colour palette : Housekeeping

colour palette : Housekeeping, curated by Emma Lamb / all images: © emma lamb

This week I saw a great film for the very first time - Housekeeping. Have you seen it? Or read the book?
The film was released in 1987 but a wonderfully quirky story set in 1950's America...

"...two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up the most people's expectations."

Apart from loving the human interactions of the three main characters, particularly how Ruth and Lucille react to their Aunt Sylvie's eccentricities... I was also completely smitten with their wardrobes (I've never had such envy of glittering cardigans in my life!) and oh, the sets of Sylvie's home!

The layers of pretty patterned wallpaper, lace curtains, velvet chairs and colonial styling almost completely hidden under Sylvie's hoarded collection of newspapers and gold and silver twinkling tin cans. The colours have stuck in my mind all week too, hence today's colour palette - teal, taupe, lilac, gold, olive, violet, grey, coral, beige and silver. So pretty and nostalgic.

I love new discoveries, especially when they leave such a lasting mark and are triggering all kinds of inspiration and ideas!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,
Emma, x

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  1. I love the sound of this book, I'm going to put it on my book list! Have you read "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith? I've just finished it and it was really good. The story opens in the year 1912.
    Greetings, Sandra

    1. I haven't Sandra... I don't get much time for reading, it's easier for me to watch a film while I'm crocheting just now. I'm getting through a lot of films at the moment! x

  2. I watched the film the other night too! My husband didn't understand why I wanted to carry on watching it! Men huh!!

    Jane x

    1. There was a similar attitude here too, Jane... ;) xx

  3. Hi Emma, just found your amazing blog and your even more amazing work! I LOVE everything! I have the book 'Housekeeping' but am reading 'Home' by the same author(ess) at the mo and it's excellent. I will read 'Housekeeping' next. Was the film on TV or DVD? I'd love to see it. Off to drool over your lovely stuff some more!

  4. I don't know this film. I hope I find it around here!
    Good idea to get the palette from the pictures of the movie. I often find inspiration on them but never knew how to get the palette and make it "permanent".



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