Singin’ the Blues


I was recently asked by a publisher what I thought the prevailing design trend for 2010

would be.  My answer was immediate and definitive – seen here in the quote I sent her:

 

RICH SHADES OF BLUE!

Prussian, Midnight, Cerulean & Turquoise.

Everyone is looking to get a lot of "bang for their buck" these days and that applies to

color as well.  Deep, intoxicating colors like those mentioned above bring a sense of

richness to a room when applied to walls (with paint, paper or fabric).  Moreover, these

shades of blue are überhip – perfect for the young, the bold and the stylish among us. 

 

Lo and behold, the next day Elle Decor’s March issue dropped with a deep blue room on the cover.  Snap!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The aforementioned cover – evidence of my intuition, insight, brilliance???  ; )

 

 

 

 

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And a sick spread inside featuring GORGEOUS jewelry and home accessories.

 

 

 

 

One of my favorite Vogue covers of all time.  Winona never looked so beautiful.

 

 

 

 

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Steven Gambrel’s west village townhouse.  Blue that’s sexy and masculine and unexpected.  Perfection.

 

 

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And wouldn’t you love to drive home to chez fabulous in a 1968 midnight blue Jaguar?

 

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Maybe you’re a little more diva and a little less duchess?

You might prefer to put your Manolo to the metal in an electric blue model from ‘84.

 

 

 

 

Gucci Debra heels

These stilettos would do the trick!  Gucci’s Debra heel.

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After a long day of wearing said stilettos, it’s time for a comfy pair of slippers.

Textile maven Gretchen Bellinger made these plush peds for me in a luxurious Bellinger mohair.

Yes, she's a rock star and yes, I worship her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gretchen Bellinger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A vintage silk folding screen in my bedroom as seen behind my slippers in the photo above.

 

 

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And a beautiful blue Degas book on my bedside table.

 

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Timothy Paul carries linens, accessories and some of the most beautiful pillows in town.

 

 

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David Collins' London home is a lesson in layering … dozens of shades of blue.

The gorgeous spread was featured in Spanish AD.

mad men - Joan Holloway blue dress

The perfect foil to the Collins' living room above?  Joan Holloway sipping a cocktail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

miles redd hague blue

 

Miles Redd is a designer who knows how to sex-up interiors with bright, bold colors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dress as Caribbean vacation in last month’s Vogue Nippon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Muriel Brandolini mixing cobalt, acid yellow and magenta in her own New York parlor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The same colors as seen in Balenciaga’s fall ‘09 ad campaign with Jennifer Connelly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Stella McCartney bag I carry during the winter months.

The color changes from indigo to midnight to black depending on the light.

 

 

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And the electric blue hooded jacket I love to layer over simple slacks and tees.

 

 

 

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I was deeply imbedded in my blue obsession as of December – my 2009 holiday cards.

 

 

 

 

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Two clutches from Vivre.  This company always nails it with accessories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One doesn’t typically associate cameos with cobalt blue … but how striking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bilhuber penn farmhouse - bm van deusen blue

 

A country home with a complex and completely original palette like only my man JB could do.

ladies in blue

For evening, dramatic blues look best on strong, sexy, confident women.

 

 

jeans

And let’s not forget about the original indigo – denim.  Whether dressed up or dressed down,

jeans are ALWAYS sexy.  Illustrated by BFF's Katie Holmes and Victoria Beckham.

 

 

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