Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Guest Post: The Gracious Pearl by Sarah Klassen

This morning I'm incredibly excited to share a Guest Post by one of my favourite bloggers, Sarah Klassen of Haute Design. I love these creamy neutral pearl tones, I have something similar in my own bedroom with gold accents. Thank you so much Sarah - and be sure to head over to Haute Design to see more of Sarah's lovely posts!
Enjoy!


When I think of pearls, the incomparable and ever-so-stylish, Audrey Hepburn instantly comes to mind. They were often the final touch to some of her most memorable outfits- the spec of shimmer and elegance that can take a LBD, and make the whole look outstanding , or add a touch of grace to a simple capri and shirt ensemble. For a single item, they can connote several moods, looks and feelings; natural and pure, smooth and lustrous, iridescent, graceful and simple
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A pearlescent look can easily be translated into the home and can be used to transform and finish a space. The advantage of decorating with accents such as these, is they can appear both simple and natural as well as sophisticated, depending on how you pair them with other pieces and colors. To achieve this look, it is important to stick with the fundamental, soft colors that can be found in both the oyster and its pearl.



Beautiful taffetas and silks can achieve the same luster and shimmer, and can be striking, made into curtains, footstools, pillows, and even paneling on a wall. If you prefer a more understated look, a pearl trim can be added as a finishing detail to a simple pillow or candle. You can also create a pretty wall treatment with paint, such as Ralph Lauren’s Candlelight series in “Pearl” or “Oyster”.

One of my own favorite ways is with warm-toned and translucent Capiz light fixtures. If you haven’t seen one, you will be amazed at their natural and delicate beauty. They can soften an ultra-modern look, and add an element of pattern and interest, simply by hanging delicately above a table, (such as image 06) or compliment beautiful and ornate furniture in a more traditional space.

I love this look. In my own bedroom, a capiz chandelier hangs off to one side in my nook, not only does it bridge my mix of modern and European antique furnishings, but it brings with it a calming effect, particularly when it catches the wind and plays its musical composition…


8 comments:

Dana Cordova said...

The capiz chandeliers are absolutely exquisite! I want one!....

Farfallina said...

Ooohhh, that's a glamorous glass of champagne... Lovely!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh my! that kitchen is absolutely stunning! love the capiz chandeliers and reddish orange color touches!

down and out chic said...

pearls in the form of decor is so romantic. great guest post!

www.designfabulous.com said...

This post is so dreamy. I love the soft colors and easy tones. I am a big fan of Sarah and her blog, and yours as well. Keep up the good work. Also letting everyone know I have a room makeover challenge going on over at my blog and would like as many people as possible to participate, to make it fun and interesting the limit is $200.00 for the room. Anyone interested come check it out.

Sanity Fair said...

Lovely choices - I'm a big fan of pearl with gray - it makes for a beautiful look.

Daniella said...

I love this shimmery shade of white... perfect palette!

A Life More Fabulous said...

Glad to hear you all enjoyed Sarah's post as much as I did!

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