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Inspirations from the Winter Weather

 We are entering the depth of the winter. The holiday frenzy is behind us and we were just hit with our second snowstorm – we came close to breaking the record for inches of now!   

Since we are surrounded by all this snow, I highly recommend taking a walk in the park or escaping the city for a day.  If nothing else, snow is peaceful.  Just walking in the midst of a snow fall, is quiet.  There is a special sort of hush.  And it is possible to find yourself surrounded by inspiration, great and small.   

Besides design and being inspired to create – I also love to travel – it can be a simple train trip up the Hudson to visit family.   This is one of the most awe inspiring ways of traveling – especially on the East coast.  Most of the trip takes you directly along the river.  Each season has something to offer – the slow moving river during the winter with patches of ice floating, while the gray sky seems to settle on top of the river as the bare tree branches rustle in the winds.  I love looking for the various shades of dark green in the evergreens, and then reflected as deep green blue in the river.  The cool grays and earthy browns of exposed rocks, not normally seen in the summer, offer not only these wonderful shades of color but draw interest in the textures of these elements.  Do not forget the white sky – when you look hard you see shades of grays with hints of lavender, smokey blues, soft whites. 

If you find yourself in the forest for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, some of these same features, trees and rocks take on a deeper tone since the evergreens and bare trees hide the whitish sky without the brightness of a high summer sun.  Or, if you live near the ocean and enjoy the cold, take that brisk walk at the beach.  Look at the patterns the wind has drawn in the sand or snow.  Take in the early morning light as the sun appears on the horizon.  It has a special glow to it in the wee hours on a cold day.  Just the other day, it was a rosie peach color, painting the sky – just for a few minutes.  Most days, it’s the palest yellow spreading across the fading gray of the night sky.

I went to the Charles Rohfls exhibit in the American Wing at the MET this weekend.  The inspiration for his Arts & Crafts style furniture comes from the movement of the grain in the wood that he uses.   Design inspiration comes from many sources.  Looking at the fabric swatches that I found at Kravet‘s and Flourishes, what inspirations do you see? 

moon and shellsEvery season is special.  Which season inspires you?  Do you enjoy the cool, subtle colors of winter?  Or, are you bolder and warmer in your color palette?  Transferring these moments that offer tranquility should be considered when developing your home or office design.     Although they are wonderful, don’t always turn to the obvious – the fabric with leaves, the gray walls – look deeper, a chair with aged leather that reflects the movement of muddy waters.   The soft white fabric with metallic threads as drapery that adds the glistening sparkle of ice on the lake into your decor.     A room color can be inspired by that little speck of pink found inside a seashell. 

Tell me about your inspirations, your favorite colors or textures.  It will be fun to understand where they came from!