September 04, 2012

Well, it’s Labor Day weekend, the official beginning of Fall in the calendar. Kids are heading back to school and it’s time to think about taking those sweaters out of storage. Last year I wrote about how to bring Fall colors indoors. This year I am not ready to pull out the ochers and oranges.

Perhaps it has been the intense heat of this particular summer but the way to cool down, for me, it to think water, wind and clear blue sky.

The color for this month is definitelyblue.

How to bring blue into your home? Let’s think outside of the box for this one. In my post on throw pillows, I talked about painting your own canvas. This week, in toddler art class, we decided to put the kids to work creating an abstract “seascape.”  


Toddler art class. Photo © Catherine Holliss

I think the results are stupendous. Add a couple of blue molded plastic Eames chairs, a cheerful fire in the fireplace to warm up the first chilly nights and Fall is here.

I have to admit that I am obsessed with fish in general, and the Kouboo Deco Fish in particular. This would be a perfect “objet” to perch in front of my new blue canvas. It has style and charm – and it’s the perfect shade of cerulean blue. Aw heck, I think I might just put in an order for one myself. If there are none left, blame me.

Kouboo Deco Fish. Photo © kouboo.com

Photograph © Kouboo.com LLC

You might have more luck with the super-cute gold fish porcelain votive candle holder which has the added bonus of carrying that little flicker of flame which feels so Fall – literal and figurative warmth for the cooler weather.

Kouboo Goldfish Votive Candle Holder. Photo © Kouboo.com

Photograph © Kouboo.com LLC

My last suggestion for bringing blue into your home is to get out the paintbrush… again. Only this time, instead of painting canvas, paint something prominent in your home. I love the idea of colored shelving. I think we tend to lose our sense of adventure around furniture – especially if it’s attached to the walls. Go ahead, be brave. You might be surprised at how good your collections of bottles, ceramics and even wood carvings will look with a dusty blue background.

Blue Shelves. Photo © Catherine Holliss

Please feel free to share your ideas for out-of-the-box blues. And do tell me if you agree or disagree with my take on Fall: do you think blue works for this season?

Wishing you a wonderful Fall.


Written by Catherine Holliss

Interior Design Blog Writer, www.Kouboo.com, LLC

Director of Interior Design, Sander Architects LLC.  


Photographs © Catherine Holliss unless otherwise noted. 


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