Pretty as a Plum

I came across some new fabrics that were laying around the studio the other day in a deep plum velvet.  It grabbed my attention.  Purple is not a color that I am usually drawn to but this was such a luscious color that I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  Of course it is perfect as a fall/winter design inspiration but it is also popping up everywhere lately.  I headed straight to Pinterest to see what I could find and as you will see from the photos…WOW what a color!

 

{Found on milkmaid.com}

{Found on milkmaid.com}

I am completely obsessed with this color and will seek it out over the next few weeks in shoes, handbags, scarves, coats, etc…  can’t get enough.

As a designer I usually shy away from purple in general because it is a very polarizing color.  You either like it or you don’t.  Too much of it becomes too sweet and if you select the wrong shade, you can instantly date a design by a decade or two.  This deep rich plum is the exception.  This is a perfect accent color as shown on these beautiful floral pillows.  Just a touch!

{Image found on plumprettysugar.blogspot.com}

I love the front doors painted in this color.

Door painted in Farrow and Ball's Brinjal

So original and makes me feel like the inside of this house will be just as exciting.

Even Valentino selected this color for his fragrance so you know if he likes it then it must be remarkable!

{Image via Pinterest}

{Image via Pinterest}

What makes plums even better is that they are not an everyday fruit.  Not exotic, but not as simple as a banana.  Know what I mean? The varieties vary so much and I always take great care selecting the most beautifully colored ones available.   If I was a cook, I would make these delicious jams and cakes.  They are precious looking and I’m sure Kim could make all of this if I asked her :).

{Lemon & Plum Sorbet from tasteofhome.com}

{Lemon & Plum Sorbet from tasteofhome.com}

{Plum Jam Recipe from natashaskitchen.com}

{Plum Jam Recipe from natashaskitchen.com}

{Roasted Plum + Almond Skillet from katieskibtchenjournal.com}

{Roasted Plum + Almond Skillet from katieskibtchenjournal.com}

Our friend and co-member of Annapolis Creative Tide, Wendy Rabyn owner of WRABYN in Annapolis, just gave a talk at our studio about her fall fashion must haves & do’s.  One of the best pointers was to ALWAYS put on your lipstick!!!!!!!  She convinced everyone of us to make the effort and promised a renued sense of confidence, energy and instant polish even when not feeling polished.  These are my colors!!

If you are daring enough to try a plum or purple color for paint you should try a sample first.  This is a MAJOR color selection and you must try it out in small areas.  Live with it for a few weeks before you move forward.  Your family & friends will think you have gone off the deep end!  That’s good right?  It is in the design world!!

{Found in Better Homes & Garden}

{Found in Better Homes & Garden}

My advice for Fall 2014, quickly find something PLUM in your life!  If you do not like this color, move on to another color.  If on the fence…give it a try.  Even if it is something small.  We can always move on to apricot in the spring!!!  And if you cannot commit to the color you can always try a cocktail!

{Found on weddingchicks.com}

{Found on weddingchicks.com}