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5 days a week.

I wake up everyday thinking about the next day’s melissaAnne Color and Inspiration email.  Where will I find the inspiration today?  Will it start with color?  Inspiring words?  I never quite know where the idea will come from.  And, maybe more importantly, when.  Will I get it early or will I be up at midnight still seeking the right inspiration for my readers.  Today, while eating breakfast I decided to catch up on the DVR and indulge in some guilty pleasure “design time” with The Nate Berkus Show.  I had a few episodes available (yes, I’m quite behind…), and chose the Ellen Pompeo “Gray” episode. 

Guilty:  I should be working…

Pleasure:  Forget work…OH!  That room!  Those grays!  That PILLOW!!

WAIT! WHAT?  Did he just say what I think he said? 

Rewind…BONUS:  Guilt gone.  I’m working!  Nate just gave me the inspiration for melissaAnne Color and Inspiration No. 81.

“Pink and gray, arguably one of the most beautiful design combinations on earth.”   ~Nate Berkus


Pink!  ………………….  Gray!  ………………….  Together! 


Approved and endorsed by Nate Berkus

Can this day GET any better?  I’m excited about the prevalence of gray in fashion and home this season.  I love gray, always have.  Not sure why really, but I do and I love it even more with pink.  To me the combination of gray and pink says strong and confident, yet soft and sensitive.   So, when I heard these beautiful words by Nate my mind immediately went to Water Colors Diva, part of the melissaAnne Colors Collection.  I knew immediately that it was the “color” for the next melissaAnne Color and Inspiration email.

Water Colors Diva ©Melissa McClain


Every day, try and discover something that informs you, inspires you or makes your life better. You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things.  ~Nate Berkus

Water Colors Diva inspired me to discover something new, and challenge myself to try something different.  When I downloaded and finished editing the original image I was excited by its great texture and colors.  The background was a great textured display of shades of gray.  The whimsical lines in pink gave it a feeling of feminine fun.  I knew the name had to be strong, yet feminine…thus Diva.  My next thought was “…bag.  I want a bag with this print”.  Not just any bag, I had an immediate vision of the bag I would someday carry in Diva.  It looked something like a Louis Vuitton Noé, the iconic  drawstring bag. 

Louis Vuitton Inspiring melissaAnne Colors Diva Handbag

The trim and  strap for my Diva bag would be leather in a complementary gray tone.  The drawstring would be made of  beautiful braided textiles in shades of pink and gray.  The bag would be functional, elegant, and unique. 

Then there was the inside.  If you know me and have ever shopped with me, you’ve heard my famous phrase (probably loudly, in the middle of a store, in an octave higher than my normal voice, that made you want to hide inside one of the racks…) “It has a hidden color palette!”  You know, that special surprise of colors or shapes (or both) on the inside of a bag or a coat.  A little something extra.  A surprise.  An unexpected gift, secretly hiding inside.  The final touch.  Like this amazing coat worn by Hillary Clinton.

Hillary's Hidden Color Palette

The inside fabric for my bag would be a beautiful satin in a brilliant pink, gray, and yellow geometric or stripe pattern that makes the inside of the bag as special as the outside (and hopefully creating loud outbursts from customers in retail stores and friends seeking cover). 

The vision led to the question, “Can I do that?”  Fast forward through research on custom textile printing, successful melissaAnne Colors Collection prints on fabric, prototype pillows, and a fabric bag made during  a sewing class last year…Sure, I can do that!  I can do anything I put my mind to. 

Watching Nate this morning, thinking of Diva, and remembering my bag vision brought back the inspiration and passion I get from textiles and designs and finding new and exciting ways to share the melissaAnne Colors Collections images with others. 

I’m putting my mind back to it!  Someday you’ll see me walking down the street with melissaAnne Colors Diva over my shoulder.  Or, maybe I’ll see you…

Thanks for the color…and inspiration, Nate!

Moments of Inspiration

Boats. There is just something about them.  Old ones.  New ones.  In the water.  Out of the water.  They inspire me, all of them.  So, I’m going to a boat show!  What better place to hang out and find inspiration!  If you are going to the Ft Lauderdale Boat show this weekend, stop by Ingham Engineering at booth 406/407 and see Water Colors Ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.  Leave your card and you could win the framed print!  Follow me at the new melissaAnne Colors on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.  Say hi if you’re at the show!


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Have you ever felt like you found something you didn’t know was lost? Connected with a part of you that you didn’t know existed? In looking back, that’s what this year has been for me: A year of discovery and growth of a dream and a purpose.


I Live Life Differently Now: I Don’t Let the Voice in My Head Defeat My Dream 

Orange: Determination ~ Pink: Gratitude © Melissa McClain

In 2009 I discovered my passion, fully embraced it, and I’m trying to live it in some way every day. Photography, design, and textiles have brought me great joy and great determination. I succeeded in accomplishing two of the major goals I created during my Group Vision Day in Martha’s Vineyard; I made my first melissaAnne Design pillow samples and I had my first solo art exhibit! I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me, inspired me, and helped me through the discovery phase! You are all a part of melissaAnne and I can’t wait to see where the new year takes all of us! 


 2010: Living Life In Full Color 

Moving into the New Year, I’ve been reflecting on my dream and trying to learn some new things about myself. What makes me happy and drives me? Where did my love for photography come from? What is my purpose? Where am I going? What do I want my life to be in 2010? What am I willing to do to get there? 

I found some of the answers. I’m still working on others. What I do know is that I am determined to work hard, live life fully, and keep working until my dreams come true. I’m living my life in FULL Color! melissaAnne Color!! 

 My Thoughts End in Pictures, I Believe in the Power of Color 
I’ve never kept a New Year’s Resolution. Most of us haven’t. I’m not making any this year. What I am doing is setting goals and creating plans to achieve them (Thank you Vision Day). I also identified three key words to guide me in 2010 (Thank you Chris Brogan). I’ll be keeping images like these around to help inspire my key words through color.    


Gold ~ Prosperity © Melissa McClain

Green ~ Abundance © Melissa McClain



Pink ~ Love © Melissa McClain


Red ~ Passion, Romance, Love © Melissa McClain


Blue ~ Freedom, New Beginnings © Melissa McClain


Purple ~ Indpendence © Melissa McClain

Where Are You Headed in 2010? 

What are your goals for 2010? What are the key words you want to define your year? What do you want a little more of? Here are some images you might want to have around. 

Orange ~ Energy, Enthusiasm, Balance © Melissa McClain

Turquoise ~ Clarity, Healing © Melissa McClain

Orange ~ Creativity, Happiness, Enthusiasm Yellow ~ Optimism, Hope, Friendship © Melissa McClain

I Hope Your Dreams Come True This Year!

Happy New Year to all of you. Thank you for allowing me to share my dream and my pictures with you and for following my journey.  I can’t wait to see what experiences and opportunities this year (and lots of hard work) will bring.  Leave a comment and let me know what you are up to this year and what your three key words are.  I’d love to hear! 


Get some color power behind your goals for 2010.  See more images and colors at melissaAnne Photography and Design




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