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It looks like it’s going to be a lovely sunny day in San Francisco (is the August fog over??). So we’re going to try and get out and about to the park, the beach maybe. In making our plans, I was reminded of this lovely photo, spotted on Flickr a while back, of a window in the Marina District.

Marina

The Marina, with its views of the Bay, beach and space to run or walk, is a great place to spend a sunny weekend in SF. The extremely grand houses overlooking the Marina all have these fabulous picture windows. I’d love to explore some of these houses one day and look through those windows from the other direction. I like the way this photo captures the reflected sky and picks up the yellows in the flowers and the exterior paint. Tranquil yet happy – just right for a sunny Saturday morning.

Have a good weekend everyone.

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I’ve finally done it. I’ve introduced some yellow into our house. If you recall from this post, yellow has been my nemesis for years. But, I’ve taken the plunge and bought……..

….a pillow and a poster.

I know, pathetic isn’t it? It’s just a color so why all the drama? But, before you give up on me for good, hear me out. I tried for ages to find a Chinese cabinet in bright yellow lacquer – to no avail. Then I realized it probably wasn’t smart to splash out a ton of money on something I might very well want to smuggle down to the cellar and bury among the recycling three months later. So I’ve take some baby steps instead. Here’s the result.

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The poster in question is an original, advertising the 1963 movie Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. We found it in Westhampton. It’s a bit battered – it still has tape on the corners, presumably from when someone once stuck it to their bedroom wall. The pillow is from Target.

This is actually our sunroom – all the Edwardian houses in the area have this senselessly tiny room at the back of the house. It’s impossible to decorate and even harder to photograph. We use it as a playroom in the day and a kind of reading area in the evening (the toys are all stashed in the cube on the left and the baskets on the right). It has to be able to withstand a toddler hurling himself at full force around the place. (Yet another reason why a pricey chinese cabinet probably wasn’t a good idea – best to stick with the IKEA bookcase).

Anyway, so that’s my first foray into yellow. Hope you like it!

I was struck recently by this photo, by Petrina Tinslay. What a perfect image! That sky is just glorious. You couldn’t help but relax here.

Petrina Tinslay

It made me want a room with this combination of rosy pink, amber and deep violet. I found a few that are similar.

Pink bedroom

Via Pink Wallpaper.

Pink and yellow

Pink and yellow

Both via Peacock Feathers.

Lucyina Moodie

By stylist Lucyina Moodie.

Pink and yellow

Via This is Glamorous.

Pink

Via Light Locations.

Anybody found any more? I have a feeling this is going to turn into quite the quest.

The fact that yellow is a hot interiors trend this year is somewhat troubling for me. I’ve never been very into yellow. I’ve painted a few rooms in different shades of it, but always end up repainting.

But this house in Canadian House and Home (via one of my daily reads, SPPN) got me thinking about yellow in a different way.

Emily Walker house

Emily Walker house

Emily Walker house

Emily Walker house

Here, the shots of yellow work really well against the purples and grays. I think the trick is to use a really bright yellow, or one with a greenish hue, in small quantities to highlight statement pieces like the table, vase or Chinese garden stool in these pics. Balancing it with a cooler color like the purple works really well too. My mistake in the past has been to chicken out and go for a pale, buttery shade which always ends up looking rather sickly.

Here are some more examples of yellow working really well. You can see the same approach of balancing yellow with moodier colors and interesting shapes. I think I’m tempted to try it myself…

Autoban

Joanna Henderson

Joanna Henderson

Andres Gramer

Chris Everard

Credits:

1 – Room designed by Autoban (Seyhan Ozdemir and Sefer Caglar), photo by Richard Powers via The President Wears Prada; 2&3 – Photo by Joanna Henderson (represented by Sarah Kaye); 4 – Photo by Andres Gramer (represented by Sarah Kaye); 5 – Photo by Chris Everard (represented by Sarah Kaye).

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