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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767921135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767921138
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.9 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Nature’s quintessential color combination of blue and white never ceases to amaze me. The look of pristine snow against deep blue Aspen skies; spires of blue and white delphinium in a garden; Connecticut’s spring mornings where the apple blossoms and nodding heads of white narcissus are in contrast to soft blue skies and vibrant green grass—these and many more images found in nature have informed my work for the last thirty-five years. From fashion to interiors, and tabletop to gardens, the presence of blue and white is a constant in my past collections as well as throughout my previous eight books. It seems natural that I would eventually do a book on living and designing with this seminal color combination.” —from the Introduction

This private tour of the dazzling homes of legendary style-setter Carolyne Roehm showcases her favorite color combination in more than three hundred glorious photographs.

From the time designer Carolyne Roehm rented her first small apartment in New York in her twenties, she has loved blue and white. In that one-bedroom flat, she draped the walls, chairs, sofa, and a canopy bed in an inexpensive blue and white sheeting fabric designed by her boss, Oscar de la Renta, and began collecting blue-and-white porcelain from around the world—initially bargain reproductions and eventually museum-quality pieces—from China, Japan, Portugal, the Netherlands, and elsewhere.

Today, Carolyne Roehm presides over a magnificent duplex in Manhattan, an antique-filled stone house in Connecticut, and a chic yet rustic home in Aspen, all of which contain rooms decorated in blue and white, featuring accents from her collections of china, ceramics, glassware, linens, furniture, and decorative pieces. These rooms employ the whole spectrum of blues, from delicate sky to the deepest, boldest navy, evoking moods ranging from tranquil to vibrant.

In A Passion for Blue and White, Carolyne Roehm takes us inside her homes (including her former pied-à-terre in Paris) in never-before-seen photographs of these stunning rooms. She also reveals how she has used blue and white to magnificent effect outdoors in Connecticut around her pool and in her gardens—and even how she used the combination in designing a wedding for a friend.

She provides inspiration for tabletop design, flower arranging, and gift-wrapping, suitable for all budgets. Her ceramic, textile, and glass collections (endless sources of her creativity) can be emulated by anyone with trips to flea markets, thrift shops, and inexpensive import stores as well as antique stores and galleries.

A swatch of French fabric began Carolyne Roehm’s lifetime love affair with blue and white. In this book, she demonstrates through her own decorating and designs, how this combination works its magic on everything from upholstery and drapes to napkins and tablecloths, wrapping paper and ribbons. For anyone with a passion for blue and white, here is the ultimate style guide and Carolyne Roehm’s most gorgeous book yet.

Amazon.com Exclusive: An Interview with Carolyne Roehm

Q: Reviewers are calling your new book “gorgeous” and your “most self-expressive book”. What inspired you to write A Passion for Blue and White?
CR: Blue and white has always been a big part of my world, and this passion is reflected in the books I’ve done, whether the subject matter was flowers, entertaining, or creating beautifully wrapped gifts. It seemed natural that I would eventually do a book on living and designing with this seminal color combination. Blue and White gives me a design focus – one that’s endlessly rewarding.

Q: What will the reader find in the book?
CR: Blue and white has been a constant in my interior design work. The book is filled with photos of interiors and outdoor spaces enhanced by collections of ceramics, textiles, porcelain, dishes and linens. I’ve always been inspired by nature and no other combination is as omnipresent as glorious blue and white so I’ve included an endless assortment of ideas for arranging flowers, gardens and bouquets for every season. This is really a book about creating a beautiful environment with style and ease. I’ve also included wonderful ideas for wrapping paper and ribbons, napkins, drapes and linens. Of course I didn’t feel this book would be complete without including a plethora of information on the meaning and history of blue and white, and its use in all of the decorative arts.

Q: Since the holidays are upon us, do you include suggestions that may be useful for the upcoming season?
CR: Yes. During the holiday season, I sometimes stray away from a red-and-green theme and use a blue and white color scheme that works surprisingly well with a green wreath or urns filled with narcissus.

At Christmas, blue and white pieces can show off the traditional deep red flowers of the season including amaryllis, berries and roses.

Q: Do you have other holiday ideas that don’t involve flowers?
CR: Yes, I’ve included photos of holiday cards, invitations, gift tags, menu cards and gift wrap that is beautiful when created in a blue & white color scheme. Elegant card stock is a luxury but it’s incredibly simple and satisfying to use the computer to make invitations, menu cards or holiday gift tags. Guests feel you’ve taken the time to create something special when it’s made by hand.

Q: Any suggestions for those on a budget?
CR: Absolutely. The best thing about blue & white is the ability to collect and display so inexpensively. Chinese porcelain is readily available and inexpensive fabrics can always be purchased at discount outlets. A few of my favorite table setting ideas include mixing white porcelain with a blue and white tablecloth and using white carnations in the centerpiece. It creates a dramatic table inexpensively.

The right flower arrangements can be made inexpensively any time of the year. One of my favorite combinations is mixing white cosmos from the cutting garden with frilly Queen Anne’s lace to create a fresh and simple bouquet. Simple daisies in a cobalt blue glass create a dramatic effect and nothing is more cheerful than bright yellow sunflowers in deep blue glass.

Q: Any final comments?
CR: This book is my personal story of designing and living with this magical color combination. I hope in some small way it will inspire others.

A Look Inside A Passion for Blue and White
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For the Living Room For the Bedroom
In the Garden Interior Arrangements
Floral Arrangements Tablescapes
For the Holidays Decorative Arrangements

About the Author

CAROLYNE ROEHM is the author of A Passion for Flowers, A Passion for Parties, At Home with Carolyne Roehm, the four Seasonal Notebooks, and Presentations. After working with Oscar de la Renta, she started her own fashion house in 1985. She created her Web site, www.carolyneroehm.com, where she has an online magazine. She sells and designs products and does select decorating projects. Carolyne divides her time among her exquisite homes in Manhattan, Connecticut, and Aspen, Colorado.


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Designer, writer, gardener, interior designer, photographer, dogs and all animals lover, skier and the proud author of Flowers by Carolyne Roehm

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this book for anyone thinking of decorating with blue and white.
JT
A Passion for Blue and White is a book to cherish...the book presents endless resources and inspiration on how to bring beauty to any space.
Allison Parent
This book is beautifully illustrated for the decorator who loves blue and white color schemes.
JM

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Design Book Addict on October 30, 2008
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I love all of her books and this one is no exception.
This book is packed with ideas about flowers, color, table decoration and just living in general. The photographs are so saturated that you feel as if you're in the book! If you appreciate beauty, you will get pleasure just from leafing through it!
If, on the other hand, you're the jealous type and you're going to miss all of the beauty by focusing on the cost of everything- save your money.
If you're creative and you're inspired by someone who has tremendous energy and creativity- this book is packed with ideas for you!!
I love it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jane on November 12, 2008
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This ingenious and talented author has really out done herself with her newest and 9th book! What an exquisite presentation of my favorite decorating palette. The over-sized book, with smooth pages that are luxurious to the touch, is filled with endless inspiration for dining, decorating, gardening and entertaining. This book goes beyond the theme of blue and white, by demonstrating how those basic colors can be the backdrop for other accent colors. Carolyne Roehm just does it better than the rest of us, and I intend with this book to learn how! With A Passion for Blue and White by my side, I shall carry off my next decorating project or dinner party with aplomb! Her website is a companion source for this wonderful book as well. This would make a beautiful gift - or a well-deserved treat for yourself! Even better, bundle this up with A Passion for Parties and A Passion for Flowers-now there's a gift that can't be beat.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dena M. Dion on January 20, 2009
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Pretty pictures, definitely could get some ideas on a smaller scale. Mostly pictures, formal decor.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Colleen Martin on October 30, 2008
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I preordered this book as I purchased all her other books, even though I don't decorate in blues, since my two passions are tablescapes and gardening. On the positives: Sylvie Becquet's photography talent is outstanding and makes this book eye candy. The quality of the book is all in the photos and Sylvie deserves more than a mention on the back page. I also loved the large script font style of the lettering used throughout and think Broadway Books did a very nice job of producing it. There is very little text throughout, mostly just picture captions, so the reader's time is spent looking at the photos. As a lover of beautiful china, flowers and French and Swedish antiques I found some eye candy to enjoy but thought it fell short on innovation of design. I would have liked to see more blue/white used in residences other than her homes to broaden the scope. I read the book through twice and each time I was left with a disturbing feeling about the decadence of a single woman's display of mega wealth of multiple homes and the million dollar interiors they contain. I don't think market timing on the release of this book was thought out. Although released for Christmas sales, showing this much extravagance of personal wealth when the nation's homeowners are suffering financially, was really out of touch with the market of book purchasers, many of whom are losing their homes, the majority of which couldn't purchase a yard of fabric used to upholster her beds or travel to London to buy some furniture - really what she said her position was in the 1970's when she couldn't afford $35 a yard fabric. Instead of being uplifted by this book, I was left "blue" and with no incentive to shop her overpriced website.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on December 7, 2008
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This book has the most stunning collection of color pictures of blue and white ever! Every room is inspiring, as are the suggestions for using blue and white as a theme for entertaining, or in the garden.

There are glorious antiques in drop dead gorgeous rooms, like the incredible Danish clock on p 49, or the guest room on page 81 with its mix or blue and white plaid and a Chinese blue and white floral pattern.

And who wouldn't be inspired by the blue and white garden scene, the white china bowls of fresh flowers, or on p 128 by the blue and white picnic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Dunne on November 20, 2008
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This exquisite book is an endless source of inspiration. From the variations on blue and white to the fresh interpretations of classical design principles, Carolyne Roehm's beautifully photographed and impeccably designed book rewards repeated exploration and careful study. From museum-quality antiques in double-height rooms to crockery in the kitchen, Roehm's style illuminates, instructs, and begs emulation. With the informative text, it's like having a personal tour of her homes -- except you can stay as long as you wish!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allison Parent on November 7, 2008
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Another amazing illustration of how simplicity can create a perfect environment for everyone to enjoy! So thrilled to have another book to add to my collection. I received my first Carolyne Roehm book as a gift while I was in law school and give her books as gifts to family and friends all the time. I even have one in my office to cheer me up! A Passion for Blue and White is a book to cherish...the book presents endless resources and inspiration on how to bring beauty to any space. True delight!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr, Katherine B. Bryan on November 12, 2008
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Carolyne Roehm has done it again! What an incredibly beautiful book." A Passion for Blue and White" documents a lifetime of collecting in the best of taste. Sylvie Bacquet has captured Carolyne Roehm's fantasy in exquisite photographs of china patterns, fabrics, flowers and dogs. Every page contains inspiration which is adaptable for any person with a discerning eye. Flower arranging, furniture placement within a room, color choice, proportion of pieces, wall treatments, window treatments and many more elements are examples of Carolyne's well developed approach to design. This is an extremely useful as well as beautiful book which is a great Christmas present for anyone who loves to learn by being exposed to the best.
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