If you’re looking for complementary colour swatches for your latest decorating project look no further than the family pet. I have spent hours in paint stores and online looking for fresh ideas to spruce up our bedroom in the country without over-doing it. After all, it’s a weekend house full of bugs and bats remember?
I am a subscriber of Better Homes and Gardens on my iPad and I love the interactive modules they’ve added to the magazine. I even downloaded the Behr paint app which allows you to take a photo to get a colour match and see what various rooms look like in different colour combinations before you commit.
Living in Italy, some of the articles are not relevant to me. For example, I don’t live ‘just around the corner’ from Target or Home Hardware and the garden concepts may not jive with the Mediterranean climate. However, I have found myself ordering silk pillows from Westelm.com and I get inspiration from the articles by experts.
In fact, one of the tips I read must have seeped into my subconscious while I was shopping. The house is near the sea. That means boats and beaches! I read that the best way to get decorating ideas is to look at nature so when I spotted some vintage design pillows with a nautical theme I knew I was on the right track.
I bought the pillows but I was reluctant to go all ‘red, white and blue’ because after all, the house is in Italy, not Maine and I’m Canadian so why would I use an American theme?
On top of this, our bed is metal and antique and I didn’t want to go too off course with this elegant bed either. I continued to shop and IKEA got the better part of my pay cheque. I steered clear of stark white and went with taupes instead. The walls will stay white as in Italy, Italians rarely paint their walls with colour.
Lo and behold, I am almost finished but I had to share with you an uncanny photo that suddenly made me realize that in fact I truly was inspired by nature…
The throw rug and duvet cover are the colour of Coco’s tail, the beige and white combinations are the colour of her body and the blue in the pillows and other accents are the colour of her eyes! I didn’t even realize that she was my muse all along until I snapped this photo of her on the bed 🙂