Pink & Orange

Most posts here reflect my aesthetic which leans toward Calvin Klein and Eileen Fisher colors —  natural and gentle. But granted, this safe sameness can be boring. Lately my eyes are adjusting to scorching color combinations, and my very favorite is hot pink + orange:

Buildings in Cartagena — these neighbors planned their paint jobs well:

Hermes scarf and Hermes tray with pink roses:


Orange and pink shawl:




Silk curtains:

A painting by seller Artbyrodriguez. Somebody is enjoying it because it’s sold:

Sometimes just a bit of pink and orange is enough:

Perhaps my eyes are now accepting this combo because it’s being marketed to American consumers. See this Lilly Pulitzer bedding in the latest Garnet Hill catalog:

From Cambria Cove, jacquard fabric napkins:

Skirt in the Sundance catalog:

John Robshaw Textiles primrose pillow:

Vintage pillow in John Robshaw Textiles’ Souk:

Kaffe Fassett fabrics:

Last weekend at Archiver’s scrapbook store, I stocked up on pink and orange papers so bright, I felt I needed sunglasses in the store. The designs are similar to these handmade papers at an Amazon store:

Now I find there is an entire blog about pink plus orange stuff! There are blogs about everything, huh? Consider my post here a mere sneak preview of all the luscious color to be found at the Pink + Orange blog.

Whew! My next post may go back to neutral colors, sort of a palate cleanser for the eyes.

Mirror Mirror on the Bathroom Wall

Bathrooms need mirrors. People need mirrors. I’ve collected images of mirrors that caught my attention for awhile. Today I gather mirrored inspiration here in one place. I suspect this collection will show a pattern in what attracted me …

The following mirrors can be purchased at Anthropologie’s website:

All these mirrors are completely unlike anything anywhere in my Chicago home. No scrolly pieces. Things are tailored here. Straight lines. Here is a shot of mirrors in one of our bathrooms:

And the fact that we can do something completely different in the Chennai apartment is one of the appeals of the mirrors above that have been catching my eye. Clearly I’m liking ornamentation and light antique metal or weathered woods. Even the mirrors with color or darker wood, I see them reworked with antique pewter paint.

Balcony Enclosure

Speaking of the “ugly photos coming soon” message posted earlier today — and the process of turning unfinished space into something glorious — while blog surfing earlier today I found this photo which gave me an idea:

Our India apartment has two balconies. One is a larger balcony with room to sit outdoors. (The whole building also has two generous outdoor terraces accessible to residents, each 1200 square feet.) But the other balcony has a depth of only 18 inches:

We were planning to install French doors here anyway, and I imagined swinging them open and letting sheer curtains billow in the breeze. It’s a 10-foot wide opening so there would be two sets of substantial doors. But then again, I am from the Windy City where I hear wind blowing around our house as I sit here now. Perhaps my dreams aren’t so realistic for a place in Chennai. The effect may be more like receiving a humid furnace blast in the face much of the year.

But, what if this balcony were enclosed with windows and architectural trim, as the photo above? This would bump out the interior space a bit too, and would eliminate the issue of French doors gobbling up otherwise usable space. We’ll have to check on the restrictions and the effect on the exterior. It’s an idea to consider any time you can take advantage of it, because even a small amount of floorspace can make a difference when you think of the cubic space added. It’s not that we really need the space. The apartment has a very open and spacious floorplan. Mostly, I like unique nooks and cubbies of the kind that Sarah Susanka advocates.

Relics On Stilts

My husband brought a piece of carved wood to Chicago from the Chennai store where he found our apartment’s front door. It’s carved with a lotus shape and has faint traces of deep pink paint on it. I plan to add a black stand to it, like the pieces below. There’s something about this that emphasizes a piece, gives it extra posture. It’s like adding jewelry to an outfit. Or, great shoes … Here’s inspiration from various websites:

18th century wood horse on stand at

Wood horse on stand at Gump’s.

But wood horse heads aren’t the only things to put on stands, oh no, not by a long shot. You can do this with many things:

I really don’t want to say what these are because they’re part of a real animal. But they’re antique so the animal is long gone. I wish they were clay sculptures instead. Shown at Andrianna Shamaris website.

An ox cart wheel on a stand at

A more rustic wheel on a stand from Urban Home.

Temple sculpture at Gump’s

Stone carving from John Robshaw

Toraja panels at Andrianna Shamaris

Tribal necklaces at Andrianna Shamaris (I am really liking the style at that site)

Appears to be carved wood element, from

Natural root sculpture, from

Teak sphere on stand from

Butter churner from

Notice the commonalities across all: natural materials, natural colors, organic shapes.

We have some decorative elements on stands around our home, but someone stole our camera and iPhone pics don’t do justice. We’ll likely get a new camera during holiday sales next weekend and I’ll post our pieces here later.