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An Orange a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

The color orange evokes strong emotions - it is one of the boldest, most active colors on the spectrum. Orange conjures up images of warmth, happiness, energy, and confidence - so it isn't surprising to see how prevalent it is in fashion and design. 


Color psychologists (and it looks like our icon Frank) say that "orange brings spontaneity and a positive outlook on life and is a great color to use during tough economic times, keeping us motivated and helping us to look on the bright side of life. With its enthusiasm for life, the color orange relates to adventure and risk-taking, inspiring physical confidence, competition and independence. Those inspired by orange are always on the go."


Historically, the first use of the name "orange" as a color was in 1512. Before that, people simply referred to the color as yellow-red. Many cultures hail the color as a religious symbol - it is particularly important to the Hindu and Buddhist communities where it symbolizes divinity and illumination. Dating back to Greek and Roman mythology, the God of Wine and Ecstasy is depicted dressed in a vibrant orange.



Orange decor such as lamps, pillows, and rugs are being used as accent pop colors today. Mixed with grays, blues and neutrals, it really seems to brighten a room. In fashion and design, my mom always said buy what you like, because trends change and always come back in fashion. This rug was used in a home around 1960 by Jane Gianarelli Interior Design. The design and color are still so current today!



I love America's new design sweetheart Mary McDonald's fabric line which puts orange at the forefront combining it with grays. They seem to be a fresh twist on an old Gracie inspired design.


Tory Burch is known for her love of vivid colors and bold design - even when it comes to the interior design of her stores. Many of them sport a signature orange color on both the walls and ceilings, encouraging you to shop!! I certainly get a smile on my face when I open one of Tory Burch's tangerine boxes during the gift giving season!! 


Tory  also seems to have jumped on the orange bandwagon in the decor of her apartment in the Pierre Hotel. Designer Daniel Romualdez, who handles the interiors of her stores, also takes the lead in her homes' decor.


I love this high gloss orange ceiling from Elle Decor Magazine. When wanting any kind of high sheen paint on cabinetry, walls, or ceilings, remember the surface has to be absolutely perfect with no dings or imperfections as they will be enhanced by the sheen of the paint! 


This orange and metallic gold wallpaper certainly makes a statement in this room. I think I will try this color combination with a hand painted stencil design. 

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The best part about orange? It has a best friend - the color blue. Blue and orange are complementary colors on the color wheel and as such, both contrast and highlight each other so deliciously. The duo acts as the perfect pair, particularly when working together in home interiors. 

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An orange a day keeps the doctor away!! It's been suggested that we all find small ways to use orange in our everyday lives as it encourages cheerfulness and optimism. In decor, maybe try a small dose of it like a pillow or pops of art to see how it  brightens your mood.

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Orange, a visual representation of enthusiasm and passion for life, makes a perfect color for a fashion statement!!  

Here is my daughter Kirby's fav orange outfit. Mixed with this chalcedony ring, the combo certainly is a hit! We got this ring at the The Menagerie in Austin, Texas.  If you are traveling in Austin it is worth the detour!!  Beautiful things wonderful prices.  Let Vicki know Leslie and Kirby sent you!!


I love the pops of orange in this tablescape but beware!!!! The color orange stimulates your appetite. Restaurants use orange in their design schemes in hopes of stimulating hunger, and therefore increasing the dollars spent at their eateries. If you're trying to lose that extra 10 pounds...(or 30 like me) might not want to paint your kitchen orange!!

Whats new in the Boutique for Valentine's Day............So excited to get a new shipment of Jewelry just in time! Below is a new line that we picked up priced from $22-$125, perfect to pick up for that special someone!!!

 Till next Monday!! Xo, Leslie

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Reader Comments (5)

I've been contemplating an orangey/coppery upholstered banquette for my breakfast area. Seems so bold given the size, yet so right also. I'm slowly redecorating to incorporate some colonial Spanish influence that I love. After reading this post I think I'm ready. Interesting perspectives about the effects of using orange. Thanks!

February 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Orange certainly is a cheerful color. In interior design, I prefer the more subtle look of the soft melon tone of Mary McDonald's fabrics paired with a sophisticated gray. As for fashion, one can be much more daring and playful. I love Kirby's outfit, for example, and a tangerine Hermes birkin would certainly lift my spirits.
XO, Victoria

February 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria Athens

The orange curtains in the third image with silver grey borders are stunning. I do love orange but unfortunately have nowhere for it at the moment in my home although I think it would look fabulous as a pop of colour with my blue and white.

Lee :)

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLee

The work on the roof is very extra ordinary I like the interior and especially the color combination of the roof looks great. And most attractive curtains enhanced the beauty. Thanks for sharing. Like us

February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Love the table ware with the orange elements. It just makes the table so much more fun than simply cluttered with cutlery and table ornaments.

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGemma Tubbrit

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