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Singin' the Blues

I was recently asked by a publisher what I thought the prevailing design trend for 2010 would be. My answer was immediate and definitive - seen here in the quote I sent her: RICH SHADES OF BLUE! Prussian, Midnight, Cerulean & Turquoise. Everyone is looking to get a lot of "bang for their buck" these days and that applies to color as well. Deep, intoxicating colors like those mentioned above bring a sense of richness to a room when applied to walls (with paint, paper or fabric). Moreover, these shades of blue are überhip – perfect for the young, the bold and the stylish among us. Lo and behold, the next day Elle Decor’s March issue dropped with a deep blue room on the cover. Snap!

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The aforementioned cover – evidence of my intuition, insight, brilliance??? ; )

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And a sick spread inside featuring GORGEOUS jewelry and home accessories.

One of my favorite Vogue covers of all time. Winona never looked so beautiful.

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steven gambrel's home west village

Steven Gambrel’s west village townhouse. Blue that’s sexy and masculine and unexpected. Perfection.

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And wouldn’t you love to drive home to chez fabulous in a 1968 midnight blue Jaguar?

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Maybe you’re a little more diva and a little less duchess?

You might prefer to put your Manolo to the metal in an electric blue model from ‘84.

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Gucci Debra heels

These stilettos would do the trick! Gucci’s Debra heel.

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After a long day of wearing said stilettos, it’s time for a comfy pair of slippers.

Textile maven Gretchen Bellinger made these plush peds for me in a luxurious Bellinger mohair.

Yes, she's a rock star and yes, I worship her.

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Gretchen Bellinger

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A vintage silk folding screen in my bedroom as seen behind my slippers in the photo above.

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And a beautiful blue Degas book on my bedside table.

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Timothy Paul carries linens, accessories and some of the most beautiful pillows in town.

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david collins - remember the london

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David Collins' London home is a lesson in layering ... dozens of shades of blue.

The gorgeous spread was featured in Spanish AD.

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mad men - Joan Holloway blue dress

The perfect foil to the Collins' living room above? Joan Holloway sipping a cocktail.

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miles redd hague blue

Miles Redd is a designer who knows how to sex-up interiors with bright, bold colors.

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Dress as Caribbean vacation in last month’s Vogue Nippon.

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Muriel Brandolini mixing cobalt, acid yellow and magenta in her own New York parlor.

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The same colors as seen in Balenciaga’s fall ‘09 ad campaign with Jennifer Connelly.

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The Stella McCartney bag I carry during the winter months.

The color changes from indigo to midnight to black depending on the light.

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And the electric blue hooded jacket I love to layer over simple slacks and tees.

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Xmas Card 2009 - P1

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I was deeply imbedded in my blue obsession as of December - my 2009 holiday cards.

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blue clutches

Two clutches from Vivre. This company always nails it with accessories.

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One doesn’t typically associate cameos with cobalt blue … but how striking!

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bilhuber penn farmhouse - bm van deusen blue

A country home with a complex and completely original palette like only my man JB could do.

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ladies in blue

For evening, dramatic blues look best on strong, sexy, confident women.

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jeans

And let’s not forget about the original indigo – denim. Whether dressed up or dressed down,

jeans are ALWAYS sexy. Illustrated by BFF's Katie Holmes and Victoria Beckham.