Be Bold, Be Brave, Design with Pink!

Two years ago I became a member of a club.  I wasn’t recruited, nor invited, or even coerced into joining.  I was just diagnosed.  I became a member of the Breast Cancer Club.  Unlike a lot of other organizations, there isn’t a list of people waiting to get in, it doesn’t improve your social standing, membership isn’t great for your reputation and the daily meetings really suck!  Even with its horrible reputation and dismal track record this club is a master at acquiring new members.  The roster is a list of great woman – your mother, your sister, your wife or daughter, movie stars, athletes and stateswomen.

I remember telling a close friend, “It will be a cold day in hell before I put on a pink ribbon and run a marathon to remind myself how much I hate this club!”  For many months the color pink – and its attached meaning – made me nauseous.  As I was blessed and my life returned, pink took on a new meaning for me.  To me pink is bold, it is brave.  If you wear pink or design with pink you are saying “wake up, look here!”  It takes courage and toughness to pull it off.  Who doesn’t love a brawny handsome man in a pink button down?   Surviving breast cancer, or any type of cancer, takes guts.  It isn’t for the faint of heart – and neither is using pink in interior design.  This is my tribute to the Bold and Brave women that have become new members of my club and to all those that support them.

Pink … my favorite color this year.

Sophisticated pink bedroom – Love it!

A simple black and chrome kitchen with a punch of pink.

Image via Ikea

How about a gorgeous chinoisere print for drapes in an all white room?

Image via Lee Jofa Fabrics

A classic houndstooth in a pink! Use in a black and white room!

Image via Pindler & Pindler

A suzani in pink will spice up any décor.

Image via Kravet Fabric

A fun bedroom done in pink and brown with a touch of animal.

Image via Nandina Design

Two handsome men in pink.

A fabulous pillow from Ryan Studio thrown on a grey flannel sofa!

Image via Ryan Studio

This is an image of the Hickory Chair showroom .  Mixing taupe, cream and pink – so sophisticated.

Image via Hickory Chair

By Susan Victor