Winter Blues … & Turquoises

Its been raining here in Philadelphia, and although I should be excited that its rain and not snow, I just can’t seem to shake these winter blues.  Sure, winter weather is exciting when it arrives in late fall, however, by the time end-of-January/beginning-of-February rolls around, I have about had it.  
I would much rather be here, or anywhere that even closely resembled here.  This time of year gets me daydreaming about tropical locales quite regularly, and longing for that tropical feeling of hot sun, warm sand, and bright bright blues. 
China Seas
China Seas for Quadrille has many beautiful fabrics that really put me in the island spirit when I am feeling that winter chill.  This is Aga, in turquoise. 
China Seas
Lyford Background in Dark Turquoise on White.
China Seas
Finally, this is New Batik in Turquoise New Navy.
Sea Cloth
Sea Cloth at Lee Jofa also makes prints that seem to require a tan!  This one is Jungle, in Sky, from the Splash On collection
Sea Cloth
Lattice, in Sky, from the Splash On collection
Sea Cloth
Palm, in Sky, from the Splash On collection.
John Robshaw
I also love so many of John Robshaw’s fabrics, they have such an exotic, faraway place quality.  This one is Shali Lapis.  
If I were to visit a beautiful island, I would most certainly bring one of these chic, ruched one-piece suits from JCrew, in a beautiful turquoise color. 
Roberta Roller Rabbit
And one of my favorite pareos from Roberta Roller Rabbit–there are so many beautiful blue patterns to choose from! 

House Beautiful
If you can’t take a vacation, I would advise going to, and looking at Tom Scheerer’s blue and white Caribbean design for a new Florida home.  Although you might only get a little color from the glow of your computer screen, these tropical photos will warm you right up. 

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  • Oh I love the fabric… I’m about to do a post on some Calico Corners fabrics. You should do a post on your little apartment! From the one pic I saw it seems like you have truly maxamized the space (something I’m still trying to achieve in my apartment).