Inspiration

Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours Is BACK. by Shanna Shryne

Centuries after naturalists used it to define the colors they saw in the natural world, Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours is back.

Color swatches seem like a modern invention. Yet more than a century before Pantone and standardized paint palettes, there was Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours. And it’s officially been redesigned by Nicholas Rougeux into an online resource for all to use.

Published in 1814 by the painter Patrick Syme and geologist Abraham Gottlob Werner, Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours is a working dictionary aim to illustrate and identify tones found in the natural world. The book is complete with paint swatches accompanied by handwritten descriptions and examples of where a particular color can be found in the wild.

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For example, “Greenish Grey” or no. 15 “is ash grey mixed with a little emerald green, a small portion of black and a little lemon yellow.” You can find it on the “quill feathers of a robin” or “bark of ash tree” or “clay slate wacke.”

[ IMAGE SOURCE:  Greys ,  Robin ,  Clay Slate . ]

[ IMAGE SOURCE: Greys, Robin, Clay Slate. ]

“Red Lilac Purple” or no. 43, “is campanula purple, with a considerable portion of snow white and a very little carmine red.” You can find it in “light spots of the upper wings of a peacock butterfly”, red lilac” or “lepidolite.”

[ IMAGE SOURCE:  Purples ,  Butterfly ,  Lilacs ,  Stone  ]

[ IMAGE SOURCE: Purples, Butterfly, Lilacs, Stone ]

“Wax Yellow” or no. 64, “is composed of lemon yellow, reddish brown and a little ash grey.” It can be found in the “larvae of large water beatles”, “semi opal” or the “greenish parts of a nonpareil apple”.

[ SOURCE:  Yellow ,  Opal ,  Apple  ]

[ SOURCE: Yellow, Opal, Apple ]

While Werner's Nomenclature of Colours may seem like a relic of the past and a less than practical way of how color is defined today, there is still something intriguing about its definitions and specifications about the colors that surround us. Have fun exploring the 110 swatches of color here. See if you can find the color that matches the fur of a polar bear or human skin.

And if your feeling really like a design enthusiast, you can also purchase your own pocket-size copy here.

YAY! It's Patio Season. by Shanna Shryne

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Here in California we enjoy patio season all year round & it's finally patio season for those of you in cooler climates now too! I recently went to Mama Shelter Los Angeles and instantly became obsessed with their colorful patio & vibrant plant life (as well as their rose sangria.)

Not only were the cocktails on point but also the rooftop design. An important element when designing patios is to create areas to gather around with family and friends. Other important design elements to incorporate on your patios are umbrellas and large plants, palms are some of my favorites. These items are both aesthetically pleasing & functional as they provide shade from the summer heat. If you have the space, adding an outdoor game or a swinging chair can be fun accents. 

So, without further ado I present my favorite patio ideas with a hope that they inspire you to make your outdoor space the best spot in your home this summer.

P.S. Please enjoy the recipe to my favorite Mama's Shelter cocktail below. Cheers!

What's In My Beach Bag? by Shanna Shryne

I'd like to think I'm what you'd call a Professional Beach Go-er. I've tried and tested just about every beach-centric accessory...so it's only prudent that I share with you my most coveted beach bag AND it's contents. With less than 90 days until the first day of Summer, it's time to do some shopping and get your butt to the beach (...& for me, also the gym)! Enjoy!

Pantone Color(s) of the Year by Shanna Shryne

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Move over Marsala....for the first time in the history of color, Pantone has selected two colors.

ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY

A softer take on color, these two inspire peace, balance, and tranquility.  According to the brand, they also transcend cultural and gender blurs.

I love the combination of these two colors. The warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue demonstrate an inherent balance. These shades evoke a type of sunset that makes you stop in your tracks.

Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. It is a great color to mix with neutrals and a black and white color palette.

Serenity is weightless and airy, like a blue sky, bringing feelings of relaxation even in turbulent times. It is still a color that is growing on me and I have found the conceptual images below as ways to bring these two color palettes into your home and decor. 

I spy our Marble Oval Table in the shot above! 

atomic number 29 by Shanna Shryne

If silver isn’t your thing and you’re ready to go beyond gold, test your mettle with this metal.

Copper has been historically used for the conduction of heat and electricity, which limited its in-house presence to pipes, pots, and pans. But lately, designers are using this metal to add some shine to furniture, lighting fixtures, and accessories.

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The atomic number 29 creates an atmosphere of warmth and chic. Copper colors include many various bright shades and pastel tones. From rich orange, yellowish pinks to soft honey and dark reddish brown colors, these tones create sleek and modern updates to all styles of interiors. 

Copper creates gorgeous contrasts with cold silver and bright golden colors, rustic wood and textured surfaces, painted walls and leather. All shades of copper bring warmth and comfort. Here’s our collection of beautiful interiors and accessories which demonstrate how to add copper accents to a room and give your home a modern edge. 

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Decanter & Cocktail Glasses Available Shanna Shryne Design 

Copper Serving Tray Available at Shanna Shryne Design

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Tea Light Candle Holder Available at Shanna Shryne Design

Color Of The Month: Cadmium Orange by RAC

A COLOR THAT GIVES US ALL THE VITAMIN C WE NEED. 

CADMIUM ORANGE IS A SUBTLE SHADE OF ORANGE THAT IS BOTH FUN AND SOPHISTICATED. THE COLOR EVOKES A SENSE OF FANTASY AND OPTIMISM. ORANGE, IN ANY HUE, IS DRAMATIC AND IS A GOOD COLOR TO BALANCE OUT NEUTRALS, DARK OR LIGHT. 

WE LOVE INCORPORATING THIS RETRO COLOR INTO INTERIORS. HERE'S A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE INSPIRATION SHOTS TO HELP BRING THIS POP OF COLOR INTO YOUR HOME. 

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