Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Four Fabric Foray - Preppy Pink And Green

I just spent the weekend on Martha’s Vineyard, so as my thoughts turn from vacation to fabric combinations, I can’t help but channel the preppy pair of pink and green!  Not only are they the quintessential palette of prepdom, but they are happy, fun, and summery (hey, it’s unofficially summer already… right?) regardless of your personal decor or wardrobe style.

One of the amazing Carpenter Gothic gingerbread cottages in the
Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association community of Oak Bluffs
I remember when the “Official Preppy Handbook” came out in 1980… I would not have considered myself officially preppy, but I admit that I did enjoy shopping at Pappagallo in Birmingham, Michigan with my best friend Kim during our high school years.  And the fact that I was in college and joined a sorority in the preppy heyday was a serendipitous coincidence, justifying the purchase of many colors of Shetland sweaters with colorful monograms and lots of polo’s with alligators on them!

From Wikipedia
From Wikipedia

Anyway, "Preppy” is still alive and well, as evidenced by the continued popularity of Lilly Pulitzer...
The iconic style of Lilly!
and the newer phenomenon of Vineyard Vines

Vineyard Vines store in Edgartown
Pink and green is still a color combination of choice for the days of summer whether you are a prepster or a hipster… or somewhere in between.

Fabrics from Calico Corners
Stotesbury in Summer
Indra in Citrus
Tapestry Tile in Spring
Long Hill in Chiffon
This living room is a little bit preppy with a touch of tropical British-Colonial,
and most inviting in its palette of raspberry pink and grass green hues.  
What collegiate gal wouldn’t love this adorable 
preppy bedding set for her room in the dorm 
or sorority house!
Proof that pink and green don't have to be limited to whales and monograms!
The real deal... pink beach roses on Martha's Vineyard
What are your thoughts on pink and green?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Four Fabric Foray - Spring Zing

So, the Tranquil Teal fabric combination of my last post was just that… tranquil and spa-like… now as I continue to explore combining fabrics, I find myself bringing to life color schemes, pattern collages and moods of the warmer days ahead…

In spite of how slowly Spring is truly taking hold in nature here in New England, I am featuring a mix of zingy colors to create the aura of warm temperatures, sunny skies, and colorful gardens.  Hopefully they will bring a smile to your face & the enthusiasm to add some lively hues to your home…

The focal point holding all of these fabrics together is a floral, which of course is natural for spring.  But this one is different, a bit of Asian influence with rich textures, just a touch of metallic thread, and its vibrant colors, which are the inspiration for the palette.  

To juxtapose the organic floral, a geometric pattern in the same hues adds a wild touch.  

And to anchor these busy motifs, a lush striated velvet in a deep plum and a linear fuchsia chenille.  How to finish it all off… why with a multi-colored fringe of course!

If these don’t make you happy… nothing will… well at least when it comes to interior design!