a tower-inspired color palette

a tower-inspired color palette // warm gray, sky blue, cerulean // #Amalfi [pinit]

 

I took this photo from our hotel balcony in Amalfi. What a view, eh? I love how towers and castles spur the imagination...it's impossible to look at them without a sense of wonder. (Yes, I added the cheesy flutter of hearts...but I had to for the sake of my rhyme, Torre Amore.) The coolest bit about this is that the tower is now a restaurant!

Happy Friday!

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DARK WARM GRAY #625754 / STONE #BBB4B0 / LIGHT GRAY #DCDBD9
LIGHT SKY #BBE0E4 / SKY #8DC9D4 / CERULEAN #1A779D

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a shutter-inspired color palette

a shutter-inspired color palette // green, terracotta, gold // Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy [pinit]

 

If you've been to Tuscany, you're well aware of one of its architectural signatures :: green shutters. They're everywhere. Until today, I assumed this was simply a tradition in which Italians took pride, but according to Tuscan Traveler, it goes well beyond that.

...Under the code of the Belle Arti...All buildings inside the now mostly absent 16th century walls of the city are deemed to be historical. Shutters in Florence and Tuscany, as well as some other regions in Italy, can only be dark brown, black, dark gray or dark green. Any other color or lighter shade of one of the allowed hues is deemed out of compliance. A homeowner can expect a registered letter in the mail demanding change on threat of a substantial fine.

Fascinating! I have nothing but love and admiration for the artistic contributions of Italy, but the Belle Arti sounds like a national HOA. I wonder how Italians feel about this...

Anyway, here's your color inspiration for the week :: from "legal" dark green to "anarchist" faded mint, I offer The Shutters of Florence. Happy Weekend!

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BLUE-GREEN #3B8382 / TEAL #47B6A3 / MINT #8CCEB3
LIGHT MINTY-BLUE #ADD6C8 / TERRACOTTA #DC9885 / GOLD #B9904E

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a boat-inspired color palette

a boat-inspired color palette // tangerine (orange), gray // Amalfi, Italy [pinit]

 

Color inspiration from Italy continues! I love how the gradient of GRAY created by the slats of this boat complement the bright tangerine. Stay tuned next week for updates on what we've been up to the past few months... Happy Friday!

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DK TANGERINE #EC5831 / TANGERINE #FF7658 / LT TANGERINE #FFB39E
LT GRAY #E7EDED / GRAY #ADB4B4 / DK GRAY #707878

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travel | Italy :: part I

You'd think a trip to Italy would mean photos of quaint towns and artistic masterpieces, but I decided to begin with cats and dogs. Sorry! Every time I see an animal, I have to stop, hold my breath, and look at Andrew with the "Can I have one, puh-leeeeeeeez?!!" look. Don't worry...the touristy shots will follow!

CATS + DOGS

The Cats and Dogs of Italy // Akula Kreative

LEFT: CATS OF THE BOBOLI GARDENS / RIGHT: DOGS OF AMALFI

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VENICE HIGHLIGHTS

Venice, Italy // Akula Kreative

ROW 1: SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE / VENETIAN FLAG (GRAND CANAL) ROW 2: PALAZZO DUCALE ROW 3: PALAZZO DUCALE / BASILICA SAN MARCO ROW 4: BASILICA SAN MARCO FAÇADE ROW 5: HOTEL DANIELI

Venice is a magical place. Romantic, beautiful, and rich in history. If you've never been, give it priority on the bucket list. Oh, and try not to arrive on Martedí Grasso.

Stay tuned for more highlights from Murano, Florence, Amalfi, and Rome...

Happy Monday!

a rosette-inspired color palette

a rosette-inspired color palette // pastels, blue, green, stone, pink // Florence Cathedral [pinit]

 

Today's inspiration comes from the marble façade of the beautiful Florence Cathedral. I'm so glad I could zoom in because you really can't appreciate the color or detail from the ground. The various shades of blue, green, and pink are exquisite!

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SLATE #88A7B5 / BLUE-GREEN #AFCECD / PASTEL GREEN #D4E3DE
LIGHT BLUE #D7E7E8 / STONE #E5E8E9 / PASTEL PINK #F1C3C7

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Details of the Florence Cathedral // Akula Kreative

Here are a few fun facts about the duomo:

  • Structural work on the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore was begun in 1296 and completed in 1436.
  • The brick dome by Filippo Brunelleschi remains the largest ever built. (The cathedral was without a dome for the first 100 years of construction.)
  • Something I will never forget as an Art History major—Ghiberti's bronze doors on the Baptistery, known as the "Gates of Paradise"—took 21 years to complete.

Happy History Friday!

a door-inspired color palette

a door-inspired color palette // navy, teal, light blue, pink, peach, yellow // Amalfi, Italy by Akula Kreative [pinit]

 

On our way into the town of Amalfi, we walked through this quiet, colorful corridor built into the cliffs. The patches of pink and peach reminded me so much of rainbow sherbet!

BTW // I had no idea until NOW that sherbet only has one r. I must have ordered this flavor five million times when I was kid and never noticed.

Anyway, hope you enjoy it. Happy Friday!

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NAVY #2F354A / TEAL #51B6C9 / LIGHT BLUE #C2D9F7
PINK #F8E5F4 / PEACH #FFDCCA / PALE YELLOW #FFE47C

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a trattoria-inspired color palette

a trattoria-inspired color palette // pastels, coral, gray, mint, aqua [pinit]

 

I'm just not sure if Italy is charming enough.

Whether it's a feral cat sitting in a doorway or a weathered sign on a patched-up, centuries-old building, this country is filled with a kind of beauty you simply can't find in the States.

I'll share more photos from our trip over the next few weeks, but we'll start things off with a color palette of faded-red-turned-coral, cement gray, and pistachio green. Happy Friday!

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CORAL #EF7E68 / LT CORAL #FAAA92 / CEMENT #E5DCD7 / PISTACHIO #C9D6B3 / AQUA #B1D2BE

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Murano, Italy