So I have this cool app on my iPhone called, appropriately, Palettes, that lets you take a photo and turn it into a color palette. Because you know how you read a magazine and (I’ve been guilty of this, I’m sure) it’s like, “get your inspiration from nature,” and you’re like, um… so my apartment should look like a blade of grass? The reason this app is so awesome is that it sees all those colors that you don’t even notice—so when I took this snap of the Statue of Liberty on a boat ride over the weekend, it caught all those greys and peaches and dusty blues that I might have overlooked. Neat, huh? (-Moe)
Mirror, Warhol Vanity Mirror, $219, Ballard Designs. Couch, English Roll Arm Upholstered Loveseat, $2,345, Restoration Hardware. Pillow, Wildflower Embroidered Double Boudoir Pillow, $75, Pine Cone Hill. Ottoman, Wooden Dhurrie Upholstered Ottoman, $549, Wisteria. Rug, American Home Rug Company Beach Collection Boardwalk Stripes Black Rug, $129.60 for 2’6″x8, RugsUSA. Floor, Loft Walnut Laminate Flooring, Pergo. Lamp, Bruno Double-Arm Adjustable Floor Lamp, $242, Rejuvenation.
Happy holiday weekend! Can you guess what this SB’s theme is? (Here’s a hint: it’s the same as last year.) Yup, I can’t resist my red, white and blue, especially when it comes in sailor stripe form. (-Moe)
Berkshire Oak laminate flooring, Pergo. Rugby Stripe Rug, $149 for 4×6-foot, Ethan Allen. Hawthorne Sofa in Doss, $1,299 as show, Room & Board. Jasper Johns “Three Flags” print, $235 as shown, Art.com. Orange and Natural Double Concentric pillows, $178 each, and Navy Positano Asterisk pillow, $68, Jonathan Adler.
I just visited a girlfriend’s apartment who had the color just the way I would want it—if I didn’t have a husband to contend with. Warm grey, soft pink; totally girly and still grown-up. Hence, this week’s palette. (-Moe)
Seaside Pine laminate Flooring, Pergo. Focal Point Grand Tuscan Frieze, $39.99, Home Depot. Surya Seventeen Flirty Collection FLT4 Coral Rug, from $50, Rugsusa.com. Blake Lounge Chairs, $699, Crate & Barrel. Criss Cross Stripes Gray Rectangular throw Pillows, $59.95, pillowdecor.com. Wall color, Nimbus, Benjamin Moore.
Thank you to the Beatles—and the glorious weather—for this week’s inspiration… (-Moe)
I need to laugh, and when the sun is out / I’ve got something I can laugh about
I feel good, in a special way / I’m in love and it’s a sunny day
Syrie Wallpaper, $195 for jumbo roll, Jonathan Adler. Super Fresco White Beadboard Paintable Wallpaper, $21.96 per roll, Home Depot. Focal Point Grand Tuscan Frieze, $39.99, Home Depot. Seaside Pine laminate flooring, Pergo. Nectar/Dandelion runner, $425, Angela Adams. Palm Beach Demilune Table in Fireworks, $1,740, Oomph. Sizzling Colors Geometric Table Lamp in Gray, $149, Shades of Light.
If you live on the East Coast, you’ll have now trouble figuring out the theme of this week’s Swatchbook: Snow!!! We had a pretty substantial blizzard here in NYC on Wednesday – here’s a shot from my window as it was just getting started. But what’s more calming than the first few hours after it snows, when the streets blanketed in white and the sky is soft with flurries? It’s not long before people (and dogs) ruin the pretty scene – hence those grey and yellow touches – but it’s awfully pretty when it starts! (-Moe)
Paint, Early Morning Mist, Benjamin Moore. Focal Point Grand Tuscan Frieze molding, $39.99, Home Depot. Laminate flooring in Driftwood Pine, Pergo. Geranium sofa, Cisco Brothers. Hayward 18-inch pillow in Sunflower, $29..95, Crate & Barrel. Angora wool Cable throw in Gray, $59 (sale), Ethan Allen.
This week’s inspiration started when I noticed my husband reading a biography of John James Audubon. Then we were in Key West on Monday and happened to pass by the Audubon House (where he is believed to created several paintings of Florida species for his “Birds of America”). I remembered that Olympic Paints recently introduced a color collection inspired by his works – including the beautiful “Tranquil” palette, which perfectly captures the colors of the gorgeous sunsets here. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a room in these soothing hues? (-Moe)
Wall paint, Shy Violet, Olympic Paint & Stain. Molding, Focal Point Grand Tuscan Frieze, $39.99, Home Depot. Flooring, Golden Bamboo laminate, Pergo. Plant, 7-foot Kentia Palm, $245, ArtificialPlantsandTrees.com. Rug, Simply Shabby Chic Damask Rug, $69.99 for 4×6-foot, Target. Sofa, Alex Love Seat, from $1,790, Maine Cottage. Artwork, Louisiana Heron from “Birds of America” by John James Audubon, $164.99 for Gramercy Honey-framed 28×24 print, Art.com.
The source of my inspiration this week is pretty obvious, so I’m just going to get this song in your head. (-Moe)
Sleigh bells ring, are you listenin’?
In the lane snow is glistnin’
A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight
Walkin’ in a winter wonderland
Paint: Clear Blue Sky, Robins Egg, Bittersweet Chocolate, Robins Egg and Red Rose Bouquet, Glidden. Moulding, Focal Point Grand Tuscan Frieze, $39.99, The Home Depot. Flooring, Charleston Oak laminate flooring, Pergo. Rug, Georgia, $799 for small, Amy Butler. Couch, Gemma Settee, $2,995, Jayson Home & Garden. Pillow, Starburst by Thomas Paul, $80, at Pillowsandthrows.com. Print, Blossom Tree by Alia Kachaeva, $40 for 16×20, Artocracy.org.