Farewell, Radiant Orchid

A little bit brown, a touch red, Marsala is my favorite color from Pantone’s Spring 2015 Color Report, so I was beyond thrilled to see it named Color of the Year in the WSJ this week.

“It has an organic and a sophisticated air,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, Pantone’s color advisory group. If that brings to mind farm-to-table cuisine, bushy-but-coiffed beards and urban dwellers’ growing obsession with farm life, that is exactly the cultural phenomenon that Pantone—and the design world—are addressing here.”

Organic and sophisticated. Precisely how I felt about this color the first time I saw it. The day the color was announced, my Cyber Monday order of zircon rondelles in dark cognac appeared in the mailbox – and they look to be a good match for Marsala. Can’t wait to pair them with Aquamarine.

So, while wreaths, pinecones and garland make their annual appearance throughout the rest of the house, it’s beginning to look a lot like Spring on my bead table!


  1. you have such a sense of color .... I would not have pair those colors, but they look fantastic together! can't wait to see what you do with those

  2. your earth and sky bead choices are so soothing! i never pay much attention to pantone, but did get rather giddy to see the marsala pop up this year. that brown-red-earthiness is right up my alley!

  3. Mmmmm Love that Marsala. Hope you have a terrific 2015! I have really enjoyed reading your posts and learning from your creations!