It all started with four colorful pots that my mom bought for me at Rehoboth Beach a few years ago. I was so taken by these $2.00 pots, the simplicity of their design, and their vibrant hues that I decided to use them as my inspiration and design a room around them. Did I say one room? No, wait, make that my entire home. Yes, you heard that right, I designed my entire home around these four pots.
Sounds crazy, right? But wait until you see the results. In my “Color Changes Everything” series, I’m going to take you on a tour of my home–room by room–and show you how a little color, or sometimes a lot of color, changes everything. Hang on to your seats, this is going to be a colorful ride.
But first, I’m going to show you the inspiration pieces–$8.00 worth of pottery (the cute grass is from Pottery Barn).
There’s beauty in simplicity and detail in the lack thereof. Sometimes it’s best not to over think things, or over design them. This plain white pitcher from Target’s new White Dinnerware line and simple colorful bowls from Pottery Barn’s Colorful Serve collection make a delightful display when left to shine on their own. Beautiful pottery doesn’t have to be fancy, or costly.
I just love these Colorful Serve bowls from Pottery Barn. I love the bright, primary colors and the simplicity of their design. I love them so much that I’ve given them a starring role in my kitchen. They look particularly beautiful when filled with fresh fruits and vegetables in shades that match the bowls. Do have pieces of pottery that you love that you’ve stashed away in a cabinet or closet? Take them out of their hiding place, put them to use, and give them a starring role in your home.
I’ve chosen the kitchen as my studio because lots of fabulous food is generated (and eaten) here, it’s sunny and warm, it has a great view of my garden (more on that in my next post), it has great lighting, and its open layout allows me to chat with my daughter and mother while I work. Plus, the large table provides plenty of room to spread out and a place for other would-be artists to join in on the fun (like my 5-year-old niece, Dani, who’s visiting today).
Here are a few shots of my kitchen studio.