Thursday, August 19, 2010

Savoir Faire in Blue and White

All too often we see photographs of either fashion or décor in magazines or on the internet and we swoon and gasp and wish that we could achieve the same look for a fraction of the price. However keep your mind open, that what you see should serve as inspiration only. We don’t want to create looks or rooms that seem as if they have stepped out of the pages of a magazine. Take elements of what you see and incorporate them into your own life.

For example a couple of weeks ago I did a post that features a little hand painted blue and white box from Peru, that can be purchased at Ten Thousand Villages along with a matching tray.

Yesterday, while doing some research I came across the below table and mirror in almost exactly the same design, however this time the design has been created with inlaid mother of pearl and no doubt costs a fortune. The other thing here is that with so much pattern happening, I think it does look a bit overdone; however this is open to reinterpretation for your own interiors.

So of course we all want the mirror and the table and few of us can afford it or have the right setting for it, however there is no reason that with the Lucite chair, and white side table, glass lamp and said box and tray that we can’t achieve a similar look for a fraction of the price! A vintage mirror with a periwinkle blue frame would set it off perfectly!

Have Fun!


  1. These are all beautiful items.

    Thanks for your comment on my post about the Bond film OHMSS.

    Hope you've had a great week.

  2. I love the blue and white inlay vanity. I have a black and white side table. I think purchased from Wisteria.

  3. Great tips, David! That vignette is swoonworthy, indeed.

  4. Great post!! The box is just the sweetest and would look amazing with your selects.

  5. Hi David, Just discovered your blog and it's lovely... and already following it!
    Love the inlaid table and mirror. But I wouldn't use them together.

    a bientot!

  6. Yes, blue and white is lovely. I always think of blue and white china which was influenced by oriental porcelain. My favourite blue and white things for interior design are classic Dutch Delft tiles in a kitchen with polished copper pots. So charming, welcoming, and clean looking.
    Great theme for a post.

  7. David,

    I love blue and white and am thinking of a series of painted pieces with a fabulous design! Thanks for all of your inspiration!

    Art by Karena

  8. Keith, you are very welcome! Nothing beats Lazenby!

    Jill, Christine and Will, so glad you like!

    Cote, many thanks for visting and following! I also would not use table and mirror together.

    Mr SWF, I too love delft tiles and swoon over copper pots!

    Karena, so glad I can be of inspiration!

  9. lovely proposition david, and potentially even better than the mother of pearl. but that is seriously gorgeous isnt it?!

  10. I would keep the table without the mirror :-)


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