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Dress: Ted Baker Vintage Floral Dress found via ASOS, HERE/ Room:  Designer Tracy Reese’s farmhouse bedroom with saturated florals reminiscent of an Eastern bazaar dress. The lamp is a 1950s antique. The Chinese table dates from the 1940s. Room design by Bjorn Wallander, image found via Country Living, HERE.

Dress: DIZZY ANCHORS DRESS via J.Crew, HERE. A crisp cotton dress with shirring at the waist and a flirty ruffled hem, finished with an allover maritime motif illustrated in-house by J.Crew’s graphic design guru Grace (it was inspired by the designer’s recent getaway to Greece—I know, I’m a little bit jealous too). / Room: A nautical inspired and striped dining room featuring sea an homage to seaglass, sailboats, and Nantucket reds. With its statement stripes and 
simple palette, this chic look is so 
shipshape I want to salute it. Photograph by Oliver Gordon. Image found via House to Home, HERE.

Dress: My newest shopping obsession is Canadian brand Joe Fresh. stylish and affordable clothing and accessories line for men, women and kids found in Canada and the US. The brand is designed by the ex-designer for Club Monaco. This summer’s cookbook has lots of fresh squeezes of lemon coloring! Dress found HERE. / Room: Team your yellow with lots of white to keep the look ultra (Joe) fresh. One cannot have a frown in this sunny, modern, and sleek homage to the colors of the sun! Image found HERE and  created via the team at Heal’s.

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Let Them Eat Cake

The word “pastel” as we know it is originally an art term (of course). It technically is the term for a powdered pigment stick (or chalks) in a binder. The most widely used form of pastels is a “soft pastel” which is a crayon that can be easily smudged and whose colors are bright. Pastel techniques can be challenging since the medium is mixed and blended directly on the working surface, and unlike in paints, colors cannot be tested on a palette before applying to the media. The pastel form was first mentioned by Leonardo da Vinci (who apparently invented and discovered EVERYTHING) in 1495. Because the use of pastel and term has become so colloquial and ubiquitous – IT HAS BECOME AN ADJECTIVE – pastels can now mean any color that is pale in color and saturated in a low hue. Let us hop into the candy-colored, cake-frosted world of pastels (encompassing several art forms):

Wayne Thiebaud “Cakes and a Counter,” 1963, National Gallery of Art

THE ABOVE IMAGE IS A PHOTOGRAPH AND REPLICA OF THE THIEBAUD PAINTING. The Inspiration: “Cakes,” by American artist Wayne Thiebaud, 1963. Williams Freeman’s sugary spread is virtually identical to the original. Image found via Martha Stewart Weddings, HERE.

 Wayne Thiebaud Pies, Pies, Pies 1961. Oil on canvas 20 x 30 in (50.8 x 76.2 cm) Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento.

Mary Cassatt, Sleepy Baby, 1910

Ian Davenport,”Puddle Painting: White”, 2008

Ian Davenport, Prismatic Diptych (Ghost), 2011, Colour etching diptych on Hahnemühle Bright White 300 gsm paper

I find these muted hues extremely calming, almost bordering on earth tones (on that note, it is said that technically cave paintings could be considered pastels). My bedroom is in a pastel, sage green so that I can feel relaxed before the sandman visits. A pastel color palette feels cozy and inviting. It also allows your home to be in a perennial spring!

Why not live inside of an Easter Egg Shell? Image found HERE.

I am showing this even though I am not the biggest fan of slipcovers. To each his own pastel! Image found at InteriorHolic, HERE.

Image found at House To Home, HERE.

Photographer Deborah Whitalw Llewellyn found via Coastal Living, HERE.

Add a little touch of Versailles to your life! Image found at the Shelterness, HERE.

A dessert colored palette readymade in your kitchen. Who wouldn’t want to be a baker living in this? Image found HERE.

The colors and the glass jars transport me to 1920′s Italy. This image hails form a GELATO THEMED BRIDAL SHOWER found at Ruffled, HERE.

Pastel living room found HERE.

I get that this isn’t TECHNICALLY interior design, but I actually could not resist. Photo by Camilla Lindqvist.

Image designed by Behr Paints, exact colors and image details found HERE.

Image found HERE.

Pastel meets crochet meets Art Deco, found HERE.

NOW HOW CAN YOU LIVE IN A VAT OF FROSTING?

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