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Saturday
Dec272014

Warming up to Marsala, Pantone's Color of the Year 

Wrenda Goodwyn • special to the Fort Myers News-Press• December 27, 2014


Photo of Marsala, Pantone's Color of the Year 2015Marsala, Pantone's Color of the Year for 2015. Photo: Pantone.When Pantone, the global color authority,  announced Marsala, as the Color of the Year for 2015, it created a firestorm of discussion among those of us who love color and advise our clients on how to use it.

The color, a deep, reddish brown,  is called "a naturally robust and earthy wine red." It has been greeted with an interesting, lukewarm response from the interior design community and color enthusiasts.

It's been called a "fall" color.  

Not a "go to" color.  A sad color.

The color of rust. The color of blood. Yikes!

Photo of Kravet pillows in Marsala, Pantone's Color of the Year 2015Kravet pillows. Photo: Kravet.As soon as it was announced, someone was quoted as saying said it was the color that resulted from a very bad hair color job.

One designer said that it is the old-fashioned dusty rose color that take you back to the 80's. And not in a good way.

Ouch.  I am beginning to feel sorry for poor Marsala. Like a fine wine, it may or may not get better with age. We have a year to see.

As a Fort Myers interior decorator, I love color. It's just plain fun to see what they came up with. Of course we aren't all going to go out and repaint our homes but it's always fun to see the reaction and ways that it can be used in our homes.

Photo of Kravet fabric in Marsala, Pantone's Color of the Year 2015Kravet fabric. Photo: Kravet.I always go back to color advice from Coco Chanel:  
“The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.”

Who can argue with that advice?

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute says "Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability."

This seems like a lot of pressure on a color.

"Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors."

Photo of Kravet trims in Marsala, Pantone's Color of the Year 2015Kravet trims using Marsala. Photo: Kravet.It's definitely earthy and warm.

Granted, this color is seen all over the fashion runways and it is gorgeous and flattering when done in a slightly more burgundy than rust version. With the ever-growing popularity of floral prints and striping, variations of this hue will likely carry into men’s and women’s clothing throughout next year. Marsala is also a popular choice for jewelry and fashion accessories, including handbags and shoes.

And Sephora has already unveiled a color palette for its beauty lines. Marsala seems to be an  appealing  shade that’s flattering against many skin tones. Add some drama with nail polish or lipstick.

But what about in our homes?

Photo of Zoya nail polish in Marsala, Pantone's Color of the Year 2015A bit of Marsala in this Pepper nail polish from Zoya. Photo: Zoya.I don't "love" this color. But I do like the warmth. My favorite way to use it would be as an accent and there are lots of ways to do this if you like it. I would also suggest pairing it with blues, turquoise and teals along with  and lighter colors. But it's a bit tricky, so proceed cautiously! 

Lamps, throws, napkins, a front door, an accent wall in an entry. Take your time. Try it out in a nail polish and seen what you think. The richness just may draw you in.

To coordinate with the announcement Kravet has put together  a collection of paired fabrics in Marsala. From textured neutrals to vibrant patterns and prints, this collection offers immediate options Photo of tufted chair in Marsala, Pantone's Color of the Year 2015Tufted arm chair. Photo: Lamps Plus. for clients interested in seeing how this color may be incorporated into their homes.

Locally, Amy Jimenez, Kravet's showroom manager at Miromar Design Center in Estero, has some suggestions:
•    Marsala is a bold color that can add warmth to any interior.  
•    It combines beautifully with neutrals such as gray, black or beige and can be used in either traditional or modern design.
•    Marsala is the perfect candidate for a rich, classic leather sofa, chair, ottoman or desk top in a study.
•    It can also add a splash of color in a room on an accent wall, as a finish on small occasional tables and/or accessories.
•    Select from an array of prints and textures that incorporate this new color, to be used on upholstery, drapery, bedding, table linens, throws and pillows.


Wrenda Goodwyn is a Southwest Florida interior decorator. Home Inspirations appears the first Saturday of each month. Visit her website at spectacularspaces.com. Call her at 949-1808 or e-mail wrenda@spectacularspaces.com. For more decorating tips and photos, visit spectacularspaces.com/blog

 

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Saturday
Dec062014

Naughty or nice? Check out these ideas for your holiday list!

Wrenda Goodwyn • special to the Fort Myers News-Press• December 6, 2014


It’s the season when it seems that we must take a gift everyplace we go…lunches with friends, holiday gatherings, office parties. And we do our best to avoid that last minute adrenaline rush on the way to an outing and grabbing anything we can find in the neighborhood drug store and wrapping it in the parking lot.

And then there are gifts for teachers, the hairdresser, nail techs, the mailman and the list goes on and on of all of the people that we want to show our appreciation with a “little gift.”

One simple solution of course, is to select one signature item (I do this for lunches with my girlfriends) and give that to everyone. And for specific groups of friends, that works, but let’s face it, most of the time it’s just not that simple!

For every business person on your list: The Kate Spade silverplate “Let’s do Lunch” business card holder. At $20, it’s a nice little gift that is just a bit sassy and sleek.

Photo of Kate Spade business card holderPhoto: Kate Spade.As a Fort Myers interior decorator, I love to give gifts that are for the home. Something pretty or something that is personal and comfortable. A few of my choices this season…and some that may lesson your stress level and concern about your budget, include:

Holiday napkins, napkin rings and pretty guest towels: no one buys these for themselves, everyone loves them and it’s nice to refresh each year.

Photo of Pottery Barn guest towelsPhoto: Pottery Barn.

Photo of Pottery Barn Santa napkinsPhoto: Pottery Barn.

Photo of Tory Burch in Color bookPhoto: Kate Spade.Books for the home: this is one of my favorites and everyone knows what to buy for me! My favorite this year is the bestseller, Tory Burch in Color. Inspired by people, places, things and ideas, the book is organized by color, each one brought to life through images of her collections and travels; how she entertains; style icons; the works of artists, authors and interior designers she admires; and the advice of business leaders. This is a treasure for interior design lovers on your list.

 

A gift of pure comfort: the ultimate in luxury, a faux fur throw makes an indulgent and beautiful gift.  With a sumptuous plush feel and texture, it is perfect for lightweight winter evenings.  Remember: this is faux fur!

Photo of Pottery Barn lux fur throwPhoto: Pottery Barn.

The best gift ever: Ladurée Macarons. Everyone loves these famous, Parisian treats so it is a good choice for anyone on your list!  Decadent. 

Photo of Laduree McaronsPhoto: Ladurée.

Picture frames with a little bling and a thoughtful photo of you with the person from a previous time or event.

Photo of Pottery Barn picture frames Photo: Pottery Barn.
Holiday candles and scents. Perfect for a party gift.

Photo of Pottery Barn cancles and scentsPhoto: Pottery Barn.
Happy shopping! Happy holidays!


Wrenda Goodwyn is a Southwest Florida interior decorator. Home Inspirations appears the first Saturday of each month. Visit her website at spectacularspaces.com. Call her at 949-1808 or e-mail wrenda@spectacularspaces.com. For more decorating tips and photos, visit spectacularspaces.com/blog

 

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Thursday
Dec042014

PANTONE Color of the Year 2015: Marsala

To coordinate with today's announcement of the PANTONE Color of the Year 2015, Kravet has put together  a  collection of paired fabrics in PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala. From textured neutrals to vibrant patterns and prints, this collection offers immediate options for clients interested in seeing how this color may be incorporated into their homes.

As a Fort Myers interior decorator, I am happy that Kravet has made this fabric collection available through the Miromar Design Center in Estero and look forward to sharing it with my clients. Stay tuned for more options for using this color!



According to Pantone, the impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala allow the color to be used alone as one grounded statement color or as a hearty accent to many other colors. This highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals including warmer taupes and grays. Browns are a natural fit with Marsala - from beige, terra cotta and camel to deep delicious chocolates. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible to amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range. Marsala pairs exquisitely with monochromatic mixes of peachy pinks and sparkles against antiqued gold metallics.

For more than a decade, the PANTONE Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

Source and photos: Kravet.

 

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Monday
Nov242014

Have yourself a merry little (or large) Christmas tree

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and the Christmas tree lots are filled with trees looking for good homes!

If I had my way, I would have a tree in every room. As it is, I always have one large tree, a small office tree and some even smaller smaller trees that are part of vignettes that include an antique, objects from nature or some design element in my home.

Photo of Christmas tree decorations

That's why it was such a treat for me to spend Sunday afternoon at the final day of Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art. Created by area designers and businesses, the trees were,  well, spectacular. As were the table creations, gingerbread houses, ornaments and holiday rooms.

Photo of Christmas tree decorations

This year, I have encouraged my southwest Florida decorating clients to keep their holiday decorating simple. Gathering your most cherished Christmas pieces together rather for a display rather than covering every surface, makes for much more relaxing holiday home.  For tips for holiday decorating like a pro, read my article in the Fort Myers News-Press.

Photo of gingerbread house at Orlando Museum of Art

Love this idea for an advent calendar!

Photo of advent calendar at Orlando Museum of Art

Photo of Christmas tree decorations

Photo of Christmas tree decoratiosn

Photo of Christmas tree decorations

Photo of Christmas tree decoration

Photo of Christmas tree decoration

Photo of Christmas tree decoration

Related posts:

Decorate like a pro this holiday season

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If you need tips for holiday decorating that works with your decor, call me!

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Is it time to hire a professional? Check out my suggestions for working with a professional in the Fort Myers News-Press.