Friday, December 11, 2009

Turquoise Holiday Decor

A lot of these images have been floating around blogland, but I thought it would be nice to collect my favorite turquoise holiday images I've seen thus far. I'm just so happy with how much turquoise and blue is out there this year! Of course my own tree is filled with turquoise ornaments. As soon as I get some photos taken, I'll be sure to share them with you!

Love turquoise? Visit my shopping blog Everything Turquoise...updated several times throughout the day! Check out Decor by Color for even more color-themed shopping!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Nicholas Yarsley

How gorgeous is the wallpaper in this bathroom that Erin of Slipcover Your Life shared in a post featuring the work of lifestyle & interior photographer Nicholas Yarsley. The turquoise roman shade looks so lovely next to the exquisite wallpaper. Lovely little pedestal sink and chandelier too! But wait, no mirror? Could you guys deal with that?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Margot Austin

This adorable room that Cristin of Simplified Bee recently posted about completely knocked my socks off. Designed by the uber-talented Margot Austin and captured by photographer Donna Griffith, I just adore all the colors used in the space. What teenage girl wouldn't love to call this room her own?? What with that dreamy bed, practical work area, and cheery little sitting area by the window?! Perfection!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pantone Color of the Year for 2010: TURQUOISE!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled dose of turquoise to bring you this newsbreak: Pantone Unveils Color of the Year for 2010: PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise. How utterly exciting is that?!

From their most-interesting press release found here:
CARLSTADT, N.J., Dec. 8, 2009 –Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company (NASDAQ: XRIT), and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE® 15-5519 Turquoise, an inviting, luminous hue, as the color of the year for 2010. Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.

“In many cultures, Turquoise occupies a very special position in the world of color,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “It is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky. Through years of color word-association studies, we also find that Turquoise represents an escape to many – taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.”

Whether envisioned as a tranquil ocean surrounding a tropical island or a protective stone warding off evil spirits, Turquoise is a color that most people respond to positively. It is universally flattering, has appeal for men and women, and translates easily to fashion and interiors. With both warm and cool undertones, Turquoise pairs nicely with any other color in the spectrum. Turquoise adds a splash of excitement to neutrals and browns, complements reds and pinks, creates a classic maritime look with deep blues, livens up all other greens, and is especially trend-setting with yellow-greens. Read more...
The last part in bold was my favorite! ;)

What a great day (ahem...year!) for turquoise!

2 Pretty Kitchens

One of my dreams in life is to have a pretty kitchen. Nothing fancy, just pretty. Every apartment I've rented always seems to have a really ugly kitchen. I swear if I could at least paint the cabinets white I'd cook more! (And oh the goodies I'd bake if I had the Martha Stewart Blue KitchenAid mixer!) To see more pretty kitchens, pop on over to Harper & Henny and Dream in Domestic where I found these lovelies!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Elizabeth Dinkel

I was going to include some of these images from the Veranda Showcase House designed by Elizabeth Dinkel in Friday's post dedicated to turquoise and gold, but I thought they were just too pretty not to post all on their own. I've blogged about this room in the Greystone Mansion before, but after learning who the designer was and seeing more images, I had to share the goodness!
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