Textiles, Tulips On Tables, Small Steps

“…creativity is much less of a “great leap forward” and more a series of small steps…”

If you’ve followed me for a while you know that I have had a long-time dream and goal of putting my abstract photography images on textiles. I haven’t reached it yet, but I’m still working towards that goal – step by step. Here’s an insider look at some of the steps I’ve been taking lately.

When I moved to Seattle 4 years ago I discovered the Skagit Valley tulip farms and couldn’t wait to check it out! I wasn’t disappointed by the fields of blooms, color, and linear patterns that made abstract photography a must. This is a photo I took during one of my farm visits.

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Fun colors and stripes! As a matter of fact, my dear friend Debi Lilly has nicknamed these the “stripeys” and we’ve been collaborating about opportunities to work together on textiles. In order to print images on textiles you need a repeat, which isn’t always easy with “undefined” shapes. So to work I went cutting and stitching images together to create repeat styles so these images can be printed on continuous fabric.

The end result looks something like this for the image above:

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And a mockup of this textile as a table runner on one of Debi’s A Perfect Event and DL Loft table designs, tulip arrangements sitting on “tulip field” perfection.

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What do you think? Party ready? Inspired for Spring? Let me know what you think in the comments below or send me an email. I’d love to hear from you. How do YOU want to see my COLORS textiles in your home?
Special thanks to Debi Lilly for the photo above, her continued support of my passion and her friendship!
Color On,
{Keep working towards your dream…step by step}
Melissa
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Nautical in Abstract

You have all followed me long enough to know I like to “color outside the lines” with my art.

Take a different perspective…

Go a little abstract…

Some of you know I have a dream of putting my images on textiles. And, that I have an odd obsession with pillow design.

Today’s image has been a mental “picture” for some time. This weekend, step one towards reality.

Meet my textile vision Nautical In Abstract.

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Beyond the anchor. Decorate your space with “boat jewelry” as I like to call it.

A photo of the ropes on a sailboat mast made graphic and customizable in a range of color ways. Test swatches and more coming soon!

Possibilities are endless…

Color and dream! Dream and color!!

Color and Design Martha’s Vineyard Style

I LOVE Martha’s Vineyard.

We’re talking serious love here.  Sweep me off my feet, love for the ages, romance, Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall unconditional kinda love.  Think Serendipity meets Love Actually meets Sliding Doors meets…OK, you get the picture.

I’m gushing.  Too much?  Maybe, but remember, I’m in love.

I got lucky enough to spend a few days on the Vineyard this week and I did what I always do when I’m there.

I de-stress.

I immediately connect with my soul (and I do mean immediate…like stepping on the ferry I can’t stop smiling connection).

I walked on the beach (albeit this time I was in a coat, hat, and gloves…unconditional love).

I crawled around dirty, dusty ugly beautiful boat yards searching for extravagantly elegant bottoms on which art communicates with my eye.  The only thing I love more than MV is a good boatyard.  A good boatyard on MV = sweep me off my feet LOVE.

When I’m completely exhausted and dirt stained from the yards I usually stop by and visit my favorite shops and galleries in Vineyard Haven. They never seem to mind my dirty appearance.  Love, I tell you!

Unfortunately, on this recent visit I was only able to do “drive by” window shopping because the island is basically closed for the month (more unconditional love).  But, one of my favorite places was open for business and I indulged. Here’s a  look inside a wonderful color and design store on the island and some of my favorite finds for the home.


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Beautiful Vintage Fabric Throws with exquisite detail!

LOVE these lampshades.  So natural and chic.  And the turquoise leather chair and glass lamp base…dreamy!

OK…the pics a little crooked…I was so excited!  I’d just come from the boat yard.  This worn wood, layers of paint, rustic charm cabinet was more eye candy! Romance. Can I get that on the ferry?

If you rub this lamp your genie comes out and she grants you a wish.”I wish…”  Oops…can’t tell you.  It won’t come true.  Let’s just say I won’t need to get that cabinet above on the ferry. LOVE

Keepsake boxes made from recycled keyboards.  Type up my receipt please!

A colorful basket of recycled yarn turned into decorative accessories.  The perfect finish to my colorful shopping trip!


Thanks for shopping with me!  If you’re on Martha’s Vineyard stop into Midnight Farm and have fun with home accessories, fashion, jewelry, and more!

Can’t wait for your next visit?  I understand.  I REALLY understand.  They’ve got you covered, visit Midnight Farm online!

Creative Color with Diane von Furstenberg

Attitude is everything. ~Diane von Furstenberg

I love Diane von Furstenberg.  I love everything about her!  She’s warm, intelligent, stylish, comforting, and inspiring.

My favorite black dress is a DVF.  My favorite fun, flirty, silky, colorful, patterned, bow enhanced summer dress is DVF.

I feel very powerful and feminine when I wear these dresses.  I feel special.  Like someone cared about me as a woman when they made them.

I design for the woman who loves being a woman.  ~Diane von Furstenberg

I’m kinda giddy about this morning’s post.  Why?  Now I can dress more than just “me” in these special empowering designs.  Now my favorite home accessories can be DVF with the Diane von Furstenberg Ready To Wear home collection.  Pure home ecstasy!  Color, pattern, design, style…

If you are ready for something new around the house to lighten up and add some fun for Spring, here are my favorites from the new collection.

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The beautiful Sandstone Drinkware in Erawan Blue.  Who doesn’t want to put Erawan Blue on the table.  It sounds as dreamy as it looks!

These fun and colorful Miro Flowers plates are inspired by the surrealistic art of Joan Miro and it reminds me of my silky DVF dress!  I can even see part of the bow on the right side of plate?  See it?

These dessert plates in Paper Cheetah are so fun!  I love the design and the shape is so unexpected.  I love dishes with non-traditional shapes.  I’m all about the circle, but give me a dish that’s anything but am I’m singing with angels.

Textiles – Oh Textiles

The DVF Miro Flowers design graces pillows and a duvet cover and gives great composition and color for the bedroom.  I love art inspired textiles so these make me so happy and inspired!  I’d like to see the Sandstone glasses design on a beautiful silk duvet.  I’d break out the leftover b-day gift cards for that!

Maybe some day there will be a DVF design inspired by melissaAnne COLORS….It could happen….

I’ll leave you with some final, inspiring words from Diane von Furstenberg the iconic hero to the young designer Whitney Port.

Happy Tuesday everyone!!!

Creative Color – Lighting and A Little Drama

A big thanks to everyone who read the blog yesterday and sent me messages of encouragement and validation.  I LOVE that some of you even committed to getting a little more “foolish” with creative color in your own lives.  My color mission is on track!

I’m back today to “color out loud”.  One of the reasons I started this blog was to share my love of color with others.  I truly believe that color has immense power and I know it can change my attitude or give me hope on a tough day.  For me, color is like food.  I must have it to thrive.  When it’s absent, I can feel the effects and I crave it.  I am learning to appreciate my connection with color and my ability to see it in ways others don’t.  I share color here in hopes of inspiring others, making a difference, changing the way people see things around them…or just making someone smile!

Some days it’s just that simple.  Color = smile.

Today I received color smiles and design inspiration  in the form of some beautiful, colorful lighting!

Did you have the same reaction I did?  I had to catch my breath!  This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this piece of lighting and I reacted the same way on our first encounter.  I could potentially write a dissertation on this there’s so much here to love!  I would never STOP smiling if it was in my home.  I’d probably blog about it every day.  You’d get really sick of hearing about it…we’d have a blog breakup…drama would ensue.  Yes, it’s THAT special!   This came to me again today in an email from my friend Diane who sent me the link and these words “I think I just died and went to Heaven !!!”  I get it!

You can find this charmer, Catalonia Chandelier, at Shine by S. H. O.  Make sure you have a few extra minutes when you’re there because you *might* want to look around a little.  For instance…

The Sugalite Pendant is like Cinderella dressed up for the ball!  It’s elegant and dreamy!  I already have a vision for the room this baby would hang in and it involves these chairs I saw on Color Sizzle.

This next light, from Satelight, is really inspiring for me personally.  I have a vision of my melissaAnne COLORS abstracts printed on silk and linen fabrics covering lampshades.  Pendant lamps and table lamps with beautiful blown glass bases in unique colors pulled from natural shades in my images.  I tested a DIY lampshade to give to someone as a gift last year.  The fabric worked fine, the DIY…well, I’m not Martha Stewart.

My final color smile came from something that is near and dear to my heart.  Hidden color palettes!  I’ve talked about this before.  It’s kinda an obsession with me.  Colorful designs outside of clear view that when seen feel like you’re sneaking into a present you weren’t meant to see.  A little danger.  A little intrigue.   A little forbidden color.

Meet lighting from Satelight with a hidden color palette.

I hope you enjoyed today’s color and something here inspired you to do something fun with color or just made you smile.  If you see some fun color if your life today let us know in the comments here on the blog or share it with us at melissaAnne COLORS on Facebook.