I think as a designer, you have to be quite brave to use various shades of pink and purple in your design unless you are creating a dream paradise for a 3-9 year old little girl. That being said, these two “girlish” colors can be quite extraordinary when used mindfully and creatively. And yes, this is obviously a “Valentine’s Day” post. One of my favorite purely purple interiors is Jessica Stam’s NY apartment: home only to her, the modelesque interior is uber purple, thus uber feminine. Although her home is ambient in lavender, mauve and violet there are ways to use small amounts of this deep hue without creating the atmosphere of “woman.” With pink, though, I feel it’s a bit more difficult. It’s hard enough trying to get someone to use color in their own home, let alone use pink. And I’m sorry but if you have a partner who is not into the pink then you’re essentially SOL—I find it very hard to ease someone into the brightness and beauty of Barbie. Perhaps, retro idea of pink but mmm… it’s unusual. But pish tosh to that, for this is the week of Valentine’s! I am woman, hear me roar, today is the day where I get to exploit my femininity and show you all the dream interiors I would potentially live in if I didn’t also have a live-in boyfriend.
 It’s the one time of year when we get to rave about pink and red. And you know what I’m throwing purple in because I want to. Take that, other blogs.