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Millennial Pink

July 26, 2017 — Leave a comment

Think Pink!

For the past few months this bubble gum pink colour has been everywhere; fashion, accessories, décor, appliances… Over time the bubble gum hue has softened to a dusty rose colour.

Pink has emerged as a colour for everyone, xx and xy alike! Designers all over North-America are adding millennial pink to their “Go-To” list. Lauren Schwartzberg wrote for New York magazine that this colour is “cheeky, sincere and nostalgic all at once”. It adds a punch of colour without being too flashy or in your face. It’s understated (subtle) without being dull (boring). You’ve probably heard that *blank* is the new black; well millennial pink is the new neutral! It’s incredibly versatile and it looks like it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

My first encounter with millennial pink was long before it was even a trend. In the movie Funny Face, made in 1957 featuring the enchanting Audrey Hepburn and the talented Fred Astaire, there is a musical number which inspired the title of this blog. In “Think Pink”, Quality magazine publisher and editor, Maggie Prescott, is on the hunt for the next “It Colour”. I always thought that Maggie Prescott knew what she was talking about because I wouldn’t have minded living in a world where everything was pink. I guess you should be careful what you wish for because now literally everything is offered in one shade or another of pink.

The momentum has been slowly building in pop culture since 2014, believe it or not. In 2014, The Grand Budapest Hotel played with this pink as a way to add some whimsy to its décor and ambiance. In 2015, Apple debuted its first Rose Gold iPhone. Newly iconic, in 2016, Pantone named “Rose Quartz” Colour of the Year. And most recently, it was a popular colour on the runways at Milan Fashion Week for the Spring/Summer 2017 collections.

It is no longer a girly or princess-y shade; this new pink has a sense of play and of youth. Leaning towards the bubble gum-y end of the spectrum, this colour packs in some attitude, too.

It is a perfect statement colour but is also a subtle addition as an accent colour. And vice versa; since the softer millennial pink acts as a neutral colour it is an ideal paint colour, and the bubble gum-y shade is a great, bold accent.



Happy Sunday! 

This week I finally got to reveal a bathroom project I did a couple years back, and completed a patio installation for a lovely couple in Cumberland! We’ve been busy bees here at the SPD hive.

Today’s blog is the final installment in the Feng Shui series!

Next Sunday a new series all about “Types of” will begin. I hope that you enjoyed this first series and that you found the topic enlightening. 

I hope that youre having a wonderful weekend.


As you’re most likely already aware,  colours  impact your mood, so choosing paint colours for your home, is a serious matter. In Feng Shui, every colour represents a different element in life, and in turn, affects your energy.

  • Red: is a stimulating colour and is vibrant and passionate.
  • Orange: is an uplifting colour that promotes joy and happiness.
  • Yellow: is a symbol of power, stimulates health, wisdom and patience.
  • Green: is a representation of growth, new beginning, and healing and freshness.
  • Blue-greens: Represents youth and inspires confidence. Since it has green in it, they also represent new beginnings.
  • Deep blues: they infuse wisdom and introspection.
  • Purple: it inspires spirituality, adventure and prosperity.
  • Pink: symbolizes love, romance, friendship and partnership.
  • Brown: some might shy away from using brown, but it offers stability and a sense of security.
  • Gray: another colour might shy away from because of its gloomy effect, but in Feng Shui the colour grey invites helpfulness and symbolizes harmonious unions of black and white.
  • White: Cultivates clarity, precision and communication.
  • Black: Contemplative colour that encourages reflection and mystery.




The element of water is represented by the blue tones while the element of fire is represented by the reds, oranges, yellows, pinks and purples. The element of wood is represented by the green and brown tones, and metal is represented by the greys. Earth is represented by light yellow and “skin colours” and promotes stability and nourishment.


Yesterday evening, my husband and I visited Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, before heading to a lecture on creating native bee habitats, at the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

In just three short hours we absorbed beauty created by people blessed with imagination and talent, in the form of artwork on display at the gallery, and beauty found in the natural world as demonstrated by Susan Chan in her lecture on bees.

Most of us can only dream of ever having the means, or space, to own every piece of art that we want; but in my line of work, I can recommend artwork suitable for my clients’ homes.  The following are works by three artists featured at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, and whose work I’d be happy to have in my personal art collection.

Photo: Galerie St-Laurent + Hill

Siri ta robe te va comme un gant, Mixed Media on Panel, 2014 – Photo: Galerie St-Laurent + Hill

Siri ta robe te va comme un gant, Michel Harvey.  What’s interesting about this artist’s work is that he transforms items that he’s found outside: people’s litter, and finds straight from nature.  As someone who finds herself perplexed and annoyed at the attitude of those who litter, I appreciate how Harvey turns the outcome of this vulgar transgression on its head, to choreograph a work of beauty alongside items that are intrinsically beautiful.

Photo: Galerie St-Laurent + Hill

Orange Click One, Acrylic construction, 2014 – Photo: Galerie St-Laurent + Hill

Kal Mansur is another artist whose work we discovered last night.  Both my husband and I were taken by the ethereal beauty of the three dimensional artwork created using Plexiglas, of all things! Mansur cuts and stacks pieces of coloured acrylic behind a translucent sheet laid over a shadow-box-like acrylic frame, constructed so that when the light hits it, the surface takes on a luminous quality – a luminous quality that changes depending on your vantage point, type of light, and its striking point.  I was really surprised at how captivated I was by this piece of contemporary art.  If you live in Ottawa, it’s worth a visit to the gallery to see for yourself.

Photo: Galerie St-Laurent + Hill

Photo: Galerie St-Laurent + Hill

Finally, I just couldn’t get enough of the large sculptures by Marc-Antoine Côté.  There are two pieces in the gallery, both made of aluminum.  You would never guess at how involved a process it is to create these pieces!  Either sculpture would look glorious in the right type of garden. You can find his work in public spaces across the province of Quebec.  I’ll be keeping an eye on Côté’s work, for when one of my gardens has reached the scale and maturity to showcase his art. Looking forward to adding his work to my lovingly-created native bumblebee habitats.

The second event we went to was a lecture by Susan Chan, on creating native pollinator habitats, which Just Food hosted in the auditorium of the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library.  But that’s for another posting in which I’ll share photos of bees in my young, two-year old, front garden.

Always a Beauty

July 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

This garden is always a sight for sore eyes from the first days of spring, right on through to the first snowfall.


Today, I stopped to take a picture.  What I find breath-taking about this garden is how its owners have incorporated colour and texture into their execution of vertical, layer building.  Look at the tall pink lilies that are about to open up, across from the beautiful pink hollyhock.


I don’t know how long it’s taken to create such a living work of art, but I bet the owners have enjoyed every step along the way.  I know that every time I see it, I feel joyous.


January 24, 2014 — Leave a comment

Winter_SunA winter sun – that sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it!  But a few days ago I was outside and I was struck by the majesty of the winter sun.  

It was a day when we actually had a lull from the cold spell we’ve been experiencing.  The muted brightness as the sun poked through the clouds on an overcast day was beautiful.   It looked like a blurred tangerine-coloured circle set against a blue-gray backdrop.
That got me thinking about a colour that I’m really fond of right now. I think it makes any room come alive. Orange! – And we’re seeing a lot of it these days.
Contemporary Living Room
It’s warm and can be used in a number of ways. But my favourite way to use orange is to design a colour scheme using adjacent hues and then their contrasts on the colour wheel.  For example, orange, reddish-orange and pink paired with violet, bluish-violet and blue. The contrast is stunning and really eye-catching.
Robert Allen fabrics - ideal for upholstery or bedding

Robert Allen fabrics – ideal for upholstery or bedding

Soft throws to keep you warm.
Soft throws to keep you warm.
Here are some more photos of furnishings and accessories that really illustrate what I’m talking about. I’d love your feedback. How have you used orange?
And if you like the warmth of orange, you might be interested in checking out the warmth exhibition at Cube Gallery.
Custom bedding in Mondrian Graphic Weave

Custom bedding in Mondrian Graphic Weave

Adelie vase perfect for a display of twigs... dogwood, pussy willows ?

Adelie vase perfect for a display of twigs… dog wood, pussy willows ?

Table lamp - adds a pop of colour to task lighting.

Table lamp – adds a pop of colour to task lighting.

Wall art - Palacek Lotus Leaf

Wall art – Palacek Lotus Leaf