First Day of Summer Blues

By Kate Riley June 21, 2011

Ah summer, I confess I’m getting lost in it.  I love the casual ‘kick your shoes off’ attitude of this season.  Long hours spent by the pool or simply watching the kids hop through a sprinkler.  Late night lingering over BBQ with heirloom tomatoes and berry cobbler.  The welcome evening breezes that arrive just in time to to blow away the heat of the day.  Toes in the sand and sunsets at the sea, that is quintessential summer to me.

Don’t we all love summer style at home too?  It is equally casual, filled with cotton slipcovers and toss pillows in stripes and bold textiles.  What is summer without the natural textures of rattan and driftwood, and the treasures that come from the sea.  All of these ingredients combine to fill the home with breezy effortless style. 

Naturally, I couldn’t help but become distracted by the colors of sea and sand, and particularly the classic combination of blue and white.  Today marks the beginning of a week long summer vacation for me, and what a perfect day to be feeling the blues. 

west elm collection via bright bazaar

west elm collection via bright bazaar


coastal living outdoor sofa

coastal living


garden view cottage tumblr pillows

garden view cottage


miki duesterhof table setting

miki duisterhof


perfect blue shutters trim

tara donne



coastal living twin beds blue and white room

coastal living


wisteria coastal living room



sommerset bay cupboard

sommerset bay


blue window via hoturq

 via house of turquoise


blue and white daybed decorpad

source unknown


cafe style house beautiful

house beautiful


cape nedick end table somersetbay

sommerset bay


white porch blue hydrangeas



blue white and linen dining

source unknown


Here’s a fun collection of blue and white home accessories I gathered up today, any one of which is sure to inject your home with classic style, and bring a summer coastal vibe into your abode. 

blue decor 1

olio pendantcrab pillowblue sand hourglassknotted chairserving trayblue mosaic pillowaqua glass ballgrain sack pillowshappy trellis rugdistressed beach sign



blue decor 2


Delilah blue plateslate highball glassesblue+white cloth napkinsfrom the deep salad platewhales pillow cover; senegalese basketsstriped bolsterdriftwood lamp; floral shamblue scroll shower curtainstripe outdoor rug


Like I mentioned, I’ll be taking a few days of vacation over the next week.  Not to worry, there won’t be silence around here.  Expect a few special guests to appear, plus a patio reveal coming up later this week!  Until then, I hope you are enjoying the longest day of the year (for us northerners), and keeping cool wherever you may be. 


cg kate signature




  1. These are gorgeous pictures – thanks for posting! I have to admit though that I don’t have quite the same romance with Summer. I live in North Queensland where it’s summer 9 months a year. I get much more excited about the slight drop in temperature which signals the start of our ‘winter’!

  2. I am loving all those blues! Today I painted a chair for my son’s room that looks like the exact color of the table in the Somerset Bay picture! After seeing your photos, I want to add even more blue to my house!

  3. ooo such a lovely collection of pics.
    thanks for sharing them.
    only found you recently – looking forward to reading more.
    have a great break.
    cheryl xox.

  4. My summer goal was to add some color to my white, white and white house! Target has so many similar accents to the beauties you found! Everyone is happy, I added color, I didn’t break the bank, and I am guilt free because they were all on clearance!
    Kerry at

  5. I just love blue and the photos are stunning..Thank you for the post..

  6. Wow Kerry, sounds beautiful!

    You too Zoe, that combo is timeless, I’m sure your seaside prints are gorgeous!


  7. Blue and white is my favourite colour combination. Dots, stripes, plain…anything is good and fresh. xx

  8. what a beautiful post! I want to take everything out of my home and replace it with your goodies. i really love the hourglass.

  9. As a lover of all things blue, I am so happy that this color is popular again. It’s so much easier to find beautiful things for the home now.

  10. I love all things blue! My favorite are the aqua glass balls. I will hunting down a collection of those in the near future.

Leave a comment!

Keep the conversation going! Your email address will not be published.*


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Lately on Instagram (@centsationalstyle)