Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Wisteria Lane

One of the nearby homes in my parents' neighborhood boasts an amazing fenceline of blooming wisteria- the arbiter of Spring.
The heady aroma drew me in, camera in tow......And got me thinking about the use of the delicate color in home design. There is perhaps no one better at incorporating the flattering hue than Chicago designer, Anne Coyle. If, like me, you aren't necessarily on a first-name basis with her, you'll certainly recognize her work as pics you've tagged before into your "lovely" file.
Anne takes lavender from a whisper, as seen in this soft-but-crisp living room...
To bold statement, in this entry.
What keeps it from looking too Easter egg-y?
Graphic stops either in form - see those white, Chinoiserie side tables?
Or grounding color - black here.
And my favorite, this unexpected red lacquer Campaign console.
Keeping accessories and art "un-fussy" is another way to enjoy lavender without committing to an overly girly look.
Check out that faux snakeskin coffee table!
But alas, the color 'tis not for everyone - like uncooperative toddlers! ;)


ashlina said...

great post. i absolutely love the purple colors :) such beauty!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Ah great minds must think alike! I wrote about pastels too today!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

sweet sweet post, great inspiration and beautiful photos!

Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

Ohhh such eye candy, just you wait in about 6 years that little dollface of yours is going to be SCREAMING for purple...if she is anything like me, which I hope for your sake she isn't!

my favorite and my best said...

i can't believe the wisteria is in bloom already down there!!!!
gorgeous rooms!! GEEEEORGEOUS!!!!!!!!

Natalie Catherine said...

love these photos! thanks for putting this together! lovely!

Sarah - La Jeune Marie said...

Loving these lavender rooms!! Hello Spring!

Katie said...

I loooove poiiiple! That first living room is TDF.