You know the drill. Company is coming + it’s a good kick in the pants to get your housekeeping act together. Right? Well, that’s how it goes for us. Entertaining is not only incentive to whip the house into shape, but it gives me that push to go ahead + dive into our design dreams or shall I say, design obsessions.
You know how it goes when you get obsessed with a color? For me, I start noticing it EVERYWHERE! I’m feeling like this about electric yellow lately & I have been trying to decide where to use it in our house. I decided on testing it out in a small – statement space. I spent some time pinning. Thinking (or fixating, rather) about electric yellow:
Our foyer is 66 years old – as is our cute little cottage. With it comes the charm of the 40′s, including darling tile, coved ceilings, + wall niches. Even our front door, still original, has a sweet art nouveau peek-a-boo window. It’s a dear space. When our family took the space over from it’s previous keeper, there were nails everywhere – ghosts of what was once hanging. So, being equipped to cover each and every one with some sweet little image, frame, canvas, or panel I took care of business and threw art onto those empty nails with joyful abandon. Good gravy, it was such a hot mess, you’d think I’d never studied art installation had you seen the initial status of our walls. The walls of this entry way were in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint, too. So with the inspiration of company coming to visit, I popped the lid on a can of paint in just the right shade of yellow. Truly, this is a beautiful shade of lemongrass + silk. It is the color of a beautiful silk sash on a dramatic grey taffeta dress one would imagine seeing on PBS’s Downton Abbey. Are you with me? It’s almost yellow – almost green inspired by the lotus in one of my paintings (see below the image of the scrumdiddlyumptiousness) + the color of this enchanting French macaron:
The ceilings, in their coved glory, were just begging me to do something special to command attention to their loveliness. Inspired by seeing a brilliant example of organic, free hand scallop detail around a doorway of Lotta Jansdotter‘s studio in a book called Open Studios published by Chronicle Books, I decided to have a go at this whimsical embellishment! How I adore all things, Chronicle. Oh, how I hope we collaborate with them one day soon.
So playful + dramatic all at once!
For the love of color! I’m grateful for mustard + ochre + lemons + citrine + gold + daisies + sunshine.