Klein Blue 2, Electric Bugaloo

In my last post I extolled the virtues of all things Yves Klein and therefore, by the transitive property A=B and B=C, also all things blue, and also all things crazy but awesome. I'm a little weary of the robin's egg blue that was so popular for the last few years, and I just painted over my tequila blue living room (so I think you can gather how I feel about that), but this blue is all neon excitement -- more sapphire than powder, more sexy than sentimental, and definitely not for the faint of heart.

This girl gets it:

klein lady

Comparing her wardrobe to a swatch of Klein's patented Blue, you can see that she's not entirely on the money, but her claim to wear nothing but IYKB is not without merit. And frankly, I think it does a lot for her complexion. And it's certainly better than the guy who looks like Paul Giamatti but isn't and only wears brown. Really? Brown? Do I even need to go into the associations there? It's too early in the morning.

Of course, this is an interior design blog (for lack of a better category), so I would be remiss in my duties if I didn't shower you with some home decor porn, and you know I live to serve you, my ladyfriends (and gay BFFs??? hellll-ooo? Are you there???).

Without further ado:

kevin suvlasky

Starting it off with a bang are these gorgeous rooms designed by Andrew Suvlasky. Is it getting hot in here, or is it just me? I love the gender neutrality of this color. Not so masculine as to say, "I like hunting and tweed" and not so feminine as to say "I like birds and twee pastels, thank you very much." And when it's blue on blue on blue -- par example, the right picture -- it just feels saturated instead of hyperactive. Try that with any other pop color.

And, of course, Klein Blue does work beautifully as an accent color, too:

brown davis

That IS a pornoramic view in this bedroom designed by Brown and Davis, but those seductive pillows and drapes almost outsexify it. Plus whoever photographed this interior did an amazing job. The double gourd lamp in turquoise is a bit strange, though...

Another room that strikes a blue note:

habitually chic

John Demsey's bachelor pad designed by Bibi Monnahan, via Habitually Chic. Check out the whole tour on her site because the guy has a great photography collection (as well as some chairs that Miss Karly would lurve). Again, there is some weird lamp action going on here, but I still think this is such a livable apartment, much more accessible than something done up all in beige like my uptight BF Patrick Bateman and his super sterile bachelor pad.

Of course, if you need some extra stimulation, you could go all the way, like this room designed for the Kip's Bay Showhouse by Christpher Maya:

christopher maya

Yes, it's a little patriotic for my taste, but I like the wall color and blue chair. I think it could lighten up and take itself a little less seriously, though, like this bubbly kitchen spied in Domino's quirky kitchen gallery:

domino kitchen

All those balls make me giggle and the barstools are kind of killing me (anyone else offended by those ubiquitous pseudo-futuristic stools? Probably just me... as usual), but I do like the light 'n' freshness of the entire ensemble.

And finally, after the slew of blue and chrome combos, a reminder that electric blue looks fantastically sultry when paired with gold:

winston roeth

Ok, what would not look good in Italy's amazing Palazzo Ducale di Sassuolo? But these modern works by Winston Roeth are spectacular in juxtaposition with cherubic white and gold. (via, once again, Habitually Chic

Funny, those paintings look familar, don't they? After all, Roeth wasn't the first artist to paint a monochrome canvas in what is essentially, ahem, Yves Klein Blue. But I suppose if you're in the business of painting monochromes, then you must be aware that what you're selling is not talent, but a concept, and Klein understood marketing better than anyone. 

Yves Klein was always good at anticipating trends (pretentiously called "movements" in art, but the great cultural critic Walter Benjamin realized early on that art is inevitably bound up in fashion), and he was always good at creating something out of nothing. Witness his "Leap Into the Void," where he markets his greatest product, ever: himself.

klein void

Oh, hell, whatever. Enough art history. I like blue. Not to go Seussian, but take the leap. You might, too.

Clash of the Titans

I've been living with a caliente red dining room and a tequila blue living room for so long that my eyes were bleeding from the Mexican Restaurant strain of it all (not that I don't love me some muy delicioso Mexican comidas!) when I looked from one room into to the next. One of those colors had to go, and after much agonizing DH and I decided to keep the red. The living room was painted a soothing pinky gray and I am hoping to post before and after pics very soon, but first major accessory shifts are needed to restore Casa Erin to top form. In the meantime, I've been cruising color palettes for inspiration, and despite disparaging pink and red in my last post, that combo is still feeling very fresh to me. My favorite is Miles Redd's living room (Sorry Miles... I'm turning into such a stalker!):

miles redd

First of all, how sexy is that couch? I know it probably cost a bazillion dollars, but I think I'd give a tooth for it. Maybe even a front one. Anyway, Miles went for broke with this... NOT a subdued pink. NOT a subdued red. Full frontal nudity here. Raunchy.

While I totally want Miles' entire apartment, I think pink and red are easiest for us mere mortals to pair when the furniture is kept streamlined. Check out this mod combo designed by Aussie firm BKH that was featured at the Kips Bay Showhouse (photo courtesy of Elite Choice):

kips bay

How much do you love that orangey red painting on those coolly pink walls? It just pops and clashes its little heart out, and the black scaled down furniture helps keep the look modern instead of 1980's mauve disaster.

Y'all know by now that I'm a Jay Jeffers fan... That guy can go from kooky to classy in 2.2 seconds. This San Francisco apartment is carefully neutral, but the dining room has an ultra glam pink ceiling paired with pops of red for edge.

jay jeffers

The beigey walls go a long way toward keeping this look polished instead of claustrophobic. Here are a couple more examples of careful accessory choices to keep the look edgy, but not cluttered:

domino and wearstler

(Domino paint palette on the left and Kelly Wearstler's office on the right)

Simple black fireplaces add some much needed geometry to both spaces. I really hate those sconces in Kelly Wearstler's office, but she shows (once again) that she is master of the plate wall, and the lime green apples are fabulous with that pink.

My friend Hope Perkins of Hot Pink Pistol fame had this amazing pink (of course!) house that looked gorgeous in pictures but kinda made me feel nervous in real life. So, I think that to be able to live in these spaces, I personally need some neutral air to breathe. Therefore I present to you this most appealing mix of space and color that I found whilst reading Habitually Chic's awesome blog:


This is the gorgeous Palazzo Ducale di Sassuolo in Modena, Italy, featuring color block paintings by Winston Roeth which were donated by legendary collector Giuseppe Panza. I love the gold, white, pink and red combo (with a teeny flash of lemon yellow) and I totally think I'm going to steal it. My new wall color isn't white-white like this, but it's pale and cool enough that I think it'll work. I'm going to have to fake the gold fretwork, since I (sadly) don't live in a 17th century castle, but I'm hoping the look will still be edgily sublime.

Stay tuned!