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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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J’Door / J’Dore

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell

Wendy Valliere, an interior designer, bedecks her Stowe, Vermont 1842 farmhouse in bold colors, eclectic tribal trappings and blue, Parisian antique doors! Via.

Two above, commissions for an Amsterdam residential project by Piet Hein Eek. NLD, The Netherlands, Amsterdam, apartment building De Borneohof, architecture of the refurbishment by Peter Gesebroek, installation by Piet Hein Eek. Staircase photography by (c) Thomas Mayer, for further images, click here. A space in Brooklyn, NY that feels like an urban yet suburban retreat. The neutral earth tones and whitewashed color palettes are calming! Owners Fitzhugh and Lyndsay of The Brooklyn Home Company searched ebay for weeks for a barn door to lead into the bathroom, and ended up finding one in the sheep run of Fitzhugh’s family’s farm in NH. Isn’t that how it always goes? The thing you are searching for was under your nose all along! Image via Design*Sponge and photography by Emily Gilbert.

This symmetrical and sherbet colored doorway is made of sunshine, cheerfulness and laughter. Seriously, could you be depressed with this as your welcoming color scheme? Image via Better Homes & Gardens.

A queen-size bed frame can easily set you back $2,000.  This one cost about $25.  More about this salvaged door DIY headboard via Country Living.

A little bit of mod podge and vintage wallpaper make this door decoupage a breeze! This English countryside decor is a little bit grandma and a little bit Elizabeth Bennet, but a lot of bit comfortable and quaint. Image found here, cannot find the original source.

The glamour of a grand palace ballroom meets the comfort and “Norman Rockwell familial vibe” of a farmhouse. Via.

Clean, sharp, linear and modern. Image via likainen parketti, found by Camille Styles.

Hello Ketchup and Mustard colored foyer, via Marie Claire Maison! 

Did Alice open this lime striped door in the rabbit hole to Wonderland? Via Coastal Living. 

Jenny from Little Green Notebook mixes flea market finds, and oriental inspired patterns and shapes, with new purchases! Her home is a theme park for the eyes with all lines leading to the lemon drop colored door! Via.

Domino Magazine, March 2009. High Gloss Black doors add some gothic glamour! Via.

 

The use of salvaged brick and antique doors give this entry foyer a unique feel that is not easily labeled. The interior designers of the Stamford house were asked to straddles the worlds of both traditional and modern design. Style title: Ektachrome. Image via Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects.

Home of Tamar Schechner of Nest Decorating featuring a painting by Nora Frenkel.

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment. – Carl Sandburg

 

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First Impression(ism)

Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement that originated with a group of Paris-based artists that included Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Alfred Sisley and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The movement was extremely radical for the time period and received harsh opposition from the galleries, judges, and overall art community in France. There are about 7,856 things I would love to elucidate and discuss about the movement but for now let’s stick with the general oeuvre of an impressionist paining:

  • Open composition (meaning not constrained to the rectangle of the canvas, leaving the impression that the image is “open” or somehow unfinished)
  • Tiny, thin and visible brushstrokes (these vary depending on artist’s technique)
  • A huge focus on an accurate portrayal of how light changes color and reflects off surfaces
  • Movement painted on canvas as it is pot rayed by the human eye (think about a slow shutter speed on your camera and how it produces a blurring effect)
  • Unusual angles and points of view
  • Daily, every day occurrences (this is in stark opposition to the then contemporary and in fashion painting of still lifes, portraits, allegories, and important historical scenes)

I have often wanted to live inside the soft, bright, floral yet hazy world of an impressionist painting, so here I will try using home goods to recreate a composition’s color array. 

 Mary Cassatt, Lydia Leaning on Her Arms (in a theatre box), 1879

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Camille Pissarro, Hay Harvest at Éragny,1901, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa,Ontario

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Claude Monet, Woman with a Parasol, (Camille and Jean Monet), 1875, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Julie Manet with cat, 1887, Musée d’Orsay

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Before the industrial revolution it was extremely hard to paint outside, a technique also known as “en plain air”. This is due to the fact that artists needed to mix their paints indoors by grinding powders, oils, and other chemicals themselves. With the first creation of pre-made paints in tubes (resembling  toothpaste tubes) artists were able to travel freely outside painting from the easel. Imagine this new freedom!

It is hard to believe that this style of painting was once so controversial and contentious that the paintings were rejected by several art schools and critics. People would GASP at the canvases. Today the manner of the impressionist hand, and the idea of painting freely, permeates our culture. The word impressionism as coined by Louis Leroy, a 19th century artist, playwright, journalist, and art critic, was originally meant to be a scathing and satiric review, ” Impression—I was certain of it. I was just telling myself that, since I was impressed, there had to be some impression in it … and what freedom, what ease of workmanship! Wallpaper in its embryonic state is more finished than that seascape.” Instead of taking the term as an insult, the artists of the group decided to adopt it to call themselves “impressionists” and the  rest, as they say, is history. An inspiring and “impressing” story, no?