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!




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 Montreal-inspired color palette

a Montreal-inspired color palette // gray, blue, pink, pastel // photo by Anna Wu [pinit]


Today's color inspiration is based on a photo of the port city of Montreal by the lovely Anna Wu, a Bay Area wedding photographer whom we met through Propel. (If you follow us at all, you may be familiar with her beautiful ballerina series called Pointe of View.)

I love not only the quaint architectural details in this photo, but also the MOOD. The quiet light of dusk provides such a peaceful palette of grays, blues, and pinks.


GRAY #5F6065 / BLUE #38636A / PINK #CE8F7E / LT BLUE #BFC6CC / LT GRAY #C6BBB9


We hope you enjoyed our mini series of Guest Photographer Color Palettes ~ huge thanks to everyone for participating! Stay tuned for our collaboration with Anna early this year!

Happy New Year!

a backyard-dove-inspired color palette

a backyard-dove-inspired color palette // pastels, green, peach [pinit]


This summer, we watched a pair of doves raise their babies in the tiny tree out back. As weeks passed, we couldn't help but marvel at their dedication: if they weren't sweating it out in 105-degree heat, they were getting pelted by giant drops of rain. Then...finally...we saw two brown chicks appear. They grew quickly, and before we knew it the nest looked severely overcrowded.

Dove Nest with Grown Babies

I started watching the nest every morning, trying to get a glimpse of a first flight, but no luck. Then I looked out the window one rainy day to find an empty nest and Mom or Dad waiting on the fence. (That's when I took the picture up top.) At first, I thought the babies were on a temporary excursion, but by nightfall the adult finally left and that was that.

Watching the process from start to finish was so fun...it's amazing to see animals raise their young.

Oh...I'm loving this pastel palette of greens and peaches, too. :) Organic, airy, and incredibly calming...

Happy Friday!

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an allium-inspired color palette

an allium-inspired color palette // pastel, purple, lavender, green, allium sphaerocephalon [pinit]


This week's color palette is based on a pretty, petite bloom called allium sphaerocephalon, or "round headed leek." (BTW // It took me a solid 20-30 minutes to identify it this morning. I fiiinally struck gold after describing it as an "egg-shaped purple cluster flower." :)

The pink, purple, and green pastels are a great foundation for a cool, refreshing color palette!

Happy Friday!

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