What Image = “Tropics” to You?

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USA’s National Park Service website: “America’s Everglades – The largest subtropical wilderness in the United States”.

We live right here, surrounded…can’t go any further west without getting wet, definitely can’t go east, barely south or north without going through, around or bordering this magnificent eco system. The funny thing though: as I looked up “Florida Tropical” on Google images, 99% of the photos were NOT of the Largest Subtropical Wilderness in America! 

I find this interesting because I am intrigued with the “tropical” look. I’m admittedly a little jaded by architecture that is not designed for subtropical living along with materials, fabrics and patterns that have nothing to do with living in the subtropics of Southwest Florida. The images that do show up, by the way, are of beaches, palm trees, and some well-groomed botanically interesting back yards and pool areas.

So, what do we do about this? It’s more than a swamp buggy ride in Everglades City whenever guests come to visit or a short stroll an Eco Boardwalk in town. When JR and I met, we used to go on a lot of off-road trails, take my old Land Rover through deep mud baths up to the windshield, and find our way to fishing holes way off the beaten path. For me, it’s been a long time (JR takes buddies and goes more often than I now) but after some adventures through some national and state preserves recently, I can’t help that my design mind wraps around how we can capture and celebrate our own celebrated “tropical” look in Naples.

Palm trees, sand, and seashells can be found in all kinds of places and are definitely part of our precious ecosystem and should always be celebrated. However, the Florida Everglades is one of a kind. I believe Naples can truly set one foot forward on this and embrace its own sense of the “subtropics” style. I believe more should be available in the marketplace of design, architecture and decorating.

What Happened to George Jetson?

What happened to George Jetson?

Weren’t we all supposed to have houses that were high in the sky by now? Are modern looks really in style or is RETRO modern evolving forward to take center stage?   From home furnishings to fashion and even hobbies, I can’t help but notice an Industrial Age Revolution being resurrected over the past few years. This year more and more furniture and accessory vendors have entire lines dedicating most of their line to the look. A couple of summers ago I started noticing the hobby magazines with DIY Steampunk style projects (which I couldn’t help but be intrigued with), a bit of throw back to my own early punk culture days. For those of you who don’t know Steampunk culture, check out this lovely beach photo by Belgian Photography Artist Viona. (See below for more info and her website)

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Yes, even I strutted around for years in military surplus belts, boots and bags mixed with vintage clothes all strangely layered. The only color I owned was black and cleverly tightened all my clothes with dozens of “stylish” exposed safety pins mixed with one of a kind garments that I was given in trade by clothing designers for their fashion shows and photo shoots. Yikes, confession over. For those who have known me a long time…its surprising to see me wear any shade other than black, I’m over it, sort of, I still have my black days: who doesn’t?

Back to Interior Design: look around, it’s all the rage! Steel pipe furniture, mechanical parts, exposed brackets, nuts and bolts in purposeful or useful product design. Sure there’s a few clear plexy tables and round pedestal mounted chairs for you Jetsons but most of the furniture manufactures these days have straight lines, exposed welded edges, raw iron or hammered metal in appearance with the wood or glass used only for functionality, not necessarily to achieve the design. If you look closely even our vintage beach inspired line, Seems Like Yesterday and showroom, hosts a little industrial resurrection and that’s why I loved Viona’s seaside steampunk glamor girl.

For more Steampunk inspired photos from costume designer and photographer Viona; visit her website @ www.viona-art.com She currently resides in Germany…you’ll have to travel if you “dare to cross the borders to Viona’s world!”

My Mother Kept a Garden

My Mother kept a garden, a garden of the heart,

She planted all the good things that gave my life its start.

She turned me to the sunshine and encouraged me to dream,

Fostering and nurturing the seeds of self-esteem…

And when the winds and rain came, she protected me enough-

But not too much because she knew I’d need to stand up strong and tough.

Her constant good example always taught me right from wrong-

Markers for my pathway that will last a lifetime long.

I am my Mother’s garden. I am her legacy-

And I hope today she feels the love reflected back from me.

(Author Unknown)

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When I personally reflect on my childhood home and my mother’s contributions to our environment, I think clean, well-cared for, maintained. However, though my father is the “designer” in our family, it is my mom that adds the feelings of “hominess” with the finishing characters and details that makes a house feel like a home! From the nicely framed collection of family photos, odd collection of ceramic gifts to the proud display of track and field trophies our home is personalized!

While my dad always tended to the “real” garden; our home’s multiple fireplace mantels with growing collection of accolades was my mom’s proud display of her flourishing garden!!

Design reflection: don’t worry so much if “it goes”… make your house a home and keep the near and dear memories of your family on display. After all, for most of us, it’s NOT on display for the world to see, it on display for only those special enough to be invited in to see! Don’t get me wrong though, super cute photo frames from our boutique Seems Like Yesterday sure can help!

Time is on My Side… Yes it Is!

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As dealers of   the 125 year old F Schumacher Fabric line, we have the opportunity to sell alluring, timeless and fashionable fabrics that are deep in heritage. The company was started in 1889 by Fredric Schumacher a Parisian born man who came to New York to start in the textile industry in a fashionable end of town where ladies of high fashion could see his imported stunning fabrics from Paris.

The brand grew famously with Jackie O, showing off the newly decorated White House in F Schumacher wallcoverings, to gracing the sets of I Love Lucy, Gone with the Wind and as a back drop for pics of rock star sensation Mick Jagger.

Ask Odyssey how your home can be decorated with a piece of history in a new and fashionable way!

Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

Every year the world of fashion and design look to the Color of the Year announced by Pantone.  This allows the industry to connect on a level of consumer needs from the dress to the matching nail polish, or the newest fad to paint your walls in commercial and residential environments.  Though I believe it takes a while for the furniture industry to get on board, there no denying that graphic design to fashion design is using the color of the year in new and exiting ways.  2015 is Marsala: a color of fortified wine, that is reddish brown, sophisticated, natural earthy color.

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Pretty sure I won’t have a client asking for a Marsala colored sofa anytime soon, but I can certainly see it being picked up by OPI or Mac, and when it looks good on us we do look better sitting in and around an environment that matches!!  As I’ve mentioned before: when you know what color looks good on you, don’t be afraid to use it in your home: at least you’ll look stunning when you are at home!

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So next time you pour yourself a red glass of wine: give a toast to the color of the year!

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Spring Has Sprung!

“Spring”. The word itself presents a powerful picture and metamorphosis in most of our minds of flowers budding and beautiful colors coming into flourish.  Spring has been celebrated as early as Pagan times.  Easter, that has just passed, is a symbol to a lot of people of the start of spring, as the winter melts away and the earth sprouts its beauty of wild flowers; some that will eventually bear fruit, vegetables, and nuts in the coming summer months.
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I absolutely love this master suite we created for a client to coordinate with their art and appreciation to use a lot of color.  The room boasts very pure jewel tone interpretation of spring-like colors; yet is restful, stays fresh and is a very pleasurable environment.
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Spring has sprung!
Now pick out an awesome vase and get it filled with some tulips or perhaps find some lilacs or daffodils and bring some color home! Nothing clashes with fresh spring flowers!

Bold Colors Create Epic Entertainment

Sometimes it can be really scary for people to introduce bright colors into their interior spaces. It makes sense — it’s obviously a lot safer to go with muted or subtle neutral colors.

But when our client came to us wanting vibrantly-colored custom pieces for their beach condo, we were so excited! We think it turned into a pretty great entertaining space, especially with a custom LED-light up dining table! What do you think about this space?

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A Virtual Tour

At the beginning of the month, we held an open house to show off Odyssey Interior Design’s brand new studio remodel, as well as all of our new inventory for Seems Like Yesterday.

Take a look below as Athena shows you around!

Odyssey Interior Design from Athena Thompson on Vimeo.

Welcome to Seems Like Yesterday

Hi there! Thank you so much for stopping by our blog!

Seems Like Yesterday, an exclusive upholstery line and home decor boutique, is the inspired creation of Athena Thompson from Odyssey Interior Design in Southwest Florida. Here you’ll find the musings of Athena as well as a link to our online shop where you can purchase items directly.

Keep an eye out on the blog for great interior design pieces and inspirations from Seems Like Yesterday!

Who’s the Purple Cow?

I never saw a Purple Cow, 
I never hope to see one; 
But I can tell you, anyhow, 

I’d rather see than be one.

This poem by Burgess was written in the late 1800’s and he became somewhat exasperated with the success of his poem, of which he was constantly reminded. A few years later, he penned a riposte that became almost as well known as the original. 

Ah, yes, I wrote the “Purple Cow”-

I’m Sorry, now, I wrote it;
But I can tell you Anyhow

I’ll Kill you if you Quote it! 

 

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING!

The Color purple is one of the oldest recorded colors ever used, dating back tens of thousand of years BC used on walls in prehistoric art found on cave walls using manganese and hematite powder.

In the laters years  of the 1500 BC, citizens of the ancient cities of Sidon and Tyre which is presently known as Lebanon found a snail called the spiny dye murex.  The process of making the dye was long, difficult and expensive.  Thousands of the tiny snails had to be found, their shells cracked, the snail removed. Mountains of empty shells have been found at the ancient sites of Sidon and Tyre. The snails were left to soak, then a tiny gland was removed and the juice extracted and put in a basin, which was placed in the sunlight. There a remarkable transformation took place.

In the sunlight the juice turned white, then yellow-green, then green, then violet, then a red which turned darker and darker. The process had to be stopped at exactly the right time to obtain the desired color, which could range from a bright crimson to a dark purple, the color of dried blood. Then either wool, linen or silk would be dyed. The exact hue varied between crimson and violet, but it was always rich, bright and lasting.

Hence only that of Royalty and people of Deity had the opportunity to own cloth of purple.

 

 

COLOR OF THE YEAR FOR 2014!  
RADIANT ORCHID

 

About the PANTONE Color of the Year The color of the year selection requires careful consideration and, to arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in

 production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

So WHO IS THE PURPLE COW IN THE ROOM?

 To be magnificent , special and to stand apart from the rest: to be the purple cow can be a good thing for business and setting one self apart from the pack!
So maybe
you might just rather be one, than stand by and just see one!
Hope you enjoyed tidbits about the color purple! There is a lot of color theory, emotional ties and altered senses that are triggered by the color purple as all colors. However I heard enough razzle dazzle about the new color off the year from all of our travelling sales reps of fabrics, rugs and furniture that I thought it would fun to share it with you.  Let me be the first to know if you decide to stay in fashion and want perhaps a purple settee to match your royal gown!