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orange retro whisk glass and murano fruit copy
I love orange…
The colour. And the fruit.

Orange is the colour of adventure and social communication, according to colour psychology. It is optimistic, uplifting and spirit rejuvenating. Apparently so much so that we should find ways to use it everyday, even if it is just an orange coloured pen or a kooky kitchen whisky thingy.

Read more here if you want to empower yourself with color psychology

orange pyrex bowl and whisk

Orange is the most controversial of colours. Many consider it to be the gauche legacy of the freewheeling ’70s. But what an unfair reputation that decade has! To me, the ’70s were when the counterculture became the popular culture — and when adults finally felt liberated to embrace immaturity. You could be young again without having to be innocent! Orange shouted out to the world that you didn’t take things too seriously: that you weren’t old and crusty, that you were not your parents, and that you didn’t have a living room full of plastic-covered furniture. Rather, your furniture was made of plastic — and it was probably designed by Verner Panton.

Jonathan Adler 
Happy Chic: Colors

orange swift whip and miracle bowls

And this is just a taste, a small mix of my orange collection.
So so much more to come… it’s a Work In Progress. If you’re an orange fan, please watch this space.

In the meantime you can try some Candy. John Candy.

Orange whip? Orange whip?

So what is an Orange Whip?

It’s a cocktail made with rum and vodka mixed with cream and orange juice. Blended and frothy and poured over ice in a tall glass. Mmm….

And a 1950’s non alcoholic beverage made famous in this seemingly random quirky scene from the Blues Brothers which was actually ad libbed as a favour to the Sales Director of the Orange Whip Corporation which had supplied drinks on the film set.

orange whip and retro glasses juice carafe copy

Anyway, for now that’s it…


egg yellow Pyrex Rosti collection

Hello, Yellow!…
Yellow equals Happy Chic joie de vivre and sunny optimism.

Jonathan Adler, Happy Chic Colors

Also to be found in this gloriously colourful book, the following quote by Vincent Van Goph, master of golden goodness.

Yellow is capable of charming God.

Actually it’s been suggested that Van Goph’s yellow period, when he painted Sunflowers, Starry Night and Night Café among others, was due to the sideffects of excessive digitalis, which is not an over-saturation of electronic devices but too much of an extract from the plant Foxglove. Van Goph was prescribed this to suppress his epilepsy and manic behaviour.  Symptoms of this condition [Xanthopsia] are blurry, haloed lights  [check out Starry Night] and yellow tinted vision. *

The alternative theory is he liked yellow. Or it’s a combination of the two…

Egg yolk yellow Danish design melamine
Speaking of combinations…

mixing yellow

More Jonathan Adler reference. Why?

Totally modern, totally retro. Design Genius.

>> When in doubt: yellow + gray

Tone down yellow’s brash sunniness with sedate gray for a soothing ’40s feel. You can’t go wrong with this duo. Any shades will work.

yellow black white single serve tea cup setone kind design collection yellow storm

>>Chic and Classique: yellow + green.

This zesty pairing is a one-way ticket to Palm Beach

vintage pineapple shaped tooljonathan adler yellow and green

>>Tricky Treat: yellow + black

Keep it from reading ‘bubblebee’ by letting back and white predominate and spooning in just a soupçon of yellow.

Patrick Caulfield Coalport Tate Gallery VaseGreg Natale Jonathan Adler

let your fingers do the walking:

Pics 1 & 2:

Sunny side up
Rosti Mepal, Danish icons in egg yolk yellow.
Buy here : Pitcher & 1.5 L Margrethe bowl
other bowls  & various utensils for sale in store or  email me for more info

single serve Bristol Cotton Grass tea cup set buy here

Onekind Design hand screen printed bedlinen in Yellow and Storm, buy here or available in store at urban rustic 6b Robertson Rd Newport.

Pineapple slicer. A cute Australian invention. I gifted it to Megan Morton, the most vibrant Pineapple Head I’ve come across. Check out the killer Pineapple heels she discovered, pinned here.

Image: Jonathan Adler

Patrick Caulfield fine china vase by Coalport 1997, designed to commemorate the opening of the Tate Gallery London. Sold.

Image: another Jonathan Adler advocate, Greg Natale

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I wish.

I picked up this tea towel in Trina Turk, Palm Springs California. And love all the bragging embedded in that sentence.

It was never my intention to actually use it as a tea towel [Me dry dishes? I outsource that to sunlight, thank you] rather, hang it from a piece of dowel and rope ala 60’s/70’s macramé style. Somehow in the photographing of said Tea Towel it acquired a chocolate stain. D’oh.
As Chief Wigham says ” Nothing gets chocolate out, see?”

Anyway, back to the regular program…

I didn’t know much about Jonathan Adler except that I liked this design very much indeed. Then I bought one of his awesome, inspiring Happy Chic books from Louise Bell’s little eye candy feast for the colour loving soul shop that is Table Tonic in my local Avalon.

So I got motivated to mount a piece of Mr Adler on my wall.

And don’t know why I waited so long.

I used 2cm diameter wooden beads from a craft shop: 25c each,
a piece of dowel approx 7mm thick: $2.60,
double-sided tape, [I didn’t sew it as, being the Libran I am, wondered if I might change my mind later and decide to frame it and wouldn’t want the stitching scars]
string and a box cutter type knife or scalpel.

To cut the dowel to size roll it gently back and forward with the knife blade on it [on a cutting mat] until there’s an incision all around, then snap it off. I used a hammer and a piece of cloth [protection] to tap the beads on all the way. Or wood glue if the fit is looser, depending on the size of the holes on the beads.

Strings attached and ready to hang…

Turns out Chief Wigham was wrong about the Chocolate Stain, among other things. Yay.

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