Mandarin & Midnight

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Tangerine & Noir

Mandarin & Midnight

Kumquat & Charcoal

Persimmon & Jet

Ebony &…

OK, let’s just cut to the chase…

Orange & Black

 It’s a great combination isn’t it?

So let’s not just save it for Halloween.

The black part of the equation is easy. Orange may be introduced as simply as above,

 with art, flowers, fruits, veggies in the kitchen, throws, books, glass or pottery in orange hues, candles, candy in a bowl,

leaving a luscious Leica laying around…

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A minor touch of orange carries major impact!

and if you don’t have the element of fire in a room, orange is your man.

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To further prove my point;

tumblr_mebiurvIM31rbsp5ao1_1280Love the art propped against the fireplace in this contemporary space.

orange roses slimpaley.comThese are Von’s roses, not from my garden.  No scent, but they lasted about 9 days! Viagra roses.

268949408967282370_THIuSsGo_fTake note how many of these images have some form of natural wood working beautifully with the orange & black combo.

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Amanda Peet’s entry hall via Vogue

Do I see Viagra roses?

Here, natural wood, orange & black are adding a contemporary pop to an otherwise traditional room.

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 I want to hang a hammock inside somewhere, don’t you?!

Public bike

How about a sexy Public Bike propped casually against your wall

Michael Smith

This is a favorite photo so I’m sorry I don’t have the credit.

The coziness of a sleeping nook, dark wood and the arched leaded window are all so charming.

The Barn, Hermes blanket, slimpaley.comHere fiery orange & deep charcoal in my “Boy Barn”

It will be finished…eventually. You know how I hate to be rushed.

700_roman-williams-stiller-libraryBen Stiller’s library by Roman-Williams

black bookcasesBlack bookcases are terribly chic.

Splashes of orange tones highlight them to dramatic effect in these three photos

one_kings_lane_scents_rusticand Hermes blankets always make Mommy happy.

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Pumpkin blankets and crisp black lines help to make this bedroom a triumph.

Oh, you naughty young Parisian man in Hotel Costes! How did you get on this post?!

c0fb762f6ef0f4e96eac0a238136cedeI like the warmth of this living space looking out on to the snow and pines, but can you tell what’s going on on the ceiling?

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LOVE this bold, fun room, especially the burnt orange velvet cushions on the African bead chairs.

SO…

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Go bold

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Go baby steps

but do think about giving orange & black a go-go (been watching Madmen much?!)

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Unabashedly Girly

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The hockey game crushed me last night.  Cuhhrushed.  Who gives up 8 goals in the Stanley Cup Finals??!  Jaysus!  See-this is why I like fashion more than sports- less heart-ache!!  Sure, we had our moment there with the John Galliano scandal, but we’ve dusted off our bodices and put it behind us.  The Canucks, on the other hand… Ugh! I can’t even watch tomorrow night-too nerve wracking (Ok, truthfullly I would watch, but I’m not going to be home)  In an effort to shirk off the rivalry, the fighting, the debacle that was last night’s game, I’m diving headfirst into a very unabashedly Girly Girl post.

PS.  Dear Canada; Do not read anything into the fact that I finally finished my forms to apply for my American Citizenship today- I still LOVE you, just a little miffed with Roberto Luongo.

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I think I’d actually be happy to find one product by  “By Terry” that I don’t love

Have you spoiled yourself yet??

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Can’t remember where I found this ridiculously girlie photo but I just had to share

Where’s the rose champagne?!

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Having fun organizing some of my vintage pieces for summer

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“Petits pots de creme a la rose” from the Laduree cookbook “Sucre”

Who cares if the recipes are in french? It’s the most gorgeous dessert cookbook ever!

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I’ve had this photo in my files for years- I love the delicate balance between the femininity of the bed and the tribal rug and fabrics

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A big bold feminine toile softened by airy hues and simplicity

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A touch of shabby chic still tugs at my heart strings, especially in the summertime

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So simple, so pretty!!

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Pure, unadulterated, enamel lust

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More enamel love

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I cannot tell a lie- these roses in my conservatory are not from my garden, they were a lovely gift from a friend!

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Time to pull out all your summer linens and remember, you don’t have to be camping to enjoy a little mosquito netting.

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Salt pots by Frances Palmer ceramics

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A guest bedroom in my Santa Barbara home

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Sweet scented roses, cucumber water and summertime reading= happiness

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Ahhh…I feel much better now.  Hockey Schmocky.

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(but could someone please email game updates tomorrow night?!!)

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BLUE MOOD

YVES KLEIN (1928-1962) blue; immaterial sensibility

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Helena Christiansen in, hmmm, I wanna say Versace.  What say you?

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Michael Kors Spring 2011

I‘m in a bit of a blue mood tonight.  Not too much to say, just feeling this colour, so I thought I’d share it with you.

I heard the best line in an old movie last night ;

Man to a Woman ; “Maybe he just wants to be alone. Didn’t you ever just want to be alone?”

Woman ;  “Sure,  but with somebody else!”



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YVES KLEIN “At Work”

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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

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I’ve lost the credit, but let’s be honest, we weren’t buying this anyway were we?

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.SMEG fridge

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.CITEAUX stove, France

Imagine spending this much $ on a stove and being brave enough to pick blue?!  (Not that it wouldn’t look fantastic in the right setting)


Lost this credit too. Please don’t report me to the Blogger’s Defense League

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CHANEL 2011

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Now that’s the way to tone down a Ladies Who Lunch Bag

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MARTIN MARGIELA spring 2011



MARTIN MARGIELA Spring 2011

The entire collection was this silhouette, no joke.  Mr. Margiela, come back to us.

Definitely not for Squares :)

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GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI

Blue Agate and Sodalite Cuff by SIMAN TU

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PRADA

Trying to imagine my husband’s face if I came downstairs in this outfit

MANOLO BLAHNIK

He’d like these much better!

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artist ROBERT FOLEY

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DYSON bladeless fan

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STUDIO GLITHERO

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BLUE BOAT designed by artist XAVIER VEILHAN  (this IS a real boat, not a painting :) ) Aprox. 200,000 euros


The WITTELSBACH-GRAFF

internally flawless, deep blue diamond weighs 31.06 carats and is one of the rarest stones in the world.

STUBBS & WOOTTON


TOM FORD MENSWEAR

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“NOVANTATRE S24S2″ by DE GRISOGONO

18kt white gold, set with 282 baguette-cut blue sapphires of 25.60 carats

(I’d say it probably comes with a mighty fine case too )


FENDI

From the Blackthorn collection by SHAUN LEANE

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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

Donna Karan

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Phew.  I feel somehow less blue after all that…blue

How about you?!

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PS. So glad my jammies aren’t by Margiela :)

PPS. Don’t miss reading the comments on this post- there’s a link to a fab video ode to blue posted by Kendall Conrad!

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