In my work, I spend many hours looking at, and thinking about the work of other designers, artists, textile designers, furniture makers and craft people of every ilk. But whenever I can, I turn my focus to NATURE, the original, fundamental, and primary source of all inspiration!
October in Vermont is perfect for this kind of creative refreshment. It’s no wonder Vermont is known for it’s crafts and artists! I just spent a couple of days there taking pictures. Here’s a very small example of what I saw, and the direct inspiration for interior design that I took from it.
This incredible fuchsia foliage is the aptly named Flame Bush. I love it at this stage, half green, half fuchsia.
…And, I love it as a color scheme. Green and pink are natural companions. At this depth of saturation, they bring earthiness, glamour and passion. The combination amps up the exotic feel of these Moroccan inspired patterns.
GREENANDPINKWITHBROWNBRANCHESsldhfoifhslihfoihflskjhfoshflaksnc,xjhieoufjp;almcmxfghidfgvbksjbclsckjbkbkz,jhosksudgsk,jbvksuihfnlazkx bvksudhflzxb kiusdcblzk b,zb
Fabrics: Top row- All three are from HIGHLAND COURT 180933H-298, 180939-298 and 180944H-338. Second Row- KRAVET 27148-430, Highland Court 180949H-299, Kravet (wallcovering) W3080-630. Third Row-Highland Court 180934H-298, Kravet (wallcovering) W3093-640, Highland Court 180954H-298 All fabrics are available through Gaita Interiors (914)834-8282.
PASTELFOLIAGEONHILLWITHROADlkirfjolsnfosiefhls,djfkosihn.z,xncvkdujrfjwl;s.,nv kjfkm;l., mvjekijmlc;., vknln vk
Carpet- Hot Pink Song from Madeline Weinrib, hand blown vase from www.glassworkscentral.net , green Moroccan Pouf from http://moroccanprestige.com/leather_poufs.html, Moroccan Lantern from www.gifts.freemarkits.com Fuchsia Moroccan Pouf from www.tazidesigns.com
The Real Vermont, Why I Keep Going Back: I took this shot on the edge of a quiet country road, on a cloudy afternoon in Ludlow, Vermont. To me in exemplifies all that is lovely about Vermont in the Autumn. The shady old tree, the stone wall, the mix of reds, greens, and yellows. Too bad you can’t smell the pines! Pines smell best in Vermont, in the crisp air of Fall.
ROADWITHYELLOWTREElsrdkb,mdjlohfnvx,mnlsoijfls.zn vkxufghbols., nxmjkdjoeirhgbvdjvn;sokfpwhvlsvnlsknc;kdh
We can call this the Harvest Palette,and for many it is the only color scheme necessary…EVER!! (Blue need not apply!) It offers a generous helping of warmth and cheer to carry you through the coldest winter.
I like my Harvest Palette on the light side, with lots of orangy reds and yellows, and low notes of clean, deep greens. This combination lends itself to a range of settings from a casual farm house kitchen, to the most formal Manhattan townhouse, and everything in between. It works beautifully with classic chinoiserie details.
Fabrics: Top row- KRAVET Fendton D-420, Kravet 27772-640, Kravet 31786-21 Second Row- HIGHLAND COURT 180664H-268, Kravet 22302-24. Kravet Holistic-16 Third row- ROBERT ALLEN Atlas Peak citrus mango, THIBAUT Alder Damask green wallcovering. All fabrics are available through Gaita Interiors (914)834-8282
I recommend photography as a way of developing a deeper enjoyment of the outdoors. When you decide to photograph something, you’re forced to REALLY look at it, with a concentration you may never have used for JUST LOOKING. You don’t have to be a great photographer (eg: ME!) Any old camera will do. The photographs are not the point. They’re just a means to an end; a new way to see.
I hope you find:
CREATIVE REPLENISHMENT, IN THIS AND EVERY SEASON.