Blue:

This is a color that seeks peace and tranquility above everything else,
promoting both physical and mental relaxation.

It reduces stress, creating a sense of calmness, relaxation and order.
We certainly feel a sense of calm if we lie on our backs and look into a bright blue cloudless sky.
It slows the metabolism. The paler the blue the more freedom we feel.

Plates received from Estee Lauder.

In another life-which really does seem a life time ago-I enjoyed a vibrant career as an Estee Lauder account executive. I loved every aspect of the my role as buyer, trainer, motivator, etc. One of the highlights of that time was a visit to the New York Office of THE Mrs. Estee Lauder. She wasn’t there-we met her at an event later that day-but I was mesmerized by the beauty and elegance of her well-appointed office. Every detail was intentional-and the combinations of colors and decor created a restful, calm place to work. (Probably didn’t hurt that her enormous windows had a spectacular view of the city!) The overall feeling of calm was made possible by the use of the color blue-there were accents everywhere in shades of blue. The walls were covered in a wallpaper of many shades of blue-tiny flowers and vines swirling on the walls convinced me that I should always have a touch of blue in my home. The next Christmas all the account executives received these plates-the pattern is the same pattern as the wallpaper on her wall!! These little blue plates were a treasure then, are now and will always have a special place in my heart and home.

A quilt I found on sale that reminded me of the swirl of blue in the plates
A quilt I found on sale that reminded me of the swirl of blue in the plates
I have a few loose flower garden quilt pieces from my Grannie's quilt, and I pulled out the blue ones to make a little collage.  I have used it in several rooms and the many shades of blue seem to work with a variety of colors and "looks."   Don't you love it against the brick red wall-the little red centers make it pop.

Quilt pieces from my Grannie’s quilt.

I have a few loose flower garden quilt pieces from my Grannie’s quilt, and I pulled out the blue ones to make a little collage. I have used it in several rooms and the many shades of blue seem to work with a variety of colors and “looks.” Don’t you love it against the brick-red wall-the little red centers make it pop.

YOUR TURN:  Tell us about your baby-blue powder room, maybe your royal blue bed pillows…  Isn’t it odd how many descriptions there are for blue? I’m not sure there are that many descriptions for other colors, like brown!  What is your favorite descriptive color of blue? “smokey-blue”?