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This dark and moody colour palette above spotted out and about in London holds only tiny promises of sunnier times in form of the light citrus yellow preset in the frame. Yet, for me this type of moody black, dark green and cream colour palette is both stylish, practical and feels new thanks to the added yellow. Sometimes I am not in the mood to dress like a rainbow and for those days this colour combo is close to perfect! How do you feel? Does your mood affect the colours you choose to wear?

Here in London the temperature is dropping steadily! Yet, nothing like at home in Norway where temperatures below zero has been the norm for quite some weeks. Growing up in Scandinavia means that I secretly do not mind wrapping up in layers of cosy knitwear and scarves.

Used on textiles this colour palette would look good on both silk and wool. Used for the home this palette would achieve a very striking but individual result. Cosy thanks to the dark green and black, balance added by the cream and interest added by the yellow colour pops, perhaps in form of interchangeble cushions and throws.
When I was around  fifteen I convinced my parents to paint my room dark bottle green, like the colour of the tiles in the picture below. I loved my my dark teenage cave. 



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Ultramarine! The electric blue hue that always seems to speak to me! It catches my eye even when I think our love affair is over. In this picture taken outside the Barbican I find it extremely handsome! Flirting with a shade of golden yellowish green I find that I am yet again seduced by this electric shade of colour. In combination with natural grey this palette need to be explored further.

Some evidence of my flirt with ultramarine and ochre.

Have a closer look at the blue bananas print scarf here. Or the ochre mascara print scarf here 

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Dreamy shades of pink, purples, blue and tobacco brown. A micro underwater landscape discovered on a family outing to the Horniman museum with my boys last weekend. There is something ultra feminine about this colour story, not particularly me but after I came home and had a look at my photos from our day out I have to admit that the colours in this snap speaks to me! What’s do you think? Like it or not?

We had a lovely family day out despite some rain! The farmers market and the indoor activities at the Horniman museum kept us busy for hours. 

A palette to come back to when I feel in the right mood to create something ultra feminine perhaps on silk chiffon, that would be a totally first for me. To be continued. 

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Who would have known that a visit to the national railway museum in York would spark inspiration beyond providing the ultimate day out for our train loving son?

A classic retro colour palette of chocolate brown, shades of grey and black can be all so easy and comforting when dressing for nippy Autumn days! A pop of yellow like in this picture will help bring an monochrome outfit up to date and add some playfulness. I would go as far as to argue there is more chance of have fun if you top your monochrome or tonal outfit off with a bright yellow knitted beanie hat. In print design this palette if used in the right proportions would create striking fabrics ready to lift the dullest shapes or outfits. A bright yellow hat of some sort is definitely on my shopping list this Autumn.

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Love, love, love the colours in this photo and super keen to use this combination in my work, an autumnal palette with a hint of ‘magic’ sparkle.

Love the idea of elephant grey, dark berry, mustard, black, gold and just a twinkle of cobalt! Rich and delicious! Sometimes the most beautiful colour combinations reveal themselves in the most unexpected places. This picture was taken on my way into my studio in central London and is actually a very tired shop front. Derelict attracts me! I can’t help it.

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Spotted whilst hanging with friends in Norway.

Natural colours like shades of grey, brown and rust has always appealed to me. Especially when planning and dressing for the winter season. Ever since I was a young girl growing up a stones throw away from the sea, these natural colours of earthy tones have always been close to my hart but alone can feel a bit boring! The black spots on theses rocks appeal to me as they have a faint reminiscence of animal print! The clashing touch of the colour peach and metal makes the palette feel modern and new. The colour peach is one I have pervious not used much in my work but is eager to experience with. I think accompanied by shades of warm grey, charcoal and rust this palette including peach will be a sophisticated one, perhaps suitable for silk scarves?