Bright Colors for an Antidote to November

Books & Mags, Colors, Inspiration

In the northern half of the world, we’re approaching the dark time of the year. For me, November is typically when I start wanting more light and bright things around me. (Candles! Snow!) When that’s not possible, pictures will do. This rainbow-hued glass collection from a home dec magazine fits the bill:

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It’s from the Country Living magazine, and the collector, Elsie Larson from Nashville, TN, says this of her Depression glass collection:

“I was inspired by my travels to Palm Springs and specifically stays at the very colorful Parker Hotel, which was designed by one of my heroes, Jonathan Adler. The rainbow effect of their colored glass collection made me smile every morning.”

It’s a beautiful arrangement, and the range of colors is fantastic. (The Parker Hotel colored glass display that Larson mentions can be seen at a Whorange article from February 2014. Personally, I think Larson did a better job than Adler.)

A bonus entry: a color wheel mirror frame in mosaic by Karen Johnston:

Mosaicworksca Blogspot Karen Johnston Colour Wheel Mirror

Karen Johnston at Mosaicworksca.blogspot.com.

The mosaic is so neatly and carefully made. Just gorgeous!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Close Quarters: Oval Rainbow Rug and More

Colors, Design & Designers

French home decor magazine Marie Claire Maison toured jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. The rainbow rug in this sitting room is an interesting take – and certainly catches your eye, even with so much color elsewhere in the room:

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Jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. Via Marie Claire Maison.

While there are pieces of furniture with very modern lines, they go quite well together with the ornate stained glass windows, moldings and laurel and vine motifs on the painted ceiling.

There are also rooms where a single color dominates, for example in this aptly-named Sunshine room…

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Jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. Via Marie Claire Maison.

…with plenty of playful details:

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Jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. Via Marie Claire Maison.

I really admire Ms. Azagury-Partridge’s skill in pulling together such different elements into a cohesive whole. Visit Marie Claire Maison‘s article for more!

Found via Making It Lovely.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Potential for DIY Knockoff: Dragon Mosaics

Arts & Crafts, House Tours, Room of Awesome

Did you see the listing for the almost unbelievably ornate, wizard-esque custom house that’s been making rounds on the Internet? (Here it is on Zillow; found via Little Things.) This single-family house in Ashland, Oregon, is huge, HUGE – almost 9,000 square feet (about 825 square meters) – and has hand-carved woodwork, river-rock accents, sculpted banisters that look like trees, cloud-shaped windows and other organic designs, to name a few features.

Just look at the entry:

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Via Zillow.

Wow. Clearly a lot of effort and skill went into building it. My favorite is the fireplace with two entwined mosaic dragons:

Ashland OR Custom House Dragon Fireplace

Via Zillow.

While most of the house’s custom work is out of reach for regular people with regular salaries, dragon mosaics might not be so far-fetched. Among the many gorgeous examples I found online is this glass mosaic of a dragon’s head by jocarra on DeviantArt

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jocarra at DeviantArt.

…and this dragon mosaic by Lynn of SiriusMosaics, posted on Flickr, also made of glass:

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Lynn at Flickr.

And this ceramic dragon by Greensam17 on DeviantArt has a bit of the same shape as the Ashland custom house dragons:

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Greensam17 at DeviantArt.

Even if it’s smaller than the fireplace dragons, it shows you how you could achieve a similar effect on your own. I even found detailed directions of how to make your own dragon mosaic on StormTheCastle.com.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.