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Going Green 2016!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! We’re excited about the warmer weather and bringing a lot more green into life, and what better day to start the conversation? In fact, March 2016’s Pantone Color of the Month is an interesting green, Parisian Patina. I’d like to explore this color today in honor of both Saint Patrick and the coming spring.

 

 

Patina is a thin layer of oxidation that occurs naturally on metals, particularly those with copper content. And of course, Paris is full of statues, so it’s very fitting.

These bowls are darker than Parisian Patina but are in the same palette, with some Celtic-inspired design. Bringing Ireland and Paris together!

 

Bowls

Going green is more than just a color, though. It’s a whole lifestyle. Going green means respecting our world, so that people from all over, Ireland, Paris, here in the United States, and many many other places, will have healthy, happy lives on our precious planet.

Green Globe

 

Green is the color of life, and it brings our hearts joy to see a splash of green plants mixed in with other design elements. We love our planet, and a little bit of growth indoors can be a beautiful thing.

 

Fern and green table

 

 

One of my personal favorite ways to go green is to repurpose or upcycle items. This champagne bottle is getting new life as a lamp stand.

Wine bottle lamp

Maybe you’re inspired by Parisian Patina and want to paint a piece of furniture that needs new life:

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This oil canister could have easily ended up in a landfill, but someone saw its beauty and saved it.

Range Oil barrel

Here’s a similar piece, this time a lard container. There’s lots of beautiful green in this picture, including some genuine Parisian Patina!

Lard

 

That brings me to my other favorite way to go green. In my field, it’s probably easy to guess.

dresser

 

That’s right – antiquing is a very green way to decorate  your home! Maybe you have an idea to give an old piece new life. Or maybe you love that weathered look.

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I can’t resist sharing with you another example of beautifully weathered furniture. The old fashioned fan is a nice touch.

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One last picture of beautiful Parisian Patina. All items in this blog are from Lilly Designs Inc. or one of my favorite places, Chelsea Antique Mall.

 

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What a fun blog! I’m planning to talk more about going green soon, so let me know your thoughts and stay tuned for my next installment of design inspiration!

 

 

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