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Amethyst and Gold

purple and gold room


I’m feeling a bit regal today, so I wanted to share a color combo that includes my favorite hue {pale purple} and the most royal of colors — gold.

gold powder room

{a lilac bathroom with gold fixtures via kendallwilkinson.com}

Whether you call it amethyst, lavender or lilac, pale purple captured my heart when I was very young and I haven’t outgrown it.  It is a feminine, magical color that just speaks to me.  So, if you’ve always thought that pale purple was just for little girls, I’d like to change your mind.  This delicate purple actually looks very grown up when paired with neutrals like brown, gray, silver and of course, gold.

bhg lavender beds

{pretty lavender twin beds via bhg.com}

gold tub

{a gold bathtub fit for a queen via caribbeanlivingblog}

living room_tumblr

{a living room with amethyst accents and gilded picture frames via tumblr}

lavender wallpaper in bathroom

{lavender patterned wallpaper with a great gold mirror via decoist.com}

amethyst bedroom

{an amazing amethyst bedroom via designsponge.com}

Each of these rooms has some sort of fantasy element to it.  Don’t you agree?  I think that’s because amethyst is such a day-dreamy color and gold is so ritzy.  When you put the two together, these colors create a look that is filled with endless imagination fit for ‘girls’ of all ages.

Pretty Purple Centerpiece

I was in the grocery store the other day, as I am quite often — having three teenage boys and all — when a bunch of pretty purple carnations caught my eye.

I rarely see purple carnations in different color tones bunched together like that {unless I’m at the flower wholesaler}, so I grabbed them up and created a simple centerpiece using a $5.00 vase that I found at Marshall’s.

Pale lavender, lilac, aubergine and magenta make a very pretty palette for parties, weddings and showers.  Or, if you love purple, you may just want to buy a bunch of these carnations for yourself.  Note: Flowers are not just for special occasions.

If you can’t find purple carnations, you should be able to special order them at your local grocery store or florist.  You can also purchase them on-line from fiftyflowers.com.

photos by Porter House Designs

Purple Spaces To Swoon Over

I can never let too much time go by before I write a post about purple!

{house of anais}

As many of you know, my favorite colors are lavender, plum and every tint and shade in between.  I’m always looking for a reason to love on purple.

So, to celebrate the design of my new blog header I’m sharing a fun collection of purple spaces.  Purple people, enjoy!





{I’m obsessed with this tile!  Photo by decorativehomeinterior.}





Spring Centerpieces {Part 1}

I’m so excited to share my new {and easy} Spring Centerpiece designs with you!

Between now and Easter — April 4 — I’ll showcase a variety of colorful creations that I hope will give you ideas for those upcoming Spring celebrations, whether you’re having a big event or small gathering.  I decided to do this because my ‘Colorful Spring Centerpieces’ story from 2009 is one of the most visited posts on my blog, so I wanted to give you a first-hand look at what I’ve been working on for this year’s spring events.

This first arrangement of tulips and hyacinth was inspired by ribbon-tied wedding bouquets.  I wrapped two types of ribbon around a glass vase, and where the ends came together I applied acrylic flower decals.  Easy and elegant!

For a super-contemporary look {and a little more bling}, this next centerpiece is minimal but is still packed with style.

This crystal-encrusted ‘vase’ is actually a votive holder that I bought last Christmas.  They were widely available during the holidays, so perhaps you have something similar.

Adding pompom mums and candles in the same shade of green makes a nice contrast to the lilac.  This is a very simple centerpiece that you can multiply and display on mini-platters.

I’m just getting started, so be sure to check back and see what’s new and fresh for your Spring table!

All designs and photos by Kelly Porter of Porter House Designs

Sweet Christmas Color – Sugar Plum

Once again, this year I put up my little lilac Christmas tree {along with a few other purple things}.

If I could, I would decorate the whole house in shades of purple.  Unfortunately, hubby and the boys {my three sons} would freak out, but I can still dream…with visions of sugar plums dancing in my head.


In the language of color, Sugar Plum is just a Christmasy name for purple.  It’s sweet sound conjures up images of anything from deep grape and plum to mauve and lavender.

{house to home}

Below is the Sugar Plum-themed dining room of artist Jennifer Hayslip. I love how she mixed lavender with other sweet colors.  This photo was taken a couple of years ago, but it’s such a timeless, vintage look that would look great right now.

{home design corner}

{Sugar Plum cupcake from yummycupcakes.com}

{Sugar Plum Fairy photo by Porter House Designs}

Sweet Seasons Greetings!