Deep down at the bottom of the sea exists a magical life and uncharted territory. A few years ago, while in Hawaii we took a submarine journey to 110 ft below sea level. Looking through the porthole of the submarine we discovered the dark and mysterious ocean world full of life and amazing creatures. I managed to capture this image of fish swimming alongside us and simply love the colours and movement that it offers. Come along as we create a dramatic room, I was thinking a small sitting room, in a palette of shades of blue.
1. Looking for more ‘blue’ inspiration? Pick up a copy of by House Beautiful 2. Accent with shades of celadon and pale green with this from Style Hive 3. I adore this French Beauville Textile that was transformed into a pillow found via 4. The translucency of the from Kartell is a perfect play on light and touch of modern via Hive Modern 5. The combination of blues, patchwork wave pattern and traditional frame has me swooning over this , a showstopper for the sitting room 6. Include an in varying shades of blue and you’ve created an ideal base to offset your other blue elements. 7. Why not create a dramatic back drop by painting the walls ? 8. Additional elements of pale grey/sage offset the blue with these from Bungalow Five. 9. The sheen on the from Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams is lovely, adding a touch of glamour 10. The , also from Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams adds another touch of femininity but also handsome details with tufting and turned legs. Two of these and you’ve completed your conversation area in the sitting room.
I hope this has inspired you to add a little moody blue to your room!
Each day I stepped outside our condo while on summer vacation in Vernon, British Columbia and saw these rocks. Now, most would walk right past, not giving them a second glance but I was intrigued by the colours that were found within. So simple and subtle. What a beautiful colour story! I imagined taking these natural rocks and transforming them into a sophisticated living room. Such a natural looking colour palette that infuses on trend colours also offering longevity and timeless appeal. What do you think?
1. This from dresses a wonderfully curved 2. sofa from (image via ). Elegant lamp from that stand tall and proud. 3. Love the introduction of this from reflecting a reverse rock pattern. 5. Wall colour in Grant Beige HC-83 (image via ) 6. Flank the sofa with functional and stylish from 7. The serene colours of artwork would be striking above the sofa 8. Complete the conversation grouping with two chairs in 100% linen fabric.
Who knew a pile of rocks could be so pretty?!
1. Textured vases 2. Natural tree-stump side table from 3. Perfect for drapery or bedding Spa Ikat fabric in orange from 4. Pretty Sakura sheet set from 5. Soft & Serene wall colour Fowler Pink #39 6. Why not paint your ceiling Picture Gallery Red #42 Farrow & Ball *images via 7. Add a touch of modern with this Missoni throw from 8. The Feye stained ivory crackle porcelain lamp from adds a soft, feminine feel. 9. Add warmth and texture with the shutter style Alden Reclaimed Wood Headboard from .
Tell me, what do you think of this combination? It’s certainly different, but that’s what I’m here for, to show ways of combining unexpected colours and textures in a way that offers ideas to bring the inspiration into your own home.
I hope you enjoy reading this new series as much as I do putting it together.
Image: 2nd floor (if my memory serves me correctly) elevator wall at ABC Carpet & Home in New York City.
You’re either one of two people. You put on your boots, kick your heels and crank the country tunes, or you flee the city. As it happens we are not typically in Calgary during Stampede. Not because we make a run for it but it’s just the way our summer vacations have worked out. This year however we are here and I’m not quite sure what do with myself. I don’t own cowboy boots or any stylish country western items so I’m taking some tips from probably the coolest country dude out there, Ralph Lauren. I’m not terribly interested in the red paisley bandanas and cowboy hats so I’m on the hunt for some inspiration. I am loving the colours in these photos which means some shopping may be in order to pull together the right designer duds. Any excuse right?
Happy Stampede to my Calgary friends and a special ‘Howdy’ to those visiting. YeeHAW!
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Inspired by a new pair of shoes and our bright and beautiful Alberta blue skies, I can’t help but be drawn to the intensity of this classic colour showing up in everything from fashion to home accessories. If you’re shy of colour, blue is an easy one to add and most would gravitate towards the lighter shades. This year, take it up a notch by adding cobalt. It’s like a breath of fresh air.
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Yes, there’s still snow on the ground here in Calgary. As a matter of fact we’ve been getting a light dusting of the white stuff over the last few days and yet, somehow I’m ok with it. There’s something comforting in knowing that spring has officially arrived. Snow or not it can only get better from here, right? It’s Spring!
Soon we’ll start to see life again. Trees will bud, flowers will bloom and the grass will turn green. Ahhhh…I’m even excited about the rain that will wash all of winter’s dirt away. Until then, let’s dream about a pretty Spring colour scheme and imagine ourselves sitting at this little bistro table enjoying our morning coffee, shall we?
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Inspired by a visit to the Viceroy in Santa Monica and a new little number I picked up at Bloomingdales I thought I’d put together a style board on the colour jade. It’s fresh, lively and a perfect infusion of colour after a loooooooong winter.
1. . No longer available in this colour combination, but with a little creativity you could re-produce this look. 2. 2043-20, image via , originally from . 3. Sliced Shirt Dress in Jade by Diane Von Furstenburg, available at 4. True Imperial Jadeite. Image source: 5. Chevron accent pillow in green and grey 6. Viceroy Santa Monica. Design by . Image via .