Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Fall Color Can Be Dangerous


Sometimes I see a color, and I have to have it. 


Sometimes capturing it with a camera is enough.


Sometimes it's not. I'm thinking footwear here.



This year I've been painting inside, and it seems I've taken a bit of inspiration from the warm Fall colors.


My kitchen used to be purple.


Now it's yellow, red, and brown. The warm colors cheer me because they remind me of my favorite time of year.


The bathroom also used to be purple. Last month my daughter and I went to the hardware store for paint. We were thinking a nice green and maybe a bit of peach. Look what happened instead. All that's missing is the gold.


Fall color is dangerous in the same way as giving a mouse a cookie. Did you ever read this book to your kids? A simple act starts a circular chain of events that leads you right back where you started.


In the 70's, the house I grew up in was decorated in green, orange, and gold.


This painting is from that era. My Mother-in-Law gave it to us 25 years ago. I've hated it for 25 years. It would look much better on a gold wall.



Is gold really all that bad? It seems so lovely and cheerful outside.


So does orange and purple, though.


And look what happens when you bring them in.


16 comments :

  1. Personally I LOVE gold in the garden. It sets everything off so perfectly. You have been very busy inside. Things look lovely.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. Thanks Cher!
      I love gold outside too, but I'm a little afraid of what it might look like inside.

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  2. Hey Kate!
    Well I just spent two days looking for red eyeglasses frames so I know how color can drive a person. So important though, and I'm proud of you taking the leap with paint!

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    1. I'm a babe in the woods here. Color vulnerability is both exhilarating and horrifying. Like being in love in the seventh grade.

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  3. Fall is my favorite time of the year, I love warm colors. Great job in the bathroom.

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    1. Thanks Norma!
      Glad you like the bathroom. Now on to that hideous bedroom.

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  4. Nature has the best colour combinations. I love what you've done with the inspiration, especially the gold and green.

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    1. Thank you Melanie!
      I think I will just go ahead and go for it with those 70's color combos. After all, I already have the art work to match!

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  5. Fall colour can be so addictive :).

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    1. Everything about gardening is a little addictive for me... Good thing the only harm from overdoing it is to the old back and knees.

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  6. Finding your comment on my blog about the Dutch Wadden made me curious about your site. And where did I end up? In Heaven’s garden! I am now exploring Bootjack Garden leaf by leaf and seed by seed, getting more jealous by the minute. :-) You’re on my bookmarks list and you may expect even more visitors from Flanders and the Netherlands, because I’m recommending your site to all my regular readers. I’ll be back!!! Greatings, Chris.

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    1. Hi Chris!
      How kind of you to take the time to explore my little garden. I've added you to the list of blogs I follow too!

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  7. Hey Kate,

    I enjoyed this outside/inside color post. I think you'll enjoy through the winter and add some spring/summer accents to the room. Love the ornamental pomegranate up top. Use to grow in Sydney.

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    1. The pomegranates have the best gold color, don't they? So Spring is where the color wheel will take me next? This painting thing is never going to be done with me, is it?

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  8. I'm very glad to see some pictures of your lovely rooms in your blog. The interior decoration in your house is really beautiful.
    Warm fall color is extremely nice. It always makes us calm, relax and warm our hearts.
    I think the combination of purple and orange is also fantastic. Long time ago when I had my lessons in flower arrangements, I used to arrange with the combination of purple and orange flowers.
    By the way, thank you for some advices about sunflowers. Actually, I don’t have lawn in my garden, but I had interest in your story about a high-nitorogen lawn fertilizer. I will try to sow sunflowers at place with a lot of sun and pay attention to compost next year. I definitely want to get your sunflowers to bloom beautifully. I can’t wait yellow lovely flowers.

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    1. It will be fun to grow the same flowers next Summer, won't it? I'm glad you like the painting I've done so far. There is still such a long way to go, but I feel like I'm on the right track now. For so many years we weren't allowed to paint the white walls of the different places we rented. We went a little crazy when we finally got our own place, so a lot of the painting I'm doing now is just toning things down a little. I can't take credit for the purple/orange room. My youngest daughter was the decorator in charge of that particular project!

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