Blue and White for the Floor

8.03.2015



I have a room in serious need of some freshening.  In someone else's house, or in a photo, I can quickly and easily see what needs to happen.  In my own house, I'm indecisive and procrastinate.   I notice myself being very drawn to images of spaces with blue carpets or rugs, but he room in question may or may not need a rug at all.  It's our formal dining room, and I actually like the option of bare hardwoods there.  Something else to consider is that we have a central hall floor plan, and the dining room is very visible from the entry. There's a multicolored Persian rug as you walk in which can be seen here.


Lydia Marks and Lisa Frantz via Luxe


Riesco and Lapres Interior Design via Domaine



Diamond Baratta via Hamptons Cottages and Gardens


Blue rugs already in my house here and here.



Some of my very favorite rugs are from Madeline Weinrib.  Aren't they all gorgeous?


Below are other fantastic options.


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Blue and White Monday: OKL News + Instagram Faves

7.26.2015



One Kings Lane just announced the newest feature on their site. They now have a space where available items will be used to create vignettes called The Studio.  Many buyers aren't able to easily imagine how a product shown in a product image translates to their space.  Seeing items being used in a vignette can be helpful.  I'm sharing this news because the images OKL used in their announcement email are fantastic.  The crisp white walls with blue and white, wood tones, and neutrals is a look I love.






While on the subject of OKL, I should mention the Safavieh rug sale.  When I checked last, there were still some gorgeous choices available.

My favorite thing about OKL is the vintage section.  I consistently see pieces of furniture that are fantastic.  Granted, you certainly can find items for less on Craigslist, for example, but you'll most likely have painting, refinishing, or reupholstering involved.  








I do a fair amount of shopping on OKL, and I pay attention to prices.  You can get some great deals, but don't assume everything is discounted.  I saw this listing, above, and remembered the ballpark of what I paid for mine, below, on eBay.  The pair was somewhere between $30-40, and I vividly recall being annoyed with myself for buying only one pair!  


And, lastly, three favorite blue and white Instagram posts : )








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Blue and White But Mostly Blue Apparel and Accessories (who is designing for me?)

7.21.2015





Are you a dress person?  So many of my friends have shared that they find themselves wearing dresses and skirts less frequently and instead are choosing pants.  I'm definitely wearing pants more often than I used to, but I do still love a great skirt or a pretty dress. Many designers have incorporated blue and white into their creations in the past several years.  The dresses above are Dolce & Gabbana.  The colors are gorgeous, aren't they? The one on the left is my favorite.  The middle dress goes a little Sound of Music for me, and the one on the right has me wondering how the wearer is able to sit down in public.

These D&G handbags are fantastic.  Blue and white Portuguese tiles are always beautiful, and they translate very well to dresses and accessories.  

Who is designing apparel for me?  If you know, please share.  I'm a tall lady with a senior in high school.  I mention my daughter to convey an idea of my age because I'm certainly not going to be specific.  Have I mentioned I'm from the south?  : ) I mention my height because it's sometimes an issue with skirts and dresses. While I think these Tory Burch dresses are adorable -- especially the one on the right -- they're very clearly not for me or my demographic.  Had Tory added at least 4-5 more inches in length, I would have loved these options for summer.



Shirtdresses are a huge favorite for me.  The one on the left, by Theory, is a dress I'd want to wear all of the time if it were a bit longer.  While I'm featuring blue dresses today, I had to include this example.  Why is no one making this for women my age? Everyone I know would buy one in every color available if it existed in a longer length.  The dress on the right is DVF, and I love everything about it.  Except, that I personally need it in knee length which doesn't exist.



Aren't these pretty?  The length makes them marketable to a much wider audience.  This Shoshanna dress is adorable, and, oh my, how I love the Armani.



While I was looking around at dresses in blue, I happened across these two, above and below, by Carolina Herrera.  Her ultra-chic interpretation of classic always grabs my attention.  She's definitely one of my very favorite designers.


I haven't posted about apparel in quite a while, and it was fun to change things up just a bit.  My interest in interiors carries over into all aspects of design.  It's all fun and interesting for me, and hopefully for you as well : ). 






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Blue and White Monday: I'm on a Boat

7.14.2015



Blue and White Monday's going up very late this week.  I've been out of town, and need to learn how to post from a mobile device. I'm in a nautical mood, and not actually on a boat.  These first three absolutely gorgeous images are from the Melian Boutique Hotel and Spa in Greece.




Victoria Hagan via Style and Substance

unknown, but have loved this image for so long


I die over the blue and white stripes with all the wood in this Ralph Lauren Home photo, and also pretty much everything in the photo below.  RL does nautical so very well.




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