The contrast of sunny days with bright blue is a formula for instant happiness. See HOBNOB’s fresh picks of home accessories for summer—for your table and yard—to add sophistication to the scene.
DECK OUT YOUR TABLE IN SOOTHING DEEP BLUES
Chilewich the masters of creative wovens keep advancing their weaving styles to showcase new capabilities. I’m always amazed with what they come up with each collection. Here, the Wave and Mosaic placemats are reminiscent of classic batik patterns, with a washed-out antique appeal, in beautiful blue. 14 x 19 Placemats, $15; 14 x 72 Runner, $55. chilewich.com
Iittala introduces a new shade for Alvar Aalto’s classic vase, Utramarine Blue—inspired by Finland’s blue skies, thousands of lakes and the peacefulness of the deep blue sky before the evening sets in. Imagine how gorgeously flowers will contrast with this wonderful tone. The vase, originally designed in 1936 really invokes a feeling of water in this color. Shown is the tall version, roughly 10 inches high, around $195. iittala.com
Stelton Stockholm Aquatic is a line of bowls and vases with an abstract, water-color patch of the most gorgeous, deep blue. Add colorful food, like lemons, for a natural centerpiece. From $90 to $300. stelton.com
Artel Arabesque Tea Light Holder you can play with blue, with either white background and blue pattern, or its opposite. 2.75’’ high x 2.25’’ diameter, about $67. Available online at artedona.com
WRAPPED IN RELAXING COMFORT
Yellow Leaf Hammocks has created the ulitmate in summer relaxation. Their hammocks are handwoven in a soft material that does not leave an imprint, and its design allows breezes to seep in for keeping cool. Comes in two sizes, the Classic Double is 10’ long x 6’ wide and can support up to 400 lbs, $199; the King-Size is 11’ long x 9’ wide and can support up to 550 lbs, $279. yellowleafhammocks.com
For more blue ideas for setting a scene, see our 4th of July party, which features recipes for red food, perfect for pairing with blue, for the red-white-and-blue effect.