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Required Reading: Pretty Pastel Style

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Apr 16, 2014 01:14 AM
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by Izabella Simmons last modified Apr 15, 2014

“Hear the word ‘pastel’ and you may instantly imagine the sugary pink of a little girl’s bedroom or the cheerful, springtime shades found on retro floral fabrics. Today, these saccharine visions are only part of the story, because pastels are enjoying an exciting, dynamic revival," writes Selina Lake in her new book, Pretty Pastel Style.  A London-based interiors stylist, Lake is a veteran when it comes to publishing— Pretty Pastel Style , a 160-page ode pastels with personality, is her fourth design book. It's divided into chapters devoted to modern, retro (think fifties shades), and vintage pastels; we particularly like the last section, which presents simple pastels in white rooms with a minimal but elegant look. Here are some examples: Photography by Catherine Gratwicke . Above: A relaxed paneled living room with slipcovered furniture. The doorframe is lined with a fringed trim for a soft vintage touch. A  Koushi Lamp by Mark Eden Schooley  hangs from the ceiling. Intrigued? The design inspired Alexa to made her own DIY Koushi Lamp .  Above: A farm-inspired kitchen with white-painted paneling, barn-style lighting, a porcelain farm sink, and butcher block countertop. Have a look at more modern farm kitchens in our photo gallery. Above: Mismatched chairs are unified by coats of white paint in this cooly white dining room bottles brightened with glass bottles used as vases and a gold-fringed vintage-style ceiling shade. Above: A cocoon-like living room (even the wall clock is white) is furnished with a colorful ensemble, including pastel Windsor chairs and a modern sofa covered with a floral throw. See  10 Easy Pieces: The Windsor Chair Revisited  for more Windsor inspiration.  Above: Another bright Windsor chair stands next to a vintage upright piano stacked with Tivoli radios. In the  Remodelista book , we singled out the  Tivoli radio  in the Remodelista 100, our chapter devoted to favorite everyday objects. Above: An all-white living room set off by touches of pink—two Windsor chairs painted in different pale hues, hot pink pillows and artwork, and light-pink blankets. Like the wingback chair? Check out  10 Easy Pieces: The Wingback in Back Above: Pretty Pastel Style  by Selina Lake, with photography by Catherine Gratwicke and writing by Joanna Simmons, is published by Ryland Peters & Small; it's available on Amazon for $22.18. For more by Lake, have a look at her blog . We're celebrating pale colors all week; go to  Shades of Pastels  to see what we've covered so far. More books that we love? Have a look at  Required Reading on Remodelista, and  Required Reading  on Gardenista, too—have you seen The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers ? More Stories from Remodelista 5 Favorites: Muuto Dot Hangers Used in Unexpected Ways This Week's Table of Contents: Shades of Pastel Current Obsessions: A Lighter Shade of Pale






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