The Color Maven

Monday, April 8, 2013


Lilly Pulitzer Rosseau died Sunday in Palm Beach Florida at the age of 81.  She was best know in the design world for her tongue-in-cheek prints in sassy bright colors.  Her first line "Lillys" became a sensation in the 60's.  The great Jacquelyn Kennedy wore one of her dresses in a Time photo shoot.  As we all know anything that is good enough for Jackie is good for the masses.  Lilly Pulitzer fashions became a staple for country club members and sorority girls nation wide thus defining the brighter side of preppy. Over time the signature Pulitzer style found its way from our closets into our homes with a line of textiles and furniture.  Her choice of color and pattern brought a little Florida sunshine into every one of her creations.  In turn she brought a smile to our faces.  She is quoted saying "Being happy never goes out of style.".  Her fabrics defined joy.  We thank her for showing us the beauty and wonder of color.   
 "That's what life is all about.  Let's have a party.  Let's have it tonight."
                                                                                                               - Lilly Pulitzer
                                                                                                                                Yes Let's
Lilly Pulitzer and Lee Jofa
Speaking of Country Clubs the Souths most esteemed club August National in Augusta Georgia is making headlines today
Augusta National is the home of the revered Masters golf tournament.  For some people the most sacred weekend in April is Easter for others it is four days of the best golfers in the world battling it out on Augusta Nationals azalea filled course.  My husband, having played golf in college, insisted our wedding be planned around this tournament as well as the U.S. Open.  He could actually burst into flames if he missed any of the action on "Amen Corner", a three hole stretch of the course known for it's intensity and excitement.  Two years ago, on a the most cherished morning of the final round, we rushed out and bought a extravagant 60" HD television so the hubby could, in his words, "feel like he's standing on the green".  People go to great lengths to see or be a part of this historical tournament.  Tickets to this tournament have to be willed or picked by lottery and memberships only go to a select few.  Along with some of the greatest golfers in the world, the clubs membership includes many of the most powerful men in the country including Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. Since being founded in 1933 by the great Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts this traditional club has been strictly all male.  Finally after years of challenges from women's advocacy groups Augusta has accepted its first female members.  Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore have made history as the first females to join the association.   
I don't know about y'all, but this is music to my ears.  As much as I appreciate the tradition and history of Augusta National, I feel women will only add to the clubs association and prestige. 
What I'm Reading
Past & Present
24 Favorite Moments In Decorative Arts History & 24 Modern DIY Projects Inspired By Them
By Amy Azzarito
Available at West Elm
This is a wonderfully light and entertaining book teeming with history and inspiration.  Amy Azzarito takes you through her favorite points in decorative arts with ease.  Her historical essays are full of fun facts covering an array of design highlights from the chinoiserie style to Josiah Wedgewood.  Every history lesson is followed by a inspired DIY project ranging in styles and level of difficulty.  Each project has thorough instructions and complete materials and tools list.  I already have a few bookmarked for future projects.  All in all I found the book to be a wonderfully fun lesson in design history with a crafty bonus.  For me the DIY projects take a backseat to the history lesson.  Amy has me wanting to learn more about decorative arts history and how it impacts our life today.  A great book for anyone interested in design. 

 This greenhouse coffee table is one of my favorite DIY projects from the book. 

The Gustavian Clock project is a easy way to add a little whimsy to any room.

Pick of the Week
Phillippe Dining Table by Oly Studio

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