Welcome to Round 2 of my Fruit with Punch series. If you are just joining in, you can find my take on pineapple style right here. This series is all about designing a room using fruit as inspiration and this week is all about watermelon style. A girl’s gotta flex her creative muscle every now and then, and since this is Design Dish, it’s only fitting we use food to inspire!
It has been hotter than Hades in So Cal. It seems like summer is not going to give it up to fall without someone getting burned… namely, me. Since I am in desperate need of a cool down, I’ve been craving some refreshing watermelon style! Sure, watermelon takes all of us back to childhood summers spent outdoors with it’s sticky sweetness dribbling down our chins. Watermelon is a summer staple and it’s blushing pink color is always appealing. But have you ever thought of using watermelon as style inspiration for your home? Yeah me neither! That’s why it was a perfect challenge for me and proof that you can take something from fruit to fab. No, I am not talking about a DIY door wreath. Gingham and country kitsch need not apply. With our theme in mind, I decided to push the envelope and go big, go bold, make it fun, feminine and glamtastic.
The obvious choice when you think watermelon is something pink and green. Something girly, fresh and not the slightest bit short on fun…. … like this bike perhaps? Methinks all this image is missing is some pigtailed girls with ice cream cones! Or maybe a mama with a foo-foo drink?? Ok, I’ll split the difference!
This is my literal interpretation of what a watermelon color palette could look like…
…and this room would be the result. Watermelon chic in the form of an airstream living space. While I do love tiny houses and all things vintage, this is on the extreme. So the challenge is to find a happy medium. Something that pays tribute to this color palette without feeling theme-y. You can take a theme as inspiration, but definitely push the envelope by doing something unexpected. I think we’re ripe for some boundary testing… who’s ready?
C’mon ladies, don’t play with your food. This is a design challenge, not Naked Chef! Back to work, we have a room to assemble…. Here are two inspired looks that watermelon style could look like if this fruit took a seat in your space this summer…. The color palette stays true to the watermelon with black accents taken as inspiration from the seeds. These accents can quickly update and pay homage to your home or wardrobe with true summer glam style. And this “I Carried A Watermelon” sign could very well put Baby in a corner! But what if you are a little swankier, more daring and seeking a full fledge fruit-over? Well, here ya go…. ((drumroll))…. Design Dish is proud to introduce to you, a new trend in fruit inspired design. Introducing…. Here we’re using colors derived from watermelon, not the literal fruit, yet the color palette pays homage to our magnificent melon! Using bold graphics and vibrant colored accessories with a pop of pizzaz, you can give your room and instant update with this chic look, which is feminine yet still refined. The lighting fixture reminds me of dripping watermelon seeds. If you can appreciate the notion of creative storytelling with art, you can see how home decor pieces can also serve a similar purpose. All art forms have something to say, it’s up to us to discover and define their meaning on a personal level. This is where the magic comes in; when you spot something in a room that evokes a mood, an experience, something from nature, or something that makes you stop and think in general, this is what it means to design! So let those walls talk!!
Now that fall is arriving, stay tuned as I’ll be putting together more fruit with punch design inspiration, featuring the hautest of the harvest! For now, I bid you and summer adieu with this tasty boozy beverage featuring our new fruity fave! Click the image for the recipe.