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Capturing Fall’s Golden Light: The Parterre Bench

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I’ve been thrilled about red, crazy about blue — and now I’m simply mad about golden yellow. That soft, golden light of fall is so seductive; it’s also the first shade that leaves turn in early fall, none more strikingly than the old Gingko tree to be seen from my studio window.

Just by chance, I came across Pantone’s (internationally revered color prognosticators) color trends for early spring — which just happened to include yellow and orange. This inspired me to dress up my Parterre Bench for fall…and pull out some favorite Fall accessories, starting with pumpkins and gourds (also seen in the photo above). Isn’t the bench a wonderful background for their funky twists and crook necks, repeating the curves that so distinguish this garden seat?


And the yellow is a wonderful complement to all the shades of fall, especially orange (my favorite color) which Hermes has mastered so handsomely.


Speaking of background, look at the Parterre Bench with the blue ocean and brilliant sky as a foil. After the universally-popular blue and white color scheme, yellow and blue must surely be one of the most often combined colors in the interior design world.


While I love the Bench in a formal garden (as at Parterre) it looks equally as special cozied into a magical secret spot. The deep golden yellow was just one client’s choice; the Parterre Bench is available in any custom color of your choosing. Don’t forget…Christmas is just around the corner.


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About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

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