Inspiration: Macaroons

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Starting a decorating project, like those doing the LA Spring Cure O8, we look for design inspiration everywhere: the silhouette of an outfit, a pattern in a piece of fabric, a sprinkling of flowers across a lawn, and the colors in a box of cookies. Especially if those cookies are French-style macaroons...

These delicate meringue sandwich cookies are more than just a delightful confection to eat, they can also, with their bright jewel box colors -- citrus green, hot pink, canary yellow -- be the starting point for a room's palette.

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At Paulette, a macaroon-only bakery in Beverly Hills, their outline is stenciled all over the windows and recently, into a custom-made modern white bench

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For Sofia Coppola, macaroons, from Paris Bakery Laudree, were the centerpiece of her style tray for Marie Antoinette

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These color palettes from ColourLovers suggest some ways to combine their light frothy colors...

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...which are echoed in these three sofas, from Designer's Guild that have us salivating.


In the meantime, we'll have to content ourselves with a box of cookies.

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[First photo, courtesy yuichi sakuraba; photos from Marie Antoinette via Columbia Pictures]