Design Challenge: Purple, Green, and Gold, Oh My

Happy Fat Tuesday, all!  Or should I say “y’all?”  It’s time to break out the beads, serve the King Cake, and pile on the purple, green, and gold.  Now I will take King Cake all year long, and give me beads any time, but purple, green, and gold — I don’t think so.  If you ask me that’s a pretty terrible color combination that should be kept to Mardi Gras floats.  However, I like a good challenge, so I challenged myself to come up with a purple, green, and gold bedroom that I would be able to live with.  Here it is…

I would start with the one person whom I think does purple really well – John Robshaw.  The man has a way with pattern and color that most people don’t.  The Navatta quilt has all three colors in a way that won’t make you reach for another Hurricane.  Pair that with the sweet lavender of the Nalika pillow shams – and duvet if you’re so inclined – and you’re got a good start.  I’d toss on a few of his colorful pillows for good measure.  Or, I’d basically take everything shown on that bed…

The biggest/most pattern you use in the room is usually the best jumping off point.  From the bedding I would add the Francesca bed upholstered in Aspen Gray linen with antique brass nailheads from Cisco Brothers.  In my Red Barn world, brass is better currency than gold. I would keep the bedside tables super simple and symmetrical and would pair them with brass lamps and white linen shades from Jamie Young.

Across from the bed would be a large dresser with plenty of space to put all the clothes I bought from my favorite Old Town boutiques.  I love the warm wood mixed with white in this Bungalow 5 dresser.  Above the dresser is where we bring in fun and bit of flare.  This amethyst mirror, also from Bungalow 5, packs a punch.  It’s one single statement that doesn’t overpower the room.  Add another brass lamp from Jamie Young to counter balance all the glam.  There is a green version too if you prefer!

Finally, to anchor all of this I like Dash & Albert’s Jute Woven Bleached Oak rug.  It’s soft and understated and it lets the rest of the elements in the room shine.  Plus, I just love this natural color with the gray bed.

So there you have it.  A Mardi Gras bedroom the Red Barn way.  Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

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Owner Amy Rutherford started Red Barn because she wanted to deliver a service — to provide both old and new in one place. No longer will busy shoppers be limited to reproductions or forced to shop multiple flea markets for the look or gifts they want. The trick in blending old and new, vintage and modern, classic and quirky, is balance. And Amy’s knack for mixing rustic antiques with urban chic has created a look that is both fresh and familiar.

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