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St. Valentine’s Day, and this photo of red doors I took in Iceland, inspired today’s color palette.

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Most people find old-fashioned radiators unsightly and a decorating hardship, but I have a nostalgic affection for them.

As a kid, my morning dreams were pushed aside by the reassuring clonking of pipes and the sputtering and hissing of cast iron radiators as they pushed an even warmth through our rambling old house. After a cold day of skiing I would press myself up against a radiator until my long underwear felt like it was going to burn my skin. The cats and dogs nestled up against them too.

I wish I’d thought to paint the radiator in my bedroom in a gradient of warm colors. But I would’ve reversed the colors so that the hot red was at the end of the radiator where the steam pipe entered it and became warm first and then fade the color out to yellow at the cooler far end.

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Here are a few Americana inspired color palettes to celebrate the 4th of July. How are you enjoying the holiday?

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I’ll be savoring my mom’s homemade cheesecake!

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Are you taking your kids fishing?

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I would never miss fireworks on the 4th!

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Who’s on a road trip?

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Anyone having a lobster bake?

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I don’t know if Icelanders drink more or less tea and coffee than folks from different places or not. But rather than hiding their pretty tea and coffee pots in cupboards,  I noticed many pretty collections on display in kitchens around the island, which in turn inspired these color palettes.

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We discovered a breathtaking black beach on Iceland’s Snæfellsnes peninsula in the western fjords. Polished black pebbles rumbled beneath the pounding surf as they rushed onto the deserted shore.  Bits of brightly hued seaweed were left behind. I loved the contrast of the stark hard stone and the colorful organic seaweed.

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A collection of random photos of rusty decorative metal objects on faded red backgrounds from my iPhoto library inspired these color palettes.

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Who would have thought that there could possibly be enough red and white quilts in the world to dramatically transform the Park Avenue Armory’s historic 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall? Between March 25 and 30, 2011, the American Folk Art Museum is presenting an dizzying array of 650 one-of-a-kind examples of appliquéd and pieced American quilts, all of which are on loan from the collection of Joanna S. Rose. The quilt designs, which will hang in spirals from the ceiling so that fronts and backs of the quilts can be viewed, range from geometric to fanciful florals, and span 300 years of artistry and craftmansship. Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts will be the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in the New York City. As a gift to the public, entry to the exhibit is free.

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1-Collection of Joanna S. Rose 2011-02-28 at 8.56.16 pm

2-Collection of Joanna S. Rose 2011-02-28 at 8.52.28 pm

3-Collection of Joanna S. Rose 2011-02-28 at 8.53.17 pm

4-Collection of Joanna S. Rose 2011-02-28 at 8.55.03 pm

5-Collection of Joanna S. Rose 2011-02-28 at 8.55.32 pm

6-Collection of Joanna S. Rose2011-02-28 at 8.53.54 pm

7-Collection of Joanna S. Rose 2011-02-28 at 8.57.16 pm

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