Friday, October 28, 2011

Denise Fogarty Interiors

Fresh and unexpected, that's precisely why I love these rooms designed by Denise Fogarty and photographed by Alise O'Brien! It's really no wonder why Denise was named one of the seven of St. Louis' top designers. I know we're all fans of white kitchens these days (I'm downright obsessed), but aren't they ten times yummier when paired with blue walls? I love the little computer area too, although I know I'd spend way more time there than actually cooking! The living area has so many great details, with a nod to the beach that I adore. And hello there fab-u-lous dining room! The coral artwork pops on that vibrant green, and I love how the gorgeous upholstered chairs just pull everything together so perfectly. If you're loving these rooms as much as me, you'll definitely want to head on over to see more of Denise's work right here! Have a fantastic Halloween weekend you guys!!

Edit: The color in the family room is Benjamin Moore's "California Breeze" #757, the kitchen is Farrow & Ball, "Borrowed Light", and the dining room is a custom mix of Benjamin Moore 1/2 "Perennial" #405 and 1/2 "Huntington Green" #406.

Love turquoise? Visit my shopping blog Everything Turquoise...updated several times throughout the day! Check out Decor by Color for even more color-themed shopping!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

EJ Interiors

I immediately fell madly in love with this space when I saw it on Material Girls! Emily Johnston of EJ Interiors designed this fabulous vignette for Dwell with Dignity’s new Thrift Studio store that recently opened in Dallas. I cannot get over the color scheme here...the bold orange and turquoise color scheme is so fun, but the space feels totally chic. Love the striped fabric on the chairs! And of course the perfect wall color: Benjamin Moore 710 Kensington Green. Love! To see lots more photos taken by Fort Worth Real Estate Photography, just head on over here!

Love turquoise? Visit my shopping blog Everything Turquoise...updated several times throughout the day! Check out Decor by Color for even more color-themed shopping!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I'm back!

I'm back from North Carolina! What a cool experience that was. Just to fill you in, High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world. Can you say heaven? I'm talking more than 2,000 exhibitors, in over 180 buildings, covering 10 million square feet of showspace! My most comfiest shoes and I only covered a small portion of that during my short stint, but I tried my best to cover the turquoise scene. And boy was there a was everywhere! (Yay for us!) I need to sort through my many photos and get things organized, but soon enough I'll be sharing some really cool stuff with you!

Love turquoise? Visit my shopping blog Everything Turquoise...updated several times throughout the day! Check out Decor by Color for even more color-themed shopping!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Guest Blogger: Crystal from The Weekend Homemaker

Hi, I'm Crystal, from The Weekend Homemaker, and I am delighted to be a guest blogger today at House of Turquoise (somebody pinch me!) Erin asked me to share my new home office and I'm really excited to give you the low down on how I turned a rarely used (and poorly decorated) dining room into a space that me and my husband use every day.

We're a family of four living in a smidge less than 2,000 square foot home, meaning space is at a premium. I calculated that in the last two years, our dining room was used maybe three times. In the meantime, my husband and I were taking turns sharing a desk. Hmmm, what's not right about that picture? We finally decided to give up the notion that we were formal dining room kinda people and make use of a great space.

I got busy selling our old dining chairs, desk, desk chair and some bookcases to build up a new office fund. Then, scouring Craigslist, Ikea,, Walmart, and even my own house, I was able to create a great work space for both me and my husband for only an extra $105 out of pocket (in addition to the $740 we made selling our old stuff).

There are so many things I like about this space, I can't choose just one. The curtain fabric was the first thing I bought. I originally had something else in mind but saw this fabric on Young House Love ( and really loved it.

I was even more thrilled when my go-to paint guy chose Benjamin Moore's Palladian Blue as the perfect complement. I can't tell you how much I love this color. The Palladian Blue paired with the crisp white trim really sets the mood for the space and is a great backdrop for the stark white desks and chairs.

I couldn't be happier with how this room turned out and that it is no longer wasted space. And of course my husband loves that we were able to do it for less than $105 (+ the proceeds from the sale of our old stuff).

Visit my blog, The Weekend Homemaker, to read more about how this space came together and to see my plans for the adjoining 'formal' living room.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Guest Blogger: Allison from Spicer + Bank

Hi everyone, it's Allison from Spicer + Bank! I am so happy to be here today on House of Turquoise. We all know a pop of turquoise can brighten up any interior, but I especially love the look of turquoise ceramics. And as a lover of all things vintage and a design history geek I thought I would share a bit about the history of these gorgeous hued pieces!

Turquoise glazes first began in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1127). And while at first their color was softer, they soon developed a deeper aqua tone. By the early 1500s trade and war booty had brought Chinese turquoise pottery to the Islamic courts in Turkey, where they loved the shade, and they began to add it to their famous dark blue and white ceramics and tiles. Europe was soon also clamoring for the vibrant Chinese pieces and many were made especially for export to the French market. Once in France, they were often fitted with gilt brass mounts - I love the contrast between the organic shaped pottery and the intricate bases! So in short, a craze for all things turquoise is actually quite historic!

A pair of Chinese turquoise glazed hexagonal vases, late Ming/early Qing dynasty. Such a beautiful crackled glaze on these.

An Iznik blue, white, and turquoise tile, Turkey, circa 1530 - see that bold bit of turquoise working its way in!

Chinese turquoise porcelain bowls (1662-1722) with French gilt mounts added in the 19th century - they are so glam and I love the color and turquoise color combo.

And now, here are my favorite picks for modern pieces to infuse beautiful turquoise ceramics into your home! {I especially love that horse}

Hope you enjoyed this bit of design history - I loved sharing! Thanks so much Erin for having me!

{Images via 1, 2-4, 5}


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