Inspired by…

Blush and Bashful

The Vail Valley Foundation’s International Dance Festival is one of my favorite times of year in Vail. We’re so lucky to host amazing dance companies in our valley and enjoy their nightly performances at the Ford Amphitheater and at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek for the first couple of weeks in August. I grew up dancing throughout my childhood and I’m counting down the days until my six-month-old daughter can take her first ballet class.


Lately several vendors have mention blush as an up and coming color trend in design. I’m typically not a fan of pale pink colors but have been inspired by the blush satin on ballerinas’ pointe shoes. I love the look of worn-in pointe shoes with the warm leather soles and tattered satin.

I have come to realize that blush is a versatile color that you can make soft and feminine with warm neutrals, whites and grey tones. Or you can make it edgy by contrasting with blacks, leathers and rose gold metals. Soft hues can calm and relax or, with the right pairing can be edgy and sophisticated. Blushes and roses are not just for little girls anymore. 

This month's inspiration is brought to you by Kellye O'Kelly, a Texas-born designer who calls Eagle home. Kellye's personal design aesthetic is a preference towards natural raw materials combined with simple clean lines. She tends to lean more towards a soothing monochromatic color palette, with interest created with textures and an unexpected pop of color. 

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