colour palette : broken Berggren

colour palette : broken Berggren | Emma Lamb

There's that saying that when life hands you lemons you should make lemonade, but sometimes you get a bitter taste of lemon peel in your mouth and it can take a while to shift it! That's kinda how I felt when I noticed the hairline cracks in my lovely Berggren rooster tile. He was mounted in a gorgeous octagonal wood frame and spent most of it's life living in my kitchen looking fabulously vintage, occasionally a resting place for my teapot and the odd warm pan. Big mistake! As it turns out this lovely rooster wasn't up to such tasks and just couldn't handle the responsibility. Poor thing. So yes, when I notice the hairline cracks and realised that this little fella was completely shattered I was gutted - I love this little rooster!


Anyhow, that was months ago now and the bitter taste of those lemons has gone. As you can see I have freed him from his shabby wood frame, which is in line for a glossy white makeover, and have at last found a way to make my lemonade. My little rooster is doing a mighty fine job as today's colour palette inspiration! I've always loved that European folk vibe of Berggren designs and their bold colour combinations - strong primary and secondary colours with black outlines. This rooster weather vane has always been my favourite since the black outlines aren't so dominant in this design, just enough to define that signature folk style. Doesn't he look fabulous combined with one of Brie Harrison's florals!? Perfectly cheery and happy despite his misfortune.

broken Berggren | Emma Lamb

I haven't yet given up on my little rooster as now that I've gotten over his misfortune I can see potential in his broken pieces. Once his wee frame has had it's makeover I shall attempt to re-set him in his home and find a quiet space on my wall for him to live out the rest of his days looking eternally cheerful :)

Happy Friday everyone!
Emma, x

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  1. Oh no...at least the whole rooster remains intact x

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    1. You're right! I think if he was shattered too i might not feel so positive about his future! x

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  2. Oh that's such a shame! I've had a few of my favourite bits and bobs meet their end this way...I had a lovely 1950s saucer, which smashed into many bits and my friend put it back together for me with milliput. I was so amazed and happy to get it back again.
    But I really do believe that vintage pieces should be used daily because it brings so much happiness (to me anyway) using them for what they were intended for, rather than them just sitting on shelves or in cupboards!
    Hope you can repair this one...it's a beauty!

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    1. I am totally with you on that one Julia! You've got to use these things otherwise there's no point in having them! Obviously the more delicate things can be put gentler use, that's why I use a lot of my vintage bowls for yarn and whatnot, but I didn't expect this wee rooster to be so fragile :(
      I'll definitely give the milliput a go with him, keep your fingers crossed foer me! xx

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  3. He is a cheerful little fellow. I hope you manage to fix him.

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  4. Poor Rooster! He definately inspired an amazing colour palette. I love seeing new combinations!

    I've just started a blog on my website www.origamigirl.co.uk and would love it if you wanted to pop over for a visit! Thank you! Vicki

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  5. Oh, good call to make a palette! It's very adventurous, in a good way. Reminds me of this quilt: http://www.bloglovin.com/frame?post=1657347291&group=0&frame_type=a&blog=3502386&link=aHR0cDovL3NlbGZzZXduLmJsb2dzcG90LmNvbS8yMDEzLzA5L215LWZhdm91cml0ZS1xdWlsdC5odG1s&frame=1&click=0&user=0

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    1. Omg, Clare's quilt is gorgeous and I do see the colour similarities... inspiring! Thank you Rachel :) x

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