Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Obsessed With...Blue and White

"You can never be too rich, too thin, or have too much blue and white." 

Two Chinese Export Ginger Jars I painted as an auction item for a Seattle Children's benefit in 2008

When I emailed the above quote from antiques dealer John Rosselli (interior designer Bunny William's husband) to my fellow blue and white enthusiasts Dana and Elizabeth, they loved it--and added Chanel and Veuve Clicquot Demi Sec to the list of things you can never have too much of. The three of us always seem to have little bits of blue and white following us home. Whether it's a funny little vintage French bowl from the Paris flea market, a set of unmatched Blue Willow Ware plates with no provenance, or an amazing Chinese Export vase, all are equally treasured. 

 Ryan Korban's plates (image from The Selby)

I love it for interiors--a little or a lot. I think my all time favorite blue and white rooms are in the lovely Aerin Lauder's East Hampton home.

Images from Elle Decor

Stunning. And of course, the Queen of Blue-and-Whitedom is Carolyne Roehm.

 Images from Carolyne Roehm's A Passion for Blue and White

Blue and white makes the perfect gift. This little sketch I made of the chair from the cover of A Passion for Blue and White was tucked into the pages of the book as a gift at our Book Club's Christmas present exchange. 

I love it on the table top.

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 Dinner at ours.

It's always in fashion. 

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Derek Lam sent blue and white down his spring 2011 runway. So did the charming Mulleavy sisters at Rodarte. 

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Ming vases to wear. 

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Even on the feet! 

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But I think the most fashionable use of blue and white was in Roberto Cavalli's Fall 2005 show. 

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Just. Wow. Yes, there is always room for more blue and white. Right, Dana and Elizabeth?

 Another of my blue and white series for the Seattle Children's benefit.

What's on your list of things you can never have too much of?


  1. it's true! there is never enough blue and white.... my newest obsession is white linens with fabulous chinoiserie monograms, in blue of course, from either Leontine or Julia B. i'm pretty crazy about those Roberto Cavalli dresses as well.

  2. Oh, good one Dana! I'm adding monogrammed linens to the obsession list, too. Thanks for the comment!


  4. dont forget blue and white ticking! he he

  5. There is some amazing blue and white at the Ticking right now! I stopped by and said hi to Carol when I was out taking pumpkin pictures --she gave me a sneak peek at Christmas!!!!!!! Can't wait for Christmas at the Ticking!



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