Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Color Inspiration at the V&A!



During a recent visit to London, I spent an afternoon at the Victoria & Albert Museum of Decorative Arts. The collection of furniture, metalwork, ceramics, silver, glass and textiles are all beautiful but the jewelry galleries really are my favorite - showcasing amazing pieces from the Roman era to the 1980's. I was struck in particular by the stunning turquoise pieces I saw! Turquoise is so upbeat and youthful but also can be quite sophisticated. Here are a few special pieces of jewelry I loved and a few accessories for your home if you (like me!) are taken with turquoise. . .  
Above is an English turquoise, gold and pave diamond necklace with a bow design from 1850-1860.
A German carved cameo of carnelian depicting a Bacchante female figure, and set in gold and turquoise, made from 1630-1670.


A pair of gorgeous earrings made of turquoise, amethyst, and pearls, made in England from 1835-1840. What a great color combo! 



A bright Zig Zag throw blanket made of baby alpaca from Jonathan Adler.



The Luxembourg Garden side chair by Fermob USA. This chic chair comes in 27 colors and retails at $216. 
I adore these vintage 1960's table lamps - they are made of ceramic and brass and are available at Little Paris Antiques.


A great enamel photo frame in turquoise also by Jonathan Adler.


And to end, boldly turquoise room by designers Kim Coleman and Michele Green! 




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