fresh blue + white

I was so inspired by the gorgeous home in yesterday’s post, that I put together a design board to share how to implement fresh blue and white in your home.  A preppy look in today’s design world has more modern elements and less frills, and is more streamlined with a mix of varied finishes and styles.  I put my own spin on this board while keeping in mind the aesthetic of our inspiration home.  Most importantly, all items on this board are easy on the purse strings.

simply seleta preppy white

First things first, a palette in Ben Moore’s Simply White OC-117 for walls and moulding.  I recently selected this color for a client’s bathroom with colorful glass tile and quartz counters.  I love that it’s a fresh white without feeling too stark or creamy.

1.  These classic baskets are perfect for extra blankets and stray toys.

2.  This white ribbon coral on crystal base would be gorgeous on a bookshelf or in a space that’s a darker blue (for contrast).

3.  These ceramic lamps are a great price and easy way to update a room.  The pretty splash of blue against white walls is fetching.  They’re sold as a set, which is nice!

4.  Amanda Stone Talley painting – a smaller piece still has impact, great investment.

5.  Just saw this metal accent table in person and think it’s adorable next to chair or sofa.

6.  Gold bamboo hardware is a great way to update a simple chest or blasé cabinets – plus it’s always good to mix metal finishes throughout your home.

7.  A white garden stool keeps the preppy vibe alive.

8.  One great design investment for any home is this parsons desk (on sale).  We have this one in my 13 year old’s bedroom and I hope someday she gets bored with it so I can snag it for my bedroom ; )

9.  This 5 x 8 rug in a soft pattern would be lovely layered over a larger jute or seagrass rug to add a hint of color and pattern.

10.  Sophisticated wall sconces in chrome are a great way to mix metals in your space – only $68.

11.  Adorable tufted settee in deep blue.

12.  One easy way to add a pop of mod is with a sunburst mirror.  Update: this one is out of stock, but I do love this similar one and this, which is a little more.

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I’m off early to enjoy the holiday weekend (after I survive today’s teacher work day, ugh).  Be back first of next week.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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preppy white

I had a minor fainting spell when I saw a mention of this stunning, fresh Connecticut home owned by Zhush founder, Sue De Chiara.  Behold, white perfection with delightful pops of navy.


I love the warmth and modern elegance in every room.  Complete with an Amanda Stone Talley masterpiece above the living room fireplace, of course.  When asked how De Chiara keeps a clean white living room (above),  she explained that the room lacks a TV or a good Wi-Fi connection, so the kids have little in hanging out in that space.  Great strategy.  


If you’re going all white or bust, there is nothing more clever than pairing it with navy florals, velvets, and some animal pattern for punch.  I had heart palpitations over her high gloss blue bar.


And this is the first kitchen I’ve seen with gold touches and white that I really, truly love.  And paper whites – I always forget to plant the bulbs for winter blooms.  They’re so delicate and cheerful.


Every detail is friendly and fresh, right down to the tabletops.


She has three children and has styled their bedrooms in the most darling, chic way.  Here are two of the three…


De Chiara noted that both of her daughters had any choice of color for their rooms, and each opted for an all white palette.  This room gushes pure happiness.


Enjoy the rest of their fabulous home tour as well as design sources in the article here.  I didn’t even show you the bathrooms or master closet, which are all mind blowing.  Interior design by Muse Interiors, photography by  Nicole Cohen.

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A few classics in my world.  Starting with chambray and baubles.  Two things most of us have in our closet, but don’t always think to pair together.  The faux fur vest adds a fun winter touch.  This similar vest is cute for $42.  This one on clearance is nice too and comes in more custom sizes.  

monday collar

A good message to hang on your wall.  Found here.  

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A good chicken.  Indeed a classic for any fresh-egg-loving family.  We have a silkie like this one, who is fluffy and white.  She lays eggs like clockwork, then fusses outside our door for us to come and collect her precious egg when done.  She also hunts me down and yells at me if it rains, even though she has a covered coop.  Not kidding.  Maybe I should consider getting her a crown like this, since she thinks she’s a queen.

monday chicken

A pretty room via.  The view doesn’t hurt.  

monday view

A great bike ride, which I’m convinced boosts happy chemicals in your brain.  We took advantage of some sun and enjoyed a family bike ride this weekend.  Here are the girls.  Couldn’t catch the boys, they were way ahead.

monday bike ride

Last but not least, a feminine tweed blazer to carry you into early spring.  Can’t get this one out of my head.

monday tweed

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