Tuesday, August 7, 2012

candles and color

I think it is probably pretty obvious by looking at my blog and web page that I like color.  The saturated brilliant jewel tones that Mother Nature comes up with are just astonishing to me.  I love to mix them in bold combinations that take your breath away.  Some of the colors seem to me to almost vibrate!

This bouquet makes me think of the colors of fruit punch.  I remember when I was a kid my mom would let me drink Hawaiian Punch which was such a gorgeous color.  Now I shudder at the chemicals that I ingested but at the time I was drinking pure beautiful tropical red.  I adored it!
I love to mix deep velvet colors with hot bright pops of color.
Bright colors just seem so happy!

Sometimes breaking up the intensity of the saturated colors with texture in the same hue makes for a beautiful look.
Also just masses of the same color flower but using all the different shades is lovely.

Unexpected color combinations are fun like red and purple.
Or a mix of solid masses of hot colors with cool notes mixed in.

Or just the powerful impact of all hot colors
To me there are no rules, do what looks good to you, just go for it.  I am obviously not a "less is more" kind of girl.  I appreciate that style but it is not what floats my boat.  I am a "more is not quite enough" kind of girl.

It is a good thing I live in an area where people can afford my jam packed flower arrangements : )
Once when I was interviewed for a magazine article they asked me for advise on what to do with lower budgets, I said to get a smaller vase : )
I really wasn't trying to be cheeky, I promise.
I also think masses of single so called "filler flower" looks great as in my Baby's Breath wedding a couple of posts ago. That was affordable and beautiful!
I also looovve candles!  Just candles can look wonderful!
But of course there has to be TONS!
All kinds of candles are beautiful.  The above picture was an outdoor themed natural event. 
 I loved mixing the old fashioned camping lanterns with regular votives.
Candle light always makes everything look so soft and beautiful.
I think it looks especially lovely as an ambiance for people.
This ceremony was held in the barrel room of a winery with the only light coming from candles and twinkle lights.  It was breath taking!

Mixing candles with twinkle lights I think looks lovely.
Or shielding harsh light with shades or in this case paper parasols.

Of course adding chandeliers to candles and twinkle lights makes my "more is better" heart sing!

Speaking of more, this was a lovely birthday party with a long feasting table set under an Oak tree.
The table was set with a miss matched collection of bright color glasses and china.

I hung lots of fun lanterns, crystals on ribbons, flowers and all sorts of bits from the tree.

Of course there were lots of candles and twinkle lights.

The table just glowed as the night wore on.

It's funny this was not an over-the-top affair by a long run but it really is one of my favorite parties.
It was just so sweet and fun.
I hope you are all enjoying your summer and that you get a chance to bask in the seasons flowers.  I wish for you a beautiful table set outside in the garden, among lots of candles good food and great friends.