Making a Memorial of Memorial Day
Greetings from the Big Apple: It. Is. Spring!
Sherry Hayslip Talks Coffee Tables with Park Cities People
2013 ASID Design Ovation Awards: It was Our Night!
Greetings from the Big Apple: The Importance of Culinary Aesthetics
Friday Flowers - Tulipmania
The Spring Fling Continues
Spring Has Sprung...
Greetings from the Big Apple: Or in this Case, Los Angeles
Color Essay: I've Got the Blues
For Your Valentines Pleasure: A Fantasy Dinner for Two…
Dallas… Modern… Luxury…
New York State of Mind
Greetings from the Big Apple: Ghosts of Christmas Past
Peace at Christmas and Throughout the Year
If Life were a Color...
While the Cat’s Away, the Mice will Play
Design Dialog: Dressing Room Reveal
Design Dialog: Watch for the Big Reveal
Hayslip Design Associates and The Crystal Charity Ball
Design Dialog: Peyton’s Closet is Almost Done
Design Dialog: A Sneak Peek in Park Cities People
Design Dialog: Room Envy
Greetings from the Big Apple: Frankenstorm
Greetings from the Big Apple: How I spend My Days in Class
Design Dialog: Color
Greetings from the Big Apple: Coffee Talk and Baby-Doll Heads
Design Dialog: Confessions of a Lapsed Decorating Mother
Greetings from the Big Apple: How a College Kid Eats in the New Millennium
Design Dialog: What About Fabrics
Design Dialog: Words, Words, Words...
The Painted Desert: The Enduring Appeal of Santa Fe
Bienvenue ŕ Dallas: This Style Scout May Have Found Her Calling
Design Dialog: The Duchess is a Diva
Design Dialog: The Chair has Arrived!
Greetings from the Big Apple: NYU Redux
Design Dialog: First, Step Lightly…
Hayslip Design Associates Visits Les Mettaliers Champenois: Why Cross the Pond When You Can Just Cross a Bridge
Design Dialog: Anxiety Over a Chair
Hayslip Design Associates visits Nanz Hardware: Classic and Well Made Always Fit
Design Dialog: It's All in the Planning
Design Dialog: Converting a Room to a Closet
Hayslip Design Associates visits Remains Lighting: or What Beautiful Things Come from Dumpster Diving in Brooklyn, NY
Design Dialog: My mother has a new client... And it’s me!
Hayslip Design Associates visits P.E. Guerin: A Treasure Chest in Greenwich Village
Design Dialog: Taking on a New Client
Coming Soon: A New Blog Series
Let the Games Begin
Summer in the City - Hayslip Design Associates hits New York
Happy Fourth of July
Martha Says "It's a Good Thing"
Ode to Summertime
Million Dollar Furniture
Memories of Morocco: A Day Trip to Fes
Memories of Morocco: Le Jardin Majorelle
Memories of Morocco: The Hidden and Not-So-Hidden Treasures of Marrakech
Obscenely Beautiful Things – A Small Update
Home Again... Dallas in Bloom
The Family who Wanders Together...
Trend Setting: All Aboard the Marrakech Express
Obscenely Beautiful Things
21st Century Homes
The Enduring Appeal of Chinoiserie
The Art of the Room
The Color of Love...
Love is the Answer...
Living Large in Small Spaces
Greetings from the Big Apple (and farewell Big D): Beginning a Collection
La Mode de Gaultier
Casa View Elementary School
Out with the old (soon enough)...
My Christmas Wish to You
Greetings from the Big Apple: Window Shopping in a Winter Wonderland
Greetings from the Big Apple: I confess... I’m a Pack Rat
My bags are packed, I'm ready to go...
Greetings from the Big Apple: The Blank Canvas of a Dorm Room
Bienvenue ŕ Paris: Shakespeare & Company
Spooktacular Skulls: The Trend of Skulls in Fashion and Design
Bienvenue a Paris: Lost in Paris
What a Girl Wants: Or Are Great Closets Better than Sex?
Bienvenue a Dallas: The Latest from Kitty Stuart
Bienvenue a Paris and Life without A/C
Introducing Our Style Scouts
Black is the New Black
Thighs and Other Thoughts
How to Turn Your Home into a Piggy Bank... or at Least a Star!
A little love from our friends at D Home...
A Glimpse of Things to Come
My Talented Staff II
Happiness on Any Scale
Sherry's Blog featured on DG's Online Editorial
2011 TX ASID Design Ovation Awards
The Meaning of Love...
Blanc des Blancs
The Moon and Other Jewels
New things are blooming on Armstrong Pkwy.
Dwell with Dignity
Another Dip in the Gene Pool
A Little Link-Love
Mudejar en vogue
Spain Part 2 - Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, and Avila
The Artistry of Daniel Ost
Happy Valentine's Day
Jamaica Has Never Been Lovelier
Working in a Winter Wonderland
Imagine my Surprise...
Tested: How Twelve Wrongly Imprisoned Men Held onto Hope
In New York for Antiques Week
D Home - Best Designers 2011
My Christmas Wish to You
My talented staff
New Classical in Dallas
Kudos for the Gene Pool
Our winning kitchen is featured on DesignGuide's blog!
John Bunker Sands Wetlands Center
Trip Wrap Up
A Winning Week
How to Vacation in Architectural Bliss
Ode to Thatch
Smith, Ekblad and Associates: Architects and Engineers
Still More Design Riches (Part IV)
The Design Riches Continue (Part III)
Feminine and Fanciful
So the week ended
A Week of Wonders
Sherry is featured in Dallas Modern Luxury
A Little Touch of the Doge's Palace
More Design Riches (Part II)
A Year of Design Riches
Sherry Hayslip quoted in the Dallas Morning News
Asian Jazz and Friendship
Follow us on Facebook!
It's Coming Together
2010 Legacy of Design Awards
The House as Mirror of Self
A Weekend in Three Acts: Act 3
A Weekend in Three Acts: Act 2
a la Michelangelo...
A Weekend, in Three Acts
The Joy of Mindless Reverie
A Passion for Paper Art
Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera
Rubbing Shoulders with History
It all began with Cole
Un Petit Symposium
Born to the Purple
"Violet has the shortest wavelength of the spectrum.
Behind it, the invisible ultraviolet.
Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue.
Poor violet, violated for a rhyme."
-Derek Jarman, English Film Director
Lately several clients have been asking for purple in their interiors. It is a little wavelet of purplish yearnings washing my way. This has made me reexamine my own relationship to this color. Never have I thought of myself as a purple-lover, although I love my job because I deeply believe there are no bad colors, only bad combinations. With color, all IS relative.
Not that I have ever been opposed to purple. The Hayslip Design Associates logo is combination of red and deep purple, overshot with silvery lettering. This has been our logo for decades and I still am content that it expresses my approach to design….a philosophy that both contemporary and traditional designs are valid and a joy in working in either style to express each client’s style.
But for the most part, purple isn’t a dominant theme in my design work. Since I strive to avoid trends and stay away from the most “in” color palettes, fearing they will soon be dated, there is actually no dominate color scheme that I gravitate towards. Each project has its own look, its own hues, and its own story. However, it is intriguing and fun to revisit this royal color and play around with how it works.
Purple in Nature
I’ll start with the garden, because that is one place I love to use purple at my own house….purple and blue flowers against the soft greens of the landscape charm me. A purple passion flower plant growing like a spindly tree leaning against green painted bricks welcomes us home every summer. I love the way that tree lounges against the corner of the house and waits to be noticed morning and night. Our efforts at gardening are poor… we are never home, we don’t always practice what we preach regarding aesthetics, but that plant never criticizes us… it blooms year after year in the most delicate and tasty shade of purple violet.
And that is another thing about purple. It isn’t a color really, but a huge range of shade from pinkest lavender to blackest aubergine and everything in between… a cornucopia of color.
Purple in History
Purple has been used as a dye for textiles since for centuries. In ancient times, it was extracted from the Mediterranean sea snail Murex Brandaris. Supposedly, took 12,000 snails to produce fewer than 2 grams of dye. Because of this, it was so expensive that the historian, Theopompus said “Purple for dyes fetched its weight in silver."
Yet there was a craze for this dye as a status symbol. In fact, the Emperors of Byzantium made a law forbidding anyone from using it except themselves. The expression “born to the purple” rose from this practice, meaning those born into nobility. In ancient mosaics, the Emperor, Justinian I, is depicted dressed in a robe dyed with Tyrian Purple. Interestingly, unlike other dyes that faded in sunlight, Tyrian Purple would become darker.
In ancient China, Han Purple was used in decoration on the famed terracotta warriors.
Purple in Art
Perhaps art is the milieu that best elevates purple from its scientific basis. The purples are colors that are not spectral colors – purples are extra-spectral colors. In fact, purple was not present on Newton's color wheel (which went directly from violet to red), though it is on modern ones, between red and violet. There is no such thing as the "wavelength of purple light"; it only exists as a combination of other colors. But in the hands of an artist it becomes so much more… passionate, mystical, and sensuous.
The Seine at Giverny, Morning Mists
This desert glass installation by Dale Chihuly was part of a larger exhibit in the Desert Botanical Garden near Scottsdale, Arizona in 2009. I love how his glass mimics so many of the natural shapes found in the park. Many of the succulents and indigenous plants mirror the spiky and bulbous shapes Chihuly uses in his art.
Purple in Fashion
Trends in fashion come and go, but purple has become iconic. It is at once regal and playful.
Various shades on the red carpet.
Deep purple sapphire with diamonds (yes, please).
Fun and colorful by Dior.
Purple in Design
A classical Dallas dining room by Hayslip Design Associates in rich shades of purple from dusty lavender to deep aubergine.
Fritz Hansen Swan Chair from their catalog.
In Tibet, the Amethyst is considered a stone sacred to the Buddha. In a contemporary pied-a-terre in Dallas, Hayslip Design Associates fashioned a table lamp from slice of a glimmering amethyst geode. I love that mysterious alchemy of the rough stone hiding the gleaming jewel inside.
Purple in Popular Culture
Haunting violet-eyed beauty, Elizabeth Taylor.
"But, luckily, he kept his wits and his Purple crayon."
--from Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson (1955)
That iconic LV logo in popsicle purple, patent leather (yummy).
“When the deep purple falls over sleepy garden walls
and the stars begin to twinkle in the sky—
In the midst of a memory you wander back to me
breathing my name with a sigh... “
- from "Deep Purple"
by Peter DeRose (music) and Mitchell Parish (lyrics)