InspirationMay 28, 2013

Design Crush: Jeanette Whitson and Hague Blue!

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I kind of flipped when I saw the cover of the new House Beautiful.  And the editors clearly felt the way I do about this room since they made it a fold out cover to show the entire space! The designer is self-taught Jeannette Whitson of Garden Variety Design. It’s a beautiful home with lots of traditional details that somehow feel fresh and new.

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This kitchen is amazing- and making me think I should have painted the frame of my window the same color as my lower cabinets!

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Where to start here? The light? The banister? The windows? The ceiling?

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Best. Butlers Pantry. EVERRRRRR. Do you even SEE that sink?  And while taxidermy is not everyone’s jam, I love that it’s the mascot for her shop Garden Variety Design (you can shop yourself on 1st Dibs!)

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I have a soapstone sink JUST LIKE THIS in my basement waiting to be used in this way…..

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Shall we venture outdoors? Yes, lets.

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OK, back to the blue room of my dreams….ridonculous. And the second I saw it I knew it was Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue because it’s my favorite paint color ever. It looks lighter in this photo than it really is, but it’s the most perfect navy with a dash of peacock blue ever created.  It’s so amazing it serves almost as a neutral backdrop to tones like orange, violet, tan leather, yellow….. you name it.

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On top of the amazing paint job she used two of my all time favorite fabrics-Peter Dunham’s Ikat Stripe and  Michael Smith/ Jasper’s Indian Flower.  I seriously bow down to this room.

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Initially I thought it was so out there to do a sofa in the same navy as the walls but then I quickly found a few other images where designers had done the same thing!

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And a few more images of Hague Blue (mostly high gloss) in use proving that it’s the most magical of colors!

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Navy blue walls

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I used it in an small Beacon Hill home office paired with Osborne & Little’s Coronata Star on the ceiling….

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I painted Andrew’s office similar shade and we love it- it’s a tiny space (as is the space above) and the dark color makes the walls recess instead of close in on you- so consider a dark shade like this in any of your small spaces!

 

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