Did I get your attention? Animal prints are the beasts I am referring to. They come in many different weaves, textile fibers, and styles. Woven from various fibers, you will see them in cotton, faux fur, linen, needlepoint, outdoor fabrics, silk, ultra suede, velvets and more. A little animal print in a room will give the space that extra appeal and excitement. From casual elegance to sophisticated glamour, there is always a place for a sexy beast in any room. What do you think?
Ballard Designs, Duralee, Kravet, Quadrille Fabrics, Restaurant in Savannah, Source Collection, The Rug Company and Williams Sonoma Home
The color turquoise is stunning, vibrant and invigorating. While being refreshing and youthful it can also be a sophisticated color depending on what other colors it is paired with. The color also looks good on most everyone. Since it is the color of fresh water, turquoise is cool and clean. Mixing the pigments of blue and green creates the color turquoise which is also known as blue-green, ultramarine and aquamarine. A darker shaded version of turquoise is known as teal and a lighter tinted version is known as aqua. Because turquoise is the combination of blue and green, turquoise can have a calming and peaceful affect on your well-being.
Using turquoise with white and black in a space will give the room a retro look of the 1950s or 1960s. Mixing lavender and pink with turquoise in a space will make it more feminine. The combination of apple green and turquoise is a youthful combination.
Turquoise is often associated as a color of the Southwest and pairs well with its complementary color red-orange, coral and terracotta.
Turquoise is an excellent choice for 2021 as we all are looking to enhance our well-being. How about an escape to a refreshing tropical turquoise blue beach?
"As I remembered your eyes were bluer than robin's eggs."
Joan Baez - Diamonds and Rust (tribute to Bob Dylan)
Toile de Jouy (pronounced twal duh zhwee) is a French term from the word “toile” which means cloth and “Jouy-en Josas” which is the name of a town in North Central France. Originating in the late 1700s in the French village of Jouy-en-Josas, the fabric depicts a pictorial scene in one color such as blue, green, red, or black on a white background. Depictions range from pastoral village scenes, historical narratives of life, landscape scenes, Oriental themes know as Chinoiserie incorporating human figures, buildings, birds, and plants and decorative plaques from the Renaissance period.
Today the textile known as Toile de Jouy is more commonly called toile. Toile designs are found in apparel, bedding, ceramics, dishes, fabric, tiles, and wallpaper depicting the old and modern times. Oh be joyful for Toile de Jouy!
The color green has been associated with health, good fortune, luck, jealousy and of course the color of money. Green is known for the calming effect it has on the psyche, which is why it is used in hospitals, surgeon’s attire and in waiting rooms known as green rooms. The color green is linked with nature and all of the many forms we see in landscaping, plants, vegetables, fruits and gems. Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle because of its lush green landscaping. The city of Seattle is also known as the Emerald City because of all the evergreen trees in abundance there. Green symbolizes St. Patrick's Day and the Irish clover known as the shamrock.
Throughout history the color green has many different associations. The Egyptian’s depicted the God Osiris with a green face representative of the color of plants and new life representing their belief in the afterlife. They also used the green stone malachite in their ornamentation. The architect, Robert Adam used a muted shade of green in the walls of his interiors. The Aesthetic Movement of the 1860s and 1870s used paint color schemes of green, gold and gray prominently in their peacock motifs. Similarly, the Arts and Crafts movement of the 1860s, which was a statement against the commercialization and industrialization of industry during the Victorian era, used green in their natural motifs of plants inspired by nature and simple materials.
The heart chakra which is located in the chest is governed by the color green making it an excellent color for improving well being and health. Bathrooms, bedrooms, libraries, and offices are spaces that will be enhanced by using the color green. Some of the names used to describe the color green are apple, avocado, bottle green, boxwood green, celadon, eucalyptus, emerald, fern, forest green, jade, lime, mint, olive, and sea green. The complement or opposite of green is red. Color combinations which are pleasing are green and purple, green and yellow-green, lime green and pink, and green and white and/or cream. Rather than be green with envy, get lucky and add some green to your decor.
The color is mostly associated with the natural world in plants. Chartreuse is lively and bright. The color pairs well with other vibrant colors like fuchsia and turquoise. Apple green and pear green are commonly used to describe the color Chartreuse. When combined with its complementary color of red violet a bright and vibrant color scheme is created. Also known as lime green the color reminds one of spring green plant buds. Tropical combinations are flamingo pink and lime green. Did you know that Carthusian monks concoct the alcoholic cordial Chartreuse?
In early March 2020 I took a trip to Bisbee, Arizona with girlfriends. We stayed at the Letson Lofts and had dinner at Cafe Roka. It was the last time I have seen these girlfriends since the pandemic came a week later. I am looking forward to better times ahead. I miss my friends.
Wall of art in Bisbee
As far back as I can remember there has always been a poem, a rhyme, or a song swimming around in my head with the word blue in the lines. Blue is used to illustrate a mood, feeling or sentiment.
Little Boy Blue come blow your horn,
The sheep’s in the meadow the cow’s in the corn
Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly
When you are King, dilly dilly
I shall be Queen.
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet;
And so are you.
She wore blue velvet
Bluer than velvet was the night –Bernie Wayne and Lee Morris
Don’t it make my brown eyes blue –Crystal Gayle
You saw me standing there without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own –Richard Rodgers and Lawrenz Hart
Love is like a dying ember only memories remain
And through the ages I remember
Blue eyes crying in the rain –Fred Rose
The tables are empty
The dance floor is deserted
You play the same love songs
It’s the tenth time you’ve heard it.
That’s the beginning just one of the clues
But you’re on the right track for
Learnin’ the Blues –Frank Sinatra
I got my thrill on blueberry hill –Al Lewis and Larry Stock
Blue, blue windows behind the stars –Neil Young
Well, it's one for the money,
Two for the show,
Three to get ready,
Now go, cat, go.
But don't you step on my blue suede shoes.
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.—Roy Orbison
As I was walking away
I heard her say over my shoulder
We’ll meet again someday on the avenue
Tangled up in blue – Bob Dylan
Blue, songs are like tattoos
You know I've been to sea before
Crown and anchor me
or let me sail away
Hey Blue, There is a song for you –Joni Mitchell