Are you a colour and pattern scaredy-cat? I am! There are lots of tips and suggestions out there on how to incorporate colour and pattern into one's decor scheme. But, if you are like me, it all goes out the window in a huge incoherent mess when you are standing in the decor department staring at shelves of cushions. Then, when I was out browsing in the menswear department of Banana Republic with Monsieur, it occurred to me that inspiration was right in front of me. Trying to pair a tie with a shirt verges on the realm of a mystical science but there is method to the madness. Let's take a look at how they style their mannequins.
Do you see how the striped tie is layered on top of the plaid shirt? It seems like a bold move but because both are in the same colourway, it looks chic, classic, almost conservative. Here's another example,
Above, Banana Republic has layered a lilac polka dot tie on top of a lilac gingham shirt and a solid lilac sweater. Again because it is all in the same colourway, the polka dots and gingham play off each other and works wonderfully. What do you think? Below is an example of using bright and dark colours against each other to make the bright colour really pop.
Now, let's go for a virtual walk in the mall and check out how the menswear department in J. Crew styles their mannequins. See how on the left mannequin, there is a purple paisley handkerchief (or pocket pouf) tucked into the breast pocket which is playing off the purple gingham shirt?
I decided to foof my nightstand (which is a work in progress) with my takeaways from the menswear department. I had recently thrifted a watercolour painting and a very large brass pineapple which I was just dying to display somewhere.
It is the first time I've ever bought original artwork and I was so nervous about it. But, looking at the watercolour just makes me happy as there is such a peacefulness about it. And it reminds me of the Canadian wilderness.
I like how the gold glamminess (is that a word in the decor world?) of the crazy pineapple plays off the gold tones in the painting and in the frame. It is just so Hollywood Regency. The blue egg crate pulls out the blue sky in the painting. Plus it is very useful for holding jewelry. I haven't been able to identify the artist as the signature is a little blurred. If you have any information, please let me know.
I'm a very visual person and having the mannequins in front of me providing visual cues really helped give me lots of inspiration. Who'd have thought there could be so much to learn in the menswear department for those of us who don't wear ties? I'm working on the lamp so there will be more photos to come.
Now, let's move on to the Blogiverary Giveaway winners! I did the draw using a vintage pink Pyrex bowl (as one does).
First prize winner of the Austrian kitchen set is:
Congratulations Six Balloons!
Second prize winner of the vintage handkerchiefs and vintage Boucher brooch is:
Please contact me with your address so I can get your prize in the mail.
Thank you to all those who entered. I had so much fun putting together the prizes that I'm definitely going to do more in the future. So watch this space for more Giveaway fun!