Category Archives: Blue

Cheery contrast: blue & red

Drake Design Associates

The weather has turned dreary and rainy in this part of the world so I am looking at a perk-me-up colour combination: turquoisey blue (think blue sky and sea) teamed with bright vibrant red.



House of Turquoise


Homes & Antiques


La Maison Boheme

It even works for a cosier, more romantic look.


Apartment Therapy

Aren’t these just the prettiest little girls’ rooms? SO much better than a sickly pink overload. (Speaking of which, can somebody please explain why some parents insist on surrounding their girls in pink? Because I really don’t understand it.)

Little Green Notebook


Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh


Conversation Pieces

Looks like the most fun wedding ever, yes?


Do you have colours that you turn to when you need perking up? Or any other tricks for a dreary grey day?




Filed under Bedrooms, Blue, Design, Dining rooms, Living rooms, Red

Rustic AND turquoise!

Graham & Green

If you ever need to bribe me, give me a distressed rustic turquoise item. I will be putty in your hands. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it is rustic and turquoise.

No, I’m only joking, no bribery here! (shh, remember, something rustic and turquoise)

Graham & Green

Kikette Interiors


Kikette Interiors

Superior Interiors

House of Turquoise

House of Turquoise

My name is Meera and I am a rusticturquoisoholic.



Filed under Blue, Design

Fancying some teal romance

Has it been one of those weeks??

I for one am feeling frazzled at the end of what feels like a long week (it’s not always glamorous). Since last weekend was a working one, I am locking my jotter in my drawer till Monday and looking forward to a bit of R & R this weekend.

I get to play hostess tomorrow as we’re having friends over for the rugby, followed by dinner and whatever else that leads to.

As for Sunday, I’d love to kick off my shoes in a room like this…


… and enjoy a generous slice of cake,
a large mug of tea (yup, tea in a large mug, 2 sugars),
catch up on my magazine reading and swoon over delectable designs.

Betty Draper (Mad Men) has a fainting couch, this could be my swooning couch. 😛

Have a great weekend, all you lovely people! 🙂



Filed under Blue, Design, Living rooms

Attention to detail

via House of Turquoise


What do you think came first, the scalloped stair-wall or the scalloped tufted upholstery?

Such gracious perfection… swoon!



Filed under Blue, Design, Dining rooms, Hallways & stairs

Colour in the contemporary kitchen

A kitchen remodel is disruptive and expensive; you wouldn’t want to do it more than once (at least not in the same house), so how do you work out a style which is uplifting, personal to you and will stand the test of time?

Remember all those kitchen catalogues a few years ago displaying high gloss red/orange/lime/purple units? That was a fad. There is nothing timeless about a fad. So a fail-proof way is to keep the main units and worktop neutral (neutral spans quite a range – white, cream, brown, charcoal, greige, steel – you’re not short of choices) then add pizazz through splashbacks, tiles, seating, wall colour etc. In the unlikely event that you tire of your once-favourite colour in some years’ time, then just revamp your kitchen by painting/re-tiling/installing a new glass splashback/changing the seats.

Here are some contemporary kitchens which I think have lasting appeal, and are also lively and fun.


I am not a fan of light wood veneer, but the tiles are STUNNING (love that they’ve been put up vertically rather than conventionally horizontally) and totally save this kitchen from blandness.


Add some Moroccan-inspired touches to a stainless steel kitchen and voilà, it’s a fun vibrant space. The mix of the cool sky blue glass splashback with warm red, orange and pink accents is delightful.


Industrial polished concrete mixed with lovely sunny yellow… swoon!! The art is fabulous and that lamp is so unexpected and cute! Adorable stools too.


The floor-to-ceiling teal glass doors make this light, bright neutral kitchen utterly amazing.


This family kitchen is just darling! Using different doors and worktop on the island, lovely task lighting and different coloured chairs give this such a laid-back yet vibrant atmosphere.


I have had this in my picture library for years, and it still makes me stop and stare. White walls, white floor and sleek white kitchen make a perfect backdrop to the teal accent wall (how cool is the large bird sticker/painting?!), cute flowery rug, poptastic upholstered seating cubes, gorgeous chair cushion fabric and that ceiling light… all bloomin’ GORGEOUS!


Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6



Filed under Blue, Design, Kitchens, Yellow

Dreaming of blue this weekend


My image for the weekend… this setting has blown my mind. There is something so enchanting about it… rough and pared back yet so cosy and inviting.

And the blue bed, isn’t it divine?!

This brilliant and supertalented artistry is the work of Glen Proebstel, one of Australia’s leading stylists. I have a huge crush.


Image source khm, discovered via {this is glamorous}



Filed under Bedrooms, Blue, Featured talent

Decorating with primary colours

Happy 2011 everybody!!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful and merry time over the holidays with your loved ones. Here’s to a joyous and colourful year ahead!

As my first post of the year, I’m going back to basics and looking at the primary colours. Thinking of red, blue and yellow combined in a scheme might conjure up images of a child’s floor covered in toys or a crazy/loud/fun (pick your adjective) room like this –

Sure, primary colours pack quite a punch, but you can still use them in more relaxed settings. There are just a couple of tricks to remember:

  1. The pure primaries are very intense so either
    (a) use in a small concentrated dose such a piece of art, or
    (b) use more muted (easier to live with) derivations of these colours, e.g. reddy-brown, red-orange, turquoise, teal, yellow-orange, light ochre… Ok so they are no longer primary colours, they are secondary or tertiary or even several more dimensions away from the pure primaries but that’s ok, we’re still talking about shades of red, blue and yellow and besides, design is all about creative freedom. 😉
  2. Use lots of white and a bit of other neutral colours to balance out the strong colours.

Here is some red, blue and yellow loveliness!

The canvas is all the colour this room needs!


A pretty wild room! The lampshade totally sets the scene here.


Traditional elegance in bold colours!


Sofa in lovely teal, yellow wallpaper, red-orange scatter cushions = gorgeous!


Loving the soft blue velvet chair!


I adore this sweet little eating nook… it is inspirational how natural and effortless this red, blue and yellow combination looks!

Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7


Filed under Blue, Design, Red, Yellow