Tuesday, June 12, 2012

via: coastal living
I'm guessing because this is an election year,  the American Flag as a graphic component, has become the clear fore runner in the trending world. For the last 6 months it seems to be everywhere.
Ashley Whittaker, via: 'everything leb'



 To me, the color combo is always a good crisp, go-to whether used in the classic, Ralph Lauren-y way or used sparsely - with big hits of saturated color in a more modern sense. 





via: Martha Stewart


Even if you're not down with the Americana vibe, it's a great jumping off point. For instance, by adding a little blue to the red, you'll get a  raspberry that pairs well with a turquoise which in turn, reads a little more Swedish.


I've always loved designer, Ellen O'Neill's aesthetic. When I first saw these shots from her Bridgehampton, NY home, in House Beautiful I was reminded of how she always manages to take a clever angle on an approach that's not new. No, the notes of 'red' aren't true reds but more reminiscent of a favorite faded pair of Nantucket Red pants- pretty and beach-casual perfect.

Ellen O'Neill via House Beautiful
Ellen O'Neill via House Beautiful

Of course, if you can't totally commit or only like to give in during the season of patriotism , tossing a blanket or a few pillows in is an easy, hassle free way to switch things around. Just remember, if you start getting hokey, it will look hokey (wind socks = hokey) and that's fine...so long as that's  your intention.


via: mjolk
 Personally, I think this blanket (above) is beautiful. Probably best suited for a kid's room, but I do love the anchors and how they tilt to create waves.




I think what I love about this combination mostly, is that it always feels like summer near the water. For me, that's where the best memories are made.

3 comments:

beachcitylifestyle said...

It's so funny because I'm not a red person, but I love red white and blue beachy decor. That faded red striped sofa fabric (House Beautiful) is fantastic. Someday I want the interior of a house where all the fabrics are faded and washed a million times with well worn pine floors and tables with chipped paint.

Mrs. Blandings said...

That image with the prints in red frames? I showed that to my oldest to give him an idea of what I was thinking for his room. Didn't go well. Seems 14-year-old boys are literal and he could not make the mental translation of the double ric rack bordered bed skirt to anything to do with him. As a mother of three boys, I've always loved this look.

Irene Wibowo said...

i love this. :) http://lovesimplegreen.blogspot.com/

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