[Sebastien Siraudeau's Vintage French Interiors: Inspiration from the Antique Shops and Flea Markets of France, from Flammarion, covered earlier here.]
[Credits follow below]
School colors akin to harsh magic-marker purple next to sterile white briefly turned me off darker plums but now I appreciate the entire range -- especially purples paired with greens (see Sebastian Siraudeau's book at top). Issue 45 of Selvedge has a fascinating story about English chemist William Perkin, the man whose serendipitous discovery of a certain arresting shade reshaped Victorian fashion, and the article inspired my mix above.
[Book image via Faber & Faber]
Collage credits clockwise from the top left:
C. F. A. Voysey wallpaper, The Galahad, 1899, the V & A.
Bright purple silk furnishing fringe, Victorian, the V & A British Galleries.
Reeves and Woodyer paint bottles, 'Ackermann's brilliant carmine,' 'W H Edwards's lilac purple,' and 'W H Edwards's sunflower yellow,' circa 1814, the V & A.
John Robshaw linen picture frame and Paro pillow.
Purple-silk-lined 1879 shagreen cigarette case by Girandon & Real, the V & A.
African beads from Ann Mashburn.
Menu for Omega Workshops opening night dinner, June 1913, pencil and watercolor on paper, attributed to Vanessa Bell or Duncan Grant, Tate archives, image is from Beyond Bloomsbury: Designs of the Omega Workshops 1913–19.