SUMMER STATE OF MIND: ALL AMERICAN BLUE & WHITE

 

"For him in vain the envious seasons roll
Who bears eternal summer in his soul."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Old Player

Ahhhh, summer!  It has arrived!  Banks of salty snow are a distant memory, even for those of us living in the Upper Peninsula, where winter stretches on into the spring months. 

Source  Me emerging from the darkness after a long winter.

Source Me emerging from the darkness after a long winter.

But now the sunshine kisses our faces, the grills are hot and ready for hamburgers and corn cobs and summer is perfect here in the U.P.!  Lake Superior works as an air conditioner for the area and it usually doesn't get too hot, yet sunshine, lake breezes, ice cream, and parades put us in a summer state of mind.  My husband and I have been frequently running along Lake Superior and it is the most peaceful place in the world.  There are no crowded beaches but just warm summer breezes and the sound of waves against the shore.

Two of our kids at the beach. They could spend every day at the shore.

Two of our kids at the beach. They could spend every day at the shore.

Yes, this is essentially my backyard, and there are many lakes, rivers, streams and waterfalls that dot the landscape here, too (I am the luckiest girl in the world!).  Blue and white is all around me and it's inspiring.  I love a color palette derived from nature.  I chose the color palette for our wedding; my affinity for blue and white runs deep.  We got married on a warm day in June and dined on strawberries and sandwiches followed by some impromptu fishing.  It was the perfect wedding for us!  We have four children who all have varying shades of blue eyes.  No wonder I love this palette!

Source  Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck for Amanda Barnes Interiors. This space reminds me of my brother and his wife, who love cactus and have blue peppered throughout their home.

Source Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck for Amanda Barnes Interiors. This space reminds me of my brother and his wife, who love cactus and have blue peppered throughout their home.

Source  Photo by Frank Tribble for One King's Lane. Design by William McLure.

Source Photo by Frank Tribble for One King's Lane. Design by William McLure.

TIPS FOR BLUE AND WHITE DESIGN

  • If you want to dip your toe into blue and white design, a place to start is with blue and white ceramics. Use a garden stool as a place to set down your coffee. Bring in a pair of blue and white ceramic lamps. Scour antique shops and thrift stores for blue and white dishes and vases. Blue and white acts as a cool respite in otherwise warm spaces.

Design by Mark D. Sikes.  I know I'm showing a lot of Mark Sikes' designs, but his work is the most educational for working with this palette! A master in the trade, in my opinion.

Design by Mark D. Sikes. I know I'm showing a lot of Mark Sikes' designs, but his work is the most educational for working with this palette! A master in the trade, in my opinion.

  • Make sure that you bring in blue and white elements, patterns that contain both colors, not just blue. The addition of white in a pattern in any color palette helps patterns in a space speak to each other, like varying shades of blue with white and, say, black and white.

  • If you want to whole-heartedly embrace this palette, start with a blue and white area rug. The rug can inform the other choices you make for furniture and accessories.

Source  Ralph Lauren Home

Source Ralph Lauren Home

  • Don't forget to add a touch of black. It could be introduced in the art you bring in, the drapery rods, or on the light fixtures. Black plays very well with blue and white.

Source  Photo by Amy Neunsinger from the book "Beautiful: All American Decorating and Timeless Style by Mark D. Sikes (Rizzoli New York).

Source Photo by Amy Neunsinger from the book "Beautiful: All American Decorating and Timeless Style by Mark D. Sikes (Rizzoli New York).

  • Add doses of texture to relax the look. Jute rugs, water hyacinth baskets, rattan furniture or old beat up tables will lend texture. Pile on the texture!

Source Tory Burch sunroom photographed by Francois Halard for Vogue.

Source Tory Burch sunroom photographed by Francois Halard for Vogue.

Source  Photograph and design by Maura Endres.

Source Photograph and design by Maura Endres.

  • A more sure fire way of hitting the blue and white palette out of the park is with wallpaper or wall tiles. This is definitely more of a commitment but offers a lot of wow factor.

Design by Shaun Smith.  This guy is talented!

Design by Shaun Smith. This guy is talented!

Source  Shaun Smith.

Source Shaun Smith.

Check out all the patterns in the powder rooms, above, as I've written about before.  Love!

If you want to embrace this easy, breezy all-American look, I've pulled together a blue and white living room for your enjoyment.  As always, don't hesitate to get in touch if you need a little help!  Happy 4th!

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