As we end 2012 and go forward with a brand new year, this palette of pink, blush, stones colors and metallics seems fresh and clean. I talked about emerald green as Pantone’s 2013 color of the year, but then Benjamin Moore has a soft yellow called Lemon Sorbet as color of the year that they are mixing with mint, coral, pink, blue and vanilla neutrals. I’m anxious to watch the award shows in January and February to see what colors will trend in the girls’ gowns. I think it sometimes predicts the mood of the year in both fashion and home. So as I put away the holiday decor and get ready for 2013 I’m excited for a clean slate with a calm mood. What colors are you leaning toward in the new year? The bold greens and crisp bright colors or the soft palette of yellow, mint and other pastels? And how will you inject them in your life? In fashion? By painting a room or adding new furniture or accessories? I’d really love to hear what projects you plan to work on, what stores you are loving to shop in and what colors you are having a crush on.
The above photo is from Michael George‘s book Simply Elegant Flowers. To me having fresh flowers in my home every week seems like a luxury. If you like to do your own arrangements then definitely read Michael’s book. He teaches you how to cut the stems properly- it’s like a Master Class on flower cutting and arranging. And after I popped into a few flower shops this holiday season and I cringed at how some of these florists were cutting and handling the flowers- I’m reminded what talented people I work with and Michael is one of the best in the world. His book is a true reference book as well as inspiration. Michael used Astilbe and “Blushing Bride” protea cut to various heights and arranged in clear, geometric vases. Photo by Brie Williams.