Blues, Aquas, Whites and Sand

Hello everyone! I spent a fantastic day out and about in Boston where it is sunny and hot, hot, hot outside. We just returned to our hotel and I found a gorgeous bouquet of flowers in our room from a couple of friends of mine - how nice, huh? The room smells fantastic and our view of the Charles River and the skyline is a fantastic back drop. We've been here since Saturday and things have been non-stop between visits with friends and family coming in to the city to see us off... I'm tired! And most of all, I'm tired of saying goodbye because I am not too keen on goodbyes -- it's hard to say to those you love. Okay, I'm going off track because this post isn't about me -- it's about Leslie Shewring from A Creative Mint, a guest writer on decor8 who will post two Mondays each month (1st and 3rd Mon.) - her column is called Color Me Pretty and officially kicks off right now... Here is Leslie's current color inspiration -- I hope that her palette inspires you, too!

Colors Selected: Blues, Aquas, Whites and a little Sand

Inspiration: Making sun prints and playing at the beach with my kids

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Ideas on using these colors at home: Even though blue and white is a traditional color combination you can freshen the look in your home by adding more variations of blue to your palette, like throwing in some aqua. I love water pictures from past family vacations so I framed a series for my bathroom all using similar frames. Sun prints are another way to bring a great bold blue into a room as they are an inexpensive way to create art for your walls. I used lots of found objects from around the house to make a little series that would have a nice impact if hung together as a group. Of course collecting patterns with similar colors always makes a nice statement too, like my blue patterned Japanese bowls stacked on a shelf. I hope you enjoy this series and I am still staring at my long lasting blue hydrangeas! - Leslie

(images: leslie shewring)