Blue and white is a timeless color story, worth to be told over and over again. I’ve never ceased loving its fresh appeal and neither did some of the world’s hippest designers! There’s something very soothing about a blue and white bedroom or a display of blue and white chinoiserie ginger jars. Classic and elegant, each of these rooms are different in style and function but share the common thread of blue and white. Natural textures like wood, bamboo, sisal and seagrass, along with black lacquered accents ground this light palette. I am obsessed with each and every one of these spaces!
I’ve long had a design crush on Meg Braff and since yesterday was the launch of her first book, The Decorated Home- Living with Style and Joy, I want to spread the word – get your copy, it’s great! Like many native Floridians, Braff has a way with color and patterns like you wouldn’t believe! She can instantly transform a blank canvas into something fabulous by infusing it with her signature island palette of blues, aquas and mint greens. Pink and tangerine, yellow, lilac and exotic prints are all in her repertoire so there’s a lot to learn for anyone looking to add more color and fun into their home.
“I try to space out the color and the pattern and give each room a little breathing space,” she says of her method of mixing varying scales to create a breezy beach vibe or a more buttoned-up oceanfront aesthetic. “What’s really important is creating circulation between the inside and outside—easy indoor-outdoor living.” –Meg Braff
”Introducing a hint of color is one of the easiest ways to liven up a space, but it’s time to consider going all in with big doses of bright, saturated hues (think electric blue, rich tangerine, and emerald green). Decorator—and self-professed color lover—Meg Braff is sharing her secrets to designing with these intense hues in her new book The Decorated Home ($45, Rizzoli). There is no avoiding the impact of the eye-catching palettes she employs. Fellow designer Charlotte Moss writes in the foreword: “Meg is one of those people who immediately adds a sense of gaiety to a room. Her spaces are filled with bold patterns, bright happy color, and a sense of celebration.” A similar feeling in your own home isn’t out of reach.” – book review, Architectural Digest
Don’t you just love interiors that have a strong indoor/outdoor connection? Well, me too! When it comes to decorating, I have an affinity for rooms with an earthy feel that evoke the tranquility of a garden. Even better if they open onto one!
Whether you have stunning views and a patio right outside of your living room, or not, there are many different ways to bring the outdoors in. You can begin with the color scheme – an earthy palette of greens and grounding browns will work like a charm. Next, use fabrics / wall coverings that depict serene nature scenes and floral patterns. Last, finish the room by incorporating natural textures whenever possible – rattan, sisal and wicker will subtly create a garden-like feel. Now, if you’re bold enough, you can always try a garden trellis! It is by far one of the most dramatic and efficient ways of creating a garden room.
A garden trellis or a treillage (aka as fretwork or lattice) is an architectural structure made of interlacing strips of wood, bamboo or metal, that is widely used in gardens to support climbing trees and plants.
The graphic and playful interiors of international designer Muriel Brandolini have been featured in all major publications around the globe, from Architectural Digest, Elle Decor to Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and the World of Interiors and so it’s no wonder that her fabric lines are equally fun and sought-after. You see, I’ve been crushing on one of her prints after seeing it used by one of my favorite designers and I’m happy to have tracked it down and bookmarked it for future reference.
Ina Garten, aka the Barefoot Contessa, needs no introduction from my part and neither do her gardens! Some of my favorite moments on her Emmy winning cooking show are the glimpses into her stunning kitchen, as well as her outdoor entertaining. Ina’s garden parties are some of East Hampton’s finest!
The original gardens were designed by Edwina von Gaal and later expanded with the addition of a neighboring property that today houses Ina’s famous barn. The initial lot was divided into four parts – one for the main house (a classic shingle covered farmhouse), one for an orchard, one for the vegetable and kitchen garden, and one part for an open lawn. A decade later, Ina and her husband Jeffrey Garten, managed to purchase a neighboring lot which allowed Ina to build the barn that now serves as her culinary lab and filming studio. The two properties were unified into one dreamy garden with the help of Joseph Tyree, a former associate of von Gaal.
Crab apple trees, white roses and potted hydrangea trees, jasmine, clematis and Russian sage, parterres filled with lavender and a well-cared for vegetable garden – they all blend seamlessly to create an architectural, picture-worthy garden!