Nobody’s ever done blue and white better than legendary fashion designer and red-carpet king Oscar de la Renta.
Image:Oscar de la Renta relaxes in his Casa de Campo home in the Dominican Republic during an interview in 1988. (Wall Street Journal Photo/Julia Reed)
He started pairing the two before anyone did, inspiring a generation of decorators to follow suit. And it’s easy to understand why: Blue and white makes a classic combination that never goes out of style, conjuring the sea, the sky and our intrinsic connection to the world around us. Simply put, blue and white brings nature home. De la Renta had more than a few over the years, but it’s the coral stone estate in his native Dominican Republic that captured my attention and never let go.
Image: Punta Cana, Oscar de la Renta
The living room is a study of balance, proportion and a more-is-more approach that stays focused but expressive. It’s classic without being boring, current without chasing trends. That’s the part of de la Renta’s style I love and tried to re-imagine using some of my favorite finds from ATG for an al fresco table setting with plenty of Oscar buzz.
When the weather warms up, I like to take the party outside to any covered space—furniture and all. A pedestal table and trellis back chairs like these were favorites of de la Renta in all his homes. Fluted plinths topped with turquoise ginger jars give classical grandeur to the scene.
But even if you’re not dining al fresco just yet, you can still bring a sophisticated island vibe to any occasion with blue-and-white tableware, tropical accents and fresh greenery.
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Eddie Ross, Style Director