Keep it Cool This Summer by Adding Blue to Your Décor

Some like it hot and some like it not. As a Leo, I tend to liven up in August, but I understand the heat may make some folks languish. I’m always looking for easy ways to modify my home to address issues, like changes in temperature or changes in total occupancy (cheers for back to in-person school!) One surefire answer to cooling your head, heels, or jets is adding blue to your décor.

Gatha decorative pillow with insert, $149, available at Jorjy (Brookside)

Pillow Talk

What’s that? House is quiet? New book on the side table? Even a quick respite would be better with this embroidered Gatha pillow. You can read until you a) doze off or b) are discovered and disturbed. 

Blue and White Series V, 17” x 17” ink, graphite, oil pastel on paper, $375, available at Blue Gallery (Crossroads)

Blue Period

Often, Kelly Porter is recognized for her work as one of the partners of Porter Teleo, our own locally based international wallcovering sensation. In addition to her decorative product, produced in conjunction with her partner, Bridgett Cochran, Porter is a painter whose work is available through—you got it—Blue Gallery. Her work on paper is a great way to pick up fine art on a tight budget.

Mer-Sea Voyager candle, $34, available at

Beach Day

Yearning for a trip to the beach, but very firmly homebound? Set your sound machine to “waves” and light Mer-Sea’s Voyager candle. Relax and imagine sand between your toes as the scents of pepper, citrus, and moss cool your jets.

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