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Brian Edward Millett

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Blue and white have been a classic color scheme for centuries.  The design industry is constantly inspired by ancient Chinese ceramics and other things that combine crisp white with rich blue.  Blue has long been my favorite shade, from a barely there icy hue to the deepest indigo.  I’ve seen some beautiful rooms lately and looks from the spring runways that show exquisitely why blue and white works.  Another color i’m obsessed with in combination with blue and white is a deep leafy green as seen in rooms designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber and Daniel Romualdez for fashion designer Tory Burch.  Any color really could be used with blue and white.  How about a bright canary yellow…or coral…or pale pink for a more feminine color scheme?  A room painted a high gloss brown would be a warmer companion to blue and white if the all blue and white feels too bright and beachy to you.  Add some blue and white pottery to your current decor to test it out.  Just have fun with your rooms and wardrobe!
A neutral room filled with furniture in various shades of blue leads to a lacquered blue dining room.  This home is on the west coast, but could easily translate to the east, or anywhere for that matter.
Don’t be afraid to mix patterns!  It’s so easy when you choose a palette like blue and white.  You can’t really mix wrong. 
An airy dress by Derek Lam could have been pulled right out of the rooms shown.
Striking ikats, a pattern popular since the mid 20th-century and used by style-setters like decorators Billy Baldwin and David Hicks, continues to be used in the chicest rooms.  I love a bold print on upholstered pieces when done in a pattern that will never go out of style!  The greenery found in the tropical palm and hydrangea in the basket keep the color scheme from being too monotonous.
An entrance table holds a hydrangea in the prettiest shade of blue.  Neutral ottomans and rug ground the space and make a quiet announcement of the blue that is to be found in the rooms above.  A large-scale blue and white gourd vase sits proudly beside a blue carpeted staircase.
I love, love, love gourd shaped vases, solid or in classical patterned blue and white.  They are pretty left empty, but look lovely with fresh-cut flowers.  I recently filled a brown gourd vase with inexpensive mauvey pink chrysanthemums.  The blue and white version would be stunning with bright green zinnias.
A Givenchy-style long sofa upholstered in a green silk velvet sits against a wall of the same fabric in the living room of Tory Burch.  Once used to buffer sound, upholstered walls have become a thing of great luxury and are always chic!  The tiger print accent pillow and large oil painting add more formality, but the glass and metal cocktail table adds some air to all the richness.
Designer Tory Burch’s living room not only has the long velvet sofa facing the fireplace, but has too lighter sofas flanking it.  The pale blue pillows look fantastic with all the green and work as a connective thread to the collection of blue and white porcelain throughout the space.

In a Connecticut tudorstyle house designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber, the living room features velvet covered walls and a custom double sofa in the same fabric.  Icy blue pillows were chosen just as seen in Tory Burch’s living room.  Blue and white garden stools act as side tables with modern brass lamps hovering above.  The carved stone mantel displays blue and white vases, some with fresh blooms.

 In a  room by Jeffrey Bilhuber, I belive in the same home as the above living room, a green and blue pattern was chosen for the shapely tufted sofa.  Pretty fringe was added to add more white to accompany the white-painted brick floor, walls and beamed ceiling (covered in reeding, as seen below).  A collection of decorative boxes creates a nice tableau on the iron coffee table.
An all white room is invigorated with cool greens and blues.  The slipper chairs are upholstered in a pattern that could have been taken directly from a Chinese vase.

A long dress (one of the season’s preferred lengths) by Derek Lam shows blue and white in an abstract, almost watery ikat pattern.


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