Author of Designers Here and There: Inside the City and Country Homes of America's Top Decorators

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Blue Blue Blue

Have you picked up the March issue of "House Beautiful" filled with info, pictures and ideas about Americans' favorite color? How many shades of blue could there be? Don't know, but there is definitely one for everyone. Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz used a delphinium shade for one of the guest rooms in his beach house. It's pictured in "Designers Here and There" available now on Stephen Shubel, also in my book, opines on blue in "The Last Words" column. His pithy comment is to be careful because in general blues are "not so great for most skin tones." Better choices are yellows, peaches and pinks. The above picture is a piece by Dale Chihuly, a favorite artist of Sana Fe designer Pam Duncan, who has several such pieces in her home profiled in the book.


  1. Can't wait to get my very own copy of "Designers Here and There." From the cover photo alone, it promises to be juicy eye candy of the top designers very own homes.

  2. Good to see blue get its due. Often use blue art glass as a background for my flower photography.

  3. Your book's own Barclay Butera, no surprise, was also in the issue, noting RL's "Mystic River SS21" as one of his fave blues: "This reminds me of one of those great English-stately-home sort of blues..."