Thursday, January 30, 2014

Inspiring Me Now- Blue


 I've been in the winter schlump lately. We have had positively amazing weather here, so I have no excuse. I'm just in a rut. Do you ever get like that? I've been spending a fair amount of time contemplating what to do in the house for spring. Frankly, I'd like to chuck it all and start new. Reality though has prevailed and it looks like that means a few new throw pillows and paint. I need to get busy with a project, which usually pulls me out of these things.

I'm obsessed with this photo I ran across last week of Carolina Herrera Baez at her home! I have also been seeing an onslaught of blue lately in catalogs, stores and Pinterest. It seems the whole world is ready to embrace blue as the color of spring. I think I'm on board with that. Already the mosaic swim suits and blue-patterned dresses are getting me excited for a change of weather and state of mind. Hey a few blue throw pillows might help until our next holiday...






Harper's Bazaar Spring 2014 street style.


House of Music in Porto, Portugal


Got to try this look...

A vintage men's Ralph Lauren jean shirt buttoned up with leggings!



Yes, please! Morocco you know how to do blue and pools...

In fact blue tiles are a huge inspiration this year...

 

  Love them as a fresh backsplash!

 Both looks from House Beautiful.






 I'm crazy for these Tory Burch swimsuits!




Tory got the blue memo. She has so many blue things to fall in love with right now.




This adorable cover-up too.




Okay if it's just too frigid to even think swim, what about throw pillows? 

I'm loving the navy and indigo with white and wood tones.




Perhaps a trip to Portugal? Did you know how they have darling streetcars?




One of my favorite spreads ever from Bazaar shot in Morocco.

I want the whole look, sandals and bag especially.

My pal May is there now for her 50th with girlfriends and riding camels in the desert!

I can only imagine how cool that must be.


The amazing Mary McDonald in Veranda.

 A beautiful mix of tile, plates, stripes and prints.



 This shade is really so luxe. I wonder if you'd grow tired of a blue kitchen?


This month's House Beautiful was chock full of blue.




 This home (both pics above), designed by Miles Redd was especially fabulous and inspiring!



Indigo is a memoir combining a woman's search for her identity and a research into the origins of Indigo.

I'd love to read this! Has anyone else?



Perfect indigo on this coat!



Lorenzo Castillo - Pinterest. Loving this wallpaper!



Denim and dark blue are also everywhere now.


Paint something boring blue. This desk really makes this room!






Dreaming of a summer dinner with a mismatched mix of blue plates and linens.

Plates can be beautiful wall art too.

Think I'll start collecting...




Ralph Lauren Home




Okay sorry last Tory Burch. Just so perfect this dress.



Charlotte Moss in Veranda. Love her!



Another fabulous melange of blue from Elle Decor.


Digging these shorts with maybe a slouchy navy blazer and cute flats? 

Crazy for this J Crew pair.



Pottery Barn.

I'm going to redo the boy's bath this year and I may do one wall in a similar navy.

 It's just the perfect navy, not too dark. (Okay reality- will dark show the dirt more?)



 Oscar de la Renta Spring 2014



I'm done with my brown rugs. (You know the feeling?)

This pretty navy rug also from Pottery Barn has me wanting to switch and go blue.



I'm also a fan of muted denim-hued blues.





Close your eyes and you are there! Fab wardrobe included!




Spring is just a few weeks away. Hang in there pals in the snowy climes!

We can do this!

 (How boring am I right now? I can't stop thinking about the next episode of Downton Abbey. I don't know how we could make it through January without it!! )

Kim



photos via Pinterest.


37 comments :

  1. I adore blue. Love those Tory things a lot. I really like her things.

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    1. Leigh, I love her things especially this spring! Thinking of splurging on a swimsuit..

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  2. haha re: Downton Abbey. Me too. Can't wait to see what happens. Actually PBS has had some great shows on lately, the 1964 show on American Experience was great. Loved all the old footage.
    Loving the blue ideas, we have ordered a few more decor items so once we have them, I'll do a post of our new found finds!

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    1. Lacey, Loving the PBS shows also! Missed the 1964 show. Will have to look. I am so into al those history documentaries.
      Yes, please post your home redo pics! Can't wait! xx

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  3. Beautiful and inspirational post!! Lots of eye candy. Where to begin, I love the street car in Portugal. That blue kitchen is a WOW. The blue coat is wonderful. I guess I never realized how much I liked blue!! I totally agree about that Morrocan spread. Oh oh. I wasn't planning any decorating projects, but I feel a mood coming on. Just lovely.

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  4. Oh my dear … I loved your opening … with wanting to 'chuck it all" ! haven't we al had that feeling when going down the pinterest rabbit hole … only to realize just how very much can be done with pillows and paint!

    What a perfectly curated get away you have created with this collection of amazing images … absolutely transporting!

    It's probably no surprise I am absolutely inspired by Charlotte Moss's extraordinary necklace!

    Thank you for this mood lifting post … it has me itching for May … when I change out my spring decor … for my summer blues and whites!

    xoxo
    Tamera

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    1. Tamera, Charlotte's necklace is like something you would create!! Love it.

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  5. Bring on spring for you and me both! This 13-degrees stuff is getting old real fast.

    I love all this blue and white stuff, too. I started a Pinterest board on blue and white a while back. I pinned some blue and white Oscar de la Renta dishes & a blue & white tea set from Anthropologie that keep tempting me.

    Stay warm. We'll be on to bluer skies soon!

    Keri

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    1. Gee Keri, hoping you get some warm soon! I've got to check out your blue board! x

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  6. We are on the same wavelength, because just last weekend I was sitting in my office/dining room and decided I need to paint it navy blue. I went on a navy-blue-room pinning frenzy. If I don't get snowed in this weekend, I am heading to the paint store! Have a great weekend, mama!

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    1. I'm going to check out your blog. Did you do the navy? Love to see it!!

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  7. Kim! Do I have news for you-check it out on my latest blog post! As for all of these luscious images I'm wondering if you have a blue wall in your future. These elements in blue are looking so fresh and fun. I'll be in Portugal this summer so I will definitely keep an eye out for those hues. Happy weekend girlfriend! xx

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    1. Heather, can't believe I won the contest!! Yea cannot wait to shop at your gorgeous online boutique. You are so fortunate to go to Portugal. That will be wonderful to read about from your perspective and eyes!! xx

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  8. Oh my gosh, gorgeous, I really want that denimy blue looking jacket and love both your denim shirt shots. I know what you mean, yesterday I met someone who wore her denim shirt like a jacket and a formal black and white silk top underneath - it made both things looks so cool.Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Love that idea Jody...Always those who do the unexpected look so good!

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  9. LOVE this post! I've always love blue and white in a kitchen or for a vase with daisies, but now, I'm think blue and white fashion as well! Gorgeous! I'm inspired! OXOX

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    1. Thanks Dawn! Blue and white in the kitchen does sound pretty!

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  10. Blue is my favourite colour too, iIt ooks good in clothes and even in home decor. Aerin Lauder also have beautiful blue and white rooms! I can't wait for Spring to come.

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    1. Pam, I know love Aerin's home! Spring can't come fast enough. xx

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  11. I love blue, especially dark ones paired with white. It's such classic and elegant combination.

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    1. Hi BB! Thanks for the comment and reading. Loving the indigos too!

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  12. Such gorgeous images. I LOVE blue especially in interiors. As I live part-time in Spain (and 1 hour away from Portugal), your images are a great representation of how much blue is used in the Med.
    I love the image of the tram in Portugal ;-)
    Hope you are well Sweets xx

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    1. Vanessa thanks so much. I bet you see so much beauty being so close to the Mediterranean! xo

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  13. Kim,
    You have exquisite taste....each image is just what we all need...this time of year has us all thinking like this I think... we want to be bathed in the warmth of the sun., warm water and blue skies.
    xo
    annie

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    1. Thanks Annie you are sweet. I think we could all use some sun now! x

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  14. Blue is such a refreshing color. I love that Morocco photo with the woman in the tunic. I have that image somewhere on my blog, too and tried to dress like her ;)
    Blue is one color I have none of in our home - except for our master bedroom. I want to add more blue to it in the form of paint one of these days!
    xo, A

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    1. Adrienne, I haven't had much blue either except for Aqua in my living room. Love to add some navy or indigo in too.

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  15. Kim
    So much to love here! I adore the bench with the ethnic pillows! It is finally raining yeah!!!

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    1. Cindy thanks! It looks like something you would design! Glad you are getting some rain down there as well.

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  16. After the constant rain and grey sky here I was ready for some colour! Blue is such an uplifting colour and you have certainly found some gorgeous examples here. Many of these images instantly brought back memories of holidays in the sun...Portugal (beautiful tiles everywhere) and Turkey (more wonderful ceramics) in particular. Those mismatched plates would be perfect for a summer dinner. Great post, Kim
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. miss b, You have had a lot of rain there in the U.K. lately I heard. Hope it ends soon. Lucky for you to get to travel to all these exotic climes and see all this inspiring blue beauty! Thanks so much!

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  17. Kim I love your ode to blue - I also am bored of brown rugs! But it seems like such a big investment that I always want to be safe but then blue is hardly crazy is it? i adore blue porcelain and while I am at it the blue sky so I need to try and inject more blue. xx

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    1. Naomi, yes you could do blue in your new home! Seems pretty safe right? guess we have been thinking neutrals are the safe bet, but I'm getting excited to switch over to blues!

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  18. I love the picture of the china plates! So pretty :) I'm loving blue right now too!

    <3 Christina
    A RAINY MELODY

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  19. Love the blue I just think it is such a great colour winter or summer

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