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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Shocker: Mauve Is The New Black

Radiant OrchidAlert Confidential Restonian Operative "Kristina" passed along this very exciting news from Pantone, the makers of a rainbow palette of colors of which 99.9 percent are strictly Verboten for Reston homeowners.

Apparently every year, Pantone picks a Color of the Year, with 2014's color the DRB-infuriating "Radiant Orchid" pictured at right. No truth to the rumor that if you try to pick up a can of exterior paint in this shade at Home Depot, your coordinates are immediately dispatched to the DRB drones.

But 2015? Everything's coming up Reston! Reston, meet Marsala. We think we've seen you around these parts before, gracing our wood trim, our fencing, and the walls of our sweeeeeet sunken conversation pits.


Pantone calls Marsala "sensual and bold" and a "daringly inviting tone that nurtures, exuding confidence and stability while feeding the body, mind and soul." But we know it by its real name. That's right, mauve is the color of 2015. And, by logical extension, Reston is the new black.


  1. It's not too early to begin lobbying for 2016. Let's hear it for Russet Brown!

  2. Isn't Marsala the same color that GM used to put on some of its "landau vinyl roof" autos back in the '80's? No wonder they went bankrupt after losing out to the Japanese!

  3. It'll be a cold day in a Lake Ann-adjacent townhouse in the summer before Russet Brown get the Pantone nod!

    1. I am totally stealing that (cold day. . . ). Too awesome!


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