The October Edit:

The October Edit is all about aubergine. This year has somehow drug on endlessly and flown by. As we close out October, my mind is enveloped in thoughts of deeper, darker hues, cozy corners and harvest meals. As I try to put my thoughts to words, a common theme seems to run true: my love for the beautiful hue of aubergine. Dark and earthy, aubergine turns underrated purple into a beautiful, livable neutral. From colonial inspired exteriors to saturated modern interiors, this eggplant shade is here to stay.


EXTERIORS

Image via realtor.com


One of my favorite Sunday pleasures is scrolling historic real estate from around the world. This beauty recently sold in Medina, Ohio and I love it for so many reasons: the beautiful dark exterior that leans to a purple hue, the white linen drapery peeking through the windows and that old world stone fence, handsomely setting boundaries.



Image via Behr


A slightly softer version, Old Amethyst by Behr paint takes a subdued approach to aubergine. Paired with crisp white trim, this makes for a more interesting take on a classic gray home. I was also particularly drawn to the wine colored table setting and how it played against the home's exterior.



Cardena, Italia by upsocl.com



My admiration for my beloved home of Italy is no secret, but this doorway in Cardena overwhelms me with homesickness. The brilliant attention to the color palette of the doorway paired with the fall foliage overcoming it is quintessential of my home country. Counting the minutes until I am able to travel home to be with loved ones again.



INTERIORS



Photo by Benjamin Moore


A beautiful study in color theory, this historic oak staircase twirled around a deep eggplant hue compliment each other in a magical way. Not only is it perfectly spooky on All Hallow's Eve, I'd love to see this banister wrapped in bay leaf garland heading into the holidays.




Heidi Caillier is one of our favorite designers to admire on the West Coast, for her incredible talent of making color feel entirely neutral and carefully layered. This deep heather powder bathroom is a magnificent example of the warmth a muted aubergine can bring to a space. Paired with unlacquered brass fixtures and copper tones, I'd gladly move right in.



Photo by Farrow & Ball



Always pulling inspiration from English kitchens, this kitchen by Farrow & Ball is moody perfection in Paean Black. Deep, anchoring, and complimentary, I hope to use this color in a kitchen or mudroom very soon.



ON THE TABLE



Via Eye Swoon


Not only do I adore Athena Calderone's beautiful interiors, her recipes always delight. My obsession of aubergine has extended to the table, as most of my inspiration does. Eggplant brings me back to my roots, and this fresh take on a traditional dish will likely be on rotation. Charred eggplant with za'tar and yogurt tahini has a creamy, tangy, earthy feel to it and is perfect on the grill before our first real snow arrives.




via The Bojon Gourmet



I love the informal nature of a galette - rustic, easy to prepare, and beautifully shapen. This fig and goat cheese galette by The Bojon Gourmet effortlessly blends some of my favorite flavors of the season. Nutty seeds, honey drizzled pastry dough and the sensational aubergine color of figs make these the perfect seasonal dish.



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