May 26, 2008

A Week of Color - Red

As promised, I've returned to kick off a special week of posts on The Finer Things. All this week I'll be showcasing some of my favourite finds - Roy G. Biv style (that's Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo & Violet for the uninitiated).

I'm kicking off this week with vibrant va-va-voom reds. Below are a few items that came to mind when scheming this scarlet post.

Clockwise from top left:

Red Velvet cake was one of the first things that came to mind when preparing this post. This recipe for red velvet kisses is perfect for Valentine's Day or just a sweet surprise.

I LOVE chunky rings and I am really into this "s" monogram plastic ring. If your initial is out of stock, consider a red rose resin ring (say that 5x fast!).

I would have been a fool to leave out the Crane & Co. cherry blossom stationery that was featured in the March edition of Real Simple. The gold engraved monogram is simply regal. If engraving is a bit too formal for your tastes but you're still looking for something floral, this fun, folky boatman geller note card is perfect.

A great DIY project (and fabulous way to bring color into any room) is to paint a striking tree branch and hang it from the wall. This has been on my to-do list for the longest time. I think today is the day I go hunting for the perfect branch (image via decor8)

Whether they're on top of a sundae, baked in a pie or gracing your stationery, there's something cheerful about cherries. The delicate watercolor look of these cherry flat cards from ellie mim's would be a delightful spontaneous invitation for a picnic.

White fonts on deep red backgrounds create a glamorous, retro air. The calligraphy of Tara Jones (via ohjoy!) and the engraving on this Vera Wang invitation really pop!

Translucent reds like the decorative plexiglas door frames at design 3000 or this red bread bin from habitat UK really allow the bright, bold hue of red to shine through.

Charming children's outer space stationery from Crane & Co. is perfect for your budding astronomer or NASA technician.

What sort of humourless gal would I be if I omitted the infamous red swingline stapler from my post? ;)

I've featured the work of Whitney Smith on here before. I love the supersaturated hues she's applies to her work - especially her red ceramic pomegranate vessels.

Not pictured but definitely worth mentioning: The design*sponge post on red as a mini-trend is a must-read!

I hope you are all having a safe & happy holiday weekend. I'll see you tomorrow when color week continues!