With blue-and-white decor, mix and match pattern, texture, and shades of blue from robin’s egg to deep navy. History, nature, and fashion are your muses.
Heather Chadduck Hillegas and David Hillegas’s home offers blue-and-white inspiration for almost every room: dining room, office, living room, entry, guest bedroom, and patio. Find style for every day and Flower‘s wallpaper finds that embrace the color scheme, too.
Decorating with Blue-and-White
In the Dining Room
The dining room’s botanical allure comes from the hand-painted walls of trailing vines based on a Swedish wallpaper design, while the table sparkles with a mix of blue-and-white pieces.
“Blue-and-white and green live quite happily together here at Pineapple House (the historical moniker for the circa 1920 home).” — Heather Chadduck Hillegas
The elegant table setting with lush florals includes the ‘Gosford’ dinner plate ($265) and side plate ($185) and ‘Vita’ goblet in Blue ($320) by William Yeoward Crystal, williamyeowardcrystal.com.
A cabinet filled with blue-and-white Canton pieces is lined in a playful wallpaper that complements the more formal motifs of the china. ‘Les Touches’ wallpaper in Cadet by Brunschwig & Fils, brunschwig.com
“Much of the blue-and-white Canton was a gift from David’s mother. This spot seemed like a lovely little shrine for it.”
In a Home Office
Keeping up with correspondence in a room wrapped in blue-and-white makes the task more enjoyable.
Get the Look: Blue-and-White Wallpaper Options
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Wallpapers (left to right, then bottom): Aerial Garden by Anna French • Aldwych by Cole & Son • Derwent by Osborne & Little • Avera by Brunschwig & Fils • Piccadilly by Cole & Son
Wallpapers (left to right, then bottom): 'Ascot Floral Print' by Scalamandré • 'Open Spaces' by Thibaut • 'Nanjing' by Schumacher • 'Solis' by Thibaut • 'Sirius' by Matthew Williamson for Osborne & Little
In the Living Room
“Our living room started with a neutral palette. Over the years we’ve added layers and layers of blue-and-white. It’s addictive!”
Casual touches such as bamboo curtain rods and garden stools keep the living room from feeling too formal. Heather upped the style quotient on a bamboo bench/coffee table with a wide tassel trim by Samuel & Sons, samuelandsons.com. The 18-inch ‘Gathered Bedwyn’ lamp shades in Blue Marden Cotton are from Edgar-Reeves Lighting, edgar-reeves.com.
The ‘Echols’ wool kilim rug, handwoven in Turkey, is from the Sarah Bartholomew Collection available through King’s House Rugs, kingshouseorientalrugs.com. The shoes are Stubbs & Wootton velvet loafers; visit stubbsandwootton.com for similar.
In an Entry
The foyer sets the tone for the blue-and-white joys to come. Heather chose China Seas’ ‘New Batik’ in French Blue on Tint (quadrillefabrics.com) for the table skirt.
In the Bedroom
Blue-and-white is a favored palette in bedrooms due to its soothing side, as beautifully put together in the Hillegases’ guest bedroom. Heather mixed antiques with an iron bed she had made and outfitted in a jaunty stripe. For similar fabric, see Summerville Linen Stripe in Ocean by Schumacher, fschumacher.com.
In a sitting area, a classic tulipiere makes arranging a breeze—pop in whatever blooms you have at hand. ‘Country Estate’ tulipiere tower set ($695) in Delft Blue by Juliska, juliska.com
‘Margot Collection’ Euro shams, sheets, and duvet cover ($68–$599) and ‘India Collection’ ($79–$399) scallop-edge pillowcases by Matouk, matouk.com
For Entertaining Outside
‘Festival’ dinner napkins ($57/set of 4) from Sferra, sferra.com. For similar dinnerware, see Williams Sonoma’s ‘Ginger Jar,’ ‘French Blue Bouquet,’ and ‘Japanese Garden’ collections, williams-sonoma.com.
Blue-and-white decor works year-round in any space. Heather used the color pairing outside with a striped tablecloth and cushions, a blue-and-white garden stool, and fresh-picked hydrangea blooms.
“We’ve planted over 100 blue, white, and green hydrangeas in the cutting gardens since we purchased the property.”
Another view of the covetable table setting reveals metal dining chairs with blue-and-white striped cushions, as well as the cute blue polka dots on the glassware. ‘Drop’ short ($44) and tall ($50) tumblers by Vietri, vietri.com
For Your Lifestyle
Let the captivating spirit of blue-and-white extend to all aspects of your daily life, even the family pets.
The couple’s German Shorthaired Pointers, Harley and Eloise, embrace the color pairing with their sartorial choices.
‘India Block Print Blue’ and ‘Heron’ wrapping papers ($11/roll) by Dixie Design Collective, dixie-design.com
‘Grace’ dinner fork ($135), dinner spoon ($135), and dinner knife ($130) by Ercuis, 201.804.8000; (bottom center) ‘Monogram Twig’ hand towel ($35) by Henry Handwork, henryhandwork.com
“It’s fascinating how a piece of blue-and-white china adds a certain presence or shimmer to a room, as flowers can sometimes do too.” — Editor John Esten in the book ‘Blue & White China’
Produced by Amanda Smith Fowler and Ellen S. Padgett | Photography by David Hillegas | Styled by Heather Chadduck Hillegas
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