Off Color

off-col·or (ôfklr, f-) adj. 1. Exhibiting bad taste: an off-color joke. 2. Varying from the usual, expected, or required color.3. Not in good health or spirits.

If you expected risque jokes here, I’m sorry to not deliver today! Instead I’m talking about colors being “off” from what was expected. Way off! It’s making me feel sick, or “not in good health or spirits.” Because I made a small investment in a dream, a gorgeous vision, that now would look like … yuck. Real yucky yuck.

Floor tile was laid in the India pied a terre this week! Yay! This is the photo my husband took of the tile for the bedroom floors when he visited last October:

I thought the lighter tile on the right would be installed in bedrooms, with marbled variation of blue-grays, reds, pinks. So I pictured some blues for the guest bedroom. I never buy blue, but I want to make the Chennai flat a real “getaway experience” with colors we don’t usually live with. So for the guest room, if I don’t find a big ol’ Indian armoire with some blue chippy paint, I would add blue chippy paint to an armoire. Like this one which someone placed in a now-expired classified ad (but the photo lives on):

Or this one at Rouget de Lisle, perfect because it has both blue and pink chippy paint and you’ll see why that’s perfect in a moment:

On the bed, I pictured a mix of Les Indiennes fabrics like these …


And blue block print bedding:

And small throw pillows that I would knit from silk sari fabric yarn like this from etsy seller Jazzturtle which mixes sari yarn with other fibers:

As backing for the knitted pillows, I would use this bicolor blue and pink silk duppoini from India that I got at Exquisite Fabrics in DC, in Georgetown, a must-stop shop whenever I’m in town:

And the pièce de résistance — the dream of a vision of India nights under sequiny stars — was to be made from these two obscenely sparkly sequiny textiles I found at A Fabric Place in Baltimore a few weeks ago:

I planned to turn these fabrics into drum/barrel lamps suspended from the ceiling in staggered fashion like this:

Can you imagine the light shining at night through the open patterns? The shadows it would make. Can you imagine during the day, the sequins launching sparkles and splattering them across the walls, whenever the sun shines through the windows? Very cool. Very different. Very somewhere-else-in-the-world for guests.

But noooooooooooooooo, it is not to be. None of it is to be. Because the color of the bedrooms’ floor tile is this:

Apparently, this is indeed the right side tile in the photo from the October shopping trip, not the left:

Really? Doesn’t look like it to me. Well, whatever happened … oh well. Doesn’t matter now. The tile is in. We can do the same decor ideas, but with different colors. Back to the drawing board!

My husband keeps asking whether we really do need to wait until we visit Chennai to pick the kitchen cabinets in person. Yes, we do, I insist. Why? He asks. This whole story is why! Colors are not always what they seem.

Anyway, I will still make the beautiful sequiny drum shades, and perhaps put them up for sale on etsy. I now have no need for pink and blue sequiny lampshades! The Baltimore fabric shop had so many sequined fabrics, there must be something else on their bolts in colors that would not clash horribly with the tile, so I’ll still make the drum shades happen for us. Hmmm … you know how I like paprika color … now that would go with this floor … at least I think so … maybe I better wait until I see the floor in person …

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Orange Crush, Blue Mood

Saw my first robin today. Then another! If we ever spent much of late winter in India, I’d miss the surprise of that first sighting. In honor of spring’s arrival, a quick splash of pretty color …

Looking forward to sandal season, found on Pinterest:

Looking forward to flowers too, also found on Pinterest via Tumblr:

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Peacock Colors

Y’all are liking the color posts, according to the dashboard stats! Okay, here’s more. For months, I’ve been collecting peacock color inspiration photos. Time to share. One restriction just for the fun of it: I’m going to work really hard to not put images  including an actual peacock or real peacock feathers in this collection …

Found at VT Interiors:

Found on Pinterest and Tumblr, original source unknown:

From decor8:

A little bit subdued peacock color, found at Pinterest:

Found at Houzz:

Peacock colors in a table setting in a Bunny Williams book:

Found at French by Design:

Colors in nature found on Patagonia home page:

Now some products to bring the color to your home and yourself. Peacock Bhuti Runner at Cost Plus World Market:

Cuff with peacock colors from Dannijo:

Peacock color framed tiles at Z Gallerie:

Peacock tile handmade by Motawi Tileworks — when I lived in Ann Arbor I had wonderful opportunity to take a tilemaking class from Nawal Motawi — a very talented lady:

Rug from Overstock:

Via Pinterest peacock inspiration:

Did you like what you see? Found on Pinterest, Deviant Art:

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Pink & Orange II

The previous pink & orange post has been so popular! In anticipation of sunnier skies and bright spring flowers in Chicago soon, here’s more pink & orange.

I’ll be gentle on your eyes to start. Shown at Shannon Fricke:

Jonathan Adler via Houzz:

Found on Pinterest via ID Bohemia:

Via The Diversion Project:

From House Beautiful:

From Etsy seller ReclaimTheThrone:

From Bright Bazaar:

Found at Sara Kate Studios:

From Caldwell Flake:

Let’s amp up the visual punch now. From 18 Kerut:

Via Sproost:

Found at ArchZine:

Via Bolig:

From Yolo Colorhouse:

From Bazaar of Serendipity:

From The Selby:

Let’s look at smaller punches of pink and orange. Like this cute string thing from Amy Atlas blog where you can find the DIY directions to make it yourself, in pink + orange or any other color:

Artwork found at Pinterest and Dark Lamb tumblr:

Via Elle and The Coveteur:

Kantha scarf from Niki Jones:

Pink and orange iridescence for your nails. MAC Bad Fairy Nail Lacquer photo found via Temptalia:

Silk scarf handspun and handwoven in Afghanistan via DIA LIVING:

Found via Bijou and Boheme:

So to close this festival of color for tonight, for now, the current weather feels more like this Hermes ad:

We’ll take bright color however and wherever we can get it. Color in flowers will be coming soon, like this photo from The Land That Ugly Forgot:

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