Long time followers know that I am fascinated by paint chip cards…think of the possibilities!! Remember “chipped” (Archives )? House Beautiful magazine has a monthly feature called “Paint Palette” in which the colors of an object, scene, or work of art are sourced to paint chips. In October 2013, it was a head of Savoy cabbage. This can be a rather interesting way to look at colors in a floral design too.
At a lovely lunch for four at Twin Maples late last autumn, this elegant plate of macaron from Laduree appeared with coffee. iPhones whipped from handbags as everyone exclaimed over their Parisian colors.
Laduree in Paris has been making macarons since the 19th century. Although disputed, Laduree in the 1930’s was the first to make macarons as we often see them – in what could be called a ‘ganache’ sandwich!! Two macarons are spread with ganache or sometimes jam. Macarons are not the same as macaroons, but both share an egg white base.
Mama Nature is color central for flower colors, no matter how much we cross and mix we rarely best her ideas. Above three colors of tulips and green hydrangea are within the realm of the Laduree colors on the plate.
I brake for Paper Source stores. For a paper-holic, the racks of artist’s papers inspire all sorts of projects. “Macarons” gift wrap makes a perfect setting for any gift. http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/item/Macarons-Wrapping-Paper/3650_043/44375550.html That charming paper with its real and fanciful colors of macarons could have been the inspiration for last summer’s design of almost all vegetables and fruits.