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!


BLUE-GREEN #3B8382 / TEAL #47B6A3 / MINT #8CCEB3


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an air-plant-inspired color palette

an air-plant-inspired color palette // gold, yellow, sage, gray, purple [pinit]


I'm a day late posting this, but I knew I'd run into some inspiration at Renegade Craft Fair today...

Above is a photo of my new air plant terrarium by Urban Anonymous. Now, I know terrariums are nothing new, but these are a steal; I bought a small for $15 and a large for $35. Plus, they had a huge variety of colorful, artistic, and unique set-ups, from tastefully arranged glass terrariums to succulents potted in vintage books.  (For more photos, check out my Fair Faves on Facebook.)

I love the bright colors and different textures...it's the perfect, low maintenance addition to the office.

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