This photo of a gorgeous blooming tree, courtesy of Geninne's Art Blog (a personal favorite), makes me feel very happy and springy! Not only is the tree itself beautiful, but it's set against a backdrop of an unusual color palette.
Terracotta, soft purple, pale gray and bright spring green... what an unexpected palette of colors that really work together beautifully!
Sugared lemons? Beautiful blooms in bud vases? Cheerful white and yellow color scheme? It doesn't get more pretty and springy than that. Take a peek at more floral perfection in the portfolio of A. Hana Design.
Spring is officially here! So this scarf, patterned with what seems to be at least a thousand flowers, seems very appropriate to wrap up the week of color inspiration from Vera.
The possibilities are endless with the great soft spring tones in this pattern, but I like that deep sage green as the focal color accented with lilac, soft pink, and champagne tones for a wedding palette. It makes me think of an elegant, garden celebration.
I've always considered this scarf more appropriate for fall, because my eye is always drawn to the deep plum color of the background. But flipping the colors and making the peach tones the focus, really helps lighten this color palette and make it perfect for spring. Warm peach tones accented with gold and deep and light shades of plum, like a simple bouquet of violets and pansies, are an easy way to bring this pretty color palette to life. J.Crew Sophia Dress in Sweet Cantaloupe Bouquet via Martha Stewart Weddings Kate Spade Loupe Sandalsvia Zappos Filigree Disc Earringsfrom Banana Republic
For fall, using the deep plum as the focus, as in the bridesmaid dresses, and the peach as the accent, as in a beautiful full bouquet of in-season dahlias, creates a completely different look using the same palette of colors.
This is one of my favorite scarves in the collection. The colors are so saturated and beautiful and I can't help but feel happy when I look at the giant graphic flower.
For a wedding, I really like using that peacock color that plays a smaller role in the scarf pattern as the main color, like in the bridesmaid dresses. The pink and coral shades are perfect for the bouquets and other florals. Using the navy and aqua shades in small doses throughout... for the ink on the invitations and reception stationery (or the bride's shoes!), will round out this palette.
In honor of the holiday, I chose a scarf from my collection in a palette of greens-
These colors offer many different possibilities for their use... ranging from bold and loud (like the scarf itself) to more subtle. My preference is for the latter, with the emerald green as the dominant color and the spring green and golden yellow as accents used with restraint. The golden yellow reminds me of the center of a daisy, so I like the idea of incorporating those flowers - bringing some whimsy to more elegant components.
The design was a collaboration with one of my personal favorite designers, Vera, whose vintage scarves I have been collecting for more than ten years. My first find was at a second-hand shop near my college campus and in the years that followed I've built my collection from ebay and various vintage and thrift shops. What first drew me to the scarves is the unique color combinations. I love the fun, bold patterns as well, but the colors have always been the most inspiring. I found it was easy to experiment with new color combinations in my wardrobe with these scarves as my guide.
Since Friday of this week marks the official start to Spring and I have so many seasonally-appropriate scarves in my Vera collection, I thought it would be fun to showcase a few of my favorites each day this week and pull together some color palettes that would be perfect for a wedding, inspired by the colors in the scarves. I'll leave the full inspiration boards to those out there who have truly mastered the art, but I think showing 2-3 pieces in each color scheme to show how simply it can be brought together will be a helpful extra.
So kicking off the week, here is the very first Vera scarf that I ever purchased -
and an inspired color palette, lovely for a spring or summer wedding - Thread Design "Kiki" dress in waterfall Bouquet by Chestnuts in the Tuilleries courtesy of The Knot
The pages of all the spring wedding magazines are covered in bold, bright pops of color. And yet I'm still finding myself drawn to the softer tones, like the blue of this lovely dress by RS Couture Roma featured in the gallery on brides.com:
The lace accent and bouquet of rosettes on the sleeve make this dress so feminine and pretty. I love the idea of late spring wedding, with the bride in this gown, the bridal party in navy, white flowers, touches of pale grey and platinum at the reception. And the invitation that starts it all...
I'm very much inspired by this photo of an Isaac Mizrahi dress posted yesterday on coco+kelley -
In addition to the adorable vintage-style details, I just love this pairing of warm orange with a light gray blue. I think it's such a striking combination. I recently redid our dining room at home in a medium gray-blue paint with orange accents throughout and it's become my favorite room of the house.
I like this palette for a wedding - particularly for spring or summer - because it combines a more traditional color with something more modern and vibrant. Focusing on the pale blue with touches of the orange would be my personal taste, but using that orange as the main color would create an event that couldn't be anything less than fun.
Inspired by this color palette and the above photo, a wedding invitation -