Thursday, July 22

Cuckoo for Coral!

I'm really crazy for all colors and shades of the red family. Being an Aries and a fire sign, might have something to do with it. I do tend to love the warm reds, ruby, pomegranate, coral, watermelon, etc. I also especially love them with their complimentary colors in the blue family, but basically with me - anything goes when it comes to these delicious shades that appear in every form of nature! I fell in love with this darling tree frog - I found it on a friends blog that I didn't even know he was writing! My friend from Kansas City, Brian Morley owns Bergamot & Ivy a gorgeous floral and gift store. I found this tree frog on his blog, which is very fun to read it is called Green Mansion Composts.

I was also inspired by this beautiful floral arrangement from Design Sponge.

I can't forget my mascot - Le Papillon!

I couldn't resist showing this, one of my very favorite textile designs that I did in 2002. This was my daughters room at the time and the duvet looked lovely with my box pleated burlap bed skirt. Don't mind the faux walls, they really were rough plaster as it was a 1920's Spanish Colonial home, and this was just a color wash. This turned out to be one of my all time best selling fabrics. I initially designed it years earlier with a bright red background (it was also a great seller)! More of my designs from the 1990's were the following toiles in coral and terra cotta.

Several of my favorite designers use corals and I love them! The following pictures are from Amanda Nisbit Designs.

Another major favorite group Mancuso, Warner and Miller!

A newly found wonderful blog called Avolli led me to this gorgeous picture with a Josef Frank fabric on the window.

Never disapointing, the fabulous Absolutely Beautiful Things and Anna Spiro, one of my design heroes!

From Houzz

Another favorite (new for me) designer, just check out her website! Krista Ewart from Domino.

Random beauties...

Christopher Farr fabric...

Love this Kenzo fabric from my friend Melanie at Le Petit Cabinet de Curiosites.

For me this coral Utecht chair is so yummy! Can you believe it was designed by Gerrit Rietveld in the 1930's? Wow, that's what I call enduring style and color! Found this little gem in one of my favorite books Southern Accents on Color, by Frances MacDougall along with the editors (some old friends) of Southern Accents.


  1. These photos are gorgeous... I am not an Aries, but the coral hues are some of my favorite. ~Terri

  2. Thanks, Terri! I find These colors to be joyful. Do you think your astological sign affects your design sense?
    Thanks, Leigh

  3. Leigh , I loved this fabric from Kenzo but unfortunatly it is out of the collection

  4. Now I'm cuckoo for coral too! Great photos nice and different ways to use that color..I don't know what it is but I have always wanted to do coral drapes in my living room........I loved this post.....Maryanne xo