This room has been a favorite of mine for a long, long time. As usual the architectural details just kill me and I love the the furniture and art. But the thing I love most are the colors!

When I was in Italy, I was in this really cute cafe and they had some old magazines sitting around and in an old issue of Italian Elle, I saw this:

I’m completely in love with this room! The lavender bookshelves and that glossy red table are such a great combination. I also love that crown hanging from the ceiling!

It also reminded me of the Schanbels’ bedrooom from Elle Decor a while ago:

So I dug around some more in my files and found these:

It’s not a combination you see very often so it feel really fresh to me. I’m now sort of obsessed.

(Photos: 1.Marie Claire Maison 2.Elle 3.Elle Decor 4.Livingetc. 5.Unknown-please let me know if you know 6.House to Home)




I hadn’t considered this colour combo before either, but thanks to your lovely post I can totally see it working!


Isn’t it divine? This has been one of my favourite colour combinations for quite some time. The photos from Marie Claire Maison and Elle Decor are my favourite.
xoxo, B


It always makes me so happy to hear I’ve shown you something you hadn’t noticed or seen so many times before. :) Brenda: you were ahead of the curve! :)


Thank you for this post! I recently purchased a new couch that has a plum/purple undertone. My accents in the room prior to the purchase where and continue to be red. The colors do go together quite well and I’m loving it. Seeing these photos make me know the combination WORKS!

Brad Fitz

You wouldn’t think this color combo would work well but it is pretty nice. I think most people who are repainting their homes are afraid to go bold and play it safe with light muted tones. It is a tricky line to walk though, you don’t want to go too dark and lose your natural sunlight. Great pics thanks for sharing.


purple is like an undercover fav of mine. as a child i didnt like it. but now it has crept into my wardrobe and taken over some how. and YES IT is a fresh unexpected color (especially w/ red) for interiors….hmmmm might have to try it. it always give off opulance and we dont think of our every day life that way…interesting….great post!

Splendid Willow

I would never have come up with this combo but I think it is stunning, Ally. They work really well together. (But there are also some stunning furnishings in those rooms. I clearly need to sell more boots…)

ox, Mon


This is so NOW. I love it – it’s fresh and classic at the same time. Thanks for the beautiful post.


Maybe lavender should have been the Pantone color of the year…it’s popping up everywhere!
I’ve always loved it…I’m actually going to order lavender ticking sheets soon….we’ll see how those work out!
xo J~


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