Purple Rain- A Tale of Prince & Pantone

Iconic. Regal. Decadent. Prince defines Purple and Purple defines Prince. 


The Prince Estate, alongside Pantone Color Institute recently announced the creation of a custom purple to honor Prince's indelible mark on music, art, fashion and culture.. The purple hue, represented by his “Love Symbol #2” was inspired by the artist's grape coloured Yamaha piano. 

In tribute to the Purple One I've selected 6 sumptuous purple rooms, from palest lilac to deepest aubergine, to inspire you to rain a little purple on your home...(pardon the dodgy pun!)

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Anouska Tamony Designs

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David Collins Studio

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The Barcelona Palette

Barcelona, what a city! Warm, vibrant, a feast for the eyes. Gaudy's architecture and influence on every corner. I marvelled at the richness of the architecture and thought that had gone into everything from the tiles that paved the city to the many uniquely decorated entrances. Gothic and Modernisme sitting side by side, contrasts and contradictions that worked somehow.

The colours were delicious too and prompted this second travel influenced blog post that seeks to inspire you to bring a little of Barcelona's verve and striking juxtaposition to your home.




Poliedri Chandelier, Taupe and Clear, Murano Made, Midcentury Beauty, circa 1980


Brooklyn-Barcelona Table by TJ Volonis

The under-arch is designed to evoke the iconic cabling of the Brooklyn Bridge and the negative space it creates is in the shape of a parabolic arch a key feature of Antoni Gaudí's architecture in Barcelona



Corinne Robbins

Rotted Tree: Square Abstract Minimalist Landscape Painting with Blue Periwinkle





Armchair "Barcelona Chair" Special Edition by Knoll International


Antique Spanish Cuenca Carpet


Spanish 1960s Hollywood Regency Gilt Iron Sunburst Mirror with Red Glass Accents



Rare Gordon Bunshaft SOM Architect Floating Burl Olive Wood Credenza


Contemporary Olive Green Silk Sari.

Exquisitely hand-printed with vegetable dye, hand-stitched with kantha embroidery, a popular style from West Bengal


One of a Kind Signed Pair of Black and Gold Glass with Brass Inlays Lamps Meticulously Handcrafted in Spain 

The Amalfi Palette

My first time on the Amalfi Coast took my breath away. The first thing that struck me was the soft, warm breeze, the second the colours. Vivid cerulean sea, primrose stucco fronted palazzo, magenta bougainvillea and turquoise ceramic tiles from Positano.

I’ve used Pantone’s nifty little app to create three Amalfi inspired colour palettes. For each palette I’ve put together a stylish capsule interior to bring a little bit of Amalfi to you.





The Floris Silk Bed Cushion by Roberto Cavalli Home is full of feminine charm, featuring a floral print in a rainbow of colours on top of a crisp white background. The gold cord edging and contrasting leopard print reverse, embody the lavish Italian glamour synonymous with the brand.


Italian Modernist Sideboard in rich mahogany with bird's-eye maple doors and drawers, carved fruitwood and patinated brass pulls is pure suave.

Italian Art Deco Armchairs upholstered in bougainvillea purple velvet. The sumptuous deep upholstery adds softness to the geometric veneered wooden frame which has been lovingly restored using the same shiny shellac finish that would have been applied when it was first crafted in the 1930s. 


'Empire' Print by Robert Cottingham. Subject- The Empire Theater, built in 1914 in Montgomery, Alabama. 






Mid-century Italian Oil Painting, depicting the fruit market in Venice. Sellers surround their wares, against the backdrop of the canal and its ancient buildings.


Murano Glass Scones. A pair of Venini aqua stripe (clear and aqua) sconces. Each sconce has two lights with brass frame and decorated with solid quadriedri (four-sided) hanging Murano glass tubes.


Blonde Chest by Eilel Saarinen for Johnson Furniture, circa 1948.

Opaline Coupe. A fine and rare Charles X blue opaline coupe, the bowl mounted with matte and burnished scroll handles; the rim and foot with palmettes. dating from circa 1825-1830, the early days of opaline production.





Italian Tapestry depicting a forest filled with bare trees, leafless and prepared for winter’s whiteness, it displays a procession of hunters and their lunging dogs.

1930s French Lounge Chairs featuring a 'flower shape back' and contrasting dark and light grey velvet upholstery.

Heather Stem by Abigail Ahern the queen of faux blooms.

Birgit Blyth Monoprint. A contemporary, abstract style chromoskedasic monoprint created by experimental photographer, Birgit Blyth without the use of a camera.