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Jonathon Collopy

Rebecca and Jonathon Collopy, Owners of We R Home


(photo: Rebecca and Jonathon caught by the camera, dancing in the street, Sicily, Italy June 26, 2014)

Rebecca and I are just returning from two weeks over in Europe, with our family and close friends.  A week in Sicily, Italy and then a marvelous week boating along the Dalmation Coast!  Truly a hidden gem, that allows you to be “off the radar” yet steeped in great, natural beauty and wonderful historic architecture.  Throughout Croatia, amidst the local olive oils, lavender and sea salts (all highly recommended since they are uniquely different in this region), we experienced this wonderful palette of fresh colors (orange and pink) generously displayed in homes and stores.  We found the mix of hues provided a clean, fresh feel as contrasted with the ancient, white, stone facades.  It is enjoyable to take in how other countries, cultures design and use color in their world.

The palette of colors we experienced, are shown in a new collection by Dana Gibson for Stroheim. The array of pink, orange and persimmon colors just “pop” off the white base cloth, providing an inspiring, bright experience.  We are displaying these fabrics on panels, and throw pillows in one of our display windows.  Although this is a smallish space, it offers a large, brilliant presence perceived from afar.  These fabric choices are not for the faint of decision-making but for those confident and clear about enjoying the use of color.