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Ice Cream is no longer just for hot summer days or after break-up gorging – ice cream packaging, and melted, pastel colors, can absolutely inspire rooms.

Ice Cream: Ciao Bella Gelato in Malted Milk Ball, “nostalgically crunchy”. Found HERE. / Room: Stacey Sargent, from Of Love and Photographs, lives in a thrift shop, flea market, and budget friendly inspired home. Found HERE.

Ice Cream: Starbucks Limited Edition Peppermint Mocha Ice Cream. Found HERE. / Room: Simplicity and color give this room its drama. Asian design elements, and classic English elements mingle. Room by Tracy Murdock Design & Management. Found HERE.

Ice Cream: I am a (non recovering) chocoholic!  This new Ben & Jerry’s flavor includes chocolate ice cream, chocolate cookie bits, and chocolate pudding swirls. Image found, HERE. / Room: This Ben & Jerry’s Label is hard to replicate! Its color scheme includes a sky blue, a deep purple, yellows, tans, and a pop of green. This room includes hints of all the hues of the new Chocolate Therapy flavor, with the airiness of the brand’s cloud scenes (cow not included). From Elle Decors May 2009 issue, the home belongs to Alexandra Wentworth and her husband, news-anchor George Stephanopoulos, situated in Georgetown, Washington, DC. Photographer: Simon Upton. Found HERE. 

Ice Cream: Breyers Natural Strawberry ice cream. Bursting with sun-ripened strawberry pieces! Although the color is always lovely, strawberry is actually my LEAST favorite flavor. Sorry! Found, HERE. / Room: This grand space is given a bit of whimsy thanks to the bold selection of patterned fabrics. Designed by Tamara Kaye-Honey. Photo by Grey Crawford for California Home + Design. Paint color: “China White,” Benjamin Moore; Trim color: “Black,” Benjamin Moore; Rug: Stark, LA. Image found, HERE.

What is your favorite flavor?

 

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White Hot

Let’s get technical (sung to Olivia Newton John’s “Let’s Get Physical”) White is a color, although it is also an optical illusion. The color white is merely a perception which is evoked by light (the color white does not exist without light) that stimulates all three types of color sensitive cells in the human eye. These cells are actually all stimulated in nearly equal amount and with high brightness compared to the surroundings in order to produce the color white.  An object whose surface reflects back most of the light it receives (opaque) and does not alter its color will appear white. Most sources of light and incandescence also appear white. The etymology of the word “white” in most languages usually also means “bright”, “reflected”, and “light”. Clearly ancient civilizations understood the concept that the color white was similar to lightwaves way before science caught up.

When white appears in nature (such as clouds, and snow) the color is actually only water crystals reflecting back the light of the sun. Remember, even the moon at night (which often appears white) is reflecting back the color of the sun.

Rather than delve into the man-made connotations of the color (purity, chastity, holiness, weddings, mournings, et. al.), I think of white merely as an extension of the sun and life, and the light provided by stars. This is its natural state, devoid of context.

Image and furniture via Ikea. White furniture in a white living room can create an illusion of space.

Both of the above images are from the same home. And, technically speaking, if you were to view these white spaces against a dark backdrop, the brightness would be even more obvious!  White allows deeper hued objects (such as vases, books, and flowers) to pop at full potential. The contrast between the white and the tchotchkes allows each object to be put on a pedestal. It also allows each object to seem purposely chosen.  Image found HERE.

White does not have to be minimal! Stick to a color palette of three (burgundy, brown, and white) for a lush and deep feeling. Photo by Art Gray, New York Loft styled by White Webb.

A shabby chic inspired white room replete with reclaimed barn wood floors. Also, the varying materials in this room force the eye to look at all objects and all dimensions. Designer Darryl Carter transformed this blank space. Benjamin Moore’s “Simply White” is used throughout the apartment but to add the illusion of airiness, openness, and area. Image photographed by Gordon Beall and found HERE.

Amaridian, has teamed up with Cape Town’s Design Africa to showcase and promote excellence in African design. The images is from the showcase of African design in NYC, products by Mud Studio, Ronel Jordaan, Tekura Design and Diallo Design. White does not need to have stark geometric shapes, and uber clean lines. Here the color white is romantic, trivial, and subdued. Image found HERE. 

Did I mention how important windows (and thus light) is for white? The above loft has a very 1970’s design aesthetic! Image found HERE.

Ebony and Ivory! Black, Red, and White is a classic color scheme that is never wrong. Image found HERE.

I could actually see enjoying laundering in this space. I have never felt invited in by a laundry room, but here’s to firsts! I bet spotting stains in this environment is super easy. I also love the light, pine wood accents. Image found HERE.

Romantic, antique, luxe. Ivory, Cream, and White (keeping it in the color family). Achromatic works. Image found HERE.

Shabby, Romantic, Charming, Country style. Image found HERE.

I spy a Birkin Bag and a Saarinen Table and a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed Barcelona Chair. Image found HERE. 

Neutral paint colors: ‘Veil Cream’ by Benjamin Moore and a Le Corbusier chaise. Somehow this space is rustic, western, and natural. Photo by Justin Bernhaut, Domino, Dec. 2006. Domino Magazine.

  • “White…is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black…God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.” — G. K. Chesterton
  • “The first of all single colors is white … We shall set down white for the representative of light, without which no color can be seen; yellow for the earth; green for water; blue for air; red for fire; and black for total darkness.” — Leonardo Da Vinci

HOW CAN I LIVE IN A WHITE WASHED DREAM CLOUD?

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Pistachio (or, Crack that Nut)

When I worked at Friendly’s Olde Ice Cream Shoppe as a teenager the store had two specials for retired individuals or members of the AARP. In the mornings, they could get breakfast for nary $2.99 including unlimited coffee, two eggs, and a side. In the evenings before 6:00 pm, as part of the Early Bird Special, the customers could choose from a list of entrees that came with a one scoop sundae. Invariably, the customers ALWAYS ordered pistachio ice cream. Once a person turns a certain age, clearly, this flavor will definitely become ones favorite. I must have served over 2,000 scoops of this green treat.

Image Via Oh Joy! And what a joy it is!

Image via Cook Your Dream.

Image via The Girl Who Ate Everything. Why not use this cranberry-pistachio cookie to inspire your next room palette?

For the longest time this bold yet subdued green reminded me of granny squares and a retirement home in Miami – YET – it’s official, it’s cool again, it’s actually even, dare I say, YOUNG!

According to the article, The History and Agriculture of the Pistachio Nut, “Archaeologists have found evidence from excavations at Jarmo in northeastern Iraq that pistachio nuts were a common food as early as 6750 BCE.

It is even rumored that the pistachio nuts were creeping down the walls of the great wonder, The Hanging Garden of Babylon.

Jason Oliver Nixon & John Loecke via Domino Magazine (RIP), October 2008.

The Pistachio Tree meets the Mint Herb in this fifties, retro inspired kitchen (Here).

I know this monochromatic wonder is a LOT, but I feel as though I am sitting in a field of verdant grasses! Via Bright Bazaar and the U.K. based Ideal Home magazine.

Jonathan Adler always hits the nail on the head with modern design mixed with traditional and antique finds. Hello white lacquer table.

Wallpaper via Fern Living, image by Betsy Maddox.

Domino Magazine strikes again!

Image via Live Like You.

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