I believe in fairy tales. Do you? Anything is possible. The bigger your dreams are, the more you can achieve. Set your bar high. xo
We all draw our inspiration from different places. Finding inspiration in food… that’s perfectly normal, right? Yup. Some of the most cheery colors out there are citrus tones. Lime, grapefruit, orange, lemon… They are like little works of art. Especially when styled like this pic below:
And besides, what’s summer without good music, longer days, – and of course – bright colors?
Honestly, this may be my favorite color palette in the world. (I may have said that before in a blog post, but I was just kidding, and am super serious now.)
I mean, some of my favorite interior shots EVER are in this palette:
You may remember the image from above. This home was featured in Coastal Living.
And this one: well if a green banquette doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will.
Tastefully done with some more traditional flair.
This nugget below made the cover of Southern Living’s May 2012 issue. For me, it still remains one of the best mixes of prints I’ve seen in an interior.
And let me just say – Mandi at Vintage Revivals is the bomb-dot-com, because she gets the last 2 photo mentions.
And YES, one of my favorite DIY projects of all time!!! Seriously, still can’t get over that hex wall. She’s a genius!
MYTH #1: You have to live in FL to rock these colors.
MYTH #2: Using a bunch of bright colors together creates disaster.
As proven by the pictures above, both of these statements are totally false! Yes, these colors do favor coastal environments, but when done right, anyone can pull off this look. Intermix some of these fresh tones in, and the fruits of your labor will pay off (See what I did there?)
1 // such an awesome book with inspiring bright colors, from Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar
2 // I don’t think it’s possible to talk about bright colors and not bring in some Jonathan Adler. This chair comes in a variety of finishes and colors!
3 // of course you need some fun fabrics. ( Clockwise from top left: Robert Allen Out of Bounds Chartruese, Kravet Almora 712, Robert Allen Delighted Citrine, Robert Allen Cats Cradle Papaya)
4 // yes, I always have to feature a watch. This Michael Kors one is pure dynamite!
5 // pretty pillow cover
6 // most possibly the cutest set of measuring cups
7 // simple, elegant, and versatile summer wedges
8 // I wish I could have each and every one of Madeline Weinreb’s rugs. They are absolute perfection
9 // another fun, midcentury-inspired JA chair!
10 // vintage vase in a fun yellow color!
Have yourself a bright and cheery day! xo
(inspiration board is my creation, but all other photos link back to their original source)
Random fact: This is actually the longest I’ve ever went without blogging since I started it back in October of 2011! I took off most of May and all of June, but the good news is that I’m backkkkk! I’ve realized my neglected blog needs some love too. :)
It seems entirely insane to me that already half the year is over. I need to continually remind myself to just take some deep breaths, look around, and take in my favorite time of the year. Temps in Texas have been a refreshing 95 degrees (ha!), but hey we’ll take anything under 100 this time of the year.
PS. There’s not too much news to report around here. We traveled back to the Mitten in June to celebrate 2 awesome weddings (my friend Kaytee and Nate’s brother Matt), and also have had some visitors in Texas recently, too. I haven’t taken many pics lately, but here are some from the trip to Michigan:
(Yes that is a Lite Brite, and yes I took at least 3 pictures of it during the night because I was so freakin excited.)
It seems like more and more lately, I’m reminded of how extremely lucky and blessed we are. We have a home with tons of potential, a loving pup, good jobs, and been on some great trips this year already. Reflecting on it all, life is good!
You know what shape I’m loving right now? (I’ll give you one guess, and it may or may not be in the title of this post.)
The lovely scallop shape is derived from my favorite childhood shell with the same name. Its curved edges takes me back to when I was a 7-year-old seeing the ocean for the first time, and the hunt for the perfect one. The form is soothing and organic, but creates incredible interest when turned into a pattern. It can be retro. It can be modern. Originating from nature, the scallop shape is timeless.
Can I have these tables? Pretty PRETTY please??!
Some of my scallop faves on the web:
For links to these items, visit Vim & Vintage’s Pinterest Page!
(all images link back to their source)