Thursday, May 31, 2012

Joyfully Feeling Blue

With summer officially here I'm feeling more blue than usual - happily so! I'm dreaming of clear skies, walks along Nantucket's beautiful beaches and hydrangeas in full bloom. And when it comes to interiors, my mind wanders to that blue and white beach house we'd all love to consider our home away from home. Sometimes the biggest impacts are in the simplest color combos and in this case the classic, crisp, nautical feel of blue and white is what I'm loving this week. Here are a few favorite rooms ...

I love these relaxed, slip-covered couches paired with this modern, graphic rug and a splash of tangerine.

Navy upholstery is a durable solution to kids, pets, surf, sand and summer stains!

Designer: Victoria Hagan/Photographer: Michael Mundy/Courtesy: Elle Decor

 Using a navy and white bold pattern and wide stripes can make a strong, less predictable statement.
Designer: Tom Stringer/Photographer: Ngoc Minh Ngo/Courtesy: House Beautiful

A country feel ...
  Tailored sophistication ...

 Over-the-top inspiration ...

Mondrian Soho

A family-friendly space, I'm a big fan of using children's art and have created a similar gallery in my own home.

Courtesy: Elle Decor

A touch of green ...

Designer: Jonathan Adler/Photographer: Ngoc Monh Ngo/ Courtesy: House Beautiful

One of my favorite showhouse spaces. I love that apple green mixed with the blue and white.

Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors

Some plums and a bouquet can give any summer lover the right kind of blues. Enjoy!

Designer: Frank Randolph/Photographer: Annie Schlechter/Courtesy: Coastal Living

“Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the deity to be a source of delight.” -- John Ruski

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