summertime blues

I have a confession.  I’ve never decorated with blues in my own home.  Yes, I’ve used aquas, greens, and a whole lot of white, but not the blues that you typically associate with coastal homes.  I’ve certainly used them in other projects but I guess I felt it would be too obvious in a Santa Barbara house.

And then I won a pretty African Indigo pillow on Instagram from One Tribe Co.

One Tribe Co

I was going to give it my daughter but she wasn’t quite ready to change up her studio apartment.  I loved the pillow, and since I do have paintings and art with different shades of blue,  I placed it on my sofa.  Below was the more neutral way the living room looked before the new pillow…

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Before the sofa was neutral with some soft aqua…

As you can imagine, the blue pillow looked a bit lonely.  I bought a solid linen pillow from RH in a pretty French blue and a lovely cream and blue pillow from my IG pal Jody at IndieBungalow who I’ve featured here before.  That sweet friend included a lovely blue batik and white mud cloth pillow that was gorgeous! The beauty of having a neutral sofa and walls, is the ability to change your accessories on a whim (or when you win a pillow)!  I then added a small blue linen throw on my safari chair and here was how it looked…

Summertime Blues
My new blues…

I love it!  But now it seemed strange that in our open concept home, this was the only place there was any indigo or darker blue. Taking a cue from my large bowl of sea glass on our dining table, I realized I could add just a few bold touches of blue to the rest of the soft colors…

Summertime Blues
The bold pieces of cobalt blue inspired me to add some touches around the house.

Enter West Elm.  I had noticed in their catalog some beautiful blue vases and votives. They have quite a selection beyond the ones I ended up buying and they look beautiful with all the aqua and green glass I already own.

Summertime Blues
Loving the different shades of blue with my West Elm vase, books, and sea glass.
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Small punches of cobalt blue amidst the green and white…both West Elm
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Sea glass inspired blues…

In our entry hall, my denim jacket and a striped canvas bag add a small touch of blue as does the fabric cord on the California sign!

Summertime Blues
Even the cord on the California sign is blue!
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The addition of a blue votive and a hydrangea blossom bring a pretty touch to the media cabinet
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A few blue books bring the color into the bedroom…

So if you’ve never been comfortable with blue or if there is another color you may have been afraid to try, it’s very simple with a few small accessories to make a change.  Next week I may be back to neutrals or maybe even black and white, but for now I’m enjoying the summery vibe of my new blues!

Summertime Blues
Ocean themed art and shades of blue just feel like summer…

9 thoughts on “summertime blues

  1. I find the pops of blue very calming, yet they also add a pop of color keeping the space from becoming to bland. I love how natural and calming your home looks and always enjoy your posts! ❤️❤️❤️

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  2. Such a pretty re-do! I especially love those two lamps on either side of the sectional. The two heights and slim lines make them interesting but not imposing. Can you share who makes them?


    • Hi Catherine. Unfortunately they are from a French company called Bleu Nature and were sold in an expensive set of 3 (different sizes) The local shop, Porch that I worked at sold them separately and I snatched 2 with my discount. They are no longer buying from that vendor. I’m afraid that’s all the info I have. I love them too!


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