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

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“Gilded” Interior Inspirations Of Golden Appeal

Golden Inspirations Within The Interior
Golden Inspirations Within The Interior

Golden Appeal. Perhaps there is something very striking of the color of gold as a New Year begins.  Brilliance.  Yet another recurring focus upon golden hues within the interior (January 2013, Visions Of Gold). Yet the “gilded” appeal within the interior  is striking at any time of the year. Timeless.  Gold seems to offer a timeless richness.  Perhaps the hue that has historically symbolized wealth and power offers more than a bold impact of rich visual appeal within the interior. An elegant appeal in a hue of gold that endures, indeed.

The term “Gilded” in terms of interiors is something “covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint”. An overlay with a thin covering of gold Highlights that stands out in striking appeal. The term “Golden” is termed as “made of relating to gold”.  As for the color of  Gold or golden, it is a color of “one of a variety of yellow-orange color blends used to give the impression of the color of the element gold”.   Elements of gold.  Of note, the American Heritage Dictionary defines the color metallic gold as “A light olive-brown to dark yellow, or a moderate, strong to vivid yellow”.  Whether vibrant or muted, metallic or swathed in a fabric accent, painted on the walls or statement objects of gilded impact, the color of gold within the interior offers vivid & bright intensity  .  Whether you refer to these shiny hues of interior brilliance as “Gilded” or “Golden” or simply a hue of “Gold”, the mere broad appeal of the color of gold within our interiors deserves our focus once again…

Interiors Of Gilded & Golden Appeal
Interiors Of Gilded & Golden Appeal
Striking Gold Accents Within The Interior
Striking Gold Accents Within The Interior
Interior Delights:  Hues Of Gold
Interior Delights: Hues Of Gold
Interior Delights: Hues Of Gold
Interior Delights: Hues Of Gold
Interior Goldtone Visuals of Delight
Interior Goldtone Visuals of Delight
Golden Appeal Within The Interior
Golden Appeal Within The Interior
Golden Visuals Of Interior Style
Golden Visuals Of Interior Style
Dark Pairing Of Vibrance:  Golden Hues
Dark Pairing Of Vibrance: Golden Hues
"Golden" Interior Appeal
“Golden” Interior Appeal
Gold Reflections: Interior Inspirations Of Golden Hue
Gold Reflections: Interior Inspirations Of Golden Hue
Golden Hues Of Brilliance Within The Interior
Golden Hues Of Brilliance Within The Interior
Brilliance Of Gold Within The Interior
Brilliance Of Gold Within The Interior
Gilded & Golden Interior Appeal
Gilded & Golden Interior Appeal
Gold tones Of Impact
Gold tones Of Impact

Consider the brilliance and striking visual of hues of gold and gilded delight within interior spaces. Certain to be appreciated as a timeless and classic hue of visual interest, the gilded appeal that graces interior worlds will continue to present a striking impact.  Gilded inspiration of hues of golden delight. Stunning elegance and timeless appeal, indeed….

Onward,

Kristin

 

“Yellow-colored objects appear to be gold” – Aristotle

Myself/Golden Reflections/Charleston, South Carolina
Myself/Golden Reflections/Charleston, South Carolina/2015

In Acknowledgment Of St. Patrick’s Day: “Clover Green” Hues Of Brilliance

"Clover Green" Delight
“Clover Green” Delight

Hues of green. “Clover Green”. In acknowledgment of St. Patrick’s day a visual array of the iconic clover emblem and hues that align with its vibrant color. “Clover Green” hues of brilliance are sure to delight as we embark upon the arrival of Spring

The "Four Leaf Clover": Irish Luck Awaits...
The “Four Leaf Clover”: Luck Awaits…

And of the ultimate symbol of “Good Luck”? Ahh, the four-leaf clover….
The four-leaf clover is an uncommon variation of the more common three-leaved clover. Celtic tradition holds that good luck and magical protection is brought to those that find these uncommon botanical clovers, especially if found accidentally. A stroke of luck, indeed! Each leaf is believed to represent four elements: “Faith, Hope, Love and Luck”. Who knew? Beyond “Luck” itself, the four leaves certainly hold keys to life. It is no wonder the leaves of four are sought! And of the “Shamrock”? In Ireland, a young sprig of three-leaf clover is referred to as a “Shamrock” , which is used as a symbol of Ireland. Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick, used the three-leaf clover as a metaphor for the Christian Trinity. A nod to St. Patrick’s Day, indeed. Whether it is a four-leaf clover or a three-leaf clover, a mere appreciation of the leaves of green and the symbolism they hold…

And if you find yourself within a patch of white or red clovers? 10,000 to 1 chances are that what awaits you may be a “Lucky” delight! Until then, an appreciation of the green hues of “clover” within our personal worlds...

Brilliant Hues Of "Clover Green"
Brilliant Hues Of “Clover Green”
Fashioned By Nature:  Green Hues Of Natural Delight  (Photographed By Steven Meisel)
Fashioned By Nature: Green Hues Of Natural Delight
(Photographed By Steven Meisel)

Consider the beauty of the simple leaves of clover. An iconic representation of symbolism that endures. Consider the hues of “Spring Green” of the season we are embarking upon that share the vivid delight of green clover. An appreciation of the color green within our interiors and personal worlds and a nod to the celebrations that unite it

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Kristin

Tropical Inspiration: The Glossy Banana Leaf & The Striking “Martinique” & “Braziliance” Pattern

Striking Tropical Leaves:  The Banana Tree
Striking Tropical Leaves: The Banana Tree

The striking appeal of the tropical banana leaf endures to inspire within the interior. The airy, tropical feel that is presented with the long, glossy leaves of voluminous and graceful appeal endure to present an visual appeal within our interior worlds…

The Banana “Tree” is a fast growing, herbaceous perennial arising from underground rhizomes. A member of the genus Musa (part of the family Musaceae) it is believed that there are almost one thousand varieties! Imagine! Believed to have originated within the jungles of Southeast Asia, bananas are thought by some horticulturists to have been one of the first fruits of the earth. Who knew? The fleshy stalks of these glossy green plants are formed by upright layers of leaf sheaths that constitute as functional “false” trunks, which produce the leaves. The true stem begins underground, growing upward and pushing its way out through the center. The glorious plant of nature arises to grace our world with its decorative and tropical appeal.

The Banana Leaf:  Glossy, Striking Appeal
The Banana Leaf: Glossy, Striking Appeal

For those fortunate to live in a warm climate that can grow this tropical delight outdoors, how lovely! Yet it is the indoor banana plant (Musa Oriana) that many of us must rely upon to provide us with the tropical surrounds it offers. Consider indoor, towering ornamentals of non-fruit bearing banana “trees” or dwarf varieties (Musa Ornata) that add the appeal of the tropics. Although these plants still require warm temperatures perhaps relocating these potted delights to the great outdoors within Summer’s warmth will assist in a thriving tropical beauty when brought back within the interior at Summer’s end. For certain, after the leaves wave in the last of the Summer breezes, consider the beauty of the banana leaf within the interior. Pure tropical delight, indeed. An appreciation of the tropical plant and its iconic artistic patterns follows…

One cannot pay tribute to this glossy and stunning large tropical leaf without acknowledging the iconic patterns created by the artistic minds of two designers: Don Loper & Dorothy Draper.

First, Don Loper’s iconic “Martinique” printed wallpaper that graced the walls of the Beverly Hills Hotel in 1942. Don Loper (April 1906-November 1972) was “an American costume and necktie designer, screenwriter, choreographer, associate producer, actor and an assistant to MGM musicals producer Arthur Freed. His talents varied, his creation of this distinctive pattern endures to carry his name onward. Considered one of the most recognizable patterns in the world, the original “Martinique” Banana Leaf paper was hued in colors of burgundy, muted green & deep mustards with a hint of brown. A timeless, bold and exaggerated pattern of distinction that has rightly earned its place as one of the most iconic wallpapers within the history of the 20th century. Timeless, for certain.

Decorator Don Loper & His Original "Martinique Banana Leaf Wallpaper"/Beverly Hills Hotel 1942
Decorator Don Loper & His Original “Martinique Banana Leaf Wallpaper”/Beverly Hills Hotel/ 1942
Decorator, Dorothy Draper's "Braziliance Palm" Wallpaper/Greenbrier Hotel, West Virginia/1940's
Decorator, Dorothy Draper’s “Braziliance Palm” Wallpaper/Greenbrier Hotel, West Virginia/1946

Secondly, the tropical gift of Dorothy Draper (November1889-March 1969). Draper is considered a “pioneer in interior design, dominating the field from 1925 to 1960 when she was named the most influential tastemaker in America”. Draper, known as high-society interior designer, was hired to refurbish and renovate the Greenbrier Hotel & resort in West Virginia in 1946. Used as a hospital during World War II, Draper would transform the grand hotel with “a bold new personality, using color and oversized patterns that reflected “luxury and elegance”. Said to have been one of the largest redecoration project in the history of American hotel history at that time, Draper would refer to the hotel as the “Jewel” in her “Crown”. Alas, it is Draper’s “Braziliance Palm” that would provide a tropical appeal, as did Loper’s. Both unexpected, perhaps, and both fresh and daring papered distinction. The main difference between the two patterns, perhaps, lies in the color hues and the addition of Draper’s “Sea Grapes” or “Seagrapes” (Coccoloba Uvifera). “Sea grapes” are flowering plants native to tropical America, including Florida, the Caribbean and nearby islands. These “Seagrapes” paired with the bright, vibrant emerald green hue and black accents vs. the more muted palate of Loper’s with its brown hued accents. Both, equally striking and distinctive. Both enduringly timeless additions of tropical flair that have been repeated within interiors as papered walls, textiles and countless other layerings of style. Tropical inspiration that certainly never fades throughout time…

Leaves Of Style:  Banana Leaves
Leaves Of Style: Banana Leaves
Papered Style Of Tropical Appeal: Iconic Banana Leaf motifs
Papered Style Of Tropical Appeal: Iconic Banana Leaf motifs
Graceful Leaves Of Patterned Appeal:  The  Motif Of The Banana Leaf
Graceful Leaves Of Patterned Appeal: The Motif Of The Banana Leaf
Light & Airy Tropical Appeal:  The Banana Leaf
Light & Airy Tropical Appeal: The Banana Leaf
Events & Entertaining With Tropical Appeal:  The Banana Leaf & Its Motif
Events & Entertaining With Tropical Appeal: The Banana Leaf & Its Motif
Setting A "Tropical Mood":  The Appealing Banana Leaf
Setting A “Tropical Mood”: The Appealing Banana Leaf
Nature's Inspiration On Fashion:  The Influence Of The Classic Banana Leaf Pattern
Nature’s Inspiration On Fashion: The Influence Of The Classic Banana Leaf Pattern

Consider the beauty of the banana leaf. The bold pattern of distinction of the graceful banana leaf endures even in the realm of the fashionable world. Alas, although we may not adorn ourselves with the patterned appeal of the striking, iconic patterns of the “Martinique” or the “Braziliance Palm” , an appreciation of fashion’s influence by nature and pattern is at hand. Acknowledging the longstanding influence of artistry in fashion, indeed. And of the addition of the banana leaf at weddings and events? The glossy leaf of tropical appeal brings with it a memorable appeal of celebration. Tropical delight.

For certain, whether it is a variation of the plant that graces our interior or exterior worlds, textiles or papered appeal, the distinctive, broad leaves offer a tropical appeal that is certain to endure in delighting. Tropical inspiration of striking appeal, indeed…

Kristin

Glowing Beauty: Lee Rhodes & Her Gift Of The Hand-Blown “glassybaby”

Lee Rhodes/"glassybaby"
Lee Rhodes/”glassybaby”

The allure of “glassybaby”. A glow of warmth and inviting appeal. What is a “glassybaby”? Beyond its description as a “small, colored glass cup, candleholder or vase”, a “glassybaby” is truly an elegant hand made vessel of stunning color that holds the glow of candlelight. Oh, the simplicity and glowing beauty with a tea light that it holds. A handmade colorful glass votive holder that offers choices of over four hundred stunning colors with which to personally fill your spaces with coordinating glow to your interior display. I will personally add, there is simply nothing quite like the glow of a glassybaby. It is an experience that will lure you. A rainbow of choices for flames to dance within the elegance of a light reflecting colorful glow

Hand-Blown Colored Glass:  "glassybaby"
Hand-Blown Colored Glass: “glassybaby”

Perhaps an brief understanding of the reason behind the creation of this quiet luxury is in order to further appreciation if your interest is piqued….

Based in Seattle, Washington, “glassybaby” was founded by an award winning entrepreneur, Lee Rhodes. A private company with a philanthropic purpose. A quiet luxury with a cause. The cause? In 1995, at the age of 32, the mother of three battled a third round of a rare form of lung cancer. Having given her husband, Emery Rhodes, lessons in glass blowing in the past, Emery created small glass “cups” or “baby glasses” to comfort his wife. Lee would light these glass objects with tea light candles to seek comfort during the difficulty of her cancer treatments. The gift of this small glass vessel produced a life changing opportunity. Rhodes recollections of patients in chemo waiting rooms that struggled to pay basic needs during treatment offered an opportunity to help. In 1998, Rhodes hired local glassblowers and began selling these vessels of molten glass from her garage. The company was officially founded in 2001 with a new glassblowing studio set up in Seattle in 2003. Her mission and intent? Spreading hope while giving back a portion of sales for cancer patients. Rhode’s message has been described as “Perserverance and strength through light”. Indeed, she has succeeded and continues to give the gift of hope. As Rhodes terms it, “Candles for a cause”

“I feel joy that we created something that touches so many people”- Lee Rhodes

“glassybaby allows people to take that 30 seconds of peace and calm to find healing”- Lee Rhodes

Beyond Rhodes appearance in 2008 on Martha Stewart’s television show and the countless accolades of merit the company and Lee Rhodes would obtain, it is her gift of hope that endures to gain attention. By 2011 glassybaby had donated more than $600,000 to various charities, following Rhodes goal to donate 10% of all sales to charities helping cancer patients with costs during chemotherapy. glassybaby has since surpassed its one million donation goal to charities across the country and aims to reach “one million more”. Imagine! Quite an intent of hope. Beauty paired with giving.

“The more glassbaby grows, the more money we will give away”- Lee Rhodes

Lee Rhodes & Her "glassybaby"
Lee Rhodes & Her “glassybaby”
glassbaby.com
glassbaby.com

The original glassybaby is a glass votive, roughly 2.5″ in diameter and 3.75″ tall. Given the fact that each is handmade, variations of distinction certainly are bestowed to each vessel of hope. Of interest, to produce one glassybaby is said to take approximately 12-14 minutes by a team of glass artists. Quality in craftsmanship, indeed. The “team” that create these glowing vessels comprise of over 70 artisans. Four artisans and three layers of glass per glassybaby. Imagine. That said, beyond a molten ball of glass on a blowpipe, consider the time, the energy and artful talent of glassblowing that each vessel holds. The beauty of an art form. Beyond the skill and time taken in the creation, it is interesting to note that the European color rods used (which are lead free) are said to be derived from elements of nature, the “recipes” of some of which are stated to have endured for centuries. History and the colorful glow of an art form.

Lee Rhodes/glassy Baby & I November 2013
Lee Rhodes/glassybaby & I
November 2013

In November of 2013, I had the pleasure of meeting Lee Rhodes. Her appearance in our quaint, Northern Illinois town of Woodstock was part of the Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s, Creative Living Series at the historic Woodstock Opera House. Of note, Lee was part of the same series and stood on the same stage that Martha Stewart once stood and presented. History. At the time Lee Rhodes presentation took place we were celebrating our 50th year of a series of inspiring and acclaimed speakers. Another iconic moment for our series, indeed. Her story was expressed so simply and naturally. Sincerity. Warmth filled the air as we journeyed with her through her shared story of hope. Afterwards, the delighted audience gathered closely around her and the amassed collection of her glowing vessels. As a board member of the Woodstock Fine Arts Association, I had the pleasure and the opportunity to meet her and personally express my gratitude for her gift and my adoration for the hand blown vessel I had discovered years prior (And of my newest addition? deep lipstick red in color, of course!). But I must express the genuine joy and sincerity that glows from within Lee Rhodes and spills outward for all who surround her. Pure joy. Upon meeting her and directly experiencing her spirit of hope and joy of life, the impact and my appreciation of her glassbaby’s have deepened. Her joy and effervescence of life is within my interior when I light my vessels of hand blown beauty. Is there any better gift with our lives than to touch others with love? A flame that will endure. Indeed, the new tagline for these vessels of glowing beauty is just that: “glassybaby Forever”. For certain, it is also perfectly quoted as “One Of A Kindness”. Indeed.

Lee Rhodes/Glassy Baby/Woodstock Opera House 2013
Lee Rhodes/glassybaby/Woodstock Opera House 2013

And of the glowing beauty of these vessels within the interior? Beautiful. Whether a single glassybaby or a mass of glowing bliss, the stunning glow warms the spaces it fills….

Glassy Baby Glow Massed Within The Interior
glassybaby Glow Massed Within The Interior
Warm Glow:  glassybaby Vessels Of Inviting Calm
Warm Glow: glassybaby Vessels Of Inviting Calm
glassybaby:  Versatile Vessels Filled With Delight
glassybaby: Versatile Vessels Filled With Delight
Colorful Delight In Candlelight:  glassybaby Style
Colorful Delight In Candlelight: glassybaby Style
Glowing Elegance Of Colorful Allure:  glassybaby
Glowing Elegance Of Colorful Allure: glassybaby

Consider the unique and reflective glow of a glassbaby. Whether filled with the glow of a votive or blooms of fragrant bliss, glassbaby delights. A luxurious element within our interiors that simultaneously brings the gift of hope to others. The mission of giving that is melded into each glowing vessel is forged together beautifully. Consider the glow of inviting appeal that is full of spirt. Hope and love. Beyond the visual warmth on a cold or dark day, the calm and peaceful glow delivers an inviting appeal that gifts back. The “Power of Giving”. glassybaby Forever. “One Of A Kindness”. An appreciation of the gift of glowing beauty, indeed…

Fill your world with the beautiful glow at glassybaby.com.

Kristin

PS: To Lee Rhodes…Thank you for your glowing gift of enduring hope and love.

glassybaby
glassybaby

Interior Indulgence Of Textile Richness: The Luxury Of “Velvet”

Luxury In A Fabric:  Lush Velvet
Luxury In A Fabric: Lush Velvet

The rich texture of velvet. A luxurious fabric and symbol of luxury throughout time, for certain…

The term “Velvet” refers to the “weave and pile made of silk thread”. Velvet is described as “A type of woven, tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it a distinctive feel”. Velvet is also known as a “warp-pile fabric” which means that is has “one set of filling yarns and two sets of warp yarns. The second set of warp yarns can be cut or uncut”. And then of course, a more elaborate description: “Velvet is a warp-pile fabric, meaning that is woven with one set of weft (horizontal) fibres and two sets of warp (vertical) fibres, the second set of which are evenly cut to create the distinctive soft pile. Velvets are woven on a special loom that weaves two layers of fabric, one above the other, that are connected by the extra set of warp threads; the warp threads are then cut to produce two sheets of fabric that are wound up on separate rolls.” Complicated yet interesting. The glory of a fabric and the craft of weaving it. Of note, the word “Velvety” is used as an adjective to mean “smooth like velvet”. Smooth, indeed.

Of course, understanding the history of a fabric certainly adds to an appreciation of a textile…
Traditional silk fiber velvet denotes the utmost luxury in a fabric layered within the history of textiles. History states that the Egyptians used a technique with looped pile similar to the one that is utilized in velvet production. Who knew? Throughout the centuries from the Medieval era through the Renaissance and beyond, the appeal of velvet has never faded. Of interest, it was during the Renaissance that the luxurious fabrics of velvet were made of silk and precious metal threads. Thus velvet was perhaps among the most valuable items owned by the individuals who layered in these rich fabrics as well as the churches that were adorned with palatial velvet within their enclosed spaces. Alas, it was the upper classes, royalty and nobility, who owned garments and layerings of plush velvet. In fact, in 1399 King Richard II of England declared in his will that his body should be clothed in “velveto”. Royal luxury defined.

King Richard II (1367-1400)  Reigned 1377-1399-
King Richard II (1367-1400) Reigned 1377-1399-

History finds that between 1400-1600 European artistic velvets were woven by weavers of the Italian peninsula (including Lucca, Genoa, Florence and Venice) as well as Spain. Spain is said to excelled at weaving patterned velvet textiles. Of note, Venice, Florence and Genoa are stated to have traditionally been recognized as the Italian centers of high-quality velvet production. During the mid 15th century, Milan’s silk industry was also recognized with its importance in the production of velvet. The art of velvet weaving would eventually pass to the artistic hands of Flemish weavers. In fact, during the 16th century Bruges attained a reputation for velvets equal to the works of the great Italian cities. The world of textiles expands, indeed. With the allure and demand for this woven textile of extravagant and grand design, it was the seaports of Venice and Genoa which would provide availability abroad in both Western and European markets. Merchants are said to have searched for the most brilliant shades dyed with the highest reliable dyes available (which would not fade with time or with light exposure). Oh, the lure of the rich colors produced of this luxurious fabric! And of the perennial favorites of that time? Crimson red, bright green and ‘sapphire’ blue. Timeless, indeed.

In appreciation of a craft it is important to note that the craft and production of velvet was a highly competitive industry which is said to have often resulted in espionage. Again, who knew? The quality and coveted “secrets” of the dyeing process were carefully guarded. In fact, the highest skilled weavers are said to have often been prohibited from leaving their native cities for the fear of sharing their knowledge and expertise with rival manufacturers. Imagine! Of course, imitations would abound, regardless. With the evolution of time, history would find the Industrial Revolution as being credited with the availability for all to experience the luxury that for centuries was beyond their reach. A royal fabric of history available for the masses…

“The silk craft is a very noble art, worthy of being plied by any true gentleman. It is a craft that exalts the rich and helps the poor; and great skills are needed to ply it since it involves and infinitude of operations; no one is to be found who is capable of doing on his own the many tasks that it involves”
-Unknown 16th century Renaissance writer

The sumptuous and rich fabric of Velvet can be made with the traditional silk threads, natural fibers or synthetic fibers. The types of velvet are “Cut Velvet” (the most common type with a plan weave and a cut pile), “Crushed Velvet” (Pressing the fabric or mechanically twisting the fabric when wet), “Devore” (A process that dissolves part of the velvet leaving sheer areas of fabric), “Embossed” (A metal roller heat-stamps fabric to create a pattern) “Hammered” (A dappled and somewhat crushed lustrous effect), “Panne`” (like crushed, forcing the pile in a single direction by applying heavy pressure), “Plain” (commonly made of cotton), “Silk” (Shiny, soft and most expensive form), “Velveteen” (imitation velvet and weft-pile fabric with a shorter pile made either of cotton or cotton and silk) and “Velour” (Cotton fabric with a deep pile and heavier weight commonly used in upholstery and draperies). Alas, perhaps the velour fabric is the textile which drapes our world today.

However we layer our world with this fabric that denotes the velvet texture is a delight to immerse ourselves within and surround our spaces with. Luxurious textile delight, for certain…

Woven Delight:  The Textural Bliss Of "Velvet"
Woven Delight: The Textural Bliss Of “Velvet”
Beautiful Luxury:  Velvet
Beautiful Luxury: Velvet
Looped "Pile" Of Soft Texture:  "Velvet"
Looped “Pile” Of Soft Texture: “Velvet”
Layers Of Textural Bliss:  Velvet
Layers Of Textural Bliss: Velvet
Luxurious Textile: "Velvet" Within The Interior
Luxurious Textile: “Velvet” Within The Interior
Elegance With Fabric:  "Velvet"
Elegance With Fabric: “Velvet”
Rich "Velvet" Textures Within The Interior
Rich “Velvet” Textures Within The Interior
Muted  "Velvet" Within The Interiors
Muted “Velvet” Within The Interiors
Soft & Luxurious:  Velvet
Soft & Luxurious: Velvet
Layers Of Velvet Within The Interior
Layers Of Velvet Within The Interior
Visual Textural Luxury:  Velvet
Visual Textural Luxury: Velvet
Plush Drama Of Textural Luxury:  Velvet
Plush Drama Of Textural Luxury: Velvet
Velvet Embellished  Interiors
Velvet Embellished Interiors
Smooth, Luxurious Style:  Velvet
Smooth, Luxurious Style: Velvet
Velvet Appeal Within The Interior
Velvet Appeal Within The Interior

Consider layering your interior spaces in the soft, deep, rich colors or muted delight in plush velvet. A rich fabric once reserved for royalty and the elite world that could attain it, the layering of our interior spaces in visual, textural luxury is achievable for all. No longer reserved for the Winter season, the allure of velvet has gained a year-round appeal. An appreciation is at hand either way for the visual delight of the texture and color of velvet. Interior indulgence in textile richness, indeed…

Kristin

A Year Of Interior Color Inspirations

Interior Color Inspirations:  January/Striking Black & White,  February/Hues Of Pink, March/Brilliant Green,  April/Dramatic Blue
Interior Color Inspirations: January/Striking Black & White, February/Hues Of Pink, March/Brilliant Green, April/Dramatic Blue
Interior Color Inspirations:  May/Warm Yellow, June/Refreshing Coral, July/Statement Red,  August/Tranquil Turquoise
Interior Color Inspirations: May/Warm Yellow, June/Refreshing Coral, July/Statement Red, August/Tranquil Turquoise
Interior Color Inspirations:  September/Subtle Beige,  October/Painted Black,  November/Muted Gray, December/Crisp White
Interior Color Inspirations: September/Subtle Beige, October/Painted Black, November/Muted Gray, December/Crisp White

“A year in color”. A visual journey of color inspirations…

Color is defined as “That aspect of things that is caused by differing qualities of the light reflected or emitted by them, definable in terms of the observer or of the light.” For certain, the world of color is an inspiration of possibilities within our interiors. Choices of tone, mood and statement. An appreciation of hues of color drenching the interior, coating the walls or saturating our spaces is worthy of our focus. Whether you live within the wonder of bold and distinctive hues or muted shades of appealing allure, the choice is certainly yours. Choosing to fill your spaces with colors that bring joy to you and define you and your personal sense of style is paramount. Whether white or vivid and bold red, the choice is personal. Yet an appreciation of all colors is also paramount…

Enjoy the visual reflection of a year of “color” coating interior spaces. And if you desire to linger further, month by month, for more visuals and words of description of these coated hues? Peruse the category “Interior Color Inspirations”. Inspiration may follow…

Cheers to “color” within your interior!

Kristin


“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions”
-Pablo Picasso

Interior Color Inspirations: Classic & Crisp “Winter” White

The Classic Crispness Of White Interiors
The Classic Crispness Of White Interiors

Brilliant white. The shade of Winter that holds seasonless appeal. The color of pure snow on snow capped mountains, white is the color of light and the opposite of its counterpart, black. The classic combination of black and white prevails in enduring style. Yet Modern appeal and elegance certainly results with the injections of any color against the blank canvas of white. The potential to inject seasonal or accent colors always brings an added striking appeal to a space clad in white. Distinction against white, for certain…

Of historical interest, the Icelandic word for white is “Hvitur”, derived from the Old Norse form of the word “Hvitr”. Common Germanic used the word “Blankaz”, meaning “White, bright and blinding”. Like the blinding snowfall on a Wintry day. The Germanic term is said to have been borrowed from the Late Latin term “Blancus”, which meant simply “White”. A clean and pure color. “White as snow”. Perhaps the color represents a visual “Whiteout” within your surrounds. Of additional interest, within Europe and the United States, the color white is said to be associated with not only with perfection, positivity, brilliance, illumination, faith, purity, neutrality and lightness but exactitude. Exactitude. There is an intent when we envelope our spaces in white. A bold, dramatic intent exists within interiors layered in white, for certain…

With layerings from brilliant white and parchment white to cream, the many subtleties of white delight with texture and crisp, refreshing style. Cool, calm and serene yet powerful. Perhaps the beauty of the color white is its versatile range that pairs beautifully with varied styles of interior design. White visually expands a space and emphasizes natural light, showcasing the elements and the furniture in the space that it fills. White provides a backdrop to display one’s personality and style with a color scheme that does not compete but offers a stunning background for distinctive furniture, artwork or other elements that one wishes to command attention. Within the walls of white and rooms filled with objects that meld into the backdrop, tone on tone, the elements of bold style and distinction stand out. Patterns and textures also create depth and interest against a snowy white backdrop. Versatile all year round, awaiting our seasonal injections of interest and allowing focal points to change. Versatile stying, indeed…

Classic Simplicity: Interiors Blanketed In White
Classic Simplicity: Interiors Blanketed In White
Interior Distinction:  White Interiors
Interior Distinction: White Interiors
Muted Palettes: Variations Of White Interiors
Muted Palettes: Variations Of White Interiors
Layers Of White Variations Within The Interior
Layers Of White Variations Within The Interior
White Delights:  Interiors Coated In White
White Delights: Interiors Coated In White
White Interiors:  Neutral Elegance Of Simplicty
White Interiors: Neutral Elegance Of Simplicty

Consider white. An all-white palette perhaps adds a Wintry spin to our spaces. The elegance of this stark, crisp and yet serene color can provide a clear and deliberate focus for our spaces. Ethereal elegance. Classic, sharp and clean. Blanket your spaces and gain fresh clarity with the pure color of white. Whether you view the white interior as coated in a fresh “blanket of white” or a cool retreat and haven within Summer’s heat, the bold layering of a white interior provides a pure and sharp contrast of style. Pure white style, like fresh snow. Classic and crisp “Winter White”, indeed….

Kristin

“…Winter is the snow with black silhouettes…” -Vincent Van Gogh

Interior Color Inspirations: The Muted Appeal Of Shades Of Gray

Blends Of Gray:  The Classic Palette Of Gray
Blends Of Gray: The Classic Palette Of Gray

Shades of gray. A transition between the two colors of black and white, the striking statement of gray seems to envelope our interior spaces. The monochrome, neutral color of “gray” (or “grey”) is perfection in a blend of black and white. Grayscale. As the deeper tones are considered dramatic and mysterious, the lighter tones seem to illuminate with silvery appeal. And of the sophistication and balance that the rich, pewter gray walls and embellishments of gray offer within our interiors? Certainly worthy of a visual appreciation. Perhaps a modern backdrop of restful ambiance, the neutral palette of gray colors provide an unassuming appeal. Understated elegance, in tones of gray, indeed.

Of interest, the first recorded use of the word “Grey” or “Gray” in the English language as a color name was in 700 AD. The traditional spelling of the word “Gray” is “Grey”, which is the British, Canadian, Australian, Irish, New Zealand and South African spelling. However, “Gray” is said to also have been common in the UK until the second half of the 20th century. “Grey” is the accepted variant in American English, but the common and perhaps preferred spelling is “Gray” since its introduction to American English around 1825. That said, having learned as a child to spell the color as “Gray”, it is indeed the spelling I chose. No matter the spelling, the color hue of gray is one of delight…

Gray Waters:  The Atlantic Ocean
Gray Waters: The Atlantic Ocean

A sea of gray. Perhaps, for me, it is the personal calm of visual recollections from youth of the gray cast that the bodies of water of the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean take on upon Winter’s arrival. Having appreciated the changing color tones since youth, these beautiful waters of gray envelope my memories. Soothing recollections. Although the color gray is said to be an unemotional color that is not only neutral but ‘detached’, I disagree with the concept of gray as detached when layered within the realm of the interior. Saturated spaces with beautiful blends of gray are a visual delight that is restful. Interiors wrapped in tones of gray bliss. The beauty that is found in the color gray is certainly a comfortable ‘melding’ of splendid style. Luxurious, like cashmere. An interior saturated and swathed in tones of the soothing, calming and muted gray hues provide enduring visual appeal…

A Muted Palette Of Distinction:  Gray Interiors
A Muted Palette Of Distinction: Gray Interiors
Shades Of Gray: Neutral Bliss
Shades Of Gray: Neutral Bliss
Subdued Elegance:  The Gray Palette Within The Interior
Subdued Elegance: The Gray Palette Within The Interior
Unassuming Shades Of Gray:  Style & Elegance
Unassuming Shades Of Gray: Style & Elegance
Gray Delight:  Understated Sophistication
Gray Delight: Understated Sophistication

Consider the color gray to imbue your spaces with elegance. A subdued hue of distinctive and recognizable style. Whether a beautiful backdrop against a vivid color or an interior draped completely in gray, the sophistication of the color gray is timeless. Distinguished and classic elegance is found within the diverse hues of gray. Muted palettes with classic appeal, indeed…

Kristin

Interior Color Inspirations: The Bold & Dramatic Statement Of Black Painted Walls

Distinction With Painted Walls:  The Bold Backdrop Of Black Painted Walls
Distinction With Painted Walls: The Bold Backdrop Of Black Painted Walls

The black painted wall. Positively bewitching. The color black seems to cast a spell of delight for the senses. “Black Magic”, indeed. A striking backdrop of bold distinction with attitude coated fearlessly on our walls. Although stated to be a trend in recent years, I challenge that positioning. The bold impact of black is certain to remain, presenting the case for bold impact of elegance and drama. A classic? I state the case. Fearless impact with saturated color. For certain, a fearless attitude comes forth when one contemplates coating walls with the hue that perhaps causes one to ponder the depth that ebony black presents. Bold contrast of a stunning hue within our interiors. Black as night delight

The word “Black” comes from the Old English word “Blaec”(“black”, “dark” and “ink”), from the Proto-Germanic word “Blakkez” (“burned”), the Proto-Indo-European word “Bhleg” (“to burn, gleam, shine, flash”) and “Bhel” (“to shine”) related to Old Saxon “Blak” (“Ink”). In addition, the word black was referenced with the Ancient Greek word “Phlegein” (“To burn,scorch”) and the Ancient Roman word “Ater” for flat, dull black and “Niger” for brilliant, saturated black. Color hues of depth and richness delineated. In Old High German, “Blach” referenced the word “Black”. Alas, the term that finally adheres to the depth and saturation of the color of night. One of the first colors used by artists in Neolithic cave paintings, black is the darkest color in the color spectrum. Yet, an absence of color. The result of the absence of light or the complete absorption of light. The very opposite of white, black is the very representation of darkness in contrast to light.

Although the associations to the color black are diverse throughout history, perhaps it is sufficient to simply acknowledge the visual and magical power when this hue is coated within the interior. Bold impact with elegance. Unexpected drama, perhaps. For certain, lighting is key when considering the darkening allure of black. Alas, the art of designing the interior. However it is found within the interior, whether in glossy black or flat matte black, the bold confidence with which it is chosen is paired with fearlessness and striking style

Unexpected Drama:  The Striking Statement Of  Black Painted Walls
Unexpected Drama: The Striking Statement Of Black Painted Walls
Coated In Dramatic Elegance:  Black Walls Of Painted Style
Coated In Dramatic Elegance: Black Walls Of Painted Style
Black Painted Walls:  Fearless Color With Bold Drama
Black Painted Walls: Fearless Color With Bold Drama

Consider the dramatic and sophisticated coating of black paint within the interior. Perhaps an aura of mystery and intrigue is added to its striking, visual impact. A bold and dramatic statement, indeed…

Kristin

“I’ve been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir