On the Shelf :: Blue Bookcases

We all know that the COTY (color of the year) in 2015, is Marsala. It’s been dissected, debated and dissed causing quite a firestorm on social media. I’m on the fence as you know, and I probably would have chosen something a little different. Like blue. A deep rich blue, like the depths of the Indian Ocean, but, unfortunately, no one asked. So instead I’ve decided its TACOTY (The Ace Color of the Year), and it’s going to be hot. At least it will be at Casa B., the design lab. Yes, we have agreed to redo another room for a brand that we will be collaborating with. So this is where blue is going to take a starring role. I dream of blue bookcases, and I’ve been accumulating a lot of evidence. All to sway the opinion of Mr. B., and I think that I’ve armed myself with some spectacular examples of why our bookcases should be painted blue. In fact, I once had a clients man-cave painted deep indigo blue, we kept the bookcases a “sagey” green, and added some tartan plaid Ralph Lauren carpet. Even though I’m not a traditionalist I can honestly say I loved that space. As a designer (on hiatus for the Blog), I would say that there is a sub-conscious desire to give our clients elements that we secretly wish we had in our home. It’s true. Looking back, I can say that I lived a portion of my dreams in each space I designed.

As a designer, I would say there is a sub-conscious desire to give our clients certain elements that we secretly wish we had in our own home.”

- Vicki Gladle Bolick

So back to the client with the indigo walls, his wife happened to be a librarian and had the books in alphabetical order. I didn’t know that until after I styled the shelves. Yes, with my designer’s eye I decided to arrange them by color and height, hiding her husband’s college memorabilia & peanuts behind the books so by the time they returned home the shelves look pretty amazing. Unfortunately, as I said she had all those books in alphabetical order, needless to say, they had a great sense of humour. Lesson learned, “ask first, arrange later.” On a side note,: I did help to put them back in their original order.

The wall colour in my former clients home is something that we’ve used a bit in Casa B., but I want to incorporate it in a big way. So with navy as a trend colour this year (did it ever go away?), I foresee it making an appearance in our home. Seriously, blue is the new black. I’m positively obsessed, and since I have committed to make-over another room in our home, I’m going to use it. Except I’m using a new philosophy at Casa B., “Paint first, ask later.” Have you ever heard a husband say, “I’m not in love with that colour, so I’m going paint over it this weekend.” In fact, they would rather live with our design mistakes then take the time to correct it. Am I right? So if you love something, just do it. Our new motto for 2015.

When I show you some positively stunning examples of blue bookcases, I’m sure you’ll agree that Indigo is the only way to go.

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This room is stunning from the velvet blue sofas to the wallpapered ceiling…

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Do I see Marsala paired with Indigo Blue?

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Blue with yellow accents the perfect pairing…

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 Designers/ Eric Cohler & Jennifer Mason

There are a lot of people who try lacquer but none as successfully as this duo.

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Thom Filicia

I know I’m biased when it comes to Thom (we’re from the same hometown), but this room is just “beyond”  in blue.

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Credit/ Jennifer Latimer

I love gold around my wrist and it’s also absolutely perfect as an accent paired with indigo.

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This is the perfect play of pattern and shades of blue.

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I love the contrast of the well-worn leather books against the deep blue of the bookcase…

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Baths That Make A Splash

What a very long day…the one thing “Wonder Woman” and I definitely have in common is the name. When I got up today and thought of all the things I had to accomplish, I hid underneath the covers until the snooze button went off 6 times. In all honesty, I would absolutely love to hire someone to just run around town and do client “pick up’s,” that’s it. Unfortunately, that only happens in the reality TV world of “Million Dollar Decorators.” I would rather do my own laundry, clean my own house and make dinner then to plan out the logistics of picking up lighting, accessories, drapery, pillows, and sometimes upholstered items on one trip. Then I face the Olympic size task of squeezing it all in my car (wish I had a moving van) before heading back to the office. But, I did it, and if I could reach around and pat myself on the back I would do it, even my poor feet hurt, and I had on my brand new Tory Burch flats in very comfortable, very soft tumbled leather (a gift to myself because Mr. B. watched football one entire weekend and I had some downtime, total score).

One project I am tackling this year is the bathroom, and something you won’t see is a standard aluminum shower door, or even a frame-less assembly. I am going one step beyond the “design standard” and doing a shower frame in iron, my personal prediction is that this trend is going to be “on fire” in the next several years, (and you heard it here first). Our master-bath is going to be fabulous, and if all goes according to plan it should be done in 2013. I am so obsessed with this look that I am attempting it in our Master Bath  (also known as the “design experiment”).  Mr. B is totally on board, but there was a trade off, he gets a golf cart and I get a bathroom. Well played, very well played…

Once a week I’ll feature a floral arrangement by my six year old designer-in-training, she picked out the flowers, arranged them and chose a vase…this week she chose white and red tipped roses from the supermarket because the colours “were really pretty together”, and the vase “because it needed some sparkle.”

Here are some of my favorite steel shower door enclosures….and they are all just stunners….

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I do want to give special mention the the qua-trefoil detail over the window…

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I hope you are enjoying the new look of the “photo-graphics” and as always please don’t forget to check out my Pinboards on Pinterest for more design inspiration. Help me reach my lofty goal of 5,000 followers by the end of 2013. I’m already up to 100…(start small and dream big).

I’m Feeling Blue-(Cobalt that is)…

Now that the election is over, it’s time to get back down to business. I’ll be honest I was glued to the news for most of the day yesterday…regardless of who you voted for it’s time for our country to heal-starting today. Enough said. In a way…the old red, white and blue was the inspiration behind my post. Blue specifically..the deep rich, “paint it in my study” kind, the colour that has been inspiring designers such as Ralph Lauren for decades, and happens to be Pantone’s Colour for 2013-Monaco Blue. In fact, I sent my little fashionista to school today dressed in a Ralph Lauren Tartan plaid shirt and Cobalt Blue leggings, that is how committed I am to using blue. Because I’m pretty sure Mr. B. isn’t even going to let me add a pillow to the sofa, so why not inject a little of 2013’s trend colour into my daughter’s wardrobe? A small consolation, but I have used blue in the past, in a client’s basement (for that “Country Club” vibe), and in a Powder Room with some really stunning Osbourne and Little wallpaper (www.osbourneandlittle), a crystal chandelier and a Venetian Mirror. I still daydream about that room, but unfortunately 10 years ago, taking pictures of my work was the last thing from my mind. Now I wish I had at least one snapshot…and I might just have to replicate it very soon. Because one of my client’s told me today that she is going to let us re-do her powder room and she adores blue, which gives me a great opportunity to push the design envelope again, (all with her blessing of course).

Now from the style files comes some really fabulous bluesy interiors, and a close up of a custom headboard I did for a client last year…in a deep blue with pops of gold….

A little slice of blue heaven in this custom headboard with the gold accents….

Designer/Miles Redd

I have to admit I have been a huge fan of Miles Redd, not because he hails from Atlanta, but because he creates the most dramatic and visually stunning interiors that my baby blues have ever laid eyes on. This space is no exception, the deep blue lacquered walls, the black and white tiled floors and the red accents create the perfect fusion of colour in this NYC foyer.

From Elle Decor

This space is full of inspiration, and is a lesson in layering. The rug reminds me of a oversized crocheted doily (in a good way), and the mix of modern pieces with more relaxed furnishings creates a cozy and eclectic space. All while using a colour palette of deep blues.

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I love the layering of blues in this space, and the fact that they brought in a deeper cobalt in the artwork, although I’ll say the subject choice is…interesting. The real standout is the knotted drapery…just luscious.

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I have loved this photo for so long that it’s dog-eared and faded, but it’s still pinned to my inspiration board (barely hanging by a thread)…I.LOVE.THE.FOXED.MIRRORS. In fact, a room with mirrors, cobalt and white is simply stunning.

(L)-Joel Bray, (R) Stella McCartney

From the runway to home interiors, Cobalt is making it’s regal presence known…

An ad from Ralph Lauren, using a bit of darker blue. A special mention goes out to the patina on the distressed walls….L.O.V.E.

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 I’m a “little or a lot” kind of girl, there is no happy medium as far as I’m concerned. Which is why I love this little table vignette…perfection. Adding a little touch of trend colour will bring in some pizazz…

So here’s to a new start…

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