Thursday, October 22, 2009

Flowery Favorites


Searching through my photo files, I found these two images that had inadvertently been saved side by side—the room very recently, the flowers well over a year ago.


This bit of serendipity confirms what I'm most attracted to: multiple strong colors used together, always with a pop of red, and a neutral base that not only grounds the lively colors and gives them something to show off against, but provides a place for the eye to rest. Additionally, both the flowers and the room feel casual, friendly, open and optimistic—no stuffiness or formality of any sort. My favorite kind of flowers and my favorite kind of room. Where comfort is every bit as important as style.And this is proof too, in a backward sort of way, that the color scheme of a room can be inspired by anything that attracts you: from a favorite fabric or pillow or rug to a piece of art or a floral arrangement.

The room is in one of my favorite homes published this year: Hemlock Springs, Southern Living's Georgia Idea House. If you didn't see it in their August issue, use this link to take a look. The whole house is just as pretty as this one room.

7 comments:

pk said...

This is a beautiful room! Love the neutral background with the pops of color. My only kink about it is that it seems like the scale of the chairs, combined with the strong pattern, overwhelms the sofa. Not saying it's right or wrong, just that it feels off kilter to me. Great room though...

Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury said...

Good eye, PK! It's not easy to see in this pic, but I think the designers used the tall objects on the table behind the sofa to balance the height of the chairs across from it. Let's blame the photo editor for insisting on a perfectly symmetrical image for making the furniture look off kilter. :)

Maria Killam said...

Very nice, the high ceilings really make the room!

(btw, Katie Lane's prices are really reasonable, but you have to like her style that's for sure)

Thx for your comment!
x
Maria

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Thanks for the link Tracy, I looked at the entire house on the Southern Living web site and watched the video tours. I really liked the architecture of this house. They called the design a mixed contemporary, but I felt there was more of a slant towards nostalgia.

Jen Kershner said...

Those colors are beautiful. I can totally see what drew you to both of those pictures.

Haven and Home said...

It is amazing how that last room works!

Jen Kershner said...

Love those pictures! I agree completely about inspiration. I once decorated a room inspired by a dress.