August is when many of us repair to the country to be healed, refreshed and soothed by nature. John Pierpont Morgan recognizing how essential vacation is for creativity, said “I can do twelve months work in eleven months, but not in twelve months”.
Spending time in the woods or by the water is not only enjoyable it does wonders for our health, and when we return we usually have a fresh take on things. Having recently returned from a vacation by the sea in Maine, nature is still very much with me. So today I am sharing pictures taken this spring and summer in Boston’s Arnold Arboretum and placing them next to schemes for decorating with pink, yellow and coral needlepoint rugs. And juxtaposed with these are images from the Fall/Winter Women’s 2012 Fashion Shows. I hope seeing nature, interior design and women’s fashions all together will be re-freshing and help you make new creative relationships and open new decorating possibilities.
Pink Azaleas came out in early May in Boston’s Arnold Arboretum.
In his Fall/Winter 2012 Collection, Christian Dior gave a nod to Elsa Schiaparelli who introduced hot pink to women’s wardrobes. Image courtesy Harper’s Bazaar.
Asmara’s Branches Needlepoint Rug in a design scheme for a modern library or living room. Branches is also available as a Savonnerie Rug and as an Aubusson Rug and has red, yellow and blue flowers. You can choose to emphasize any one or two of these colors. For this design scheme we create pop with pink, paying tribute to Elsa Schiaparelli. For sources and design tips see the blog post: How to Design a Cheerful Library with Needlepoint Rug in Blue, Yellow. Rug Design Copyrighted by Asmara, Inc.
A rainy Saturday in early June was the right time to see these deep pink roses in the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Emerald Necklace, one of Boston’s hidden treasures.
Thakoon’s Fall 2012 red and magenta color-blocked separates. Image courtesy Harper’s Bazaar.
Pink Trumpet Honeysuckle vines at Boston’s Arnold Arboretum photographed in June.
Asmara’s Mosaic wool and silk contemporary rug supports a living room design scheme with pops of hot pink, yellow, and orange. For design tips and sources see the blog post: How to Create Pop with Red, Fuschia, Yellow on Flexible Decorator Rug. Rug Design Copyrighted by Asmara, Inc.
Deep red buds of Rhododendron in Boston Arnold Arboretum photographed in May with iPhone.
Asmara’s Moldova Needlepoint Rug in a design scheme for a modern bedroom. The Modlova rug has red, yellow, purple and blue flowers and you can chose any of these colors to create pop. In this design scheme we picked up the red and yellow accents with accessories of the same colors. Also available as the Moldova Savonnerie Rug. For design tips and resources see the blog post: 3 Tips for Modern Decor with Yellow and Red Needlepoint Rugs. Rug Design Copyrighted by Asmara, Inc.
The honey bees were all over the brilliant yellow flowers of the “Sunburst” a cultivar of St. Johnswort which came out in late June and early July.
The coral and yellow flowers of “Magnifica” a cultivar of Trumpet Honeysuckle came out in May
Asmara’s Marbella Savonnerie Rug is yellow and coral is the perfect anchor for this stylish living room with white upholstery and coral and blue accessories. For design tips and sources see the blog post: How to Decorate Stylishly with Orange Rugs and Coral Rugs. Rug Design Copyrighted by Asmara, Inc.
Yellowish coral roses came out in May in the Arnold Arboretum.
Calvin Klein, Fall 2012 Coral Cashmere coat. Image courtesy Harper’s Bazaar.
Coral and yellow Azaleas in the Arnold Arboretum in early May.
Asmara’s Flowing Coral Needlepoint Rug has coral, yellow, gold, blue green and yellow green accents. Rug Design Copyrighted by Asmara, Inc.
Yellow Azaleas with coral tipped buds in early May.
Asmara’s Flowing Coral Needlepoint Rug in a traditional dining room scheme that feels fresh. The needlepoint rug has yellow, orange, blue-green and celery green accents. For design tips and sources see the blog post: How to Decorate with Needlepoint Rugs and Green Rugs. Rug Design Copyrighted by Asmara, Inc.