Tuesday, May 29, 2012

More Mint !

  Since    posting    "Mint     is     the     new     green,"    last    month, 
I'm   seeing    more    and    more    mint    green   --    everywhere!

Not   all   of   these  (shown)   are   true   mint   greens.
Some  contain  too  much  gray ...  blue ...  or brown  ...  to  really  be  mint  green. 
How      can      you      tell      it's      mint ?   

It's        easier      to      define      mint       by        what        it        is       not .  .  .

Mint       is       not       warm     . . .     at      all  !
If    it    gets    too    yellow-y,    it's    no    longer    mint.

ABOVE   paint   color :
Benjamin    Moore's       "SPRING    MINT"       2040-70 *

Since    GREEN    is    a    combination   of   BLUE  +  YELLOW
mint       does       have      the      tiniest       bit       of       yellow.

Without        the        tiny        hint        of        yellow,
it's     just     a     cool,     pale     blue.

MINT        is       n o t       g r a y    .  .  .      it's      b r i g h t   !

MINT         is         clean,         cool,         icy !  
It's     right     on     the     line
between      blue      and      green
... a  bit  of  a  sea  foam  green,  without  the  muted  browns  and  grays.

Farrow  and  Ball's     "PALE  POWDER"    204
(color   not   pictured )
"I grew up on the southwest coast of Scotland, and the sea was almost this color -- a gray blue with green undertones.  It's a very easy color to throw things into, a good background for fabrics in pink, orange, taupe, or mustard yellow.  This is one of my basics.  It holds memories for me, and memories and old friends keep me young."  
-Kathryn  Ireland

"It's    a    cool,    minty    green
like you might have seen on one of those striped cabanas on the beach in Saint-Tropez back in the 1940s"....  recommended "  for   a   sunny   room."
Benjamin  Moore's       "SEAFOAM    GREEN"      2039-60
( color   not   pictured !)

Emily Henry recommends
Benjamin   Moore's     "SPECTRA   BLUE"     2049-50
"This turquoise is the color of our Santa Fe sky on a clear day."
Also amongst the darker, more turquoise end of the spectrum.
(color   not   pictured !)

"  It's     a     Dorothy     Draper     color,   
somewhere     between     turquoise     and     chartreuse,  
the wildest color you've ever seen. We used it in a guest room with white painted furniture, and green-and-white fabrics and rugs. Then we did the other guest room right next door in Day-Glo orange. Totally hot next to icy cool. They were like yin and yang. " -William Diamond on    Martin  Senour's   "MARINE GREEN"    152-3
( color    not    pictured  ) 

As  mint  becomes  darker,  it  becomes  something  more  akin  to
turquoise,    teal,     jade,   or    aquamarine,
all   of   which   have   become   popular   lately.

 lots of  WHITE,  with slightly lighter and darker,  tone - on - tone   palettes  (example above -- which also looks fantastic with that  BROWN! ).   ROSY-PINK,  as well as darker  RASPBERRY,  pairs well with mint.   GOLD  can look amazing with a seafoam/mint green (à la Downton  Abbey's  Drawing  Room!)  And don't forget  BLACK  as well as  JEWEL   TONES!
We're going to keep seeing mint for awhile...might as well enjoy!!

a l s o     r e c o m m e n d e d :

(left to right)   Benjamin  Moore's    "IRISH  MINT   2041-70
and    "FROSTY   MINT   2043-70

(left to right)    Behr's     "BALMY   SEAS"     490C-3
and    Valspar's       "NAUTICAL"       5007-9C  

(left to right)   Benjamin   Moore's     "MISTY  TEAL"     2046-60
and     "SOUTH    BEACH"     2043-50

(left to right)    Martin   Senour's      "MARINE   GREEN"    152-3
and    Pratt   and   Lambert's     "TAMPICO"

PAINT      COLORS      IN      PHOTOS      ARE      UNKNOWN

PHOTOS:   1. vintage luxe,    2. atlanta homes magazine,    3. alexa hampton, 
4. intérieur maison,    5. unknown,   6.  moon tea,   7. world of interiors,    8.  a life's design, 
9.  cupcakes and casablanca,    10. pink wallpaper,    11. pinterest via nanine angenot,   
12. kerry joyce,    13.  jill sorensen,   14. muses of design,   15. barbara howard,
designer  quotes  from  house  beautiful  magazine

Saturday, May 19, 2012

for the love of: black + white

PHOTOS: 1. vals de lamour,  2. , 16.  unknown,  3. traditional home magazine,  4. todd romano,  
5. design crisis,   6. stylish spaces,  7. metropolitan home,  8. encore une minute,   
9. l'inprobable,   10. , 12. the house home,   11. some girls like art,  13.  c boheme,  
14. persephone's box,   15. traditional-home,   17. classic actually

"still life, quick heart :" interiors

"Still  Life,  Quick  Heart"   is  a  fantastic  tumblr 
featuring art from various periods and genres.  The following pieces cover interior spaces from the 19th-21st centuries; I hope you'll enjoy them as much as I have!   

Interior  with  Three  Armchairs,   21st  c.  by  Hanna Ruminski

Ode  to  Picasso,   2011  by  Catherine  Nolin

Blue  Yellow,   2010  artist unknown, via  Koplin  del  Rio

Cat  Sitting  in  a  Window,  20th  c.   by  Willy  James

Turner's  Bed  As  Found,   2010  by  Alec  Cobbe

Drawing  Room,   2009  by  Jenny Wheatley

Interior with Red Chair,   1929  by  Francis Cadell

Interior  with  Red  Divan,   1914  by   Stanislaw  Zhukovsky

Embroidered  Cloth,   2004  by   Jill  Barthorpe

The  Artist's  Drawing  Room,   1912  by  Francis  Cadell

Forbidden  Corner,   20th c.  by  Elsa  Woutersen  van  Doesburgh

The  Chintz  Couch,   1914  by  Ethel  Sands

ARTWORK (by order of appearance) :   Hanna Ruminski also creates many interior scenes.  The second image, by Catherine Nolin, whose work includes many vibrant, contemporary interiors, must be my favorite!  Willy James (1920-2004) was called "The Painter of Paris." Alec Cobbe (Irish, 1945) often paints interior scenes.  Jenny Wheatley paints colorful, contemporary scenes from every day life in England.  Francis Cadell's piece (1883-1937, Scottish) is similar in style to Magritte; he was known as "a colourist."  Stanislav Zhukovsky (1875-1944) was a Polish-Russian Impressionist painter.   Jill Barthorpe is an English illustrator and painter of landscapes whose work has received great success and critical acclaim.  Elsa Woutersen van Doesburgh (Dutch,1875-1957) was also a painter of interior spaces, miniatures and also an engraver.  Ethel  Sands (1873-1962) was an American-turned-British citizen Impressionist painter.