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Sunday
Sep072014

Lavender

The color lavender has long been lauded for its graceful connotations and decidedly feminine undertones. Unlike its bubbly cousin, pink, lavender carries with it an air of quiet confidence and subtle playfulness. Perhaps due to its noble roots within the purple family, the color has a well-established history of nobility and piety.

(Chanel Evening Coat)

Dating as far back as 27 BC and the start of the Roman Empire, shades of purple have long been reserved for magistrates, members of the royal family, and Roman Catholic Bishops throughout Europe. Perhaps it’s for this reason that lavender, the result of mixing white and violet paint, carries with it such a distinct sense of refinement…

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Originally, the use of the term lavender only applied to its fragrant namesake. Not until 1705 was lavender used to describe the color; broken into three major shades as seen on the various parts of the flower itself.

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From left to right: Lavender grey, lavender, and lavender blue

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As a result of its red and blue heritage, lavender can transcend from warm to cool depending upon its surroundings. As seen above, the surprising pop of color on this old wooden door reads cool thanks to the grey masonry walls in which it is set.                                  

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Even when paired with strong golden tones, the red hues inherent to lavender help ease the tension between other warm and cool elements in the room. A neutral observer, lavender stands apart and serves to bridge the gap between color families; a very valuable member of any color scheme!

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This dreamy vanity and dressing room draws heavily upon lavender’s strong sense of femininity and grace. Reflective surfaces, from the high sheen on the tile floor to the mirrored dressing wall, compound the effect of this airy color and results in a boudoir sumptuous enough for a queen.

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Used as an accent color against a palette of soft whites, creams, and champagnes, shades of dark and light lavender serve to modernize this vintage style sitting room heavy with neoclassical and baroque details. Very impressive!

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Taking a page from any fashionista’s repertoire, color blocking, shown here by mixing shades of lavender, crimson, and violet, results in a look both clean and bold! Like any good accessory, the gold metallic accents break up any monotony that may have been caused by the lack of patterned textiles or art. 

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A feast for the senses!  On the tabletop, bundled sprigs of fresh lavender add a hint of color and soft aroma to this otherwise blank tablescape. The look is effortless and whimsical, perfect for any gathering!

Not many scents equal the distinct, fresh aroma that lavender cleaning products infuse into the home. Known for their use of herbs, essential oils, and organic flora, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day cleaning supplies have become a staple in my own utility closet! Their dedication to chemical-free, natural ingredients have yielded one of my favorite laundry detergents that is as gentle on fabrics as it is on the skin it touches. Aroma therapy while doing a load of laundry? Yes, please!

 

The use of lavender in the home doesn’t have to be limited to its use in design or scenting the room. Instead, try creating an aromatic cocktail accented with sprigs of fresh blooms that guests will see, taste, and smell – a full sensory experience!

Courtesy of Couture Craft Blog, try making this Lavender Collins for a fresh and colorful twist on a classic cocktail!  

Need:

1 1/2 oz Jensens Bermondsey Gin
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz lavender syrup ( method below)
3 oz club soda

Sprig of lavender for garnish

To make the lavender syrup:

1 cup water
3 tbsp fresh or dried lavender flowers
2 cups sugar

Method:

Firstly to make the lavender syrup, bring water and lavender to the boil in a saucepan, using a wooden spoon stir in sugar until it is completely dissolved Reduce heat and simmer for 5 mins. Remove from the heat and allow to cool with the lavender, once cooled strain flowers away. This will store for 1 week in the fridge.

To make the Lavender Collins, transfer all ingredients except club soda into a cocktail shaker and mix. Pour into a long glass full of ice. Top up with the club soda and a sprig of lavender to decorate.

Until next week!

Its a Lavender Sale!!!!      

 

Large Amethyst Geode on Lucite Base: $816.00  Sale price $425 

Jolie USA Knotty Hair Ties (10): $ 25.00   Sale price $18.50

Benton Art & Design Tea Towels: $34.50 ea  Sale price $24.50

                 Lollia Hand Cream in Lavender & Honey: $ 30.00 Sale price $20

Linneas Lights Hand Poured Soy Candle in Lavender: $32.00 Sale price $25

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Reader Comments (3)

I received your book the other day and I have been fully engrossed in the beautiful rooms with the gorgeous furnishings and softly colored plaster walls. Your work on the walls is a delight to the senses and makes my heart sing! I love the book but I somehow had it in my head that if I ordered it off your blog and not Amazon that it would be signed. That is my only disappointment. Maybe you could sign the second book for me?
Gigi

September 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGigi Harlan

Dear Leslie, this is such a gorgeous post. I adore the varying shades of lavender and when used on velvet, it is luxurious beyond!
Is your book ready to be shipped?

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

September 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKarena

Sigh... Lavender is so, so, so lovely. I am DROOLING over that dress. Amazing!

September 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKristy Woodson Harvey

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