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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Red Hot~ Wearing and Decorating With…

I love red. I mean LOVE. Fire engine, cherry, primary red. My first kitchen was red. There are no photos so here’s a few images that I adore.

Kitchen island

This pantry door still make my red heart beat faster several years later.

red pantry door with fork door handle

Love the red floor, the lamps and fantastic plate racks across the windows.

Something about this image makes me say “Yes.”

Red & White Kitchen

Although it also kind of reminds me of Marty singing “Da-da-dadada-da-da-circus, da-da-dadada-da-da-afro-circus, afro-circus, afro, polka dot, polka dot, polka dot afro!

I wouldn’t mind doing laundry here.

I think the secret to using red in a bathroom is to have just a punch of color.

Bathroom with a pop of red

Or pair it with a cool and tranquil color like turquoise.

House of Turquoise bathroom.

The same holds true in a red bedroom if you want to create a relaxing room.  

red & aqua bedroom

Using white liberally can also calm the space.

a bed with red and white bedding in the middle of a white room

In my own home I have several pieces of red transferware dishes found at the flea market while I lived in Germany.

red transferware tablescape

My collecting efforts have also brought forth a few red vintage aprons and antique French linens featuring red embroidery.

stacks of tea towels

While I wish I could wear more red blouses and sweaters I can’t unless I want people to continually ask “Are you feeling ok?”

I inherited my father’s freckled red headed complexion so I look best in corals and deep plums. But the color limitation doesn’t stop me from having red shoes, a red purse and to currently search for a red pencil skirt.

J. Crew is totally torturing me with a $98 pencil skirt in poppy.


Pencil skirt in Super 120s

Nordstrom has a red lava number for $59.00

Halogen® Stretch Cotton Blend Pencil Skirt

I wonder if Victoria’s Secret would also send the spanx that I would need to make this scarlet number work.

But I really only wanted to spend $20. J C Penney’s came the closest at $22. Does anyone else love their new ad campaign?

What shade of red do you love?



Cindy The Victorian Journey said...

Love that red pop of color. The Victorian pantry door is beautiful.

Jill Elaine said...

Red was my favorite color for a long long time. I still like it but it has slowly disappeared around here. My all-white has sort of pushed red to the side. And I just don't look too great in it either! I do have red shoes and I do still accessorize my home with some red. Some of my kitchen cabinets are red but I'm toying with the idea of painting them grey now that they are needing a new paint job.
Still I like red. And I totally think you should get a red skirt! You are so lucky to be able to wear a pencil skirt! my shape would never allow it I'm afaid :)

jeanetteann said...

My glory box contained mostly red kitchen utensils,and then after I was married (a long time ago) I kept buying only red. Then we bought a red vinyl winged back lounge suite,I thought I was the ants pants. Funny over the years I graduated more to pastels. We often talk about our red stuff and wonder if we should have continued with it. We would be very retro now. I think our Grandchildren would think it was cool. :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Adam is a HUGE NASCAR/Earnhardt family fan... so we had his room painted RED for a long time to go with all his Earnhardt goodies!!! He loved it!!!!

PAT said...

I have embraced red as the accent color on our main floor Laura. I don't know how that happened, but over this past winter it just seemed to happen and I am loving it. Perhaps the key is red in moderation.

I am loving how the red looks with the beige, grey and antique white walls of our rooms.

Loved the images you show, especially the pantry door and the pop of red in the bathroom.

Jennifer Watkins-Jones said...

I love red! It's always been a small accent color throughout our house.

I hope your changes are all going smoothly. I know moving is a big deal. But I can't wait to see what all you do with your new home.

Padhopper® said...

I am loving the red screen door, on the pantry!

Amy Jo said...

Hi Laura,

Red is such a wonderful, happy color. I love all of the pictures you shared. I really love the red skirt with the dotted hose. Are you going to do your new home with red?

Amy Jo

Linda said...

"Ann Loves Red,
Red, Red, Red,
A blue dress Ann,
No, I love red,
red, red, red."

Recited from memory from my first favorite "I-can-read" book, from age 4. :)

I loved red then and now. Always. To wear (it's a great color on me) and to decorate with, though I readily confess that my home never looks as charming as the photos you've shown. I wish. Maybe someday.

Linda ♥

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! Oh, I love red too and am drooling over your photos here. Now I would wear that little red skirt in a heartbeat if only my figure looked like that! Well, it does, but it's under my fluff! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

openid said...


I am also drawn to red. I've had red cars. Much to Thomas' chagrin, Miss Emily decided to paint her bedroom red a few years ago. It took four trips to the paint store, two coats of primer and eight coats of paint before we were satisfied. Now she's moved out! :/
Our front door is red as is the stained glass transoms on all entrances.
Your Friend,

PS I emailed you.

Sandy said...

love red too! When I was young my mother let me pick out all the decor for my room. I chose red sculptured carpeting, red silk drapes and bedspread with white sheers and white tassel tie backs, white eyelet dust ruffle and accent pillows and a hideous red domed light fixture that looked like it belonged in a saloon in the wild west! The walls were painted a crisp white. The room looked like it belonged to an adult rather than a six year old child. But, I loved that room and every red detail!

My favorite shade of red, if you will, is ripe persimmon, a kind of coral with a hint of watermelon and orange tint to it, it looks best on me rather than a pure red.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

When we moved into our new home two years ago, I found a red love seat at Home Goods. I stopped dead in my tracks and knew I had to take it home. It now resides in the room we will make into a library. Love the punch of color!

joleneotten said...

I love, Love, LOVE red - in all shades! My first kitchen was red as well, and to this day, I sigh wistfully when I think of it. Your dishes are beautiful, by the way!

Perfectly Printed said...

I'm with is just terrific!! There's just something about it that makes you feel great!!! I do love J.C. Penney's new the Bay Area, they have discount Friday's!!


Sheila said...

I love red and it's so funny, I have a picture of that same red screened pantry door in my stash that I have been saving for a few years now hoping that someday I might do that in my house. I somewhat doubt it though because my pantry is not very organized. HA. I do love red though and I currently have a deep red kitchen (not my favorite red but was afraid to go too bright) and my front door is also red.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

My first thought was about how I don't really care for red. I'm sort of a neutrals girl. I think it's my somewhat hyper personality, I need calming colors in my home and I don't look good in red.
THEN, I saw that first kitchen and I really liked it. Think it's the industrial vibe that gets me. I also remembered our powder room in our last house. I did it in red and cream. I guess I don't dislike it as much as I thought I did!

It's All Connected said...

I'll use red in my home as an accent colour only. I did have a decorating client who wanted his entire living room/dining room in red. That included walls and draperies! It was sooo much fun to do! ~ Maureen

Creations By Cindy said...

Love me some red too! My youngest daughter painted her kitchen a dark red and it looks fab! Thanks for sharing the photos too! Hugs and blessings, cindy

Karena said...

Laura I love Red ( and can wear it) Have many red accents in my kitchen!! Great images!! Love all shades of this striking color.

Art by Karena

D said...

I'm definitely a "RED" person. I have it throughout my house. My red kitchen just makes me happy.

martinealison said...

Je rougis de bonheur en visitant votre blog!...
Je retrouve mes vieux torchons de cuisine qui appartenaient à ma grand-mère, mais qui sont sensationnels, beaucoup mieux que tout ce qu'on vous vend aujourd'hui !...
Ma fille est médecin urgentiste chez les pompier bénévolement... cela devrait vous plaire!...
Gros bisous à vous.

Bloggymom said...

I love red so much that is it in almost every room in my house.

I love cherry red (I am told I look good in it as well).

I also love sewing with red fabric.... it makes me smile.

Lisa said...

I love red too! It makes me happy! And I love all the skirts. The JCP number looks like a winner.

Little Leslie said...

Love red too. It's the color of life. My 1950's kitchen is red white and black. Not nearly as gorgeous as these pics, but nevertheless, I'm happy with it.

Teresa said...

Can't say I'm a RED lover, but I do accents in decor or clothing in this color.

Lovely post that will bring Energy. Positive Energy!

Liz said...

Love the red pencil skirt! I actually got mine at...shhhhhh. Target. $24.99. It is actually a little more coral which is better for me anyway.
But I'm so glad I got it. It's long enough and everything! :) I love red.
A decorating friend once told me that EVERY room should have a touch of some shade of red. She said it just POPS! No matter what. You guys would get along great. :)