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16.9.08

{colour inspiration: purple reign}

Whether it’s shades of lilac, lavender, plum, puce, thistle, orchid, aubergine, wine, magenta, violet, mauve, indigo or amethyst, purple is everywhere, from shimmery blouses, to loveseats, be-ribboned sandals, and accent walls. It is associated with royalty, regality, and nobility, believed to be Cleopatra’s favourite colour and is included in The Washington Post’s Fall Forecast.

While the luxurious and royally vibrant shades may hang in my closet, have only ever been adventurous enough to consider the soft, romantic, and delicate hues of lilac and lavender for décor . . .






{amethyst table lamp by McCoy Design at vivre}

{Oscar de la Renta Crystal ribbon sandals}

{see also Patricia's beautiful post on purple}

{images: 1 - Vogue Italia October 2003, photography by Steve Hiett via déModé; 2 - via apartment therapy; 3 - via desire to inspire; 4 - via scout-holiday; 5 - kristaomic; 6 - john janik; 7 - joanna reyes for vicente villarin; 8 - Miles Redd room via domino; 9 - marie claire maison via classic style in the city; 10 - Editorial: Dinner at 8; Vogue Italia May 2008; Photographer: Steven Miesel; Model: Natalia Vodianova; 11 - Elle Decor March 2008 via Patricia Gray Interior Design; 13 - Editorial: Model & Supermodel; Magazine: Vogue US; Issue: September 2004; Model: Daria Werbowy; Photographer: Steven Meisel via foto decadent; 14 - marie claire maison via the house that a-m built; 16 -
Vanessa Bruno's home via domino; 17 - Easy Living via made by girl; 19 - Janet de Botton's home in Provence 2004 as featured in Vogue Living, Houses Garden People edited by Hamish Bowles}

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tee [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

It's Pantone's colour of the year as well.

Love that bed canopy!

Laura [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

So fab! I couldn't be more thrilled; purple has been my favorite color since 1984.

Anna Spiro [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I too have been loving all things purple lately so much so I'm contemplating a little bit of a purple injection at home and at Black & Spiro at the moment! So fun...I've never liked purple before now!! So many lovely inspiring purple images you have posted!!
xx
Anna

Songy [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Oh My.. the gown is totally heart stopping beautiful

cybill [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

No-one can put together a stream of pictures as well as you can! You have made me a purple convert. I don't know where to begin on how much I love these pics - I'm going back to look at them again.

Miss G* [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

It's amazing, you're really good at that! I began to love that color with the appartement of the tv show "Friends" (it wasn't beautiful as your pictures, but...). So, when I was younger, I decided to paint my closet's door in that color. I don't know why, but it's a color I especially like. Great choice of pictures!!

Sara Bradshaw [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I adore that last shot - would love a library / come glamorous-tea room like that :)

Pamela Terry and Edward [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I've already bought some for this season. Glad to see it, it's a lovely colour.

megan [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

these images are gorgeous. i am totally having a purple (and gray and yellow) moment right now, so thank you for posting these!

Diane [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Love that coat-- my Mom had one just like it in the 1960"s

.vanessa [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

these are alll to die for!!!

{this is glamorous} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Tee – thought Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2008 is Blue Iris? Definitely has purplish hues.

Laura – do you know how much I love that you know the exact year?

Miss G* -- thank you :)

Megan – all the gray and yellow you could want:

http://citified.blogspot.com/2008/03/yellow-gray.html

{this is glamorous} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Cybill – thanks so much for such a lovely compliment! It’s not always easy, but sometimes things just come together. The list of images, sources and credits, on the other hand, was crazy to put together :)

Thanks again for always taking a moment to stop by :)

Patricia Gray [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I love how the color purple is coming back into style and sinking into our consciousness.The amethyst table lamp is stunning!

GrannySmithGreen [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Remember the purple craze in the mid-80's? It's obviously back for another go round.

Ursie B [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Those purple manolos are to die for!!

Jessica Claire [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

fabulous!

i'm forever a purple girl- love the range of images!

Chloe's Chic Conception [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I love this post!! I love how you choose a variety of room decors & styles! How did you find all of these?! Gorgeous and inspiring (as always)!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Wow, purple makes me think of either Donny Osmond and his purple socks (you are too young to know about that) or Prince's Purple Reign! Really, purple is such a lovely hue it deserves more attention. Especially love lavender. For some reason I never use it or buy it in clothing either. But in your pics, I love it!

Happy week to you!!! Hope your weekend was splendid!

xo

Yvonne [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Glad to see purple is here to stay for another year :). Great images as always...

balsamfir [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

You know, I thought I'd hate this post, since the idea of purple still makes me think of all that tacky stuff from highschool, and I'm still allergic to the "grape" shades, but those ashy mauves are lovely, in rooms and clothes and go very well with the new grays I've been seeing. Great post.

Easy and Elegant Life [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

http://bp1.blogger.com/_qjpwnPW4c1o/R0BfKY0-WGI/AAAAAAAACho/BHaJRhAP_cA/s1600-h/Doriani.jpg

One of my favourite shots from The Sartorialist. I bought a purple jumper just like it to wear this winter. Purple and grey, purple and blue, lavender and mint green brighten up winter days.

Amelia A Beautiful Living [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

You are nominated at my blog!

All the best,
Amelia

abeautifulliving.blogspot.com

Dulcette. [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I love the 16th photo, so lovely.

Purple is delicious... even though I don't wear it - it looks horrid on me!

x

Teal Chic [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Great post! Love purple!!! I thought the vintage bed looked familiar...I have it, only in light pink!

Visual Vamp [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Purple was the hot color last seaseon for fall and winter in Buenos Aires. And of course it's one of the national colors of New Orleans!
I love love love purple, and have a beautiful pair of purple tango shoes.

GrannySmithGreen [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I've got more Blackberry Farm pictures--interiors this time. Thought you might want to know.

SimplyGrove [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

This is a gorgeous post!!!!

AnastasiaC [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

purple is my favourite shade ever from pale lilac to deep dark plum - love it!!!
every single image in your post is heavinly!!!

Joanna Goddard [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

oooh, so beautiful. i'm sold!

Absolutely Unique [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Oh what an awesome post! Purple has always been my favorite color. I would say I'm a purple fan!

d i a n a m u s e [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Beauteous. That settee is killing me.

You get my vote for Post Title of the Week. Nicely done.

The Lil Bee [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

OMG this has to be the best roundup ever. LOVING the purple, especially lately. Deep plums...yum. Gorgeous!

Megan. [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

i LOVE purple..so glad that it's making a big showing this season :) loved these photos and this post!

annechovie [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I agree with Lil Bee - what a stunning post. I am crazy for lilac!

KarenB [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Absolutely LOVE the coat, so simple and gorgeous! I do wear purple occasionally, but can't use it in my decor. I've loved the idea since a friend decorated her nursery in lavender and tan many years ago. Beautiful post!

{this is glamorous} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Chloe's Chic Conception -- have been collecting these images for quite a while now, from all over the place . . .

Melissa – LOL – have never seen Donny Osmond’s purple socks, but sounds like fun :) And I have been considering lavender more and more lately – supposed to be a calming and relaxing tone, which is perfect.

balsamfir – what little faith you had in me! Just kidding – I wasn’t certain either how it would work out, since I have an aversion to the grape shades as well, but yes, ashy mauves are pure romance.

easy and elegant – absolutely love that shot from The Sartorialist, and certain you will look dashing this winter in your purple jumper. Photos to follow on your blog, perhaps?

Amelia – thank you! Will head over there now to have a look . . .

Diana – thanks! Had quite a bit of fun coming up with the title :)

Piper Jacquelyn [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Oh my goodness, purple is SO sexy! I love it! I'm thrilled that it's so accessible this season too, yay!

she planted a tree [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

MMmm I LOOOVE purple!!

Lyndsy [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Dying for the purple dress ~ royal perfection if you ask me!

Mila [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Wow, such a gorgeous post!
I adore the sixth picture and of zourse Vanessa Bruno's apartment, it's my fave!

Thanks for sharing all the beauty and also for the lovely comment you left on my blog. <3

Mila.

Mary / Mariah [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I've always loved purple , gives me a good feeling . S pretty . Mary

Ana [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

stunning collection of hues.

LIBERTY POST EDITOR [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I think I commented about this over at Patricia's...my Mom was way ahead of her time...she did a purple living room in Montreal in 1967. It was so incredible!

savvymode sg [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

oh i dig purple. i have been thinking about adding purple accessories this season to glam up the house a bit.

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dwellings and decor [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Absolutely stunning! Love your collection of photos.

ZenadiaDesign [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Loving that purple headboard! Beautiful pictures, as usual. =)

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

i am in LOVE with this post! you are consistently amazing.
xo

::{J}:: [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I'm warming up to the color...!

Trixy Tran [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Absolutely gorgeous.
I love the Oscar de la Renta sandals.

la la Lovely [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Purple is so regal.... love the combination of all of the images..very pretty!

Jiovanni [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Purple is such a peaceful color. I love it. I want a nice dress in that color. Thanks for the inspiration.

Freshly Found [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Purple - not for the fainthearted! Reminds me of some purple creations I have worn in the past. Don't have any at at the moment - but I do have a wildly silky purple pillow on my etsy shop. Glad to see that it has a lot of good company out there!

rocio [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I absolutely love the purple headboard!

kay* [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

seeing all this purple looking so awesome inspired me to add a touch of purple to my scheme as well. i picked up 2 aubergine magazine files that are quite lovely.

Sylwia Dziuba [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

almost speechless: JUST GORGEOUS!

-h of candid cool [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

i think i see tom ford! and that table lamp is amazing!

michele devon krantzow [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

this is a stunning collection of images in my favorite hue...so much so that my company's name is lavender + plum {www.lavenderandplum.com}

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