Are You Ready to Get Your Purple On?

Again, Pantone picked a color of the year without calling me. Geez.  Radiant Orchid -- a warmish purple color that is closer to mauve than eggplant.  Oh please let it not be as popular as mauve in the 80s, or I am going to hang up my decorating hat for good as I am still traumatized by visions of mica, mauve and grey rooms rattling around in my head.  My aversion to lavender may also be due to the fact that I overdosed on purple in 8th grade when I wore nothing other that this color for a year.  It was the equivalent of eating a box of Twinkies and never touching them again.

Despite my lack of love for radiant orchid, I am helping Meg Braff put together a room with curtains and beds with fabric close in color to Pantone's pick  -- it does look really pretty (as usual the talented Ms. Braff knocks it out of the park) -- but please do not ask me to do more than a sprinkling of any shade of purple outside the boudoir:   An eggplant Spitzmiller lamp, purple throw or even an Quadrille upholstered chair is my absolute max.  That said, here are some images/items that may help you get your purple on:
Purple and blue and yellow room by Alex Papachristidis, Photographer: Tria Giovan. Note the lovely valance on the window.
A little deeper than Radiant Orchid, but they are Christopher Spitzmiller AP Alex lamps

Radiant Orchid Ovo Table Lamp, Lamps Plus $99
Liza Calhoun Pulitzer also a little bluer than the mauvish Radiant Orchid.

Here we go, closer to the Pantone color.   Pick this up here, from Cabana Home $270

Agate Coasters from West Elm $59

Hmm, I think this was one of those HGTV specials make over your room in a day, but I cannot remember who the decorator was... Anyone? One purple lamp Spitzmiller(?) and a throw.

Quadrille, Henriot Floral fabric

Jeffery Bilhuber uses Henriot floral on a chair-- gosh he does everything with aplomb.


China Seas, Raffles Reverse

 Here are some images form Lindsey Coral Harper from the Cathedral Antique Show Inspiration house in Atlanta in 2012. . . Shout out to Julie from Belle Maison for running a story on this room and directing me to Ms. Harper's website.  The paint color as Julie notes, is Mulberry by Benjamin Moore (2075-20), if you want to run out and get it.
Lindsey Coral Harper

Lindsey Coral Harper

Meg Braff, Up a Tree Wallpaper

Savafieh Palmer  Ottoman $250

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