Simply Blue and Beautiful for Summer

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Hot, hot, hot! Since July started it’s been around 35 deg C (95 deg F) in this corner of the globe. The heat is suffocating especially during noon, but this morning in the news it was mentioned that Dubai has reached 50 deg C (122 deg F). So it’s actually relatively cool where I live! How’s it going in your corner of the earth?

We need all the “cool” we can get, so today I rounded up some gorgeous interiors and fun accessories that exude cool and calm and class. Of course, they all make the most of the best color in the world (especially during summer): blue.

Beautiful, Beautiful Blue

First we have a dazzling view of the Ristorante Il Riccio in Capri, an island in Italy.

Ristorante Il Riccio in Capri, Italy. Photo courtesy of Capri Palace Hotel & Spa.

Ristorante Il Riccio in Capri, Italy. Photo courtesy of Capri Palace Hotel & Spa.

The waterfront restaurant was designed by Marco De Luca (Note: I’m unable to find his official site to link to. If you know his URL please let me know in the comments section). The place was given a Michelin star for its authentic Mediterranean cuisine, but I give it three stars for interior design! The white linen and billowing curtains on this light and airy space is simply perfect on a clear summer day.

A view of the Il Riccio kitchen

A view of the Il Riccio kitchen. Photo courtesy of Capri Palace Hotel & Spa.

I adore the blue color palette, so stylishly Mediterranean in feel, with the wooden furnishings and mosaic tiles.

For blue residential interiors I turned to the late, great Alberto Pinto.

 Living room in Mykonos designed by Alberto Pinto. Photo courtesy of Alberto Pinto.

Living room in Mykonos designed by Alberto Pinto. Photo courtesy of Alberto Pinto.

His interior design of a villa in Mykonos, Greece, exudes both artistic exuberance and cool relaxation. I love the stucco-like texture of the walls, hand-painted wall art, and distressed, decorative ceiling beams.

In Athens, John Stefanidis renovated this guest room with many shades of blue.

Apartment in Athens, designed by John Stefanidis. Photo by Fritz von der Schulenburg, courtesy of Architectural Digest.

Apartment in Athens, designed by John Stefanidis. Photo by Fritz von der Schulenburg, courtesy of Architectural Digest.

The rich hue is so calming while the patterned upholstery and striped rug add visual interest.

Blue Accessories

In June I stored the last of my spring wardrobe and made sure to bring out all the summer outfits. For the home and self, I’m crushing on these two items:

Lenox's Darius table setting in indigo and gold. Photo courtesy of Gluckstein Home.

Lenox’s Darius table setting in indigo and gold. Photo courtesy of Gluckstein Home.

I like how Lenox’s Darius series, designed by Brian Gluckstein, adds a twist to the Greek-key motif by giving it a 3D-like effect. The rich indigo and gold trim is a classic color combination, and we can see why in this beautiful set. Not just for summer, this design is timeless.

Just for summer I have this super pretty shell pendant necklace in my shopping cart:

Chuvora Hand-blown Venetian Murano glass pendant, earrings and bracelet.

Chuvora Hand-blown Venetian Murano glass pendant, earrings and bracelet.

Glass jewelry might be heavy but I think it’s worth it, especially for gorgeous ocean blue tones.

All Revved Up for Summer

A friend’s young son’s birthday is smack in the middle of summer. They are planning a seaside party for him so I designed this blue and red, boat-themed gift set.

Nautical themed, personalized gifts by Beverly Claire Designs.

Nautical themed, personalized gifts by Beverly Claire Designs. Clockwise from top: Customizable invitation, party plate, baseball cap, luggage tag, jumbo tote and keychain. Click here to see more gifts carrying this design.

A red sailboat with white sails and yellow flag. Navy blue stripes complete the marine look. Fun, nautical design perfect for summer. They can be purchased here. Customize with your name and initial. These make wonderful, personalized gifts for anyone who loves boats, sailing, swimming, summer and the deep blue sea.

Beating the Heat

I hope you enjoyed this post on cool blue summer interiors and summer-worthy accessories.

What’s your favorite go-to home or personal accessory for summer? Do share in the comment section below.

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