Sarong sized drip dyes pink through charcoal and pale grey, grecian wrapped perfect for the balcony. Along with a fringed pale grey scarf and Stella Jewelry’s triple pearl necklace were just the things to finish this emsemble off.
Most you you already know this, but Kristin Gainey now has her office inside the store and has painted it a Tiffany (turquoise) blue, with white chevrons. On point for current trends. Team Rose is now deep in the throws of arranging an Open House to celebrate the new location. In search of a special drink for the evening we discovered the liqueur Hpnotiq, The perfect shade of blue.
Even a Product of France. Perfection, we can mix it with champagne and – Viola, KGP, the signature drink of the evening. So what could go wrong you might ask. So we purchase the $22 dollar bottle of 17% proof liqueur.
On a side note, I have never heard of a “liqueur” that has a alcohol percentage of only 17% thats a wine isn’t it. European Standard may be required here. Yes, they have regulations for that sort of thing. If there were no EU designations, where would we be. Well, folks might call lemonade whisky and then where would my beloved husband, Tony, be? I will tell you, it would break him. I would have to install him in a home, where he would weep away the rest of his life. That would make us all very unhappy, so we won’t even think about it.
On a positive note – low alcohol is a good thing for an Open House. Is it not?
That’s where things started to show signs that this might not be a good idea. But, on to the taste test. I like it, neat over ice, it is good and flavorful, crisp and eventful. This coming from someone that does not actually like the taste of booze. Beer – I am very picky, Wine, not so much, if its red and not vinegar I’m in. Liqueur, I like it, but it need to taste of something completely different. Not a Martini but a Sour Apple Martini, not a tequila but a Margarita, salt lime on the rocks. All fun for the first one. Won’t notice after that, so don’t waste your time decorating the rim of the glass.
I am fussy about some things though. I think might be is the Decorator in me. I like some things done a certain way. I have to have fabric pattern lined up, it upsets me, physically, if they are not. Wall paper and carpet – visible seams, I go, not only postal, but nuclear. If you are contractor and you think I won’t like it Don’t’ Freakin’ do it in the first place. It’s not pretty. But, back to the Tiffany drink, peachy, a little citrus, back splash of cognac, (yes, that was a decorator joke)
I like it, it’s fruity. I like champagne too. What could go wrong. I am not snobby about interfering with tradition. I would not however, spend more than $7 on Champagne (and France, please note that I use the term loosely) that I am going to adulterate with something. All that said, I am feeling quite committed to a welcoming glass, well clear, plastic cup, of fizzy blue stuff for our guests.
So, I introduced the idea to Team Rose. Roxy, my daughter, style consultant and custom Jeweler, says, immediately “THAT’S GHETTO”, who knew! Certainly not the French, whom, I suspect created the blue stuff as an aperitif, unlike the green stuff (Absinth) which was created to provide a constant stream of inmates to the facilities of the rich asylum owners. Anyway. Hpnotiq apparently should be mixed with Hennessy and drunk in cheap clubs.
Result – I am now drinking it with Vodka in the perfectly chilled martini glass. Yes, shaken not stirred. I may be Ghetto but I like it. I may watch a cheap horror film while I am home alone too. So, what of it? I am Ghetto this evening and Liking it.
The Open House will be March 7 – 6.30pm and it will be an RSVP event. Boys can come too, especially if they are driving and packing plastic. There will be a big Jewelry Trunk Show and I had a notion about ordering cashmere socks too, in a delicate shade of turquoise of course.
Just a few words about this image, as it is almost winter here in Southwest Virginia, well it feels like it today, anyway. Hard to think obout the Spring greens that are seen here.
Sunrooms are a perfect place to start thinking about “Given Greens” isn’t that the very reason we build them.
If you are going to build one, build it strong and make it fourseasons. A Sunroom needs to be part of the home, not an add on.
We choose this example, because having one wall mostly solid, makes the room usable and looks a lot more permenant than an all glass version.
Set you sunroom palette to be in line with the Given Greens and of course the “Natures Neutral” browns and silvers that will come as part of our darker seasons.
We have expanded our Fall Accessories to include this seasons favorites – metallics in champagnes, platinums and bronzes. Perfect for Fall Fabulous, right through to all those Holiday Parties.
We have the Bling and we have the day stuff too. Ruanas and Pashminas will keep you warm and stylishly timeless.
A Beautiful Photograph from Red Zena.
The title is “If it works in Nature…”
Well it does. Very rarely, if ever, do we see any color combinations. that seem to be a bit off in nature, unless it’s the fault of the Gardener.
So, look at this photograph with that in mind. Strong colors yes. but the proportion is there. It works when Nature does it, so allow Nature to guide you in your choices.
Cream, soft and stronger oranges, a little red, and a medium sized splodge of purple. On a backgrop of what we refer to as “Given Greens” If you need more info on “Given Greens” there are more blogs on that, here.
Using strong colors is all about balance and proportion. If we were to consider a room in these colors, we would have paint in a soft cream with the soft orange under the chair rail or on a feature wall and the rest would be in fabrics.
That way you can ring out the changes in pillows and accessories.