Monday, April 19, 2010

From amethyst to wine...purple is fine.


I've always loved the hues with reds & blues that create purple. From garden to kitchen & everywhere in between it makes a statement & for me the deeper the tone the better
Alliums to tulips the hues can anchor, punch or grace a garden. How could you not just adore this flora bunda bounty???
Cuisine. Naturally one thinks of grapes but pies & tarts??? Martha's Concord Grape Tart was my first recipe waaaay back in 1985.

Then I was introduced to kale & broccoli which both are amazing roasted or sauteed with a drizzle of balsamic glaze & olive oil to finish. Oh fresh ground pepper & Maldon salt sprinkled...fabulous!!!!

Remember garlic, egglant & basil...all in purples sauteed together...holy moly!!!
Ironically my favorites are the Italian plums & figs: their deep color on exterior not mirrored inside but still. Figs roasted stuffed with chevre, my mom's German plum cake...yum!!
Using purples in design: usually they end up being lavender like light but again deep tones create impact, proving that urbane sophistication can indeed take the girly girl out of such a traditionally girly shade.Mind you men can & do wear the shade..my fathers Faconnable Tie & Thomas Pink shirt prove it so well.
Then there's my dream Vivienne Westwood dress, the famed D'Orsay Manolos & Chanel's Vendetta sultry on my nails.
A little Hermes never does any harm...
Whichever shade you adore, go for it. There's nothing better than punch & drama when it comes to coloring your life.
Photos courtesy of flickr, House Beautiful, Johner & Veranda

19 comments:

NicNacManiac said...

Oh my gosh Alicia,
I am in lust with this fantastic post....ever since I can remember, Purple has brought me joy and you have some of the most gorgeous images on this post!
Thank you for making my day!! xOxO

Kristin said...

What a pleasure going through your post!!! I love everything! And I got this feeling that I need to go and make blueberry pie...:) Have a great week!

xo's Kristin

Jacqueline said...

Dear Alicia,
What a wonderful dance through all that is purple. ....I HAVE to have that dress !!
Thanks for your comment over at mine. I'm not normally accident prone. I couldn't tell you the last time that I went to the doctor's. Just one of those horrible accidents, I guess.
Have a lovely, purpley week Alicia. XXXX

Sanity Fair said...

As much of a design freak as I am, I'm enjoying the examples from nature most. Those tulips are INCREDIBLE. I don't think I've ever seen them in that shade before. Beautiful.
-Sanity Fair

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Alicia, what amazing images. Purple in all shades is a lovely color. Especially the way you have shown it! xo Lidy

Averill said...

I love a deep, rich purple. Plums, aubergines...these are my favorite. I never thought about all the rich, gorgeous purple foods out there though...delectable!

This Photographer's Life said...

Love the assortment of photos! makes me want to make a cobbler!

kate said...

Oh so pretty, thanks for the view
kate

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Had to come back one more time to gaze at these to die for images. If that doesn't make you a purple lover, I don't know what will.xo

FEDERICA said...

Oh Alicia, these images are just gorgeous!
Federica
xoxo

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Hi Alicia, what a marvelous post. I"m seriously craving a grape Popsicle right about now! So many purple hues you can't help but smile. Hope you are doing really well & great weekend to you xx

Lila said...

I love it all. What a fabulous collage of purple pics. And did you say, concord grape tart? I've never had it...but I want it!
Lila Ferraro
Queen Bedroom Sets

CelsaNaj966 said...

good post..................................................

Karena said...

I am using all shades of purple in my paintings lately and love it!! Alicia, great images.

Karena
Art by Karena

Missing Goat said...

isn't food the most beautiful thing to photograph - those images are just stunning. Oh, you are welcome to come to my farm, pitch your tent and blend up a cocktail any time! In fact, I insist you do now that you've brought it up!!

Dustjacket Attic said...

What a beautiful post, I think you have covered everything there. Just gorgeous.

Hope your weekend has been great too,
xoxo DJ

Lisa said...

Probably the Prettiest Purple Post i've ever seen. Now I officially LOVE plain old purple!
xo Lisa

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

What a whole purple post and no ode to my purple Barney couch? Or how it was nearly impossible for us to find anything purple when we needed it for the great room☺ BTW the pillows still look fabulous.

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