For those of us who aren't lucky enough to own a beach house, adding a bit of blue and white to our interiors provides the soothing backdrop needed to take a mental vacation. In warmer climates (Morocco, Greece), cool blues are a nod to the ocean -- a way to integrate outdoor and indoor living. In colder climates (Scandinavia), washed-out blues provide a welcome respite from bitter temperatures and days without light. But for me, pretty patterns of blue and white remind me of Provencal farmhouses -- my ideal holiday.
Images: 1) Maisons Cote Ouest, December 2011/January 2012. 2, 3 & 4) Maisons Cote Ouest, October/November 2011. 5) Maisons de Campagne, September/October 2011. 6) Campagne Decoration, May/June 2011. 7 & 8) Country Living, British Edition, September 2010 & April 2011.