21 March 2013

Color Board: Summer 2013

While some parts of the hemisphere are celebrating their "First of Spring", here in our local tropical islands we are melting under the heat of summer sunshine. I've noticed that this particular summer most people seem to either go for neons or pastels. I, on the other hand, am currently inspired by this particular swimsuit (don't even ask why) and basically the colors you usually see in tropical tie-dyed shirts. Yes, even the tacky ones you see in some of the souvenir shops and thus having said these I have come up with yet another one of my self-proclaimed summer color palette of choice for this year. For the record, I did not come up with the names of these colors as they were based from Pantone's Fashion + Home Color Guide. Yep, so don't look at me funny since those are legit ones.
Summer 2013 Color Palette Pantone Fashion + Home Color Guide
Not just applicable to your sunny apparel, you can use these colors to change the feel of your home as well. Apply it on your throw pillows, placemats, heck even dinnerware and curtains. So how about you? What's your 2013 summer color? :)

19 March 2013

Triangle: The Stripes Alternative

Do you sometimes stare at your blank plain wall thinking what the hell you can do with it to spruce it up? Put up a new coat of another solid bright color? Paste a new layer of flowery wallpaper? Or go for "bold" and run some stripes on it? 

Although stripes is a semi-easier way of adding some oomph to your plain walls, surfaces and other...well plain home stuff, sometimes it can feel a bit...uh what's a milder term for overrated? Not that I have anything against stripes, I mean personally I like them, but if you're looking for something else other than that and you can't be bothered with polka dots, one awesome alternative to it are (insert drumroll for optional drama) TRIANGLES

Isosceles, equilateral, obtuse...whatever it is I love how you can use this one shape and make it into different geometric patterns. Mix and match it as well with different colors and bam, you get kaleidoscopic visual goodness. It's a bit "more work" than stripes but less than work when manually painting circles and round shapes, so if you're feeling crafty go for triangle!

14 March 2013

The Many Faces of Julia

fornasetti julia plates

Meet Julia. I'm sure somewhere along the way, you may have stumbled upon an Interior Design googled photo of this damsel here and one may even say that she's the alternate Mona Lisa...well at least the spoofed version of the woman with an enigmatic smile (who we actually learned wasn't really smiling, the shadow just made it appear as if she was so). Julia over here has undergone several transformations, one of my favorites being her own version of Charlie Chaplin:

Fornasetti Charlie Chaplin
Julia ala Chaplin. Complete with 'stache and heavy eyeliner.
So who the heck is this Julia person?! Well just like Leo Da Vinci (haha yeah feeling close) is to Mona, well Julia over here is created by Piero Fornasetti, or like any other super famous people wherein they simply could go by their last name and still be known as themselves--the effin' Fornasetti, would suffice. Julia was inspired by a soprano woman back then by the name of Lina Cavalieri and the rest as we call it is history. Now her face is on plates, wallpapers, jars, commodes and who knows what else and quite frankly I don't care I just love how quirky she is.

Combining humor and taste, I think Fornasetti's Julia made it happen. Nuff said.
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