01 February 2008

Proud as a Peacock.

I've been seeing a lot of Peacocks lately. While shopping at Bloomingdale's yesterday, they had an entire home furnishings display filled with all sorts of Peacock tchochkees. An antique peacock china pattern has re-surfaced on beautiful Limoges plates. Peacock feather earrings are available at Urban Outfitters, (pictured below). Retailer Neiman Marcus definitely has Peacock Mania. They proudly offer a Peacock sofa, Peacock china collections, Peacock rugs, lamps, screen panels, and fireplace screens. Not shown here are their Peacock figurines, vases, pillows, note pads and Janice Minor basket. They may all be found at:
You may even purchase a Peacock head made from Lalique crystal.

Paint manufacturing giant Benjamin Moore has declared "Peacock Feathers", "Split Pea" and "Gypsy Pink" as the "Hot Colors" for 2008. An additional three strong paint color selections chosen by "Southern Accents" magazine include "Galapagos Turquoise" by Benjamin Moore, "Oceanside" by Sherwin-Williams and "Blue Lagoon" by Ralph Lauren Home Collection, (pictured below). The color is just Most Excellent and I cannot wait to use it in an upcoming project in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC.

While on the subject of Washington, DC, the Freer Gallery in Washington, DC is home to the famous "Peacock Room" originally painted by James McNeill Whistler in London, England more than a century ago. The drama and beauty of the room still awe visitors to the Freer Gallery today.

The beauty of the color Peacock blue, particularly when used in interior design, is that there are so many complementary colors to work along with it. Some include Burnt Orange, Tobacco brown or another shade of blue, such as turquoise or slate. The shade of Peacock blue chosen also does not have to be intense. Just pair it with a lighter color, like ivory, sand or beige. I like to think about the California coastline as my inspiration for combining shades of blue and earthen tones. The result is tranquil, casual and the epitome of relaxed, refined elegance.

Design proudly!

"The Peacock Room", Freer Gallery, Washington, DC

Peacock Mania!

Antique Limoges Peacock Plate

Peacock feather earrings