May 3, 2011

Ode to Daffodil

The daffodil is the physical incarnation to spring, in my humble opinion.  Many folks fawn over the tulips of early spring, but daffodils seem to smile & giggle, just like me, throughout the season.  The vibrant yellow begs for attention and reminds us that warm sunshine is on its way.

I see a daffodil, and it practically screams at me:

Bright happy yellow, when used in interiors, can take on many different different moods and tones.  Yellow was used in many important rooms throughout history.  The wonderful  neo-classical architect Robert Adam used strong and vivid color in his rooms to elongate walls and provide a depth on which to layer draperies, artwork and tapestries.  His seminal use of color influenced English interior design for generations.  The grey days in England are offset by the brave tones of colors used in interiors.  Nancy Lancaster was one of the great decorators who re-created English Country House style for the 20th century, her drawing room exemplifies the Colefax & Fowler style.
Nancy Lancaster’s seminal drawing room.  image via Travel for Design
The Yellow Room at The White House during Regan years.  image via Architectural Digest

Happy draperies by Stephen Sills.  image via Elle Decor
Jamie Drake does color like no other.  image via Elle Decor
image via Velvet Palette
image via Domino
Gorgeous.  image via Martha Stewart
image via Affair With Color
The Viceroy by Kelly Wearstler
image via Colour Me Happy

Bright yellow applied to furniture, fashion, entertaining schemes and retail displays add energy, movement and a big does of character. Sunshine is a welcome thing.
image via lastlastfirst
image via Revival Home & Garden
Drawer console by Bungalow 5
This is a fantastic color palette. Pillow at Mecox Gardens
kate spade
Eddie Ross

note the ad on top.  Hello Tomorrow!
Daffodil cake via Craftster.  Yum.

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