Anne Hepfer Design

Ahhhhh….qua. We really think that’s how it should be spelled. Because, out of all the color choices, it’s quite possibly the most soothing. Doesn’t this kitchen just whisper, “You could relax with a quiet cup of coffee here?”

Anne Hepfer Design

Aqua seems like a very appropriate color choice for this week because a group of friends and I are hosting a baby shower at the Beaufort house! And it’s a…. boy! (Otherwise, the aqua probably wouldn’t seem quite so appropriate…) 

Andrew J. Howard

But, boy or girl, aqua really is just one of our all-time, all-around favorite colors. Well, I mean, right now. Favorite colors are apt to change, you know.

Ken Hayden Photography – Metropolitan Magazine

Aqua is one of those colors that doesn’t feel the need to call attention to itself. Just a hint, like in this living room, is wonderful. And Fresh Flowers like those on the side table are such a luxury!

Tim Clarke Design – Noah Webb Photographer

This bathroom is so fabulous, and that little touch of aqua shampoo adds a little something extra, don’t you think? (We feel like all of you, like us, are the kind of people who would buy a shampoo based on color coordination for the bathroom…)

Serena and Lily = Carl Hernandez Artist

Swooning over this painting. Carl Hernandez is such a talented artist!

Windsor Smith Design

What a dream vanity! The mirror is so stunning and that little aqua stool is just the perfect touch. We’d love to get ready here every morning!

Ken Hayden Photography

Let’s face it, this bathroom would be phenomenal in any color. Check out that view! The aqua seems to blend right in so beautifully!

Michael Stavaridis Photography

I need to know where these chairs are from ASAP. They are incredible. This is just the kind of place where a glass railing is so appropriate. You just have to be able to see that glittering pool below!

Michael Stavaridis Photography

Oh my gosh! This might be one of the coolest pictures of the beach we’ve seen! Incredible!!

Lynn Morgan Design

Both of these lights are so chic. We love beach house decor that ties in all the colors from right outside the door.

Ken Hayden Photograpy

What a dreamy kitchen. That one little patch of aqua keeps all of that white from looking boring. (Although, let’s be real, it would still be crazy amazing without the aqua…)

Emily McCarthy

Oh so adorable!

Neiman Marcus

I must have these…


And this! What’s better for summer than aqua toes? Well, maybe aqua toes in the sand…

Wishing you a wonderful (preferably sandy) weekend!

Bathed in Blue

Windsor Smith Home

Happy Friday, friends! First, we’re so sorry about the issues we’ve been having on our blog lately and the pictures being slow to load. We have some great people working on it, and hope that it will all be fixed by Sunday. (Seriously this time…)

AND, I have some exciting news! I (Kristy) recently signed a book deal with Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and my first novel will be out early next Spring! Yay! I probably don’t even have to tell you that the main character is an interior designer! So, to counteract our slow blog problems, we’re posting the rest of “Bathed in Blue” over at my new blog! There are some gorgeous blue and white photos (and a great quote!) that you won’t want to miss!

It won’t take the pictures long to download and you can let me know what you think of my new author site. (Shari at Little Blue Deer is working on it!) You are, after all, my most stylish friends! And, don’t worry. The new book/blog won’t affect Design Chic one bit! We hope you all have an amazing weekend!

Lee Ann Thornton Interiors

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Happy, White and Blue!

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All the Kings Houses

In all shades, shapes, sizes and spaces, there are likely few color combinations as well loved, timeless and versatile.

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Sara Gilbane Interiors

Even just a hint of blue is enough to liven a white space. These fun pendants and fabric add so much interest to this pretty kitchen.

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NY apt of Rebecca de Ravenel via Vogue

Blue and white can be as bold as can be.

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Jill Unger Interiors

Bright and patterned and incredibly eye catching.

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Brian J. McCarthy Interior and Fritz von der Schulenburg Photography

And then, in the next room over it’s just as soft and soothing and lovely. And that’s what we think we love about it so much. It’s the perfect color combination to spread throughout a home, combine in coordinating tones and create a different feel in every space.

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Mark D Sikes

At the end of the day, blue and white is just fun! Maybe it’s because it’s reminiscent of the sand and ocean and sky — and this fabulously, frighteningly fun convertible!

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John B. Murray Architects

In one breath, blue and white can be a throwback, reminiscent of a simpler time, as cozy and warm as an old stone hearth.

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Francesco Lagnese Photography

Then, in the next, it can be a whimsical yet ultimately calming tented room.

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There’s no doubt that blue and white out the window is our favorite. But this stunning frock is a pretty close second!

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New England Home Magazine

A mix of shades and patterns keeps blue and white from being anything but boring.

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Coastal Living Magazine

Even though it comes in thoroughly modern patterns,

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William Briggs

It is always a classic! (And I have always been so crazy for Defender 90s… And my birthday is coming up, so if anyone has one they want to send my way…)

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Axel Voordort

Speaking of classic, this amazing faucet has such old world, European charm.

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Turquoise, Tulips and Bliss

But a stir of the straw brings it back down South!

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Toby Leary Fine Woodworking

From the front porch to the powder room,

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To those words we should never forget, blue and white always makes us happy!

Wishing you a day full of happy, no matter the color palette. Thanks for visiting us today!



Monday Musings: Carolina Blue

Sandra Morgan Design
If you aren’t from North Carolina, this may not mean much to you, but Saturday night was the Mount Everest of basketball games, the much-anticipated Tobacco Road rivalry of UNC vs. Duke. In our family, we bleed blue — that lovely shade of Carolina blue, that is, not Duke blue. Ew.
Diamond Baratta Designs
As you might have guessed Carolina won. Handily. Otherwise, this post wouldn’t be happening.
Lee Ann Thornton Design
Truth be told, Duke beat us at home in the last match up, and we had been so far ahead that, exhausted as I was, I turned the game off and went to sleep only to find that Duke had pulled it out with a buzzer shot. Annoying.
Sandra Morgan Interiors
As such, this time, I was a wreck even when we were up by twenty, because I knew our potential to fall apart. But we didn’t. And we ended the season with a win against Duke, winner of the ACC season and a favorite for top seed come tournament time. Woo hoo!

Nathan Egan Interiors
I’ll have to say, though, that I found myself feeling a little sad for the Duke players, losing on their court on senior night to their biggest rival.
Cathy Kincaid Interiors
This can only mean one thing: Motherhood has made me soft.
Suzanne Kasler Design
I actually remember sitting in the Dean Dome crying — for like and hour — after a loss to Duke in college. Trust me, I wasn’t the only one shedding tears.
abode love

At any rate, we hope you enjoy these gorgeous images of what has to be our favorite color, for more reasons than one.

Have a wonderful Monday, friends!


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