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Emerald City

The color wizards over at Pantone have announced the “color of the year” since the early 2000’s. They make this secret decision by convening twice a year, in a European capital. A secret meeting of representatives from various nations’ color standards groups is held and after two days of presentations and debate, they choose a color for the following year. The colors sometimes match a zeitgeist regarding a global mood, or even seem to the be the hue “de rigueur” of fashion and home decor.

Featured by The Walkup

The color for 2013 is a lively, radiant and lush green – EMERALD. A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony. Emerald also has royal and fantastical connotations.

Pantone Emerald Decor and Fashion

// 1. Essie Nail Polish in Greens, Going Incognito

// 2. Fossil Earrings, Gold-Tone Green Glass Stud Earrings

// 3. Casadei Platform Sandals

// 4. Emerald Green Decorative Vintage Books Centerpiece

// 5. Walker Collection by Bimba & Lola small, bucket-style bag combining leather and textiles

// 6. Mid-Century Paul McCobb Lounge Chair

// 7. Elizabeth and James Northern Star Cabochon Ring

// 8. Tiffany Bustier Frill Top in African Print

// 9. SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Color Theory Shadow Block with Eclipsed Emerald Glitter

// 10.  MARC BY MARC JACOBS Haute Mess Rubber Turnlock Bracelet

// 11. Pantone Universe Cell Phone Case for iPhone5 – Emerald

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Lilac Wine

Everyone’s favorite pale purple is actually an approximation of the average color of a lilac flower. Seeing as though not every flower is created equal – lilac runs the spectrum from almost ghostly to very rich hues. According to A Dictionary of Color, published in 1930, the first recorded use of lilac as a color name in English was in 1775. In fact, the tint was first formulated by the French for use in interior design!

Traditionally associated with grandparents, women, nostalgia and maternity (particularly for use in nurseries), there’s no reason that lilac should not be reinvented as a carefree and warm choice for any living space.

Lilac Bedrooms & Home Decor

Living Etc via Cozamia.

Lilac Bedrooms & Home Decor

Kendal Wilkinson's take on Seacliff Southern, photography by Matthew Millman.
Lilac Bedrooms & Home Decor
Easy bedroom style by House to Home UK.

Lilac Bedrooms & Home Decor

"Winter Calm" light lilac purple interior wall paint from Valspar.
Lilac Bedrooms & Home Decor
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Lilac Bedrooms & Home DecorA contemporary San Francisco living room in the Hollywood Regency style by 
Peg Berens Interior Design LLC.

Susan Glick Interiors

Susan Glick Interiors creates a modern classic with Ikat pillows in New York City.

Lilac Bedrooms & Home Decor

A simple yet quirky and bright bedroom from Micasa Revista.

Lilac Bedrooms & Home Decor

Image via MTEÓFILO by Marcelo Teofilo.

Lilac Bedrooms & Home Decor

Beautiful styling by Mette Helena Rasmussen via Nordic Design photographed by Tia Borgsmidt.

I lost myself on a cool damp night, Gave myself in that misty light, Was hypnotized by a strange delight, Under a lilac tree.  I made wine from the lilac tree, Put my heart in its recipe, It makes me see what I want to see and be what I want to be…

– Jeff Buckley, from Lilac Wine

Lilac purple style, shoes, pillows, blankets, earrings, interior design and lifestyle items.

  • one – Akira Beverly Clutch in Lilac
  • two – Spotty Casual Woven Crop Shirt from Topshop in Lilac 
  • three – NYX Eye Pencil in Lilac
  • four – Clara Earrings by Lauren Hope in Lilac 
  • five – Authentic Pestemal Fouta Turkish Cotton Beach Towel in Lilac 
  • six – Chinese Laundry Game Time Heeled Sandal from Asos in High Gloss Lilac 
  • seven – Villa Home Baroque and Roll Luminaria Pillow in by All Modern in Plum & Lilac
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Judge a Book by its Cover

If I am randomly perusing bookshelves, the bookstore, online or a friend’s library, I almost always choose a book by its cover. Typography, color palettes, art direction, title and illustration all come together to make my perfect publication. Often times, the covers themselves are works of art, worthy of being blown up, printed and displayed. On the subway, or while reading at the beach, I excitedly display the cover, proud of my choice – a statement about myself.

I know the cliche says DON’T, but for inspiration, I JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER.

Look Both Ways by Debbie Millman matches Elle Decor

BOOK:  Look Both Ways by Debbie Millman, Publication Date: October 23, 2009, Designer: Rodrigo Corral, Typeface: Champion Gothic via The Book Cover Archive.

ROOM: A circus colored sitting room; Southampton, USA. Cynthia Frank, Timothy Haynes, Kevin Roberts. Interior photo from Elle Decor found via Oana Singa Blog.

Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr. and room by Liz Levin Interiors

BOOK: Everything Matters! by Ron Currie Jr, Publication Date: June 25, 2009, Designer: Isaac Tobin via The Book Cover Archive.

ROOM: A Georgetown residence presents a twirl on a traditional Federal style row house. Mingling old and new with the bold wallpaper and beautiful colors – pink, blue, black – makes this small space a real stunner. Photos by Angie Seckinger. Design by Liz Levin via Houzz.

The Whale by Philip Hoare and a Nantucket home by Lyman Perry Architects.

Just as its a challenge for a designer to condense the meaning of an entire book into its first glance, jacket cover – so too, it is difficult to encapsulate one’s life and style into a home. But we continue to try!

BOOK: The Whale by Philip Hoare, Publication Date: February 1, 2010, Designer: Allison Saltzman via The Book Cover Archive.

ROOM: This Nantucket vacation spot was renovated by Scott Hutton, of notable Lyman Perry Architects. The retreat evokes the sea with gentle greens, hues of blue, wave patterns and shabby, sea glass, and cottage details via New England Home. 

The Sheriff of Yrnameer by Michael Rubens and entry way by Jill Sorensen

BOOK: The Sheriff Of Yrnameer by Michael Rubens, Publication Date: August 4, 2009, Designer: Peter Mendelsund, Typeface: Trade Gothic via The Book Cover Archive.

ROOM: A modern, bright entryway created by Jill Sorensen of Marmalade Interiors via Houzz exudes eclectic accents, angles and disparate genres (Stenciled Zebra Rugs meets Colonial Gilded Frame). Vibrant colors (specifically Benjamin Moore – Goldfield Yellow) create a happy home.

What book would you choose to inspire your favorite room?