Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Inspirations and Diversions: The Rustic Modernist and Big Blue

Jeanette Whitson in House Beautiful
We've been getting quite a few followers to our Twitter feed (@idbohemia) and this lovely lady stuck out: Heidi Caillier at The Rustic Modernist. Perhaps it's the sincerity in her blog (a kindred spirit!), perhaps it's our shared tastes (we love the same things, though she's decidedly more minimal). It can't hurt, too, that she hails from San Francisco, current residence of my dearly beloved sister.

What clinched it, though, was her blog post on blue walls: "Currently Coveting: Big Blue". As you already know, we loves us some blue here at IDB.

Thom Filicia in Elle his work. Bold yet warm and livable.

She closes her post with blue paints she's choosing between for her closet, and we were inspired to share a few of our favourite hues with you.
Benjamin Moore - Big Country Blue 2066-30

The entry door to the Eames House...via Wikipedia
Benjamin Moore - Big Country Blue 2066-30: a vibrant primary blue that reminds me of grade school tempera and Charles and Ray Eames' Case Study House #8 .

Benjamin Moore - Gentleman's Gray 2062-30

Panelled stairwell painted in Gentleman's Gray, via Treoma Design

Benjamin Moore - Gentleman's Grey 2062-30: a darkly glimmering blue. Imagine this in a study inspired by painter Sir Frederic Leighton's incredible house (now a museum).

Benjamin Moore - Caribbean Blue Water 2055-30
...same colour, swatched for the Kips Bay Showhouse in Manhattan...via House Beautiful

What a smashing colour for a front door. It's like walking into a wave.

In related news...our queries into paints turned up an article to note, via Apartment Therapy, a favourite shelter blog: Consumer Reports Picks for Best Interior Paints 2013.

Do you like blue? What's your favourite shade?

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