Monday, July 26, 2010

Color - The Series..." This Is Fred"

"Color is like sex:  powerful, magnetic, used to sell things and impossible to understand - although lots of people pretend to.  We respond instantly and primally to color.  It can seduce or repel us, bring us joy or sadness, relax us or drive us into a frenzy." 

What a powerful opening statement!  It was taken from an article entitled "For the Love of Color"  by Carol Venolia in the latest edition of Natural Home Magazine.  It explores the effects color has on our minds.

In the next series of posts, I want to relate to color in a different the colors of nature influence the colors and interior design of our homes.  Animals, flowers, mountains, and earth...visual and tactile....I'm really going to bring the outside in!


This is my pet groundhog, Fred.  Ok, he's not my pet.  Fred just looks adorable, lives on my property and eats all the food growing in my garden. Come to think of it, Fred sounds like my kids!

Fred has the most luxurious coat - deep rich brown, underlayed with soft black and highlighted with a silver grey.  He reminds me of a couple of beautiful fabrics from Norbar.

 This one is Arvida in Walnut from the Etna collection.  Soft, suede-y brown in a herringbone pattern  with undertones of black and a slight sheen in the right light.

Pulse in Charbrown is a wonderfully soft two-toned fabric, perfect for that comfortable club chair you want to curl up in when you need a warm cup of tea and a good book.

 And then there are moments when Fred reminds me of a piece of furniture - tall (in the groundhog world!), solid and probably sticking around for a long time!  Gotta love Fred!

Stay tuned for more posts in the Color Series...!

“The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of colors which at every succeeding moment it presents to you are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever-moving thoughts.” 

James Edward Allen, American Artist, 1894 - 1964


  1. Nice way to relate color to natural elements. Love the post.

  2. Poor Fred, guys gotta eat! Looks like he's doing pretty good in your garden, may need a treadmill soon!

  3. Fred dispels the myth that lettuce and tomatoes are diet foods!


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