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With the advent of spring, and the warm winds slowly sweeping through New York City, I am reminded of new birth. This cyclical times of year brings to life the bulbs that have been hiding beneath soggy soils, the buds on sidewalk hedges, and the nude shades of fresh, farmer’s market eggs. Quail Eggs and Coastal Living

A quail egg, speckled in cream and brown, pairs nicely with a modern and minimalist kitchen.  Less is more with carefully chosen palm leaves and gourds. Photo by Tria Giovan for Coastal Living.

Crow Eggs and Scandinavian, Midcentury Modern Accents

Karl Anderson photographs a saccharine, Scandinavian dinging room complete with white Moroccan tagines, mid-century modern curves and light wooden accents. The interior’s colors highlight the blotched bluish-green to pale olive of a crow egg.

The Brown Gloss of a Common Loon Egg

The glossy, lacquered sheen of a common loon egg lends itself to the high impact, brown hue of a living room or den. Brown is considered a color of comfort and security. David Hicks, who is considered the James Bond of interior design, painted the walls and ceilings in his apartment a “Coca-Cola color”. The trend of a dark brown space took off ever since. Room image via Shelterness.

Spring has sprung! Egg-celent! Don’t mind my horrible puns…

 Keren / The Walkup

Let Them Eat Cake

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The word “pastel” as we know it is originally an art term (of course). It technically is the term for a powdered pigment stick (or chalks) in a binder. The most widely used form of pastels is a “soft pastel” which is a crayon that can be easily smudged and whose colors are bright. Pastel techniques can be challenging since the medium is mixed and blended directly on the working surface, and unlike in paints, colors cannot be tested on a palette before applying to the media. The pastel form was first mentioned by Leonardo da Vinci (who apparently invented and discovered EVERYTHING) in 1495. Because the use of pastel and term has become so colloquial and ubiquitous – IT HAS BECOME AN ADJECTIVE – pastels can now mean any color that is pale in color and saturated in a low hue. Let us hop into the candy-colored, cake-frosted world of pastels (encompassing several art forms):

Wayne Thiebaud “Cakes and a Counter,” 1963, National Gallery of Art

THE ABOVE IMAGE IS A PHOTOGRAPH AND REPLICA OF THE THIEBAUD PAINTING. The Inspiration: “Cakes,” by American artist Wayne Thiebaud, 1963. Williams Freeman’s sugary spread is virtually identical to the original. Image found via Martha Stewart Weddings, HERE.

 Wayne Thiebaud Pies, Pies, Pies 1961. Oil on canvas 20 x 30 in (50.8 x 76.2 cm) Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento.

Mary Cassatt, Sleepy Baby, 1910

Ian Davenport,”Puddle Painting: White”, 2008

Ian Davenport, Prismatic Diptych (Ghost), 2011, Colour etching diptych on Hahnemühle Bright White 300 gsm paper

I find these muted hues extremely calming, almost bordering on earth tones (on that note, it is said that technically cave paintings could be considered pastels). My bedroom is in a pastel, sage green so that I can feel relaxed before the sandman visits. A pastel color palette feels cozy and inviting. It also allows your home to be in a perennial spring!

Why not live inside of an Easter Egg Shell? Image found HERE.

I am showing this even though I am not the biggest fan of slipcovers. To each his own pastel! Image found at InteriorHolic, HERE.

Image found at House To Home, HERE.

Photographer Deborah Whitalw Llewellyn found via Coastal Living, HERE.

Add a little touch of Versailles to your life! Image found at the Shelterness, HERE.

A dessert colored palette readymade in your kitchen. Who wouldn’t want to be a baker living in this? Image found HERE.

The colors and the glass jars transport me to 1920’s Italy. This image hails form a GELATO THEMED BRIDAL SHOWER found at Ruffled, HERE.

Pastel living room found HERE.

I get that this isn’t TECHNICALLY interior design, but I actually could not resist. Photo by Camilla Lindqvist.

Image designed by Behr Paints, exact colors and image details found HERE.

Image found HERE.

Pastel meets crochet meets Art Deco, found HERE.

NOW HOW CAN YOU LIVE IN A VAT OF FROSTING?

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