Category Archives: Color

Katie Lee Joel’s Townhouse

La Dolce Vita did a post on ‘this or that‘ a while ago and featured Katie Lee Joel’s west village town house – and I recently bought a set of mint colored chairs and they also remind me of this spread – so I haven’t been able to get the color scheme out of my head.

Her house is so airy and pretty – chocolaty browns, peony pinks, deep turquoise, bright indigo, muted greens & rusty oranges all set against soft creams and marble grays.

Sampled color blocks are how I often start to work out color schemes in my graphic design projects – so I thought I would use them to illustrate the soft color palette that is inspiring me right now.

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Fabric Possibilities For My Chairs…

I realize that all my posts have been ‘help me decide’ lately – but I have been making so many decisions and processing so many projects that looking at inspiration photos seems, well, uninspiring. I am looking for some fabric to make cushions for my Chinoiserie chairs and below is a collection of really lovely and fun fabric choices that are all available for under 20 dollars per yard (some are 50% off at right now).

I thought you guys out there in the blogosphere might enjoy them – also to be fair some of these fabrics are not upholstery material – but I thought I would include them anyways as I am considering making some throw pillows as well…. And if you have any recommendations for me in the process – you know I love them!


Sanibel in Apple Green

Kimino Olive White Slub

Python Tendril Green Daffney

Essence in Spa

Essence in Leaf

Coral Cascade in Lime

Essence in Citrine

Ginseng Pine Celery

Tunisa Chartreuse

Daisy Chain Natural Daisy Bouquet

Palm Beach

Snow Flower Aqua Snow Geo

Daisy Chain Kiwi Mosaic

Monaco Green Fern

Deer Valley Azure Lodge Lattice

Positano Moss


Tunisia Chartreuse

Tazo Texture Chartruse


Snow Flower Black Snow Geo

Flights Of Fancy

Carrie Espresso White

Canopy Black Linen

Carrie Black White

Accord Black

Tunisa Black White

Black & White Abstract

Black /White Peach Skin

Navy Blue White Shirting


Chippendale fretwork

Natural Elegance II Bassett Hall Onyx

The Garden lattice Onyx

Lovely Lattice in Caviar

Black Duck Ticking

Canopy Black

Wildthing Oynx

Chevron Black

Ivory / Black Double Knit


Summer Soiree Chevron

Summer Soiree Animal Party

Deer Valley Goldenrod Lodge Lattice

Yellow Duck Ticking

Flights of Fancy

Key West

Floored Sandstone


Midwest Modern – Honeycomb

Flights Of Fancy

Daisy Chain Grey Daisy


Carrie Lipstick

Traditions Lipstick Red Linen

Canopy Lipstick

Tunisa Lipstick

Large Peony Floral Red

Geranium Floral Ivory

Criss Cross in Cardinal

Coral Cascade in Petal

Madison Lipstick Linen

Floral Lipstick Red Chocolate

Pinking Flower Red

Lodge Lattice Peony

Noveau Bouquet Gold

Avery Texture Tabasco


Acree Hvy Basket Lapis

Criss Cross in Navy

Cadence Thai Blue

Blue Duck Ticking


Navy/White Batik

Curly-Q Spring

Adriana Capri Indoor Outdoor


Harmonics Essence in Sunset

IO Cheetah Natural

Giraffe Java Natural

Key West Chocolate



Cheetah Print Earth

Theorique Chocolat


Baldwin – Wisteria

Sudan Sage

August fields Sunrise Grey


Tree Peony HAR Scarlett

Hazelmere 25217 Sage

Dorset Multi

Aria ML Coral

Carone Chestnut

Trieste Watermelon

Lyndora Cr Multi

Serifina Summer

South Hampton – Berry



Harmonics Harmony Sunset

Suzani Jewel

Maldives Lapis

Pheasant Floral

Yellow Floral Linen Look Shirting

Cream Floral Print Linen

Matisse Sprays Apple Green


White Multi Twill

Black Multi Lawn

Sophia Orange

White Stripe Sateen

Blue or Red?

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My Chairs

I have Chinoiserie Chippendale faux bamboo chairs that I bought at my favorite junk shop – and although they were originally green I am considering either a hot orange-y red or a royal blue, or maybe a light pink shell. Opinions? I am hoping to use oil paint (I find the finish more even and durable)- Does anyone know where to get oil paint in great colors? I usually mix RustOleum paints to get my own colors, which has led to uneven results – does anyone have a better source?

Sorry about the long absence – late June and early July were busy for me :)

Black white and read all over

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I also started to read this book ( a little summer treat for my self)

and this one

Did you know you can buy used books on amazon? the prices are amazing (sometimes on 79 cents for a book (although there is still 3.99 shipping). But when you do you are often supporting a lot of small used bookstore businesses. That is how our neighborhood bookstore (in our tiny town) is able to stay open here because they do so much business over Amazon :D. Not to mention the total luxury of getting a book you want to read sent to your house for only 5 dollars.