What’s the Difference Between Turquoise & Teal

Some friends and I were talking about colour the other day and all of a sudden I realised that we weren’t necessarily talking about the same colour.  Turquoise and teal seemed to be referred to interchangeably.

Since I’ve long loved both colours (though I hold a special kind of obsession for anything turquoise!), I thought it was a good excuse to dive into a turquoise & teal design world and so I began a little research to resolve the difference between the two hues. (Besides, the paper company GF Smith recently announced that Marrs Green, a very rich teal colour, is the ‘world’s favourite colour” after conducting an international online survey, so it’s good to know what everyone is loving so much!)

The Camgridge Dictionary defines teal as ‘a dark greenish-blue colour’, which, for any trivia buffs out there, I learned on wikipedia is named after the deep green-blue found around the eye of the common teal duck.

How gorgeous is this rich teal velvet sofa with that patterned wallpaper in the same hue? Hits of acid yellow and red punch up the colour scheme.

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I love this classic entranceway in Paris with its dramatic teal door.

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This is a beautiful teal wall colour paired with a more true-blue sofa, which helps create a layered feel. This pic also illustrates how teal can work with many other colours. And oooh that llama!

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This floral print wallpaper with its warm teal background is the perfect way to add some life to a small powder room.

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Teal vs Turquoise

Colour Experts Pantone describe turquoise (Pantone 15-5519 colour of the year in 2010) as ‘combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green’. This colour is still going strong in its popularity.  It’s named after the turquoise stone often worn as jewelry.

This is such a pretty turquoise and white kitchen, which looks amazing with those hexagonal terra cotta floor tiles.  Turquoise with corals and reds is such a great, welcoming colour combination. The hint of industrial in the stools and cement countertops keeps it feeling modern.

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I feel like this dining room is channeling a little design icon Dorothy Draper with the use of the ornate, oversized white mirror, the large leaves and the cheerful turquoise walls and seat cushions.

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This is a happy little spot in a house with a turquoise cushion on the old rustic bench. This works particularly well because the turquoise is repeated in the artwork.

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I’m in love with Kay’s pretty turquoise front door that she shares on her Instagram page @onceupona1912. It’s such a lovely colour to greet people with (Sherwin Williams Waterscape) and it looks great styled with the purple & pink flowers.

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Teal appeared on the red carpet a few years ago, which is why we are seeing its increased popularity in decor.  It seems to have some longevity in fashion though, perhaps because it is a universally flattering colour.  I love this teal print dress that Sarah Jessica Parker is wearing.  It is again paired with acid yellow, which really brightens it up.

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This is a well put together outfit with the teal shirt dress and brown leather accessories.

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This teal jacket & blouse look so fresh paired with white pants.

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While I think this sweater comes more under the category of mint, it is in the turquoise family and the light shade looks so good paired with a pinky-beige jacket and white jeans.

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I love this icy combination of the turquoise knit winter coat with the white pants & blouse.  So pretty.

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So are you a teal lover or a turquoise gal? I have to say I really love both and they are such versatile colours that will go with just about any other colour in the spectrum.  Since they are flattering on every skin tone, I see their popularity lasting a long time. What about you?

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Design Project Miri, Malaysia

What a fun project to be a part of at the Piasau Boat Club in Miri, Malaysia!  A regular hangout for locals and expats, the Boat Club is a unique place on the Miri landscape.  Its beautiful sunset views, great outdoor children’s play area, water access and water sports facilities are all part of its draw.  While all these things are enjoyable, the restaurant and bar were badly in need of an update.

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The Club called out for an interior that reflected its landscape – something bright and beachy.  Fantastic contractor Simon Clarke-Ward put the  bar together, including the facing with reclaimed wood, which adds great texture to the space.

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The space was previously dark and felt heavy. It was definitely outdated with all the dark wooden furnishings and orange floor tiles.

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The space wanted to feel more open and cohesive, to be welcoming.  With a coat of warm white paint and new floor tile, the bar and dining room are now visually linked.  The white-washed tables add a hint of the beach, while the wide blue stripes are a nod to the nautical.  Above, I included a member’s gallery wall containing photos from parties and events held over the years, which can be regularly rotated to showcase new pictures.

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A gloomy and dated children’s play area was located in a prime piece of real estate in the club.

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Now this is an inviting social spot in which a group can enjoy a meal and a few drinks with friends and family.

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The beautiful mosaic above was created by Joyce Redpath, one of the Club’s members.

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Now a much brighter and open space, this is an inviting part of the restaurant overlooking the water.

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The Piasau Boat Club is now a cheerful and welcoming place.  Its unique position at the Miri seaside is enhanced by its warm and inviting interior.  It’s a special place in which to enjoy a meal, a few drinks and one of the many beautiful sunsets.

 

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Sophisticated Office Style

I spend a lot of time in my home office.  I love my little lair where rarely anyone treads aside from me and the cat.  I like it to look pretty and to be comfortable.  Pretty much how I would like my office attire to look (if I was going to an office), but there are always times when you need to dress for a meeting or work even if you aren’t going to a conventional workplace everyday.  Below some inspiration for our home offices as well as our work (or meeting) clothes.

I love this combo of classic grey dress with an edgy leather jacket and oversized pearls.  The pop of colour with the clutch is fun too.

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This is a great simple black on black work look worn by Victoria Beckham.

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This mix of navy dress with neutral accessories of brown boots and grey handbag modernizes a tried and true work look.

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This classic black & white outfit is updated with a graphic print on the top and the beaded collar worn with an oversized bag.

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This is a great look if your office allows for a smart casual dress code. Super simple, but professional.

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This home office is a real space for the girls!  There are lots of feminine shapes here, but the black accents keep the scheme grounded and adds drama to the room.

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This white on white office is very chic.  Lots of interest added with the constantly changing mood board. Having it in a frame makes it more special and contains the visual busyness of it.

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This is great use of a corner space for a home office. The navy, grey and white colour pallet is really sophisticated with a pop of yellow.

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If you read my blog regularly, you will probably know that I love the look of natural wood mixed with black accessories.  Add a hit of grey, as below, and you have a magic combination. The huge pendant lights are a cool play on scale.

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This is also a good solution for a home office if you are short on space. The metallics reflect light around the room, which helps with the feeling of space.  And the mix of black and metallics and that gorgeous black and white picture against the textured grey wall is just gorgeous!

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What is your favourite office look?  Do you have room for a home office?  Is it a corner or do you have space for a dedicated room?

Add Character with Vintage

It’s no secret that vintage is back.  It’s been back for a while, which is making it particularly difficult to find authentic vintage pieces in stores or online, so lots of replicas and copycat designs are cropping up all over the place.  I’ve always loved the look of mixing old with new to create a completely modern and unique style – what woman doesn’t love having something no one else has?  Here are some great vintage-inspired looks both for the home and the closet.

Rachel Zoe dons retro from her hat to her shoes.

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This is such a flirty 50’s look.  So pretty.

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Katy Perry is queen of vintage style. She has that sexy, pinup look down to a fine science.

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Love these vintage-style stripes!

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In interior design, it’s always great to have something vintage in your space as it adds a sense of history and tells a story about you and your world.  Vintage pieces, particularly mid-century modern pieces, are classics and will never go out of style.

I love Emily Henderson’s cooky style.  She mixes odd & interesting vintage pieces with such flare and her rooms are so alive because of it.

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This room has a lot of vintage and classic elements happening.  The neutral colour palette allows them all to work well together.

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This is a classic retro Scandinavian look – teak cabinet, Saarinan Tulip table, teak and leather chair.  You can’t go wrong with wood and black and white. Clean and timeless.

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This room is filled with lots of found treasures. It looks comfortable, casual and welcoming.

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So what’s your take on the vintage vibe?  Are you up for adding a little retro to your home or wardrobe?

Creature Comforts – Animal Prints

Well, it’s been a while, but I’ve recently been inspired to renew my blog and what better time to start than in the New Year? And what better thing to start it off with than one of my favourites – animal print.  It’s sexy and a little bit daring and if used properly at home and in an outfit it can be classy too.

Adriana Gastelum makes leopard print casual with cut offs and a safari style shirt.

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These skinny snake print pants are gorgeous with heels and a fitted jacket.

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Gwen Stefani, always the style icon, adds a little leopard print with a fedora

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Sarah Rae Vargas is rocking this leopard print dress!  Beautiful with a pop of red in that clutch.

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This zebra print coat is gorgeous with those orange heels!

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I love to see a little dash of animal prints in interiors.  It reminds me a bit of the 5 years we lived in South Africa.  My personal belief is that a little goes a long way in a room.  It can easily look cheap, so you have to be careful how you apply it, but I think the following are great examples of the successful use of animal prints.

This subtle zebra print wallpaper adds nice interest to the space without being aggressive or overwhelming.  The cowhide reinforces the subtle theme.

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It’s unusual to see a dalmation-like print, but this really works.  The gold book case and simple pallette add class to this vignette.

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I like this hit of Zebra print on the ottomans in the room below.  It works well with the other black and white elements in the room and the bright green print keeps it fresh and modern.

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I’ve had a hard time finding a picture of leopard print used in home decor that doesn’t look a bit cheap, but this ottoman works.  I think it’s because it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s been made to look a bit more casual with the piping and surrounding decor elements.

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So, are you bold enough to try animal print in your closet or interior? How will you pair it with your wardrobe or design?

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas 2013

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