Summertime Blue & White (and some art)

Whenever I decorate a home by the shore I immediately go to blue and white as the palette. It’s so obvious, but it’s also so WONDERFUL! There is something just so crisp and clean about an all blue and white space- don’t you think? I also have been having a serious moment with collections of blue and white ginger jars- am thinking of putting a few in the middle of my dining table. I just love them! Here are some great spaces utilizing this color scheme and a few picks to get the look yourself.











rug // ginger jar // bench // pillow // plates // iphone case // dot pillow // chair // vases // tablecloth

And speaking of summertime and this hot beach weather, I am SO loving these beach paintings by Teil Duncan!  The colors and composition along with the semi-abstract style are all so wonderful. I’d love one to put in the guest room (my room) at my parent’s new beach house!






22 Responses to “Summertime Blue & White (and some art)”

  1. Lindsay says:

    Yikes! Those drapes (plaid? gingham?) scare the bejesus out of me. Otherwise I love pretty much all the other pics.

  2. I love blue and white! It’s so calming so it’s perfect for the beach.

  3. Melissa says:

    There is a stunning exhibit celebrating all things blue and white at the MFA right now!

  4. Kathleen says:

    I fell in love with the Lapis-border china pictured next to the blue & white bowl when I registered at Shreve’s almost 27 years ago. It was so pricey that I chose another pattern. I still love the Lapis china after all this time!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Erin, love these paintings! Thanks for sharing. I keep looking for your design/business website but can’t find it. I’d love to see more of your work. Do you not have one?

  6. I love deep blue and white in this combination. Very elegant, like Royal Copenhagen china.

  7. Edyta says:

    Wow, these beach paintings are amazing!!

  8. BRANDI says:

    Continuing with the blue/white.. check out this outdoor space in the home of Vogue Brazil style director Donata Meirelles’s Sao Paulo home:

  9. michelle says:

    i am obsessed with blue and white. basically my whole wardrobe and room is blue and white (except a few pops of pink). thanks to you i feel like i need gingham curtains!

  10. Caroline L. says:

    One of my favorite color schemes, as well :) It’s just so preppy and classic and lovely!

  11. Violet Vixen says:

    Blue is my favorite color! Blue and white makes me think classic and sophisticated summer, love it!

  12. Lisa T. says:

    Loooove these! You definitely have the same taste in art as I do! I especially like anything that is related to the ocean/beach or summer–my favorite season!

  13. Katie says:

    I love Teil’s work! Thank you for sharing this with us. trying to figure out which one might work in our house. love, love!

  14. Patricia says:

    I’ve been a blue and white fan forever … didn’t know quite why until my sister found my childhood tea set; blue willow. which also explains the slowly collected twelve place settings including soup tureens and vegetable dishes and pitchers and egg cups (and just stop me now!). I think I’ve cornered the west coast market on blue willow berry bowls…

  15. Hanna says:

    Great Post. Thank you for the introduction to Teil Duncan’s works; love them!

  16. The kitchen with the blue base cabinets and white uppers is fabulous!

  17. Franki Parde says:

    I always “change out” paintings (pictures, etc.) with the seasons…these summer scenes are sensational! franki

  18. Robin says:

    I have to have one of these beach paintings by Teil Duncan. They are fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Can’t go wrong with these colors. Every one of those photos is fabulous (although I agree with Lindsay about the drapes…). I probably also wouldn’t be able to resist throwing in some small accents of greens or yellows.

  20. Meg says:

    Just signed a lease on a cute little place by the beach and I’m SO inspired by all of the navy/indigo and blue hues of the water. This just took my obsession to the max! So many wonderful ideas… thank you for sharing!! Cheers!

  21. Karen Albert says:

    Beautiful paintings Erin! You know I adore anything blue and white!

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