How luscious is this color, you guys?? When I think of lavender, images of chickens or frogs don’t normally pop into my head first, but it is really fascinating to see animals in this shade. I think most people automatically imagine the flower of the same name, yet this beautiful shade of purple can be found in lots of different areas of nature and design. Lavender is a very soothing yet lively color, and has both feminine and masculine qualities.
According to colorpsychology.org Lavender is associated with youth and vitality, as well as royal kingship, creativity, and springtime. Depending upon the context, lavender can conjure feelings of order and peace, or disorder and chaos. There is a wildness to the color that is best represented in unexpected forms, like say, on a chicken, or in a drink or hair color for instance. Storm clouds will sometimes take on this color right before a squall, and yet a slightly different shade of lavender can be seen in a peaceful, serene sunset. I think this is what makes this particular color so fun to play with in design, because it can evoke so many different feelings depending on what you choose to do with it.
I hope you enjoy these lively lavender images I’ve put together here. Thanks for reading! XOXO
The Haricut Web
I had planned on writing a few more blog posts this month, but…life happens. Last month I let my son choose the color for February’s post , so it only seemed fair to let my daughter choose this month. I didn’t really even need to ask which color she wanted me to write about because she chooses pink for EVERYTHING! And since the D.C. Cherry Blossoms are starting to bloom, and we welcomed in Spring this month, I thought a pastel blush pink was an excellent choice.
Blush pink is such a great color because it can add a feminine touch without being too overwhelming. It’s easy on the eyes and calming on the senses, which makes it a really good color for a baby nursery or girl’s room. Very Well Mind states that “Pink is essentially a light red and is usually associated with love and romance.” While this is well known by most, it is important to remember what images and associations people will conjure up when you are choosing colors for your design project.
In any area of design, if you want to create or add a soft, soothing element, adding a touch of blush pink is fantastic way to achieve that. I hope you enjoy these shades of blushy pink color inspirations. Thanks for reading! XOXO
They all hate us
This Too Shall Pass
Tao of Sophia
Hostess with the Mostess
Pina Colada Crafts
For February’s color of the month I let my son decide which color to discuss on the blog, and to my surprise, he chose GOLD! At first I wasn’t too sure about it, but the more I thought it over the more excited I got. A little bit of gold goes a long way. Too much in any type of design and it can very quickly become gaudy or even tacky looking, but the right amount of gold can create a very luxurious, enchanting, and opulent effect.
Gold is associated with achievement, success, wealth, sophistication, elegance and well-being. We give gold metals to the best athletes, gold stars to the the brightest students, and we get “Gold Status” when we spend a lot of money at Starbucks. It is no wonder then that gold is seen as an uplifting and positive color. According to color-meaning.com , gold is also associated with enlightenment and heightened spirituality. Perhaps this is why enlightened beings are often depicted with gold halos around their heads in old paintings.
The following examples prove just how powerful this color can be. Gold has been making its way into all different areas of design. When implemented in appropriate ratios, this color can create a bold statement in anything from graphic art to living room decor.
The Perennial Style
Peppa Penny Prints
Style Me Pretty
White Faux Taxidermy
Architecture Art Designs
Journal Du Design
The Glitter Guide
The Bold Abode
Front + Main
The Printable Concept
Thank you so much for reading! Have a beautiful day. XO
Happy Galentine’s Day, y’all! This is a little LOVE poster design project I’ve been working on and thought today would be a great time to share it with you! They make great cell phone backgrounds, so feel free to use them if you’d like.
I hope you are showing love to all of your gal pals today, and that you are feeling uplifted by love as well, because we all rise by lifting others. So let’s #spreadsomelove today for all the things we do, for all of the many hats we wear, and all the times we have been totally exhaustipated (def. “too tired to give a crap”) but we’ve shown up anyway. And always remember that “you are so brilliant and kind and stupid-hot” – Leslie Knope 🙂
Thank you for reading and have a beautiful day! XO
Happy Super Bowl weekend!! I know all the football fans out there are getting pumped for the big game on Sunday. I’ve gotta say, I was pretty pumped to get this gorgeous, Cheyann Chambray Ruffled Dress from Zuna Apparel the other day! I am totally in LOVE with the fit and versatility of this dress! The fun, flirty ruffles are perfectly on trend for this Spring, and since I am crazy into layering dresses right now, I paired it with a micro floral blouse and high top ankle boots to show just how versatile this dress can be. I am extremely impressed with the quality as well. The straps are adjustable so you can even tailor the fit if you’re shorter like me. The wrap style is so flattering, and I really love the genius snap closure on the front, exactly where I would have put a safety pin on wrap dresses I’ve worn before. I know I will be getting a ton of wear out of this dress, because it’s super comfortable and perfect for so many different occasions!
I’m such a sucker for names, you guys. I always want to know the meaning behind them; people’s names, company names, pet names, you name it (insert knee slap here). Maybe that’s why I find the name ZUNA so appealing, because it means abundance and is defined as “an extremely plentiful or over sufficient quantity or supply”. The Abundance Blog, which is part of the Zuna brand, is full of inspiration and encouragement for living an abundant life, and it is totally worth checking out if you haven’t already, because who doesn’t need more encouragement in their life?? I know I do!
I really hope your team wins tomorrow, but even if it doesn’t, YOU are still a winner because I am teaming up with Zuna Apparel to offer you a 15% discount on the purchase of ANY Zuna Apparel item! Just use the code —>>> aubriofsorts15 at checkout to get the discount! This way if you are bored in between super bowl commercials (because let’s face it, that’s really the only reason we watch the SB) you can just do a little shopping to pass the time 🙂
Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! xo
If you’re anything like me, around the middle of January you start to pine (no pun intended) for some of the sumptuous vegetation of Summer. Naked trees and wilted grass, combined with cold temperatures that keep us bundled up indoors can start to take its toll on us nature lovers. That’s why God created the EVERGREEN! Even in the coldest, darkest, most barren months of Winter, the Evergreen maintains it’s color and reminds us that warmer days are coming, which is why I chose the ever-hopeful Evergreen for January’s Color of the Month.
According to Sensationalcolor.com, the psychological effect of the color green stimulates our pituitary gland, which relaxes our muscles, increases histamine levels, and causes an overall calming, stress-relieving response on our minds and bodies.
Before writing this blog post, I thought evergreens were only conifers like pine trees and Christmas trees, but I was surprised to learn that tropical plants growing in warm climates are considered evergreens as well, so thank you for that little bit of knowledge, Wikipedia. Okay, enough with the geeky forest talk, let’s move on to the real purpose of this post: color inspiration! Hopefully all this greenery will help stave off your foliage cravings for at least a little while longer. Thanks for reading!
Whenever I think about Christmas, images of bright reds, greens, and golds immediately pop into my head. That’s because Christmas is usually done in these colors. It’s predictable and reassuring, and there is definitely something to be said for that. But there is something to be said for the simple elegance and unexpectedness of black and white decor as well. It’s always fascinating to me when you take things down to their most fundamental form. Like a shadow, the shape is an implied version of the thing itself, and it changes the way you see it. I feel like this is sort of how a black and white version of Christmas is, too. It’s clean, minimal, and thought provoking, and the contrast makes a big statement. Although my tree is loaded with bright, colorful balls this year, I definitely see a B&W Christmas at some point in my future.
Black and white may seem a little basic and almost dull in theory, however, these stunning Scandinavian designs prove that it is anything but.
House of Ideas
Look what I made
The Crafted Sparrow
The Tomkat Studio
Thank you for reading. Have a beautiful day!
I love the golden hue November takes on as the days grow shorter and colder, and the trees gradually coat the ground in a crunchy blanket of Autumnal shades. One of my FAVORITE colors right now is Rust. I love seeing this color in everything from leaves on the ground to kitchen cabinets to stilettos. It has an earthy yet luxurious feel to it which I think is part of the reason I’m crushing on it so hard right now. I’m all about earth tones and depth of color, something that rust is definitely not lacking in. According to Color Psychology (the “Colour Affects” system) rust-color “characteristics are warm and friendly, traditional, solid, substantial, reliable, earthy, [and] environmentally aware. They can also express iconoclasm
and a certain flamboyance.” It seems almost counterintuitive that a color could be both “earthy” and “flamboyant” at the same time, but the following examples prove that, ironically, this is in fact the case. Here are some delicious rust-colored inspirations to feast your eyes on…
See (Anna) Jane
French By Design
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I love that my son’s birthday falls right before Halloween, especially this year since we got double the use out of his costume. He has been obsessed with Power Rangers since the moment he laid eyes on those karate chopping, roundhouse kicking, over-acting, Mighty Morphin ninjas, so there was really only one option for his birthday party theme this year.
I took a sort of pop art approach to the theme, incorporating some fun comic book style “pow”s, “zap”s, and “booms”, etc. They were super easy to print and cut out. I used card stock, but I’m sure regular printer paper would have worked just fine. I then taped them to toothpicks to be used as cake toppers and table accessories. I also, to prove what a massive dork I am, made Energem necklaces as party favors with a magnetic attachment so the energems could be stolen from the evil Snide (or whatever monster villain that might be trying to take their power) and then easily reattached. They didn’t look exactly like the Energems on the show, but my kids were happy with them, and that was good enough for me. I also printed out some masks I found online, and a pop art Power Ranger print which I framed with black construction paper for wall decor. And I included some bunting and spiral balloons on the ceiling (not pictured), which I think added a cohesive feel to the overall decor. Hopefully my son’s 5th birthday was one that he will remember with fondness for the rest of his life…that is the point of all of this, right?
Thanks for reading. Have a beautiful day!