Archive for the ‘Yellows’ Category

September 30th, 2013 No Comments

this week’s color palette: a fall harvest palette

The leaves are starting to change here in New York and pumpkin fields are full. This time of year I love bringing out my Black Clay Pottery, black tumblers, flatware and decorative owls. Also setting the table with Terra Cotta Hurricanes and votives on our outside patio brings that garden feeling to the tabletop and act as a centerpiece.  I like selecting muted color pumpkins for the table instead of the bright orange (which I usually save for pumpkin carving). Natural color linen table runners keep the table soft against the dark plates … Read more

September 23rd, 2013 No Comments

this week’s color palette: muted fruits & foliage colors for casual outdoor entertaining

It’s officially fall. But while it’s still warm why not continue to entertain friends and family outside. Creating a casual afternoon of cocktails and bite sized food doesn’t have to be as daunting as you might think. I’ll be sharing my tips all week for casual entertaining so I hope you’ll follow along today through Friday. Pictured above is this week’s color palette which I introduce each Monday and my paint chip picks from Benjamin Moore.  Colors chips from top to bottom: Pearly Gates 190, Pearl Harbor 2165-50, Golden Gate 033, Palace Pear cw-650 and Sweet Pear 389.  It’s a … Read more

August 27th, 2013 No Comments

sofia coppola’s marie antoinette carries a gorgeous color palette throughout the film

Sofia Coppola’s film, Marie Antoinette (2006) was overall a gorgeous movie, with actress Kirsten Dunst playing Marie Antoinette. And like a beautiful editorial spread, or a gorgeous home- when you dissect it a bit you realize a color palette was chosen at the beginning of the production and carried throughout. Everything from the stunning gowns to the furnishings to the flowers followed a color story and the result is magical and beautiful. If you have never seen this movie I’d highly recommend watching it. Sofia Coppola weaves modern day nuances and music into the historical movie to make it more … Read more

July 19th, 2013 No Comments

A backyard playhouse full of color and fun…from a kit made by a family business in ohio!

Take a peek at my girls backyard playhouse. I purchased this playhouse kit from the Little Cottage Company (a family owned business located in Ohio) for my kids and what a great find! My girls spend hours in this cottage, which is complete with 2 dutch doors (one for little ones and one for grown-ups), working windows with screens and even flower boxes. It took a friend and I about a day and a half to put the kit together and it was pretty easy to do. (the only thing really not included are roof shingles, but I used the extra ones … Read more

July 18th, 2013 No Comments

Pineapple juice- a great way to stay hydrated on these hot summer days

I know we feature a cocktail usually, but on these hot oppressive summer days an alcoholic drink is not the best choice. Pineapple juice is one juice that is very good to keep you hydrated. When entertaining in summer I always make sure to have a juice, iced tea, a sparkling water… along with a cocktail beverage. This also is something to consider when you are planning a wedding. Not everyone drinks alcohol, so it’s always nice to have a fun, colorful non-alcoholic option for your guests. This blog I found, called explains some more of the benefits … Read more

July 17th, 2013 No Comments

weddings: these brides layered in color for a fun style to their wedding day

Layering in different colors into your wedding day can be tricky. These brides layered in our color palette of pink, yellow, red and blue in fun, but still pretty ways. From pale yellow and pink bouquets against red dresses, to streamers with globe lights this is proof a wedding can be casual and fun too. Too casual for your style? These can also be great color ideas for the rehearsal dinner or a welcome dinner for out of town guests. Red drinks with red striped straws are a fun way to add color to your cocktail hour. A yellow and … Read more

July 16th, 2013 No Comments

summer sweets, from classic cupcakes and strawberries to puddings with dirt chocolate

I’m always looking for small little sweets to end a summer meal and these certainly will put smiles on everyone’s faces. Classics like cupcakes with simple colored sugar or chocolate toppings are so easy to make yourself. Dress up your cupcakes with patterned cupcake papers from Viking Importing Company or search unique toppers of all kinds on Etsy for a special theme or interest. (You can even use cupcakes as place card holders.) Individual strawberry shortcakes are another great classic, instead of baking the shortcake in a pan, drop the batter in cupcake tins, then slice each one in half and … Read more

July 15th, 2013 No Comments

color palette: a fun palette for a beach side cottage or even a playhouse

This is a color palette I personally used for my girls playhouse. It took a little while to select the right shades of blue, pink and yellow that would look fresh and fun, but these are the exact Benjamin Moore paints I used. I’ll show you the playhouse on Thursday when we post about interiors. I have since then found these straws from Ikea that fit in the palette perfectly. Only a $1.49 for a pack of 100! -Great for smoothies and cool summer drinks. For a ‘grown-up’ take on this palette, see how Miles Redd incorporated these … Read more

June 7th, 2013 No Comments

summer cocktails from creative loafing…a pink heelsplitter anyone?

Creative Loafing based in Charlotte, North Carolina has a nice round-up of summer cocktails to give you several fresh new ideas for your bar. How about a hot Pink Heelsplitter? or a Queen 2 Bee? I bet you never thought of some of these ingredients to mix your drinks…beet and chard syrup, rhubarb bitters or blueberry mustard! (follow the Creative Loafing link above for the full story)

June 6th, 2013 No Comments

interiors: this week’s color palette used in big splashes and small accents

Sometimes there’s nothing better than just looking at inspirational photos to get ideas for your own home. A hot pink might be too much for your walls, but a sofa makes a big splash. Paired with shades of pink, coral and yellow pillows it brings this white room to life. (notice the gray stained beams.. part of our color palette this week with the pinks and yellows) Slip covers for you sofa are a great idea if you don’t want to invest in an expensive sofa in such a bold color. Below, sometimes just adding a bright comforter to a … Read more