Thursday, April 28, 2011

Blue and White

I know:  Super.  Original.  Post.  Blue and White: no one has EVER thought of this before,

But I can't help it.  I've actually been trying to avoid it for a while.  When I did this shopping round up a while back, I was feeling a wee bit obsessed with all the blue and white products at Target.  And then, look, here's an ad, featuring all the blue and white bedding:

It's everywhere!  Traditional Home even did a whole Trend Roundup on Indigo and Navy:

I'm getting on the bandwagon.

Frances Shultz, House Beautiful

 Meg Braff, House Beautiful

Valerie Smith, House Beautiful

Windsor Smith, House Beautiful

Now, blogging 101 says that you should not post the same old images without sharing something new.  So how about this:  Blue and White looks fresh when it goes a little Indian.  Swedish?  So expected.  Nantucket?  Been there, done that.  Chinoiserie?  So classic.  But that hit of block print together with natural materials like this raffia headboard feels fresh.

Alexandra Angle, House Beautiful

 I was drawn to this fabric at S. R. Harris recently (that fabric warehouse I am always, always writing about).

Pretty, no?  Makes me think of a slightly busier version of this Les Indiennes print:

Except this one is on sale for about $300 a yard, whereas the one I found is $12.99.  Just kidding: it's $12.99 LESS 50%.  Either way: a better deal.

Oh, and also this one from the Chinoiserie camp:

On a related note, I think Peter Dunham may have recently outpaced Muriel Brandolini in the category Designer I Would Hire to Do My Own Pad (if I had buckets of money.  Which I don't.  At all.  In fact, my husband just questioned my purchase of a little spring jacket at OLD NAVY.  ON CLEARANCE.  Just for the record.)  His designs have the global thing going on a la Brandolini, but a bit more traditional and polished.  I love Muriel for her over-the-top moments, but somehow right now I'm digging something a little quieter.  Maybe it's just overload from my living room, which seems to be shouting at me right about now.  When I resolve it, I'll share.  Don't see how this is "a related note"?  Peter Dunham = Indian Blockprint fabrics.  Duh.

Anyhoo.  Too many words not really at all about Blue and White.

And so, with that, Good Night, and Good Luck.

Oh, wait: blogger 102 says to engage the reader.  So, reader: who would you choose to design your space, if money were no object?  Just curious.  And/or: blue and white, thumbs up or down?


  1. I'm definitely having a "navy" moment right now....not necessarily paired with white...I like it with creams, grays, and pumkins......but the "blue and white" style never really goes out does it?
    Dream designer(s)?.....First I'd have Carleton Varney come in and lay the foundation...and then I'd ask Kelly Wearstler to visit a little later for some whimsy and funky fun......
    Terrific blog...glad I found you...following now...k

  2. My mom wanted to pull out some navy in a rug a couple of years ago and couldn't find a pillow or anything anywhere. Now it's everywhere and she's working it. I noticed the same thing in fashion - I wanted navy heels for a while, couldn't find any and then they are suddenly easy to find.

    I love blue and white. We are starting to plan a living room redo and are planning on blue and white with lime green and orange as accent colors.

  3. I think you've just added another layer to my ongoing debate about what direction to go with my blue love. It feels so fresh matched with white, doesn't it?

  4. Coincidentally I would hire Alexandra Angle based on the house she did in the Feb 2011 House Beautiful (which you have above). The cover picture makes me want to lick it like an ice cream.

    I love blue. And I love blue with white, but I need another color with those two to spark a little fire.

  5. Can please tell me where I can get that blue and white flamestitch on that chair. Omg its so damn pretty! Can't read what its says.


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