I’d definitely consider my relationship with purple a love-hate situation. It’s really the only color I never wear and I don’t think I have a touch of it in my home decor…yet when I lay eyes on a big bunch of dusty hydrangeas, a bowl full of ripe plums or that to-die-for violet topped cake above, I fall instantly in love despite myself. And I think I may have discovered the solution to my purple avoidance: combine it with juicy bursts of cherry for bold contrast without a trace of cloying sweetness. I’m definitely adding this one to my list of must-try palettes for upcoming styled shoots; since it manages to be girly without a trace of pink, wouldn’t it be perfection for a bestie’s birthday party or midsummer bridal shower? Gather hydrangeas, violets and garden roses in bold red vases, and intersperse with low vessels overflowing with cherries or pomegranates for a centerpiece that packs a punch. Hang a few coordinating lanterns, pour bubbly into these glasses and don a dress bursting with springtime ebullience. Hope you’re all having a lovely start to the week – and be sure to stop by later for more floral inspiration from The Byrd Collective

*images: {row 1} jamie beck, sam mcadam for countrystyle au via dustjacket attic, martha stewart weddings {row 2} julia hoersch & styled by dietlind wolfjeremy james & styled by kelly framel {row 3} via note to self (anyone know original source?), leah mccormick via snippet & ink, trent bailey via style me pretty, ditte isager & styled by randi brookman harris, textiles {row 4} ditte isager & styled by randi brook man harris, jordan ferney for project wedding, every cake you bake, via note to self.



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    Kathryn Cumming | May 7, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I never wear or decorate with purple either…. but I love it temporary things like flowers, Lilacs would have to be one of my favourites.

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    Alyssa | May 7, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I’m the same way–I don’t think there’s an ounce of purple anywhere in my wardrobe or home. I love the way you paired it with the bright cherry pop!

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    Annie | May 7, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I’m so with you on this. I think I’ve only ever owned one purple dress, which I wore on a very special occasion (my birthday) and never again. Yet you’re so right, when it comes to things like flowers or cakes…. I’m all about it. I love the bottom two, right most. The pure white cake with those pops of purple sprinkled on the top is so divine, and the bright pairing next to it, so vibrant. Happy monday!

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    Anael (Golden Fetes) | May 7, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I totally agree with you… I don’t think I even own a purple item of clothing but decorating with purple is a must. There’s so many beautiful shades to it, it’s hard to resist! All the images are very inspiring!

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    Platinum Touch Events | May 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Purple is my favorite color, and it looks so great paired with cherry red!

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    Amberly | May 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I feel like I’m one of the few people out there who actually likes the color purple, but I’ve never seen it look this pretty before! What an unexpected color combo – it looks fantastic! Definitely inspired 🙂


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    Camille Styles | May 7, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks you guys – so glad you love this palette! I must admit that the idea to do a board around purple centered around that gorgeous violet cake at the bottom. There are loads more pretty images over on her site: http://everycakeyoubake.blogspot.com/2012/04/tort-fiokowy.html

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    Amy | May 7, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Absolutely love these colors together! I think purple (especially lighter shades) look great on so many people. I also love mixing in purple plants in the garden, especially paired with yellows!

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    Debra Kapellakis | May 8, 2012 at 6:32 am

    O! I like those colors.

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