Our first born is marrying his long-time sweetheart tomorrow night. There are no words for the emotions that have been swirling around in my brain and heart over the last week. Even though he's been out in the world and on his own for quite sometime now, tomorrow night - May 17, 2014 - another woman will forever take my place in his life. And what a woman she is! J couldn't have found a more wonderful young woman, suited JUST FOR him, if he'd taken out an ad OR if I had hand picked her myself of course!
I've hardly had time to look up these last few days. I thought I would take a short break from blogging and share this nifty blog post from Pottery Barn - which I love! Their Indigo Collection is Summer yummylicious! Enjoy sweet friends and I'll be back soon!
Blue, and indigo in particular, is a refreshing color. In psychological studies, blue has a calming, tranquil affect — the same feeling we get when we look at a clear lake or the ocean. It’s a natural color to gravitate to after months of cold weather and dark skies.
But for whatever reason, some of us still get nervous about using it in our homes. “Blue shouldn’t be scary to introduce into your house,” says Pottery Barn textile designer Sandra. “It’s just like wearing a pair of jeans. It’s very pretty, classic and easy to work with.”
Indigo’s rich, deep hue allowed Pottery Barn designers to treat it like a neutral when creating this collection. “Indigo evolved into a neutral for us. Gray and blue is gorgeous,” says Sandra. “You can also introduce red into indigo for more of an Americana feel. There’s really not a lot you can’t pair with it.”
The collection mixes textures, colors and patterns with its signature indigo hue. “Flax linens and ivories look fresh with indigo, like a white t-shirt and jeans,” says Sandra. Many of the textiles also combine patterns with influences from Japan, India and traditional America.
Just like it does on a good pair of jeans, indigo offers a gradation of colors as it’s washed and worn down. “We played a lot with tonalities of blues,” says Sandra. “Indigo blooms when it’s washed.”
During the photo shoots, the designers found that adding a touch of black — through wood, iron or finishes — provided a complementary focal point to the indigo. It’s a simple but impactful decision that’s easy to implement in anyone’s home.
“You don’t have to change very much when using blue in your home,” says Sandra. “It’s not that hard to infuse with existing wood, leathers and fabrics.”