Out of the blue comes a hue that seems born for the swelter of summer – and just as perfect for fall’s indigo evenings. Just say the word, and we see visions of a sapphire winking midnight blue. A glacier glinting with aquamarine light. The sweep of the sky. Or the surging energy of cobalt.
And while it’s true that the coolest color in the spectrum has never been hotter, blue is far more than a trend. At once soothing and energizing, it’s also one of fashion’s enduring darlings. Here are four great ways to bring it home.
Lighter blues like our Azure or Air Blue are fresh and rejuvenating. And just as in nature, these pastels pair well with most any color in the spectrum.
From thousand-year-old Chinese porcelain to 19th century paintings, artists have long been loyal to cobalt blue. Van Gogh even called it divine. The warmest of the blues, this strong color takes on even more vivacity when used with brights and whites.
Native to Southeast Asia, this tropical hardwood has remarkable strength and durability that’s prized in outdoor furniture. Its inherent resistance to the effects of harsh sun, salt water, mold, mildew and insects means that it’s destined for years of open-air gatherings.
When crafted into outdoor furniture, sustainably harvested teak retains its solid character, yet acquires a smooth, almost velvety, texture as it’s sanded by hand. Teak’s natural beauty is only enriched by the elements, assuming a relaxed yet sophisticated profile as it weathers from a golden glow to a distinctive, silvery patina over time.
We may never be royals, yet a languid afternoon spent lounging on a pool chaise can make us feel like we’re living that fantasy.
Poolside or on the patio, time slows to a luxurious meter when you’re relaxing on a chaise lounge. This act of daytime reclining is a timeless pursuit – one with origins in ancient civilizations. From relics found in Egyptian tombs to manuscripts depicting Roman banquets, it’s clear the chaise lounge has a noble history.
If ever there’s an outdoor chaise that can make you feel like a goddess, our Balencia Chaise Lounge is it. This undulating design is nearly poetry in motion, following the contours of the body with a quiet elegance. A creation of noted French designer Claude Robin, Balencia embraces his passion for infusing everyday objects with fluidity and simplicity.
If you’re more of a bathing beauty like Esther Williams, the Newport Chaise is ideal. As easy as a summer breeze, the sleek Euro style keeps you cool with a breathable mesh sling that allows air to circulate and water to drain through.
If you love the idea of a chaise, but prefer more flexibility, the Convertible Chaise Lounge is the perfect fit. Its handsome design and innovative engineering conceal an ottoman that can be pulled out when the day inspires reading or lounging, and easily tucked away when not in use.
Tucson artist Neille Olson creates a kind of steeped-in-color beauty that never fades. Her canvas? Cast-stone tabletops. Her medium? Stained glass.
Stained glass is Neille’s art and her craft. First produced in ancient times, the medium requires the vision to conceive a beautiful design, as well as the precision and patience to see it through to completion.
Each table begins with the inspiration. Sophisticated botanicals. Timeless geometrics. And fluid organic forms. Then Neille and her team of artists get to work – individually cutting and placing by hand as many as 3,500 glass, marble and travertine tiles onto each tabletop. As when working on a puzzle, the satisfaction comes when the whole picture emerges from these thousands of painstakingly selected tiles.
True to the nature of artisanal work, the real beauty is that each of these mosaic tables adopts a character of its own. Deep, sophisticated hues and intricate patterns transform with the daylight into iridescent waves of color, and then glisten with opaque mystery by nightfall.
This unique dance is what makes each of Neille’s tables so appealing. And she’s been making them for Frontgate for more than 20 years. Every season she receives cards, letters and emails from people showing her tables gracing their gardens, porches, poolsides and balconies. And to Neille, that’s a gift that’s as enduring as her art.