Monday, June 6, 2011

Inspiration Monday-Summer Color Palette

I'm not a big purse or shoe person. I usually find one thing I like, and wear it until it falls apart. When last year's purse from Charm Design started fraying on the handles, I mourned! This was a good one, and I always got so many compliments for it. But like a good soldier, I did what I had to do and started another search on etsy. It didn't take long before I fell in love with a beautiful bag from a french etsy shop called Ika Bags and purchased it immediately. When it arrived, I looked at the 2 purses and had a little chuckle to myself. They coordinated with each other perfectly!
Last year's purse

This year's's really a pretty bag but I realized that my sketch book needed to be with me at all times!
A few weeks ago I came upon this invitation from J Press Designs and was enamored. I stared at it for a really long time analyzing what I liked and why it was so attractive to me. I was on to myself and realized that I was subconsciously moving into a new color scheme.
Then I realized that it was slightly similar to another invitation I'd been ogling recently by Althea and Ruth from Minted. It's not quite the color scheme, but it's got the same idea.

Finally, when I went shopping this weekend (for a party dress-hmmm) I wore my red boho top with some gray shorts and my daughter, who was shopping with me, wore a coral boho top with some cream shorts. As I caught a glimpse of us in the mirror at the store the color scheme became the obsession.

I'm not sure how exactly to categorize the color scheme. I imagined me telling my sister as I do everything I'm obsessed with:
"So, I'm obsessed with a new color scheme!" I say, with a gleam in my eye.
"What is it this time." she replies with minimal eye rolling.
"Well, it's 2 shades of gray--I call them pearl and oyster--with red and coral and hot pink and kind of an aubergine color and olive-ish green and teal and mustardy yellow..."
Definite eye rolling at this point. "Isn't that just a bunch of colors?"
"Yes it is. But they are really pretty together and I can't get them out of my mind."

And that's all I can tell you folks. I've been missing exits while driving and stopping short in the mall to grab my sketch book and scribble yet another way I can use this multitude of beautiful color in my next set of invitations and designs. I'm going to call it my Summer Palette and see where we can go from there. What do you think? Are you obsessed with a color scheme at the moment?


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  2. Margot, sometimes when I read your posts I think, "Wow, I'm not so crazy. There are other people out there who can get completely (and literally) lost in color!" And you describe the process so well. Sometimes I am drawn to something and when I sit down to blog about it I am always challenged to describe why. You have a great knack for saying exactly how I feel. Thanks for putting it into words!

    (I am laughing because I had to delete my first post because my words weren't right!)


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