Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Blue and white...always makes a room just right!

"Sometimes you cannot believe what you see. You have to believe what you feel."
---Morrie Schwartz

Its been a week since I started this blog and I want to say thanks to all who have taken the time to comment, subscribe and follow me. 

One accent I plan to use throughout my new home in abundance is blue and white, I love it! No matter what I use as a color scheme in any given room, you can be sure you will see bits and pieces of blue and white. It is so elegant and timeless. If you look through world renowned Interior designer, Jacques Garcia's book, Decorating in the French style, you will see it in almost every room no matter what the color scheme is. I recently had the luxury of staying over at someones house who was lucky enough to use him to decorate their country house in the Loire Valley and let me tell you, it was a DREAM!

I start today's post with a few updated pictures of the facade of the house as its coming along, the outside work has slowed due to very cold temps and TOO MUCH SNOW...with  more to come. Anyway, will update with more when there is more to show, but here's a few taken in the last week, then we move on to the fabulous collection of blue and white pictures............

The snow covered driveway

Love black and white pictures.....

The finished "breakfast room/family room" side

Side view of breakfast room

The property is full of beautiful old trees waiting to sprout their leaves

Limestone detailing on the casing

The garage side

The newly added cupola

The walkout basement side

The lower level walking up to the patio

Part of the covered porch and the rear of the house

The covered porch

Port Cochere

Anyway today I dedicate my blog page to all things blue and white....there are so many ways in so many styles  and in so many different types of homes where blue and white always looks sensational. Do you have a personal favorite? I start with a designer who clearly has the blue and white formula down to a science, interior designer Mary McDonald (http://www.marymcdonaldinc.com/), she is based in Los Angeles and  her rooms speak for themselves...fabulous! Would love to know your favorite...

Here is an assortment of styles and different rooms in the house where blue and white works every time.......

Beautiful blue and white plates hang on the red toile patterned walls, and it works..who would have thought!

The blue and white vases add the crowing touch to this armoire in this luxurious bedroom

Ralph Lauren chose blue and white accents for his wicker furniture in his lush backyard

A blue and white toile room is a formal compliment to a transitional navy and white bed ensemble
Soft powdery blue chinoiserie in this powder room is just fabulous

This was Jackie O's dressing room in the White House!

Jennifer Lopez's soft pale blue kitchen as seen in Veranda magazine

Another angle in the breakfast room, seen in Veranda

Heavily glazed gray blue bathroom

Fabulous french blue boudoir (From the blog http://eclecticrevisited.wordpress.com/)
Another angle....( from http://eclecticrevisited.wordpress.com/ )
A sweet girls bedroom in all its blue toile splendor (Meg Braff interiors)

Gorgeous blue and white toile settee

Another crisp beautiful family room in cheery blue and white (Interiors by Meg Braff)

Beautiful table setting

A green/blue dining room

A rich royal blue adds a lot of punch to this outdoor space

A sunny blue and white bedroom with lime green accents..it works!

A soft blue palette which is very elegant against the warmth of the woods

A beautiful room of crisp white upholstered sofas with beautiful blue and white chairs against a strong blue rug

A soft dining space with the pop of blue in the lighting fixture and the distressed blue chest

An outdoor/indoor porch featuring royal blue chaise lounges against the wicker, very inviting!

A Carolyn Roehm room, another designer who mixes and matches all kinds of colors and prints

Another Carolyn Roehm room in all its blue and white beauty

Love this grouping!

Love how the red flowers pop against the blue and white

A soft blue blue and white dining setting

A gorgeous table setting complete with white fabulous china..so elegant

Wish I could remember where I got this picture, sure would love to see more of this room

Love this cheery room with splashes of red by Janet Simon

A clean blue influenced den by Janet Simon

The palest blue/green...so pretty! (Janet Simon)

More from the same space.....how beautiful is this color!

                              Blue and white is always stunning in the kitchen (Kristi Nelson)

Enjoy your day.....hope you are doing a better job with your resolutions than I am. I started off with a "no bread" policy for at least a few weeks then I came to the smart realization, what is life without bread for Pete's sake!