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Olympic Colour Scheme

I don’t know about you, but I’m still experiencing an Olympic high of Canadian pride. (Congratulations to Team Canada for their record-breaking medal haul! And kudos to Hbc and their designers for giving our athletes the best-looking outfits in Vancouver, hands down.) With the Olympics barely over, and the Academy Awards (a.k.a. the Oscars) coming up this Sunday, I can’t get red, white and gold out of my head.

Photo Blog March 5 Olympic Colour Scheme Trays

This Lee Caswell Antiques collection of trays becomes a gallery wall, in lieu of photos or art. I love the grouping of cut-crystal decanters on the card table below. But it’s the rich red wall behind that really elevates the drama.

Photo Blog March 5 Olympic Colour Scheme Robert Polidori

This gorgeous colour photograph, “Château de Versailles” 1985 by Robert Polidori, was part of an exhibition at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal last fall.

Photo Blog March 5 Olympic Colour Scheme Sofa

How cool are the oversized white and gold hex floor tiles in this quaint little house photographed by Simon Watson? I love the crimson velvet sofa, too.

Photo Blog March 5 Olympic Colour Scheme Rug ABC Carpet

My take on Oscar’s red carpet: The Colour Reform series at ABC Carpet (available in Toronto at Elte) salvages old rugs by over-dyeing them with saturated colours. Gorgeous!

Photo Blog March 5 Olympic Colour Scheme Buddha

And here’s my version of the gold statuette. My office buddy Michael Penney can vouch for my endlessly annoying search for a large white Buddha, but I’m thinking I might be able to settle for a gold/bronze version like this blessing Buddha I found online.

Photo Blog March 5 Olympic Colour Scheme Champagne Vase

Champagne is an Academy Awards party essential, of course, so I’m coveting this ice bucket from Vancouver’s The Cross Decor & Design. I would use it as a vase, too.

Photo Blog March 5 Olympic Colour Scheme Notepads Paper

If you are serious about an Oscar party, you need to have some paper and pencils on hand for recording bets. The FAF notepads from Design Within Reach have rubber bumpers so they don’t slide or scratch your table. You can also download and print an Oscars ballot from ET Canada’s website.

Happy post-Olympics/Oscars weekend!

For party planning tips and inspiration photos, check out our Party Rooms photo gallery.

Photo credits:
1. House & Home October 2007 issue, photography by Virginia Macdonald
2. Maison & Demeure June 2009 issue, photography by Robert Polidori
3. Simon Watson
4. ABC Carpet & Home
5. Big Happy Buddha
6. The Cross Decor & Design
7. Design Within Reach