Friday, May 25, 2012

Hillary Thomas + Jeff Lincoln

I'm sure you guys have all drooled over this Washington, D.C. town house designed by Hillary Thomas and Jeff Lincoln from the May issue of House Beautiful, but they were so "House of Turquoise", of course I have to share them here too! Where do I even begin?! How about the kitchen with the patterned tile from Ann Sacks! Those fab tiles actually influenced the palette throughout the rest of the house. And let me tell you, I cannot stop drooling over that living room! Those to-die-for turquoise chairs are INCREDIBLE! You can see lots more great photos by Eric Piasecki and read all about the home right here!

Now the time you've been waiting for...who is the winner of the incredible Pine Cone Hill giveaway?!
Yay! So much fun! And talk about fun, I just got home from New York, having spent an amazing week at Blogfest! So much inspiration, so many good times, I have never felt so exhausted in my life!! I can't wait to tell you some of my favorite moments and share some pics. Before then, some serious relaxation is needed. I am so happy it's a holiday weekend! I hope you all have a great Memorial Day! Enjoy every minute!!!

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, May 24, 2012

Guest Blogger: Alexandra from Destinations Perfected

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years of her reign, will be celebrated in England over a four-day weekend from June 2-5. For Brits (and Londoners, like myself), this is one of the biggest events of the year. London city streets are already lined with British flags, store windows are showing their patriotic red, white and blue union jack colors, and neighborhoods are busy planning block-long street parties.

So what is the most famous British tradition you can think of? Afternoon tea! I recently toured the newly refurbished Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at the famous department store Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly. The room is filled with beautiful sea foam green and tiffany blue colors (just what we love at House of Turquoise) and was created by the world famous interior designer David Collins. Designed to imitate a Georgian drawing room with subtle architectural reminders of Fortnum’s early days in the 1700s, the tea salon was opened by HM the Queen accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla Parker Bowles) and the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton).

Here at my own blog, Destinations Perfected, I am eating, sleeping and shopping my way through the most fabulous travel destinations in the world and reporting it all back to you. Come join me!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Guest Blogger: Hollie from I Lived On Wisteria Lane

This is my home in Southern California.

Full of navy to the palest of blue and of course just the right amount of turquoise.

I want to thank Erin for giving me this opportunity to share my home with you. If you would like to see more of my home come on over to I Lived On Wisteria Lane. And remember my door is always open, so come visit as often as you like. I love pretty things and that is what my blog is about. I hope to inspire you through lovely home decor, yummy recipes, clutter remedies, handmade projects, and my quilt patterns.

Thanks again,


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Guest Blogger: CA from How to Be a Heroine

When Erin asked me to do a guest post for the blog I was beyond thrilled and excited! I was also very intimidated. This is the Erin Olson of House of Turquoise, for goodness sake! She is the goddess of all things turquoise, and in my mind I picture her this way:
Except of course she'd be wearing an aquamarine dress, with some hydrangeas in her hair. Oh, and the tigers are teal. Or maybe she's flanked by two enormous sea foam green sea horses. Even though I imagine her like this and totally revere her amazing taste, I quickly overcame my intimidation because at the end of the day we're both two girls that are obsessed with all things turquoise. And really, is there any better color?

Turquoise is both calming:
Miles Redd
and exciting:
This paradoxical quality makes it the the perfect punch of color for all seasons.

In the fall, it's a wonderful foil for all the warm, autumnal colors. Since turquoise is opposite orange on the color wheel, it's an ideal complement to russet colored leaves, pumpkins and fiery-hued flowers. Can you imagine being a Thanksgiving guest in this dining room? I'm swooning just thinking about it.
David Jiminez
During winter, the right touches of aqua can imbue a feeling coziness - just add splashes of black and some luxurious texture; like a fluffy, sumptuous area rug. A fireplace as a focal point doesn't hurt either.
Nest Instinctual Interiors
Springtime and turquoise go together like peas and carrots. Just think of branches of burgeoning blooms against a clear, aquamarine sky. Or the color of robin's eggs. This time of year, the world is just reawakening from its slumber, and turquoise echoes this sense of hopefulness. (Plus, it looks really fabulous when mixed with spring green.)
How To Be A Heroine
So, even though every season benefits from turquoise, there is no more appropriate season in which to start layering in some of these beautiful colors than SUMMER!
Kristin Hutchins Design
Turquoise telegraphs an aura of relaxing beachiness - no matter if you're sitting on a Caribbean island or many hundreds of miles away from the nearest large body of water.
Coastal Living
This color makes you want to take your shoes off and savor the moment. I believe no outdoor space is truly complete in the sultry months of summer without at least a dollop of this gorgeous shade.
How To Be A Heroine
With Memorial Day right around the corner, the time to dip your toes into the décor world of turquoise is now. This is easy to do without spending tons of money. So don't worry my darlings - you can splash some aquamarine, robin's egg blue, sea foam green, azure and teal into your world and have gas money for a summer get-away! (Although a color infusion of this caliber may inspire a full blown stay-cation, blueberry mojitos and all.)

Here are some things I am thinking of adding to our front porch to usher in the season:
Pillows from Restoration Hardware, for lounging in comfort and style
A laquer tray from West Elm, perfect for perching atop an outdoor ottoman

Some tumblers from Ikea that make even a simple glass of water seem infinitely refreshing

This candle from Anthropologie actually came home with us this past weekend. If such a thing is possible it actually smells like turquoise - absolutely heavenly. We were walking by the store and I felt like the scent pulled me right in. And even though the glass is more of a cobalt, when the flame is burning it throws off an aquamarine glow.
And there are a few simple projects I have up my sleeve as well:

Painting the porch ceiling:
House Beautiful
Planting some hydrangeas:
Bumblebee Blog
And even though I can't find a picture anywhere on the internet, I want to spray paint the chain that holds up our porch swing. I'll give you three guesses as to what color, and the first two don't count.
Wouldn't the chain on this swing look amazing as a glossy pop of turquoise?
These are just a few ideas to get you going. You could add one little thing or go all out! We are just starting our porch makeover and will have lots of pictures coming over the next few weeks. I hope you can join us as we delve into this transformation of our favorite "room" in the house - just in time for summer! I promise there will be lots of turquoise!


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