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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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