Southern Charm & Elegance
Myself, Mesmerized & Awestruck In The Jeweled Southern City Of Charleston, South Carolina
Myself, Mesmerized & Awestruck In The Jeweled Southern City Of Charleston, South Carolina

Consider the architectural appeal and historic charm that Charleston offers. The history that layers this city laden with mossy surfaces is evident. The lush fronds of Palmetto’s & other greens offer pure delight. For certain, the city of Charleston is always flowering. What is also certain is that the historical structures will remain unchanged, protected by historical preservation, “Mother Nature” permitting. This American Southern city of distinction is a place where charms dwell, offering a soul stirring pull at the heartstrings for those that travel here. Memorable. The “Genteel Surrounds” that swirl around oneself while strolling along the historic district of the French Quarter and elegant streets of downtown Charleston will remain unforgettable.

The compilations presented are not necessarily visuals of streets, but rather, elements of the iconic details that represent Charleston. Aside from the sweet fragrances and breezes that only one’s mind can imagine, the visuals on display are there for all to appreciate. Gifts that Charleston holds enduringly. The pastel hues of jeweled and stunning architecture are mesmerizing. The visuals are more than what one camera can capture. Charleston will always remain as one of my favorite American cities. Appreciation from behind the lens, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

Bells Of Ireland: Green Hues Paired With Elegant Form Of Botanical Delight

Wedded Bliss With Bells Of Ireland Blooms
Wedded Bliss With Bells Of Ireland Blooms

In the language of flowers, “Bells Of Ireland” symbolize “Good Luck”. A perfect nod to the “Spring Green”, Luck-O-Irish that the onset of Spring brings. It is no surprise that these formation of “bells” of the tall stems would link these flowers to wedded bliss of the bride and groom. “Wedding bells”. Of note, the tiny, white flowers tucked within the cupped blossom are surrounded by pale and apple green leaves of delight. “Bells” of botanical distinction. Of interest, it is the Calyx (a cup-like structure and outermost whorl of the flower parts) which is considered the be the blossom. Leaves on stems of pure appeal. Tall in form, the blooming stems provide striking appeal in arrangements, providing visual line and accent of spikes of flowers and colorful hue. For certain, a striking visual addition when found within the bouquets of the bride and an element within events and the tables of celebration that follow. Green hues of botanical delight.

Of note, although given the name of “Bells Of Ireland”, they are botanically known as “Moluccella Laevis” (Bells-of-Ireland, Bells of Ireland, Molucca balmis, Shellflower and Shell flower) and are members of the mint family. Who knew? Offering a pleasing fragrance, these Summer flowering annuals are native to Turkey, Syria and the Caucasus. The domestic fast growing plant is self-seeding, prefers hot, humid climates and grow to a height of 24-36″ tall. Impressive additions to floral displays, for certain. Simplistic in form with an elegant stature, these tall blooms add drama, color and visual interest. Botainical delight in hues of green

Celebratory Moments Of Life With Blooms Of “Bells Of Ireland”
Green Hues Of Distinctive Form: “Bells Of Ireland” And The Wedding…
Green Delight Of Simplistic Elegance Incorporated Into Life’s Events: “Bells Of Ireland”
Fresh Appeal Of Visual Delight: Green Hues Of “Bells Of Ireland” In Weddings
Bright Hues Of Green:  Bells Of Ireland
Bright Hues Of Green: Bells Of Ireland
Bells Of Ireland: Elegant Stems Of Colorful & Visual Delight
Bells Of Ireland: Elegant Stems Of Colorful & Visual Delight
Bells Of Ireland: Vivid Green Botanical Delight Paired With Life’s Celebrations
Bells Of Ireland: Vivid Green Botanical Delight Paired With Life’s Celebrations
Striking Display Within The Interior:  Bells Of Ireland
Striking Display Within The Interior: Bells Of Ireland

Consider the impressive yet simplistic elegance that Bells Of Ireland offer. Aside from the visual height and rich green hue, Bells Of Ireland provide memorable, decorative additions to life’s events and striking bouquets within our interior worlds. Appreciation of a bloom, either way. Green hues paired with elegant form of botanical delight, indeed…

Kristin

“Every flower of every tomorrow are in the seeds of today” -Anonymous

A Year Of Exterior Color Inspirations: The Painted Front Door

January, February, March & April
January, February, March & April
May, June, July & August
May, June, July & August
September, October, November & December
September, October, November & December

The painted front door. A striking focal point that marks our entries with distinction. Curb appeal. Although much can be said of the different colors a door can hold, the year in review is a mere appreciation of 12 colors of distinction. The doorway to our interiors holds an opportunity of expression and a canvas, in which within the respect of architecture, a bold or classic color becomes the focal point. Layers of painted allure, indeed.

For those that wish to linger upon compilations of color beyond what is presented in this post, merely search this blog for “Exterior Color Inspirations”. Below is a closer look at the colors and hues of painted delight…

January:  The "Black Painted Door"
January: The “Black” Painted Door
February:  The "Pink" Door
February: The Unexpected “Pink” Painted Door
March:  The Brilliant "Green" Door
March: The Brilliant “Green” Painted Door
April: The Regal "Purple" Painted Door
April: The Regal “Purple” Painted Door
May: The Bright "Yellow" Painted Door
May: The Bright “Yellow” Painted Door
June:  The Brilliant "Blue" Painted Door
June: The Brilliant “Blue” Painted Door
July:  The Brilliant "Red" Painted Door
July: The Brilliant “Red” Painted Door
Aug: The Tranquil "Turqouise"  Door
Aug: The Tranquil “Turqouise” Door
September:  The Rich Allure Of The "Brown"  Painted & Stained  Door
September: The Rich Allure Of The “Brown” Painted & Stained Door
October: The Unexpected & Brilliant "Orange" Painted Door
October: The Unexpected & Brilliant “Orange” Painted Door
November: The Understated "Gray" Exterior Door
November: The Understated “Gray” Exterior Door
December:  The Classic & Pure "White" Painted Door
December: The Classic & Pure “White” Painted Door

Consider with appreciation the various colors and hues that adorn the exterior world. Even if the mere idea of some of these colors present an unexpected appeal, the appreciation of boldness and impact is worthy of our attention. Color changes the world and certainly changes our personal exterior worlds. Whether timeless or unexpected hues, the coating of our worlds in paint (or stain) will certainly change our perspective and add interest to our exterior worlds, indeed…

Kristin

“Painting is silent poetry”- Plutarch

“We paint the colors of our life rainbow”- T. Hameed

Exterior Color Inspirations: The Unexpected & Brilliant Orange Door

The Brilliant Hued Orange Exterior Door
The Brilliant Hued Orange Exterior Door

The vibrant and brilliant orange door. Painted the color of carrots, pumpkins and saffron the orange exterior door provides unexpected delight. The exterior door, layered in a hue that ranges in the color spectrum between red and yellow, the color hue orange provides a bright statement of visual interest and distinction. The color orange painted on a front door seems to illuminate the world with pure, extraordinary color. An energetic and uplifting color that perhaps brings us exhilaration and bliss.

Of course, an acknowledgement of the color’s history…
The color orange existed in Europe before the late 15th century but remained nameless. The color hue was simply referred to as “yellow-red”. Who knew? It is stated that both Spanish and Portuguese merchants brought the first orange trees to Europe from Asia during the late 15th and early 16th century and the new name was given of “naranga” which would eventually become referred to as “orange” in English. Of interest, in parts of Germany, the Netherlands, and Russia, the orange fruit was and is still said to be called the “Chinese Apple”. Again, who knew? For certain, the vibrant, brilliant orange and stunning red-orange hue demands attention. The brilliant & bold earthy hue of orange certainly shares the attention of red. Bold and bright, indeed.

A visual appreciation of the statement color of orange painted on the doors that lead to our interior worlds…

Vibrant Delight: Orange Hued Exterior Delight
Vibrant Delight: Orange Hued Exterior Delight
Orange Impact:  The Bold & Energetic Orange Hued Door
Orange Impact: The Bold & Energetic Orange Hued Door
Radiating Warmth:  The Bold Orange Painted Door
Radiating Warmth: The Bold Orange Painted Door
The Deep Orange-Red Door:  A Statement Of Bold Impact
The Deep Orange-Red Door: A Statement Of Bold Impact
The Striking Orange Door
The Striking Orange Door

Consider the bold impact of the orange hued painted exterior door. Perhaps unexpected when found coating the door to the interior world, this color hue deserves our appreciation. Although the color orange itself is associated with the Autumn season, I state the case for this brilliant hue throughout the year. No matter the season, the painted hue of orange never fails to delight. Alas, perhaps our appreciation is greater during the season of the pumpkin, but with seasonless style the painted orange door will endure. Bright & vivid, indeed…

Kristin

“Orange is the happiest color”- Frank Sinatra

Exterior Color Inspirations: The Rich Allure Of The Painted & Stained Brown Hued Door

Deep Brown Appeal: The Brown Exterior Door
Deep Brown Appeal: The Rich “Brown” Exterior Door

Brown. An understated neutral, indeed. A rich, wholesome and down-to-earth hue that seems to connect us to the earth. The warm, subdued, deep hue of brown that coats doors with paint or wood stained with hues of brown hued appeal continues to visually delight. Colors of chestnut and chocolate brown hues beckon our attention with the richness and depth in hue that they offer. In the Autumnal months perhaps our appreciation for the hues of brown deepen as we seek the colors the match with the changing world around us. Yet throughout the year, hues of brown are certainly a timeless neutral

The color of the earth that is associated with all things natural and organic, the color brown seems to provide a natural affinity for our exterior world. Perhaps the hue of brown evokes a desire within us to have the natural world around us. With the harvest season soon upon us and the pending arrival of the Autumn colors that will soon fill the landscape, layering our surroundings in deep hues of brown instinctively seems only natural. The appreciation of the rich brown exterior door deserves our focus. Whether stained wood grains or painted layers of warm appeal, perhaps the color brown, in all of its richness, encapsulates our desire for nature itself around us. Fundamentally earthy this abundant color hue is sufficient to stand on its own as a dramatic focal point of interest. Whether layered or stained in hues that liken the color of sumptuous leather or bark on the trees, there is certainly a hue of brown that we each can covet. A visual appreciation of the glorious shades of “Brown” on striking doors of great appeal…

Exterior Appeal:  The Deep Brown Hue Coated Or Stained Door
Exterior Appeal: The Deep Brown Hue Coated Or Stained Door
A Rich Neutral Hue:  Stained Or Painted Brown
A Rich Neutral Hue: Stained Or Painted Brown
Natural Focal Points:  Exterior Doors Layered In Hues Of Brown
Natural Focal Points: Exterior Doors Layered In Hues Of Brown
Natural Hues Of Stain Or Paint On The Wooden Exterior Door
Natural Hues Of Stain Or Paint On The Wooden Exterior Door
Rich Drama Of Natural Appeal:  Hues Of Brown On The Exterior Door
Rich Drama Of Natural Appeal: Hues Of Brown On The Exterior Door

Embrace the natural beauty of brown hues coated or stained on the exterior doors that surround. Of course, beyond just the hue, the distinctive features of the door and unique hardware embellishments gracing the door itself adds to the visual appeal. The glorious hue of painted appeal or natural wood grains that soak in the stained depth of hue will endure to delight within our exterior worlds. A dramatic yet natural color that holds a A rich allure, indeed…

Kristin

Layered Beauty Of Vibrant & Brilliant Color: Marigolds

Longstanding Blooms As Bright Garlands  & Incorporated Into Memorable Events
Longstanding Blooms As Bright Garlands & Incorporated Into Memorable Events

The brilliant and vibrant Marigold. Nature’s colorful explosion of layered delight. With its intense color perhaps it is no surprise that the Marigold is known as the “Herb of the sun” and is referenced as a symbol of passion and creativity. Referred to as “Mary’s Gold” in 1600’s England, this frilly flower is golden, indeed. The brilliant and bright blooms go far in adding cheerful bursts of color to not only our landscapes but the world that surrounds and the events that life holds. Blooming brightly all season long. The puffy texture of layered bliss lends an air of cheer that beckons our attention.

The Vibrant & Frilly Marigold
The Vibrant & Frilly Marigold

The Latin botanical name of Marigolds is “Tagetes”. There are several types of Marigolds, including “Tagetes”, “Calendula” (single, double and semi-double blooms) and French Marigolds (compact & demure frilly flowers with dark green foliage). With over 50 species that include a range of sizes and colors that include white (who knew?), golden, pale & bright yellow and bright orange with some “painted” in reddish orange hues, it is the orange marigolds that beckon me. These hardy annuals that prefer full sun exposure are prized for their beauty and versatility. Although not considered perennials, some marigolds can even reseed. In fact, the seeds from spent blooms can be collected in the second half of July until mid September. A flower with a high return for certain! With a bloom time of Spring, Summer and Fall these layered flowers provide a wealth of color tones, such as gold, copper and brass, into our Summer and Autumn gardens. Nature’s delight and beauty until the first frost. For further interest, throughout history, the Marigold has been used for a wide variety of purposes beyond its floral glory. With added benefits beyond mere beauty, Marigolds are rich in essential oils and have been used for centuries as an herb. Again, who knew? Of note, in Medieval England the flowers and leaves of Marigold flowers were added to heated ale and drank as a treatment for the plague. Imagine! Alas, Marigolds and their botanical details hold a broad history of its bloom beyond what is presented here. Perhaps the history of the appreciation and importance of the flower in in order…

Fields Of Marigolds &  The Decoration Of Vibrant, Floral Color
Fields Of Marigolds & The Decoration Of Vibrant, Floral Color

Historically, Marigolds have been linked to festivals held in pre-Columbian times with the Aztecs of Mexico. As the introduction of Marigolds were introduced around the world these vibrant flowers were incorporated in National festivals as far away as India. Ancient Greek and Roman cultures, as well as Indian and Middle Eastern cultures have held the Marigold highly. Marigolds hold great importance as garlands adorning Mexico’s annualDia de los Muertos celebration as well as within the celebrations of India. Garlands of floral distinction, for certain.

Perhaps India can be credited with an enduring appreciation of this vibrant bloom. Perhaps the celebration of Marigolds in India have given this bright flower its most auspicious recognition. Known in India as a “symbol of peace and prosperity” and referred to a “Gaindas” or “Ghendas”, the widespread appreciation of Marigold flowers found their introduction to India by early Portuguese colonists. Used for centuries in India, Marigolds continue in their representation of importance. Now produced commerically for use in traditional Indian festivals, religious ceremonies and weddings, the Marigold flowers grace and decorate events with their bright orange and yellow beauty. Of interest, the main types produced for Indian markets are “Tagetes erecta” (African marigold), “Tagetes Patula” (French marigold) and “Tagetes Tenuifolia” (striped marigold). Of course, the “chains” or “garlands” (known as “Ladis”) of cascading Marigolds that drip from doorways and draped on walls and other objects, provide an appreciation of a flower beyond its bloom. The impact of these clustered beauties deserve our focus and appreciation. Consider the beauty, whether row upon row of layered petals or garlands of vibrant appeal…certainly to be appreciated.

Brilliant Cheer:  Bright Garlands & Embellishments With Marigolds
Brilliant Cheer: Bright Garlands & Embellishments With Marigolds
Vibrant Color & Striking Garlands Of Celebration:  Marigolds
Vibrant Color & Striking Garlands Of Celebration: Marigolds
Exotic Appeal:  The Glory Of Marigolds In Entertaining
Exotic Appeal: The Glory Of Marigolds In Entertaining
Life's Events Of Celebration Paired With Striking Marigolds
Life’s Events Of Celebration Paired With Striking Marigolds
Layered Petals Of Vivid Delight: The Marigold As Decoration
Layered Petals Of Vivid Delight: The Marigold As Decoration

Consider the beauty of Marigolds. Brimming with enduring abundance these cheerful flowers, whose shapes resemble carnations, are certainly rich in history and color. Perhaps exotic with a unique mystique and distinction all their own. And of the pungent fragrance that pairs with the beauty? Not admired by the mosquitoes, the distinctively sweet and strong fragrance is certainly unique to this layered bloom. A recognizable pairing, indeed. Consider the layered beauty of vibrant & brilliant color. The beauty and the gifts of nature, indeed…

Kristin

The Striking Marigold
The Striking Marigold

Exterior Color Inspirations: The Classic Brilliant & Bold Painted “Red” Door

A Dramatic Greeting:  The Vivid &  Bold Painted Red Door
A Dramatic Greeting: The Vivid & Bold Painted Red Door

The dramatic color of red. Bold and vibrant, the color red holds dramatic variation within its various shades and hues. And when painted in thick coats of glossy appeal on the doorways to our interiors? Stunning. Alas, it is the deep blue-red lipstick hue that my attention seeks. Whether you view the dramatic crimson red shade as one of elegance and sophistication or the cherry red vibrancy and energetic delight, the painted red hue on the exterior front door certainly deserves our focus.

The painted red door is linked with many associations and connotations over the course of history. Yet perhaps the painted coat of bright red hue coating the front door that relayed the old early American tradition of a sign of “welcome” still presents the same impact from the curbside today. Of note, history states that travelers journeying by horse drawn carriage would know a home was a welcome place to rest by the coating of the painted red front door. Perhaps, the red front door not only stands out as striking curb appeal, but still boldly sends the fearless, energetic greeting of “Welcome”. Alas, a visual appreciation of this brilliant hued painted door

The Brilliant Red Painted Exterior Door:  Impact In Bold Color
The Brilliant Red Painted Exterior Door: Impact In Bold Color
Striking Impact: The Painted Red Exterior Door
Striking Impact: The Painted Red Exterior Door
The Brilliant Red Hued Painted Door
The Brilliant Red Hued Painted Door
Maximum Impact:  Curb Appeal With The Brilliant Red Painted Door
Maximum Impact: Curb Appeal With The Brilliant Red Painted Door
Deep Hue Of Impact:  The Vibrant Painted Red Door
Deep Hue Of Impact: The Vibrant Painted Red Door

Consider the bold brilliance of the red hued painted exterior door. For certain, the door of bold crimson hue will endure to appeal to the exterior world that surrounds us. The timelessness of this classic hue adorning the entrances to our exterior worlds will continue to coat our doorways with distinction and never fade in its visual appeal. The brilliant and bold red painted exterior door is a classic, indeed…

Kristin

PS: With the red painted hue presented on classic doorways to the interior, a further appreciation awaits: the impact within a city’s surrounds of the bold red door.
(I must mention that the image below was provided to me by a follower and long time acquaintance with an incredible urban flare (Thanks, Dan!). Delighted to share the inspiration!
Urban impact of bold red hue, for certain…

Bold Impact Paired With Urban Graffiti:  The Vibrant Red Door
Bold Impact Paired With Urban Graffiti: The Vibrant Red Door