A porch with blue and white striped furniture.
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Why We Love It

I have puzzled and puzzled over the perennial appeal of blue and white. What I've decided is that it's easy and fresh on the eyes, and, more subtly, that it evokes some nostalgia in us of a past that was predictable and safe. I cannot recall either of my grandparents' houses having a single blue-and-white room, but when I look at this picture from Coastal Living magazine I think of them for some reason. Maybe it's because this space has such a classic feeling, with old-fashioned rattan and wicker furniture and crisp blue-striped cushions.

A white glider on a porch.
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

What Makes It Work

The double whammy here is that this outdoor room has a blue-and-white palette plus a glider! There was a glider on my grandmother's porch, and for a while I owned one too. It took me back to childhood every time I sat in it. And I do love the life preserver hung over the glider. It's always nice to have artwork over the sofa, but it's difficult to find something durable for outdoors. The life preserver has a great shape and provides just the right nautical note.

An outdoor shower leading to a sun porch.
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Steal This Idea

It's nice to finish off a utilitarian space, like this outdoor shower, with something decorative. This pair of oars, painted a brilliant blue, serves the purpose and reinforces the nautical feeling of the house. Being from a thoroughly landlubbing family, the oars provoke in me no nostalgia (only a twinge of summer-camp-canoe-race anxiety). But it looks like a dandy spot to rinse the sand off after a long day at the beach.
–Lydia Somerville, Senior Editor, MyHomeIdeas.com

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