Colour palettes

I love colour. Putting together unusual combinations of different shades is a joy. Naturally then, I have a board on Pinterest dedicated to some of my favourite palettes, and I thought I’d share a few that might inspire you.

First up is the one I am using as inspiration for my wedding this summer (I’m throwing in a bit of rose pink too, and toning down the yellow in that first row to make it a more neutral grey-based cream):

Perfectly pastel

Perfectly pastel via Wedgewood Museum

This next one has a similar feel. I love how the shadows and faded patches give the colours texture and depth and stop them looking manufactured:

Faded beauty

Faded beauty via Vecco Studio

These minty shades look great in a high gloss finish, contrasted against the grainy clay:

Earthbound mint via Paulova

Earthbound mint via Paulova

This combination of aqua, jade, grey, cream and various browns shows how you can use brights without being overbearing – the result is vibrant yet grown up:

Moroccan jewel

Moroccan glaze

This palette runs the retro gauntlet from the 40s to the 80s, using coral and mint, brown and yellow, and a splash of vibrant neon pink – groovy!

Retro rose

Retro rose

Finally, you can’t talk about colour palettes without mentioning Jessica Colaluca of Design Seeds. If you’ve not visited the site before, I insist you do so immediately. This stunning cherry palette is one of hundreds she has created. Prepare to fall in love:

Rich and fruity via Design Seeds

Rich and fruity via Design Seeds

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I love Pinterest

I know, I know, everyone’s been on it for ages. But I’m what the marketing people call a “late adopter” and so it’s taken me until recently to get into Pinterest.

Now that I have, of course, as everyone predicted, I’m completely hooked. It’s essentially hoarding but without having to buy a bigger house. Perfect!

There are a million reasons why I love Pinterest, not least because it has helped me discover some very talented, creative people. Here’s a selection of those I’d definitely recommend checking out…

First, if you haven’t yet come across Design Seeds, you MUST follow for the most incredible colour palette inspiration. While you’re at it, have a look at founder Jessica Colaluca’s page:

Design Seeds on Pinterest

Design Seeds on Pinterest

Blogger Home Girl London is a prolific pinner, with 91 boards and 4,368 pins at last count. She’s got great taste, and shares plenty of room design inspiration as well as current product images:

Home Girl London on Pinterest

Home Girl London on Pinterest

Caroline Taylor of Patchwork Harmony and 91 magazine is another one to watch, especially if you like vintage style design, interiors and photography. The blog is awesome too, and you should definitely check out the mag (not least ’cause I write for it!):

Caroline Taylor on Pinterest

Caroline Taylor on Pinterest

Decor8‘s Holly Becker is on Pinterest (obviously) and it’s safe to say that with over 127,000 followers she’s a pretty popular lady:

Decor8's Holly Becker on Pinterest

Decor8’s Holly Becker on Pinterest

A lot of shops only pin their own products but Anthropologie pins like someone who loves great style and design, and is definitely worth a follow:

Anthropologie on Pinterest

Anthropologie on Pinterest

And of course, you know, follow me! I like to think I’ve got good taste. I’m particularly proud of my Happy Colours and Urban Beauty boards, but this is my favourite recent pin:

My pictures on Pinterest

My pictures on Pinterest

Any suggestions for other boards I should start, or people I should follow?

Oh, and did you know that you can pin from this blog? Do feel free, just be sure to credit the images properly. See you on there!

Freesias

This week, my lovely mum gave me a beautiful bunch freesias and baby’s breath. The freesias smell absolutely gorgeous, and I’ve been making a concerted effort to go over to the vase (actually a crystal jug that used to belong to my gran) and smell them at every occasion.

Soon though, they will fade and I will have to throw them away. Which makes me sad. So I thought I’d take a photo to keep them alive forever (even though they’ve yet to invent a camera that can capture smell!)

What do you think?

Freesias by Rin Simpson

I really want to practice styling. I’ve seen so many amazingly talented stylists in magazines like Mollie Makes, The Simple Things and 91 Magazine, and I’ve been collecting some of my favourite examples on my Styling Matters board on Pinterest.

If you have any advice for me, or any comments on my picture, I’d love to hear from you!