Color Crush

Color Crush: Neon Watermelon

October 10, 2013 | Alex

There's this color. I see it everywhere I go. Its bright. Neon bright. And it's orange? Red? Pink? I don't know! It's all three. I'm going to call it "neon watermelon".

Closely-related "Traffic cone orange" had it's 5-minutes of fame recently (see Tom Dixon's Offcut bench, for one of my favorite examples.) But now seems to be ceding the spotlight to it's pinkier cousin. 

I first spotted neon watermelon when Margot bought a bkr glass + silicone water bottle in "rocket". Then I saw it on a sweater displayed in the window of Smith street's new Splendid boutique. (A sweater that required me to call on deep reserves of self-discipline not to purchase.) I knew it was officially a trend when very fancy and intimidating mid-century modern antiques dealer Wyeth in Tribeca had on display a Hans Wegner arm chair and a Robsjohn Gibbings triangular cocktail, both in neon watermelon.

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  1. Austin home via Apartment Therapy
  2. Bleeker Stripe Tunic, Splendid - $188
  3. Arm Chair by Hans J. Wegner, Wyeth via 1st Dibs - price upon request 
  4. Maple Wood Swing, Terrain - $148
  5. BKR Bottle (Rocket)  - $28
  6. Port of Amsterdam Pillow, Baba Souk - $80

Have a happy weekend! I'm heading out to Bridgehampton to do a client install in the morning. So excited to see months of planning realized. If you're curious about how it comes together, I'll plan to post a few snapshots on instagram.

Color Crush: Acid Yellow + Grey

May 23, 2013 | Alex

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As readers of this blog know all too well, I like a neutral palette. Especially one loaded with calming grey tones. But there's something about acid yellow that's calling to me. Against a silvery grey backdrop, it has a surprisingly soothing effect-- without being a 'taupe-on-taupe' snoozefest.

I'm keen to pair the hyper modern hue with an earthy tribal print, like this killer ikat chair from Furbish Studio. (How cool is the nude print? A steal at $28-- or take home the original  for $365!) If your squeamish about acid tones, maybe a subtle neon zipper would do the trick?

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Sources  (clockwise from top left)

  1. Small Carnaby Acid Palm Lamp, Jonathan Adler - $195
  2. Nude Print II (8x10 print of original painting by Andrea M. Whalen) via Furbish Studio - $28
  3. Array Pendant, via Weego Home - $595
  4. Grey Ikat Chair, via Furbish Studio - $1,500
  5. Stripy Cushion (Grey), OYOY - $95 (available in the US via the Cool Hunter)
  6. Scamp Medium Table (yellow base/marble top), Blu Dot - $349

Color Crush: Tomato + Turquoise

March 4, 2013 | Sherry

I have always been partial to a red with a touch of orange-- a tomato red. When I saw CB2's circus striped shower curtain, I started to dream in tomato and turquoise. Next came the emotional response to a "vi motas i Danmark" poster spotted at Bo Concept. Yes, I have fallen hard for this color combo. What do you think? Would you use this bold pairing in your home? I plan on it!


Sources (clockwise from top left)

  1. Cashmere Popover Hoodie - Turquoise, J. Crew Collection- 248.00.
  2. Urbanears Headphones - Tomato, J Crew - $60.00
  3. Room Essentials Towels, Set of Three, Target - $11.97
  4. vi motas i DANMARK poster, Bo Concept - $225.00
  5. Barque Stripe Shower Curtain CB2 - $49.99
  6. Red Wireless Speaker by JAMBOX, via Apple Store - $179
  7. Turquoise Necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane, via ShopBop - $220

Color Crush: Navy + Persimmon | Etsy Edition

February 28, 2013 | Alex

I think we're witness a key shift in the evolution of Etsy. Etsy began as a celebration of craft and community. It's business function was to connect crafts people with each other, and provide them with an opportunity to reach buyers outside of their local market. That is to say that participating in the Etsy community was the end goal. 

Now, due in large part to the growth of the blogosphere's influence and in even larger part to the trend of retailers (like West Elm and One Kings Lane) partnering with Etsy, the online community seems to have evolved into a stepping stone for creatives. It's now a weigh station on the road to discovery. 

As a consumer, I'm so happy to see my favorite Etsy sellers (like OneFortyThree or Lisa Golightly of Kiki and Polly) move on to the next stage of their careers-- whether it's launching their own e-commerce site in order to accommodate increased demand or partnering with a retailer. 

I do sometimes wonder, though, what the founders of Etsy think about the shift. When you read their mission statement, you don't get exactly get the impression that they intended to be a stepping stone to partnership with big box retailers. But you can't argue with the benefit to the individual craftspeople. And, after all, aren't big box retailers just furthering Etsy's mission to make craft more accessible to the broader public?

Since all this was on my mind, I thought I'd do a round up of some recent discoveries on Etsy in one of my favorite color schemes-- Navy and Persimmon. Enjoy!


Sources  (clockwise from top left)

  1. Moab I, 16 x 20" Archival Print - Limited Edition, Callie Helen @Etsy - $100
  2. Ouija Board, Melamine Decorative Plate, Burke Hare Co. @Etsy - $16
  3. Red Cardinal, A4 Print of Original Illustration, Tiny Kiwi Illustrations @Etsy - $14
  4. Modern Table Lamp, Ample Furniture @Etsy - $395
  5. 16 x 16" Vintage Turkish Kilim Pillow Cover, Sukan @Etsy - $170
  6. Urban Tote in Navy Waxed Canvas and Distressed Leather, Red Staggerwing @Etsy - $95