What does Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overature have to do with America’s 4th of July? And other patriotic songs….

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Today is July 2, 2013 and in two days, we will once again celebrate the independence of our great nation.  I thought I would re-issue the post from July 2011 (with amendments to bring it current), which explains why Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overature is played during our patriotic celebrations.
 

 

 ”Why do they play the 1812 Overature on the 4th of July? It has nothing to do with the USA.”

I decided to do some research.  As I suspected, I was, indeed, correct that the 1812 Overature, written by Tchaikovsky (a Russian composer) had to do with the Napoleonic Wars in Europe.  If you listen to the music, you can hear strains of the French national anthem, La Marseillaise within the overature.  That’s why I was pretty certain that it had nothing whatsoever to do with the War of 1812 fought between the United States and Great Britain. I was correct. Here’s what I learned:

Excerpted from Wikipedia:

While this piece has little connection with United States history besides the War of 1812 diverting the British, freeing Napoleon to attack Russia, it is often a staple at Fourth of July celebrations, such as the annual show by the Boston Pops[15] and at Washington DC’s annual program called A Capitol Fourth.

And, according to Aaron Green, About.com Guide.

For the past 30+ years, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture has been performed during countless United States’ Independence Day celebrations, due largely in part to an exhilarating performance by the Boston Pops in 1974, conducted by Arthur Fiedler. In an effort to increase ticket sales, Fiedler choreographed fireworks, cannons, and a steeple-bell choir to the overture, as Tchaikovsky himself called for the use of cannons in his score. Many American’s believe that Tchaikovsky’s overture represents the USA’s victory against the British Empire during the War of 1812, however, Tchaikovsky actually tells the story of Napoleon’s retreat from Russia in 1812. In fact, Tchaikovsky even references the French national anthem La Marsillaise and Russia’s God Save the Czar within the music. The USA was quick to adopt the piece, as it found itself lacking in the patriotic song department.

Now, I understand why this particular overature has been played on the 4th of July! It’s really a great, dynamic piece. I’ve been on the grounds of the Washington Monument when this overature has been played by an armed forces band with cannon and it is truly a moving experience – literally – the ground reverberates under you when the cannon are fired!

However, I strongly disagree with Mr. Green in his statement that the USA is lacking in the patriotic song department! His statement couldn’t be further from the truth! I decided to compile a list of Patriotic songs of the USA, and, I think it’s pretty extensive.

Our National Anthem – The Star Bangled Banner (which isn’t a “pop” song and, in my opinion should not be sung as a pop song – but that’s only my opinion!)

America; America The Beautiful; God Bless America; The Battle Hymn of the Republic; U.S. Armed Forces Medley; Ballad of the Green Berets; God Bless The USA; Yankee Doodle – one of the oldest; I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy; This Land is Your Land; TAPS; You’re A Grand Old Flag.

There’s also the wonderful American Anthem, which was sung by Denyce Graves during a memorial service for 9/11 and which I was privileged to sing in my church as a memorial to my neice, Angie Houtz, who died in the pentagon on 9/11.

There are patriotic songs I’ve never heard of: I’m Thankful To Be An American; I Love You So; Song Of Freedom.

Oh, and let’s not forget the monumental works of that great American composer, John Philip Sousa, including Stars & Stripes Forever and many other compositions written for Presidents and commenorations – too numerous to mention!

And what about Leonard Bernstein?  The list is, obviously, MR. GREEN, quite extensive.  QUITE EXTENSIVE!

Additionally, for those interested in the history of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overature, here’s more history according to Wikipedia:

The 1812 Overture, complete with cannon fire, was written by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1880 to commemorate Russia’s defense of Moscow against Napoleon’s advancing Grande Armée at the Battle of Borodino in 1812. The overture debuted in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow on August 20 [O.S. August 8] 1882.[2] The overture is best known for its climactic volley of cannon fire and ringing chimes.

The music can be interpreted as a fairly literal depiction of the campaign: in June 1812, the previously undefeated French Allied Army of over half a million battle-hardened soldiers and almost 1,200 state-of-the-art guns (cannons, artillery pieces) crossed the Niemen River into Lithuania on its way to Moscow. The Russian Orthodox Patriarch of All the Russias, aware that the Russian Imperial Army could field a force only a fraction of this size, inexperienced and poorly equipped, called on the people to pray for deliverance and peace. The Russian people responded en masse, gathering in churches all across the Empire and offering their heartfelt prayers for divine intervention (the opening hymn).

Commission of the overture. In 1880, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, commissioned by Tsar Alexander I to commemorate the Russian victory, was nearing completion in Moscow; the 25th anniversary of the coronation of Alexander II would be at hand in 1881; and the 1882 Moscow Arts and Industry Exhibition was in the planning stage. Tchaikovsky’s friend and mentor Nikolai Rubinstein suggested that he write a grand commemorative piece for use in related festivities. Tchaikovsky began work on the project on October 12, 1880, finishing it six weeks later.

The piece was planned to be performed in the square before the cathedral, with a brass band to reinforce the orchestra, the bells of the cathedral and all the others in downtown Moscow playing “zvons” (pealing bells) on cue, and live cannon fire in accompaniment, fired from an electric switch panel in order to achieve the precision demanded by the musical score in which each shot was specifically written. However, this performance did not take place, possibly partly due to the over-ambitious plan. Regardless, the assassination of Alexander II that March deflated much of the impetus for the project. In 1882, at the Arts and Industry Exhibition, the Overture was performed indoors with conventional orchestration. The cathedral was completed on May 26, 1883.[11]

On his 1891 visit to the United States, Tchaikovsky conducted the piece at the dedication of Carnegie Hall in New York City.[15]

So, the next time you watch fireworks on the 4th of July and you hear Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overature, you’ll know that although it has nothing to do with American Independence, it’s a great work of music that fits our celebration well – thanks to Arthur Fiedler!

I ENJOYED READING THIS ONCE AGAIN – HOPE YOU DO TOO!

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SAFETY STARTS WITH ME – GUEST POST

Today, I was once again flattered when I received an e-mail from Susan Ventro, the widow of U.S. House of Representatives Bruce Ventro, who passed from Mesothelioma in October 2000.  Mesothelioma is a rare disease caused by exposure to asbestos, a material commonly found in older homes.

Here is her request:   “I am asking for your help. I am a spokesperson for the Asbestos Cancer Victims’ Rights Campaign. The ACVRC is a national campaign dedicated to protecting the rights of cancer victims and their families as well as raising awareness about this vicious disease.

In honor of National Home Safety Month, please share our post on your blog (http://cancervictimsrights.org/safety-starts-with-me-home-improvement-and-diy-tips/) that highlights how to safely accomplish a home improvement or DIY task. Asbestos exposure is preventable if proper precautions are taken, so we must work together to make the public more aware of the dangers they may be facing. Asbestos is the culprit of very deadly and painful cancers, and it is the ACVRC’s mission to not only protect current victims but also prevent future ones.

 All my best,  Susan

I consider it an honor to post the article in its entirety below.  Thanks, Susan for seeking me out.

For more information, the website for Cancer Victim’s Rights is:  http://cancervictimsrights.org/safety-starts-with-me-home-improvement-and-diy-tips/

“SAFETY STARTS WITH ME”: HOME IMPROVEMENT AND DIY TIPS

The summer months are the perfect time to kick off your long list of home improvements and DIY projects. With any do-it-yourself upgrades, safety is always paramount. Each year, June is named National Home Safety month. Also sponsored by the National Safety Council in June is National Safety Month; this year’s theme is “Safety Starts with Me.” The hope is to foster a sense of responsibility in people for their own safety, as well as the safety of others, to avoid preventable injuries and deaths.

For asbestos-exposure victims, the notion of preventable injuries and deaths rings all too clearly. With asbestos use rampant in construction and products used in homes prior to 1980, a renovation project can uncover much more than you bargained for during a project. In spirit of National Home Safety Month, here is some advice to consider when tackling your home projects to keep yourself and your loved ones as safe as possible from the hidden danger of asbestos.

EXTERIOR OF YOUR HOME

Roofing and siding are commonly replaced on older homes to update the appearance and to protect the structure of the building. Asbestos is a known fire-retardant material, so having asbestos fibers in the siding, shingles, tar paper, and various glues and sealants was not out of the ordinary to help protect the building. This summer, if lifting the old shingles from a roof or re-siding your home is on your summer to-do list, consider researching or testing the products used on your home so you can finish your upgrade safely.

INTERIOR OF YOUR HOME

The list of places and products where asbestos could be hidden in your home may seem endless. Some frequent projects, like replacing tiles, replacing insulation, or removing popcorn ceilings, are all projects to consider calling in a professional asbestos abatement team if you suspect asbestos could be present. These type of projects require materials––like floor and ceiling tiles––to be broken up in order for removal. When asbestos-containing materials are broken up or cut, that is when the potential for friable asbestos is the greatest, putting anyone in your home in danger of inhalation and subsequent exposure.

WHAT TO DO IF ASBESTOS IS FOUND IN YOUR HOME

If you believe there is a great chance that asbestos is in your home, hire a professional asbestos removal contractor to test the materials to confirm if asbestos is present. If asbestos is found in your home, there is no need to panic. Asbestos becomes dangerous when it becomes friable, or disturbed, and its microscopic fibers are released into the air. An asbestos removal contractor can work with you to have the asbestos properly abated from your home so you can get your renovation projects safely underway.

A main component of the Asbestos Cancer Victims’ Rights Campaign’s mission is to educate the public on the dangers of asbestos. Asbestos-related diseases are sometimes unavoidable, but by understanding the risks and locations of this deadly fiber, we can learn how to best prevent exposure. The ACVRC is also fighting to protect those individuals and family members who have already been exposed. In honor of National Home Safety Month, Please sign our petition to protect the rights of asbestos cancer victims.

While it’s important to maintain and update your home for your comfort or for improved curb appeal, it’s more important to consider the theme of “Safety Starts with Me” and take the time to consider properly removing asbestos containing materials from your home safely. Not only will you be taking a great step to keep yourself safe, you’ll also be keeping your loved ones safe from potential exposure as well.

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MY FAVORITE COLOR IS BLUE – WHAT THAT SAYS ABOUT ME

Yes, my favorite color is blue.  The colors I selected for my company logo (which is now a registered trademark) are royal blue and gold – the same as the Ritz Hotel in Paris!   

  

Vincent Van Gogh is quoted:  “I dream my painting and then paint my dream.”  I have been given the gift of visual imagery.  When I design, I actually envision the finished room or space in my brain and see the picture!  

Here’s what the science of color says about me:  If blue is your favorite color, you are a dreamer and a visionary – wistful, imaginative and eccentric.  You’re preoccupied with the future.  Your dreams give you the mental discipline to concentrate and stay on track.  You have a strong desire to make a positive impact on the world.

Wow.  That’s so on track!  I know that in my designs for assisted living communities, I truly desire to make a positive impact on the lives of the residents. 

It also states that I require recognition – hate to admit it but that’s very true!  Blue is the most idealistic of all the colors.  You see the sunny side of each person – which you need to be careful about.  Another attribute- blues can fix things before they broken.  Blues are tenacious about achieving their objectives.  You can pull together a team – which I have done on many occasions – to complete a project or activity.  Blues are confident and can see the big picture.

When you focus on achieving your dreams, your ideas become so clear in your mind that you can easily see them happening.  This is true and applies to the positive thinking and visualizing the outcome theory – but when those dreams don’t materialize, it can be depressing. (I guess that’s true for many.)

Blues need to be careful not to be too rigid.  At work, your attention to detail (I’m known for that!) allows you to juggle many tasks.  You talk to yourself a lot! (Actually, I started doing that on a regular basis years ago when I read that geniuses talk to themselves!)

SOURCE:  DEWEY COLOR SYSTEM: EMBRACE WHO YOU ARE

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WHAT DOES YOUR FAVORITE COLOR SAY ABOUT YOU?

What’s your favorite color?  Is it yellow?  I understand that is the favorite color of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth.  Do you share her attributes?  What does your favorite color say about you?

 

YELLOW.  Here are the keywords to describe someone whose favorite color is yellow.

REALISTIC       DIPLOMATIC      GIVING    

WISDOM TO KNOW WHAT IS NEEDED

Wow, I’d say those attributes describe the Queen quite well.  She has given her entire adult life in the service of her country.  How about you?  Do you feel like these attributes describe you?

If yellow is your favorite color, you prefer to find common ground.  In troubled situations, you are the calming influence.  You are empathetic to others’ feelings and your ability to listen allows you to find solutions and possibilities to unfold.

If yellow is your favorite color, your motivation is personal growth.  You are able to accept and understand another’s point of view without imposing your own will or agenda.  You are a good conversationalist but in groups, you keep to yourself.  Still, you are a team player and enjoy the supportive role.

Flexibility is another attribute.  You are not a “control freak”; nor are you power hungry. 

You have the power to take in the beauty that surrounds you and truly appreciate everything that life has to offer.

Source:  Dewey Sadka from his book: Dewey Color System

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TRUE CONFESSIONS OF AN IRONAHOLIC

"Donna Reed" ironing day!

Hello.  My name is Vicki – and I’m an ironaholic.

I confess.  For many years now, I have been ironing my pillowcases.  Recently, I have taken to ironing the top hem and about the top 20″ or so of my top sheet.

Why?  Why would anyone want to do this?  Let alone a busy professional woman who, let’s face it, schedules time for R&R just to fit it in.  Well, quite frankly, I never thought I’d become addicted to the feel of freshly pressed bed linens, but once I tried it, I was hooked.

About 15 years ago, I was having a conversation with another designer about the importance of decorating bedrooms – the place in our homes where we spend the greatest amount of time.  She happened to mention that upon her marriage, her grandmother told her that one of the lovliest gifts she could give her husband was to iron her bed linens.  Now, admittedly, the grandmother was from a generation when polyester had not yet been introduced to bed linens and ironing was pretty much required.  When I heard this, my first response (probably much like  yours!) was, “Are you kidding me?  No way I’m going to do that!”

I think ironing is a generational thing.  My daughter probably doesn’t even own an iron and my son sends his work shirts (along with his father’s) to be professionally cleaned – another small luxury in the Posey household.  I can remember as a child having “sprinkling” day.  That was the day after the laundry was done when it was spread out on the kitchen table atop a towel and then a soda bottle filled with water converted with a “sprinkling” head was used to dampen the articles so they could be ironed at a later date.  The Sprinkled articles were rolled into the damp towels and placed into the laundry basket until ironing time.  One of my chores was to iron.  It was considered a privilege to be trusted with this task. 

Today, most bed linens (sheets and pillowcases) are “no iron” and we throw them into the washer and dryer without a thought.  But if you’re honest, unless your sheets have a really high polyester count, they’re going to wrinkle. 

So, here’s my challenge to you.  The next time you launder your sheets and pillowcases, take them out of the dryer just before they’re fully done and fold them neatly over a bannister or a hanger until you can iron the cases (and if you’re really ambitious, include the top sheet) before you put them on your bed.

I know that once you try it, you too will join the ranks of the “ironaholics” and relish the feeling of the crisp pillowcases when you place your head upon them.

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TOILE – THE FABRIC WITH THE FUNNY NAME

Toile (“twahl”) refers to Toile de Jouy, a genre of fabric named for the French town of Jouy in which it was first printed in 1760.  Although often associated with the Country French style of interior design due to its characteristic pastoral scenes, it is more precsely descried as a repeating historiated pattern - or a print that tells a story.  Typically, toiles are monochromatic – one color printed on a white or natural ground. 

Pastoral Toile

Prior to the advent of modern fabric printing techniques, the original prints were made by first engraving the design onto copper rollers and pressing the design onto the fabric. 

Toile is such a beautiful and romantic pattern that it is often used in small spaces such as bathrooms and bedrooms where the walls and fabrics are done to match.   The pattern’s strength lies in its multitasking ability to unify a space through application on walls, upholstery, windows and bed linens.  Another strength to the pattern is its ability to mix so easily with other designs such as checks, stripes, mini-prints and damasks.  Of course, your choice of complimentary fabrics will depend upon the formality of your toile and the final room design.  

Toile mixes well with other patterns

 

I have found Toile to be a beautiful pattern for some time.  I have actually incorporated a number of toile patterns in multiple colorways into my line of extra long shower curtains.

Four Seasons Toile Designer Shower Curtain in Blue & White

Four Seasons Toile Designer Shower Curtain in French Blue

One of my favorite designs for my line of extra long shower curtains – and one of my best sellers – is a Toile pattern called Lady In A Swing in black on natural.  This fabric is 100% linen and so it is only fabricated fully lined.  I added a lovely 12″ valance in a mini check with a black tassel trim along the bottom edge. 

LADY IN A SWING Designer Shower Curtain

  

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INTERIOR DESIGN FOR TODAY’S “ACTIVE AGING” COMMUNITY

 At the turn of the 20th century, hospitals were viewed with suspicion.  A hospital was not viewed as a place for healing, but rather as a place where sick people went to die.  Gradually, with medical advances and newer generations, hospitals became “places of healing”. 

 Nursing homes were originally designed after the European model.  Mostly owned and operated by government agencies, these early homes were adjuncts of the hospital system.  People only entered as a last resort.  They were designed to look like hospitals with the same sterile interiors.  People were asked to give up their homes and their personal possessions and move into this strange, cold environment.  They were depressing places where people went to die.

 In the late 20th century, a movement gradually began to take hold to change the interior environments of nursing homes.  I was fortunate to be among the design and architect pioneers to forever change the basic conceptualization of living facilities for the aging.  This movement coincided with the advent of large numbers of “the greatest generation” reaching the age when assistance would be needed.  This major paradigm shift gradually became the norm.  We began to understand what was being asked of these residents; their needs; their emotions; their psychological well-being; as well as an understanding of the changes in the aging human body.  The focus changed from designing places where people went to die to designing home-like environments where people choose to live!

 In the 20th century, we moved from nursing homes to assisted living. In the 21st century, we now design for “active aging”.   A facility that places itself on the cutting edge of “resort style senior living” will have the advantage.  Interior design renovations are key investments for senior living operators and are necessary to ensure long-term success.  Updates increase a facility’s value, boost marketing potential, and build loyalty among current residents.  Interior design is a key factor in determining a resident’s decision to move into a community.

 Although Legacy’s approach to every project has always been one in which we begin the design process by researching the subject matter, the methodology now has a name: Evidence-Based Design (EBD): the process of basing decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcome.

 Understanding that the physical environment impacts residents’ safety and staff effectiveness is the key to producing the most beneficial outcome.  First impressions are lasting impressions.  Even if a facility provides top notch service and care, if the initial impression is not positive, potential residents and their family members may choose to look elsewhere.  Research shows a link between peoples’ perception of their physical environment and their perception of the quality of care.  If your prospective resident (or their family) perceives that the space is nice, then they will rate the quality of care higher. People respond to what they can see and touch.  Memories are evoked by the physical environment. 

 Incorporating natural elements should be encouraged.  The importance of being able to view nature and to go outside cannot be underestimated.  In 2006, a study by Dr. Anjali Joseph for the Center for Health Design, concluded that light impacts outcomes in healthcare settings by reducing depression, improving sleep cycles, and lessening agitation among dementia patients.  Floor to ceiling glass incorporated into the design, coupled with a combination of natural and artificial daylight improves the quality of life for the residents and staff.

 The average resident of today’s assisted living facility is overwhelmingly female (75%) between the ages of 75-85.  Women perceive home as “an emotional retreat; a protective environment”.  Men perceive home as a “status of achievement”.  The perception of a homelike environment will increase marketability and positively affect the morale of the residents.  According to the research, the number one response to the preferred flooring is carpet with wood in second place.  The color schemes most preferred are lighter and cooler with aspects of nature.  Dark, dull color schemes and yellow and orange should be avoided.

 Huge demographic changes are underway in the U.S.  There are over 76 million boomers approaching the age of 80.  In 2012, boomers began turning 60 at the rate of 10,000 per day – a pace that will continue for the next 20 years.

 The facilities of today and for the next 20 years must “design to the boomer”.  Loose the boomer and your potential resident loss increases exponentially.  These are the people who are either making the decision on behalf of their parent(s) or have a major influence on the “where to live” decision.  Boomers are socially active and voice their opinions.

 A recent survey by The National Council on Aging among residents in assisted living reports that 82% of adults age 70 or older exercise at least once a week, with 39% exercising at least once a day.  Anticipate that the numbers of active adults will increase as the boomer generation takes up residence.  We are experiencing three evolving scenarios in designing for the active aging:  a desire toward more luxurious spaces; environments that reflect a healthy lifestyle; and environments that are calming and restorative.  We must design facilities to accommodate the “active aging” residents of today and the future.

 Today’s assisted living facility should be designed as a place of security and shelter; a place where life has meaning.  Our expertise is in assessing, then determining the needs of a project; conducting the necessary research for all aspects of the permanent and transient furnishings and architectural finishes; holding focus groups to discern the information from the residents and staff; and clarifying the vision. The design comes naturally!

For your next project – Residential, Commercial, Related Healthcare, Active Aging, Assisted Living, Boutique Hotel – call the experienced team at Legacy Design Group today!

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GUEST BLOGGER, MARI TALKS “BEAUTIFULLY DRAPED CANOPY BEDS”

I am always surprised when I am contacted by someone who wants to be a guest blogger on my Blog!  How cool is that!  This post is from Mari who blogs for www.arcadianhome.com, an e-commerce home furnishings site.  If you visit, scroll all the way to the bottom to read more posts!  Thanks Mari! 

Hello, everyone! It’s Mari here from Arcadian Home blog, a beautiful place to find lots of interior design inspirations, including ways to use modern pendant lights throughout the home. I’m so excited to be visiting at Legacy Design Group today with a guest post about beautifully draped canopy beds. Canopies can fit beautifully into just about any style, from charming country to romantic contemporary.

To inspire your interior dreams, here are eight bedroom designs with gorgeous canopy beds you’ll love. Please enjoy!

Canopy Bed

This tall black and white contemporary canopy bed is quite stunning in a bedroom with striking global style. How perfect are the lovely lanterns hung inside the canopy?

Canopy Bed

Sheer draperies enclose this opulent bed with velvet upholstered headboard in deepest eggplant. An ornate chandelier hangs above the bed, while swing arm wall lamps and contemporary lamps at the bedside offer plenty of light for reading.

Canopy Bed

This feminine bedroom is a wonderful eclectic mix of glam, contemporary and classic styles. Creamy drapery panels create an open-topped canopy for this lovely bed dressed in watery blue.

Canopy Bed

This canopy design is quite lovely created with textiles in a slightly coarser weave. What a wonderful look of restrained elegance!

Canopy Bed

A canopy bed fit for a princess is the focal point of this bright and cheerful little girl’s room. Pale turquoise and brilliant gold are such a lovely color pairing. The glass pendant light is a charming touch, while the see-through ghost chair adds a slightly contemporary vibe.

Canopy Bed

The nursery, especially one for baby girls is the perfect place to go over-the-top with canopies as seen here. This first living space for twins includes lovely crown canopies and gathered skirts that puddle beautifully on the floor. (Furniture by Art For Kids)

Canopy Bed

I also wanted to share this beautiful pure white design from Vicki here at Legacy Design Group, which can be purchased from the firm. The gorgeous canopy she designed for THE BOARGIAS competition last spring retails for $995.00. It includes the Austrian styled flat canopy and 4 118” drapery panels. It is made of 100% polyester semi-sheer fabric. Please allow 3 weeks for fabrication/delivery.

Canopy Bed

Here’s a closer look at the canopy’s detailing overhead. It’s so lovely and the workmanship is meticulous. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

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EMERALD GREEN 2013 COLOR OF THE YEAR

Do you love emeralds?  I do – can’t afford them – but they are stunning!  Perhaps that is why Pantone has named Emerald Green as the 2013 Color Of The Year.  The official color is Pantone 17-5641 Emerald.

Described as “a lovely, radiant, lush green, it corresponds with  green trends around the world and was shown throughout the Fall 2012 High Point International Furniture Market and at Showtime, the international fabric show.  The color encapsulates two trends for 2013 – a sprectrum of green hues and rich jewel tones.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute,  ”Green is the most abundant hue in nature.  The human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum.  Symbolically, emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation.”

Expect to see emerald green in the fashion departments this year.  For Christmas, I gave my daughter a beautiful emerald green silk blouse.

How will this very intense color be incorporated into our interiors?  There will be lots of options available.  As you know, I always look to history for inspiration, so my first thought when I heard about this color was George Washington’s dining room at Mt. Vernon.

I don’t remember how old I was when I first saw this room but I do remember having my breath taken away at its beauty.  I know I was young and did not yet know where my career path would take me.  I was deeply influenced by the Georgian interiors of my heritage. 

Keep in mind that this is a very, very large room with abundant light from the large, stunning Palladian window.  If you study the room, you will see that the color is above the dado only and is also relieved by the white swag applique; the beautifully crafted plaster ceiling and lots of white trim. 

Years ago, I designed a dining room for a client and I pulled the wall color from the Karastan carpet and from a lovely teal green porcelain centerpiece that my client had inherited  - a deep teal green.  I used a fabulous English hand-blocked wallpaper in my favorite damask pattern.  (Sorry, no photos.)  Again, the deep color was only above the dado and was relieved by a lighter ceiling. 

If deep, intense color is not for you, consider adding punch to your interior with just a touch of emerald.  Such as this fabulous screen.  Perhaps you could add another pop of color with emerald green pillows on a neutral hued sofa.

For more information on Pantone, check out their website at: Pantone.com.

Call me for your next project!

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WIN A DELUXE SHOWER CURTAIN!

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that the widely read Blog, Makobi Scribe, is hosting a giveaway for one of my extra-long, designer shower curtains.  The selected curtain is Tuxedo Stripe, which is 84″ and available in your choice of ivory, khaki, or sage.   Retail value $69.00  www.legacylinengroup.com

Tuxedo Stripe in Ivory - 84" Deluxe extra long shower curtain from THE BATH COLLECTION BY VICTORIA POSEY FOR LEGACY DESIGN GROUP

To enter, simply link to their website, read Kelly Hutchinson’s glowing review about “moi” and my line of extra long, designer shower curtains: THE BATH COLLECTION BY VICTORIA POSEY FOR LEGACY LINEN GROUP; scroll down to the entry form and complete!  Easy-peasy!

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Have a great day!

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