Saturday, June 9, 2012

coral + salmon II : bold, bright and cheerful!

In  a  recent   post,   corals + salmons:  pastel-to-medium,   I   mentioned   that   this  color  is  experiencing  a  resurgence  in  popularity!
Until  recently,  we've seen  very  little  of  this  color.

Benjamin      Moore's         "CORAL      REEF"         012 
(shown  above)
" Take    a    chance    on    this    bright    coral, 
softer    than    orange,    and    more    hip    than    pink.
Very   Palm   Beach   and   Lobster   Salad   on   a   summer   day.  "  -Scott Sanders

Instead  of  the  more  muted  tones  of  the  past,   corals   of   recent   years   have   been    cleaner,     brighter     grapefruit  -  pinks.
These     pink - y       corals     are     cheerful
and      they     bring      the      drama!

Benjamin Moore's        "ALL - A - BLAZE"        1304 *
is   recommended   by   Charlotte  Moss

A  pale  blue  ceiling,  above,  is  a  subtle  foil  for  this  bright  punch  of  color.

The   North   Parlor   at    The   Greenbrier      (aka   "The  Princess  Grace  Room"),
above,   is   an   historic    DOROTHY  DRAPER    interior.
Draper's mid-20th-century regency style has been dubbed  "Park  Avenue  Rococo."
The   paint   color   is    Benjamin  Moore's     "BLAZING    ORANGE"     2011-20 .
( Is   that   the   clock   that   was   on   'the   Bachelorette'   recently  ? ! )

The Dining Room above is a Jacques  Grange interior; part of the Agostinelli home in Paris (walls in 'Provence Stripe: Cerise and Sand,' by Thorpe of London).

Benjamin   Moore's          "TANGERINE    DREAM"          2012-30
" It's a wonderful Luis Barragán color, an orange that doesn't look silly.  The secret about these big, white California Spanish houses is that inside they feel dark and gray.  So I sit the clients down, tell them this is what we're going to do, and it will make you look ten years younger.  That usually gets them to say yes. "
-Jarrett Hedborg

Benjamin    Moore's          "PERSIMMON"          2088-40
(shown   above)

Charlotte      Moss'      recommendations:
- "I would paint the walls a shell pink, and then brighten it up with shades of white.  Alternatively, adapt a concept  from the 18th-century, where the walls would have been white, and the trim would have been painted a saturated brighter shade of pink.   A third, more modernist approach, would be to   semigloss   the   walls   and   trim   in   the   same   color.    I would choose a beautiful shade of coral, like the darkest shade of the inside of a conch shell." 

Benjamin   Moore's         "BIRD    OF    PARADISE"        1305      
( shown  above )
This  is  a  real  late - 1940s,  early -1950s  coral,  deep  and  rich.
It's  Debra  Paget  wearing  a  sarong  in  Bird  of  Paradise.
I  throw  this  color  on  ceilings  -- that's  the  Billy  Haines  trick.
He  knew  it  would  make  everybody  look  great. "
-Jarrett Hedborg

Benjamin    Moore's          "GERANIUM"          1307
(shown   above)

Which      color      palettes      best      suit      these
bright grapefruit and watermelon corals?   Lots  of  WHITE, to begin with, and  BLACK. A soft, PALE BLUE works, as does a bold, Kelly GREEN, and a chocolate BROWN.     PINKS  and  REDS,  i.e. tone-on-tone palettes, are another way to go.   As you can see in these photos, both silver/chrome  and   golden-bronze/brass hardware  (from seating and lighting to picture frames)  work well with these colors.   To  accompany  its  "GERANIUM" (above)  Benjamin   Moore   recommends   its "SEMOLINA" 2155-40, a soft, buttercup yellow, plus its cooler, brown "DAVENPORT  TAN"  HC-76   along with its  ''CAMEO  WHITE" 915.

Benjamin    Moore's        "BULLS   EYE   RED"       2002-20
(shown   above)
At     some     point, 
these       corals       become       reds...
 extremely    bright,     extremely    saturated,     pure - color, 
Kool - Aid     Tropical    Punch  -  reds !
-  E  N  J  O  Y  !

PHOTOS:    1. the aestate,   2. , 9.  pottery barn,   3.  la belle vie,   4. tea cupcakes, 
5. flickr,    6. house and garden,    7.  luster interiors,    8.  unknown,     9. lonny
designer  quotes  via  House  Beautiful  Magazine, except Charlotte Moss


Friday, June 8, 2012

"still life, quick heart:" cats

"Still Life, Quick Heart" is an exciting tumblr, showcasing all manner of art.  The cats depicted below originate from artists whose styles and periods (from the 17th- through the 21st-centuries) are as varied as their countries of origin.  Enjoy!

Opussyquinusqe,   the   Cat          c .   1932             Duncan     GRANT

Le   Chat             c .   1920              Raoul    DUFY  

Interior   with   Cats          1957          Henry   Wanton   JONES 

Figaro                 1945              Francis    CHAPIN  

Two   Cats   on   the   Farm           1960          Joseph   MADER 
 (1905-)   German        tempera  on  chalk/pencil  drawing  on  paper

Portrait   of   a   Black   Cat         20th c.        Dorothy   Lake   GREGORY
(1893-1970)   American          oil on canvas

The    Large    Cat                1657               Cornelis   VISSHER
(1629-1658)     Dutch             engraving            The   British   Museum

Cat   and   Kitten              1838          Henriette  RONNER - KNIP

Mary    Steals    By            2010            David   KONIGSBERG

Cat  with  Dead  Game  and  Fruit  on  a  Table           17th  c.           Jan  FYT

 Blue   Cat              21st  c.            Richard    BAWDEN 
British           linocut / edition  of  85

Siamese   Cat   on   Chair        1920        Louis   VALTAT
(1869 - 1952)     French          oil   on   canvas 

Six   Studies   of   a   Cat         1763 - 1770         Thomas  GAINSBOROUGH 
(1727 - 1788)   English           Rijksmuseum,    Amsterdam

ALL   IMAGES   FROM   "Still   Life,   Quick   Heart"

R E L A T E D     P O S T S  :

still  life,  quick  heart :   cats !

still life, quick heart :  cats + dogs

Collecting    Photos

Stars   and   Stripes   Forever