Ralph Lauren has always had a way with purples -- especially mixed with greens in beautiful plaid blankets. Above, is a vintage RL ad; below, his wool blanket currently available in aqua, green and grape.
Madeline Weinrib's "Iris Luce" Ikat pillow.
Soft purples combined with green in a wool throw from Carolyne Roehm.
19th-century purple transfer ware plate from Gray Morell.
When I was about six, counting the days until Christmas, I noticed how purple advent candles looked beautiful mixed with dark evergreens. It was the first time full-on grape ever really appealed to me. Today I admire how others use the color, but plums aren't what I first gravitate to.
Having said that, I love the spirit of this line from Ruthie Sommers, "I play ball with all colors." And it can be fun to participate in a trend. So, I've been playing with purple, in tablescapes, on the smallest scale: jewelry in a dish, fresh flowers, books. In addition to lime-green, tiny hits of grape compliment yellow, aqua and chocolate.
Above, Late 19th-century Chinese vases decorated with teal-blue, yellow, green, purple and white.
(A reminder: Ralph Lauren, a new book from Rizzoli celebrating the designer's forty-year career with over 700 images, is scheduled to be released very soon.)