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Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday Color: Ivory

I have long been drawn to the serenity of white but sometimes in its purest form, true white can be a little cold. Ivory is the slightly warmer and more dynamic neutral alternative, no less serene than its white sister hue. It is the inherent color of many pure, un-dyed fibers like wool and cotton, and appears in countless natural forms such as fans of white coral, flowing sand dunes, dozens of flower varieties and wholesome grains.

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1. I love this modern ivory living room, found on www.decorpad.com. Texture and form replace any need for color.

2. An ingeniously simple idea - removing shade fabric to reveal the white lampshade wire silhouette underneath - from Musie. Parchmont, old paper and ivory clothbound books are another way to celebrate the hue.

3. A palette of wood tones and textured ivory fabrics and linens makes a soothing bedroom retreat in this Manhattan apartment I designed.

4. This monochromatic lounge space feels calm yet special with the wall detail and soft ivory tones.

5. Natural linen upholstery and cream slipcovers set the stage for this dramatic white-on-white collection found on www.countryliving.com. (Photo by Bjorn Walkunder)

6. The essence of the color is befitting for this Ivory Organic Cotton Cable Knit Throw from Viva Terra.

7. Metallics are a gorgeous way to spice up an all-ivory decor. Sheesha throw pillow in Ivory from John Robshaw, available in a Euro Sham or 20x20 pillow.

8. Master of pure serenity, Donna Karan nails the look with her organic cotton Pure Comfort bedding (available in Cloud, as shown, and four other spa-like colors).