December has not one or two birthstones, but three to choose from! A captivating bounty of blue which includes rich and lustrous tanzanite, delicately pastel zircon, and invitingly bright turquoise. In fashion, these blues featured prominently on Pantone’s Spring 2015 fashion color report, a palette characterized by an ethereal, nostalgic and somewhat magical-feeling that was dubbed En Plein Air.
GLASS MOSAIC TILES
Image Courtesy New Ravenna Mosaics.
These handmade jewel-glass tiles contain all of December’s birthstone hues: Tanzanite, Aquamarine and Turquoise. A mosaic like this would add a serious “wow” factor to any wall in the house, particularly as the focus of a room or as a clever way to lighten up an area that is otherwise too dark. This design is called “Loom” by New Ravenna Mosaics and part of the Ikat Collection created by designer Sara Baldwin. Trained as a fine arts painter, she is known for her impeccable sense of color and the quality of her work produced in her atelier.
A FRESH COAT OF PAINT
Image Courtesy Thistle Bleu.
To give this antique writing desk a fresh new feel, the designer added a few well-placed coats of Pratt & Lambert’s 1270 Blue Zircon.
For something different, this Tons of Tanzanite wallpaper would seriously glitz the place up. Available from Spoonflower.com.
SNUGGLY FAUX-FUR THROW
Adds a turquoise-dip-dyed layer of softness and luxury to any bed, sofa or reading chair. Measures 47″ x 60”. Available from WestElm.com.
Artist Tricia Strickfaden looks to the oceans for inspiration, translating the myriad shades with translucent dripped-color and layering. Acrylic and oil on canvas. Measures 20” square and signed by the artist on the back. Available at WilliamsSonoma.com.
A GLAMOROUS CHANDELIER
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This “Sara” hurricane-glass chandelier by Canopy Designs reimagines antique Egyptian lighting, but with added touches of Italian and French elegance. Perfect for a foyer, living room or dining room. Available from LaylaGrace.com.
A super easy way to introduce something fresh into your decor is with bedding. It’s not a permanent change you have to commit to but it makes a huge difference to a space. The color palette for this set includes all December’s gemstone blues and the comforter can be reversed to a tone-on-tone white jacquard. It was designed by Trina Turk who is known for her Calieffortless sportswear in fun and flirty shapes. Much like this pretty bedding. Trina Turk Silverlake Bedding is available at NeimanMarcus.com.
PRETTY GLASS SHELF
Reminiscent of that lovely translucent glass that washes up on the beach, this pressed-glass shelf has a metal frame for a nice modern touch, which nicely shows off the gemstone feel of the turquoise blue. Measures 9.5” long by 4.5” deep and is 2” thick. Available at UrbanOutfitters.com.
Image Courtesy HouseBeautiful.com.
Lastly, here’s a gorgeous blue-themed Manhattan apartment to steal some decor tips from. It was designed by Amanda Nisbet, aka “The Color Whisperer.” For the color palette, she mixed together a magical melange of icy zircons, rich tanzanites and cheery turquoises – plus some sky blue, midnight and navy – to create a living room that couldn’t be more fun, alive or inviting. She used a darker blue to “ground” the space, and had the chairs upholstered a glamorous medium-toned blue (Graedon by S. Harris). Throw-pillows in the lightest of icy, airy blues helps pull the grouping together visually. “I find that cool tones of blue, in general, are easy to live with,” adds Los Angeles–based designer Oliver M. Furth, who admits he likes “a lot” of color. Also note the fresh flowers and lush greenery, which always help any indoor space come alive. Here, a vase of fuchsia blooms packs a pretty punch – you could also try a dramatic magentacolored orchid or a pot of hot-pink azaleas.
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