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Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart

A few weeks ago I chatted about pastel blues, but today I’m heading in the complete opposite direction. Rich, deeply saturated tones of indigo. One of my favorite things about this color is that no matter your personal style there’s something in it for you. Traditional, contemporary, even country aesthetics all welcome indigo with open arms.

Our Labor of Love
Our Labor of Love

A great starting point is to gather a few accessories in a robust color – throw pillows, planters, or even books – if you’re trying to incorporate it into your existing space. This small collection of indigo looks immediately at home!

trendenser
trendenser

Any and all shades of blue look amazing in the bedroom. Maybe it makes us think of blue skies and calm waters, but whatever the case it’s one of my go-to colors for bedding. The indigo lends a freshness after winter that’s most welcome!

Robert Holden
Robert Holden

Of course one of the most affordable ways to embrace any vivid color is to paint a wall or an entire room with it. Indigo pairs well with any number of other colors, making it an easy integration.

Elephant Ceramics
elephant ceramics

I’ve saved the best for last, one that combines two earlier tips. Why not combine a small indigo collection on an indigo painted wall? I was sold the moment I set eyes on this set up, and think it would look amazing in a dining room.

Indigo-Rugs
1. Surya Continental COT-1935  2. Surya Smithsonian SMI-2112  3. Oriental Weavers Pantone Expressions 5501  4. Trans Ocean Imports Liora Manne – Spello Coral Border  5. Oriental Weavers Riviera 4771  6. Safavieh Retro RET-2144

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Denim Daze

Denim 1

Oh, denim… so ubiquitous, so comfortable, so easy and carefree. Ever the staple, a good pair of jeans is hard to come by, but when you do, you know. It’s just like falling in love. I prefer my denim picks to have a lived-in, vintage feel… covered in rips, tears, and shredded. To me, nothing quite says ‘summer’ like donning a pair of well-worn cut offs. If overly distressed denim isn’t your thing, try a pair of retro-inspired bell bottoms. The key to this look is to toss on a pair of taller shoes, like wedge espadrilles, to draw your eye upward and make you feel sky-high tall. I pair my denim with practically everything: borrowed-from-the-boys buttondowns, flowy and lacy white tops, even a chunky knit sweater for those cooler summer nights. Distressed denim is the ultimate way to achieve that ‘cool fashion girl’ look with minimal effort.

Denim 2

When it comes to interiors, it’s pretty simple to incorporate this look. There’s such a variety available: from navy-hued global patterns to a more traditional tie dye, even a modern ombre. I especially love the idea of embracing the true artistry associated with denim as shown in this painterly Luli Sanchez rug. Plus, because denim is the ultimate neutral and basic, you can pair these rugs with any look and any accessory. Layer on ivory furniture for a modern look or opt for a patterned sofa (think of it as a patterned tee!). Another great decorating tip is to select a couple rugs that share a denim-hued color palette and layer them. The results are eclectic, bohemian, and super casual.

Photo Credit: LA Cool & Chic, Refinery 29, and ioLA.

Shopping: Painterly Luli Sanchez rug, Momeni habitat rug, Jaipur Rugs agua madhu rug, and Trans Ocean Imports ombre rug.

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Modern Indigo

Modern Indigo 1

Indigo sometimes gets a bad rap: stiff, crunchy denim dungarees, traditional coastal inspired interiors, or even confusion over whether a sock is blue or black. But we’re here to today to say that indigo can be modern, updated, and so very rich. Almost reminiscent of the night sky, indigo is deeper than blue, more saturated than navy, and not quite as serious as black. This gender-neutral shade pairs well with brights and neutrals, making it a great hue for both fashion and the home. In your wardrobe, ease into spring with a cozy, nubby sweater dress — knee-high boots will keep your legs warm as the season progresses. For those of us in warmer climates, a simple sailor-inspired shift dress is the perfect piece for spring. Skinny white stripes are grouped in pairs to break up the solid field of indigo, making this a go-to wardrobe look. This shade is super sophisticated and polished, so it’s really not hard to go wrong with this aesthetic.Modern Indigo 2

In regards to the home, we believe that simple is best. Think bold and painterly stripes, variegated skinny stripes, or simple and clean geometrics. After all, it is about modernizing this very traditional and classic color. Especially great is this wobbly-striped number from Martha Stewart. Call the chalk stripe, the stripes on this beauty are organic and irregular without being too much of a statement piece. This style would complement many a bedroom or living room, maybe even a casual dining room. With this sophisticated and versatile indigo hue, the night-sky is the limit.

Photo Credit: Asos striped swing dress, 10 Crosby Derek Lam, and A Life with Denim.

Shopping Guide: Safavieh courtyard rug, Martha Stewart chalk stripe wrought iron rug, and Momeni baja rug.

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