In 2001, Blue and White in Your Home was published. It is a compilation of many of the most popular rooms from the magazine. I came across my copy while looking for another book and just had to revisit. Here is the cover:
The white slipcovered sofa is current for even today. Notice the Victorian plant stand/table that has been painted and is tucked back into the corner. The lap boards on the walls are wonderful. Notice that the blue in the room is only in accents…curtains, pillows, a throw, a painted piece. If you want a blue and white family room, don’t buy a blue sofa. Put the color in accessories so that if you change your mood with the season or after years, you can change the look without having to buy a new sofa.
The kitchen looks like it came from the same house. Notice the cottage look of the slip covered dining chairs and the charming table cover which features a scalloped edge made from what I think are kitchen towels in cobalt blue and white.
Now that I think about it, I know that my blue and white state of mind arrived last week while watching HGTV. They ran back to back Sarah Richardson episodes. She was designing her lake house. I think that this blue and white sun porch/family room is just spectacular. She explained that since you see the water outside of the windows, she wanted the inside to be water inspired so that the eye had a restful and cohesive movement from inside to outside. The same thing would happen in a mountain home if you used greens and browns. Here is Sarah’s lovely room:
See the different patterns of blue and white in the fabric. There is a large floral (ottoman) small print (pillow) and a stripe (large pillow). This is a good rule of thumb when you want to mix fabrics. It would not be good to use all large floral or all stripe.
The chairs are neutral and the color is in the pillows. The paneling was white washed to give an airy feel. A bamboo table in the corner is more beachy…airy and light.
Can you imagine lying on this chaise for the afternoon with a good book?