Sometimes the most unexpected thing can spark a collection and in the case of my strawberries, it was their vibrant red color and the need to step out of my comfort zone. I'm a product of Laura Ashley's well-deserved popularity in the 80's and 90's and my decorating (and clothing) had pretty much been dominated by little floral prints and soothing pastel tones for many years. Graduating college in 1987, my first apartment was decorated with what I could afford from the Laura Ashley Home store in my neighborhood. I coveted the bolts of ditsy floral fabrics and learned to sew out of necessity so I could make curtains and pillows when the fabrics went on sale. Flash forward many years, and I realized my color choices in decorating were still the comfort zone choices of my younger days and that I needed to challenge myself to bring new colors into my home.
I found this red ceramic strawberry pitcher at an antique shop in Atlanta and my new passion for red and strawberries began. A nice jolt of color, but it still mixed well with the softer, pastel tones I had.
I have even been able to find strawberries when searching for vintage linens. And did you guess my new favorite color combination is red and blue?
Have you done anything to step outside your decorating comfort zone lately?