Casting a spotlight on vintage beach photos, globe pendant lights fashioned from hand-worked wrought iron lend drama and an unexpected design element to the foyer of HGTV Smart Home 2013. The beachy blue walls introduce the home's sea-inspired color palette.
Shades of blue evoke a restful atmosphere in this bedroom while the layering of patterns brings imaginative life to the space. The interwoven design of the rug and bed linen is carried through in the art and basket beneath the nightstand.
Layered blues are prominent in the master bedroom's seating area. From the navy blue of the draperies and the teal tone of the console table to the blue-violets and peacock blues of the chair upholstery and pillows, this layering effect adds depth and keeps the otherwise tone-on-tone color scheme from falling flat.
Most bulbs can’t take moist soil, but camass lily (Camassia leichtlinii 'Caerulea') is an exception. This heirloom beauty dates to 1853 and goes by a host of names, including wild hyacinth, quamash and Leichtlin’s camass. It’s a must-have bulb for spring color because it brings strong blue tones to the garden during the time between spring daffodils and tulips. Flowers open in spikes surrounded by deer- and rabbit-resistant leaves. Plants naturalize readily to form drifts of color when conditions are right. This beauty grows 24 to 30 inches tall. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
The L-shaped banquette in this bright kitchen with aqua cabinets creates a dining area with plenty of seating, perfect for entertaining even in a smaller home. A kitchen island on wheels helps to increase counter space then easily moves out of the way when not in use. Patterned window treatments frame the large window which brings in plenty of natural light.