Here are my photographs from my "Color Me Pretty" column this week on Decor8. I also added a few extra to make it interesting for you! I wanted to work with one of my old favorite combinations -turquoise and orange. I like using the word persimmon because it sounds kind of special and some of the orange tones I am using are a little darker, a little more red, like an extra ripe persimmon. I also threw in some grey, a small amount of black and lots of neutrals.
Like many, I have been on the David Hicks band wagon for years. I think it was ten years ago to be exact that I dug through the shelves of a little second-hand bookstore on the Island (Vancouver Island) and found many of his old books, like "On Living with Taste" and "On Decoration With Fabrics", for next to nothing! Today these books are apparently worth much more. I am drawn to his fearless use of color and the very graphic nature of all his patterns. His son published a new book on him that has been released this week called "David Hicks, A Life of Design". For this post I created my own simple patterns that are very much inspired by him and I did them quickly in watercolor and acrylic ink. I know many companies sell fabrics with prints similar to these like Donghia and Kravet. I just needed to do them myself in order to get the right palette and its much more fun to create your own even if they are not always that original looking!
I scanned in some of my watercolor patterns to make a little wall hanging DIY project for you. I used my Marvy square punch and quickly stamped out the squares I needed to make a grid that I then drew out lightly on a piece of 12" by 18" paper. I used this size because I had an old frame this size that I wanted to use. I then lightly sprayed the backs of the squares with spray-mount adhesive and put them into the grid. If you use spray adhesive please do it outside or in a well ventilated area! I actually think this would look way better with the original watercolors being used instead of the scanned copies. Therefore, I think I will do this again and give it to someone for Christmas! This project is great for using up old paper that is in odd sizes or old photographs. A little tip if you are new to using craft punches -the bottom is often clear for you to see exactly where you are punching out the paper.
These are some fabrics from my fabric stash that worked well with the palette. The bottom two fabrics are large table cloth size pieces of Otomi Indian embroidered material. I bought these six years ago and no longer have the name of the retailer I got them from but they are available at Jacaranda Home in a wide variety of colors.
I loved adding the persimmons, the chinese lanterns (Physalis Alkekengii) and the orange berries because they add touches of Fall to me in a more subtle way. I am not one to change out the color scheme of my home in order to match the seasons, rather I like making little gestures like the berries in a vase on my kitchen sill. Do you make large seasonal decorating changes in your home? Just curious...
I really hope you enjoyed this and can you believe November is just around the corner?
Take care and I will see you soon! xo leslie