PANTONE Color of the Year 2015- Marsala

Some thoughts, and maybe some venting today….

PANTONE just announced Marsala as it’s new Color of the Year for 2015. Now hear me out, I LOVE COLOR. I am completely color obsessed to a fault. I could literally eat color with a spoon! But the Marsala take over in my inbox and social media feeds left my head spinning this morning, and let’s just say, it was not what I’d call a “good buzz”.


Marsala- Pantone Color of the Year 2015

I’m sure there will be rave reviews in the beauty and fashion world which sets the major color trends, and that’s fine and dandy. Coated skinny jeans? Yep. Anything in suede? Great. Lip gloss? Sure, why not? But for interiors? Well, I have to keep it real and to me, this color is just…. well… heinous. It’s a bit dull and falls short of sophisticated in comparison to the vibrant color selections from Pantone seen in previous years. Actually, to me, Marsala fell somewhere between the burgundy brown lipsticks from Revlon’s yesteryears circa 1990 and vintage mauve hued Victoria’s Secret catalogs. Mauve, muted, brown, blah… aka, dated, done and uninspired.  I truly don’t feel that this color adds any value that a rich brown or garnet couldn’t do in its place.

Anyone remember Revlon’s “Toast of New York?” When she was all the rage, I was just getting into my awkward teenage years, and therefore discovering how (or how not) to apply make up, so I was all about this color, complete with even darker lined lips thanks to Drew Barrymore and her display of this shade, daisies and black ribboned chokers. This era was grunge, goth and apparently… marsala.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Toast of New York


Anyone remember these vintage VS babes? Ha! And yes, that wall color looked just like Victoria’s Secret retail stores in the 80’s and 90’s too. Remember it? Marsala was the old “Love Pink”, they just didn’t know it. Don’t even ask me who they’re calling or if I think that phone works…. but yes, they just might be on the other end of that 1-900 number… ya never know.


So now that I’m older and wiser I’m not afraid to go against this color trend. I really wouldn’t mind if this color blew away as quickly as it came in with all the 90’s resurfaced fads that go along with it. It seriously boggles my mind and makes me start thinking about how and why Pantone selected this color because it certainly wasn’t because it was favorable for interior design! Ok, rant over.

Here are the color palettes Pantone recommends with their new hue. Maybe it’s me, but I’m just not feeling it.








So then, how can you make Marsala work in a color scheme? Since I have to work with design challenges all the time, here is my version on a color palette including this hue. I think grounding Marsala with primaries like bold orange and deep blue round it out in a way that is not as dull and flat.

elds-pantone-2015-marsala-color-paletteWhat are your thoughts? Would you decorate your home in Marsala? Or is it best left on your lips and hips? Let me know!




Haute Links

Get ’em while they’re still sizzlin’! Here is a round up of this week’s Haute Links, a mix of my favorite things cooked up on the internet…

1) This stylish little dude needs a play date with Quinny, and by play date I mean a wardrobe intervention. I already know how this showdown will go down…. “Oh yeah tough guy?? I’ll see your rainbow sunnies from Cabo and raise you a pair of Junior Ray Ban’s“….((gulp)) fold! Kudos to mama for keeping his clothes so fresh and oxyclean… ours are usually ankle dipped in mud, carefully adorned with grains of flattened rice, accompanied by a collection of “priceless” rocks in the pockets with the occasional half a crayon. I’m cool with it. Pocket rocks are how we roll!


2) In other mom related news, there’s this humor piece on what’s typically swirling through a mom’s brain at any given time. Ridiculously on point, here’s a snippet…

“I wish I could be more like my sister-in-law. She’s so organized. My house looks like an outlet mall threw up in here and then lay down and made vomit angels in the vomit. Today is definitely a mopping day. Last night I think I saw a dust bunny roll across the family room like a tumbleweed in those old Western films. But first I have to go to the store and get some vinegar. I should throw out all of the harsh cleaners. Those chemicals are probably hurting the baby. It’ll be my fault if there’s ever something wrong with him. Me and my stupid love of Fresh Scent. What is Fresh Scent anyway? Wouldn’t Fresh Scent technically be odorless? It’s just that Fresh Scent makes me feel accomplished. Like I did something. They should call it “Progress Scent” or “I Tried Scent.”‘

3) DIY Father’s Day gifts for the dad who loves all things golf, bacon, fire and Dirty Harry, all wrapped up in a flank steak.



Or perhaps he’s a man of simple tastes that can only be quenched by whisky and wood


Ok, digressing from Dad…..

4) At long last, a tile company that knows how to creatively market their product lines! I definitely plan on ordering something from the Kiss My Big Fat Glass collection from Alyse Edwards for my client’s master bath. Deliberating between H8 2 C U Go Butt Luv 2 Watch U Leave and Smack that Glass. Yep, these are no joke and they are actually quite bootyful!


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5) And finally 10 Problems Only the Interior Design Obsessed Understand. I share these afflictions as well as everything contained in #2.

Happy reading and happy weekend!