How do you pull together a variety of traditional styles to create a fresh modern look? Ask our Design Star Brittany Whitney, who brilliantly balances myriad elements to create simple, stylized interiors. The award-winning designer from our Bellevue, Washington, Design Center believes less is more, and she’s passionate about expressing her clients’ ideas in ways that free them from clutter. See how Brittany blends different looks to create a crisp, sophisticated style. We love how beautifully Brittany balanced traditional, fashionable, dressy, and casual styles to create this semiformal living room for a multigenerational family. Facing pairs of Suzette and Grayson chairs, upholstered in a fashionable blue and green ikat and Greek key pattern, respectively, complement the sleek style of the blue Abington Leather sofa with eye-pleasing symmetry. Brittany opted for a pair of Corbin ottomans to allow traffic flow while keeping an open visual line to the kitchen. She strikes a balance once again, trimming them in a nickel nailhead for a more traditional twist. The streamlined Hadley dining chairs complement the kitchen’s sleek style and are dressed in a classic navy-and-white stripe outdoor fabric to add a punch of fade-resistant color. Nickel nailhead trim echoes the traditional touch on the Corbin ottomans while the green fabric on the counter stools ties to the living room’s fashionable color story. A bedroom by the water gets a chic nautical nod with a navy blue and white palette. Brittany creates a contemporary feel, balancing bordered custom window treatments and pillows with a floral Boucle Linen pillow and Blue and White Porcelain vase. Blue accents make simple yet powerful design moments throughout the space. A blue contrast welt on the Nassau ottoman makes a striking statement while small and large Brayton Indigo vases capture the natural daylight from the window and add a cool, luminous touch. Brittany balances the simplicity of the office space with a blend of patterns in the Tulu rug, Stamp art, Greek key upholstery fabric, and custom striped window treatments.  
We love white in any season, but especially in summer when it’s a wardrobe essential (if not a uniform). In the home, summer whites are crisp and radiant (think pure white slipcovers or just-laundered bedsheets). They’re essential for everyday living—just like a breath of fresh air! Here are some of our favorite fresh summer whites picks:   Be a light sleeper. Switch up your bedding with a white matelassé coverlet or quilt. It’s a simple move that will lift your spirits and lighten the overall feel of your bedroom.   Make yours modern. An heirloom-inspired bed like Quincy takes a modern turn when painted white. Hand-embroidered Giorgina bedding adds charm.   Turn the table. With the look of a flea market find, the Vienna round pedestal table in Brie (a perfect weathered finish!) is well crafted and liltingly lovely.   Come into bloom. This enduring White Hydrangea watergarden captures the beauty and spirit of our favorite fluffy blooms—and looks gorgeous all year long.   Go coastal. The base of our whitewashed Seneca lamp is covered with hand-woven natural seagrass for an easy, breezy, beachy attitude.   Cover up. A white cotton denim slipcover lightens any mood. Here our classic Bennett sofa gets a relaxing “makeover” in the blink of an eye.   Update a classic. We simplified the traditional Windsor chair for our Ethan Allen | Disney collection. White paint makes the Steamboat chair even more modern. *For more beautiful inspiration, check out our Muses book here.    
Design Star Janet Morganti knows a thing or two about using the color blue in the home. Ok…she knows a lot more than that! The award-winning designer has been with Ethan Allen for twenty years creating interiors in the U.S. and abroad. Her design philosophy is, and always has been, to make clients happier and more comfortable in their homes—and that’s exactly what she did in two notable projects, where she used the classic blue and white color combo to create two very different desired looks. “Blue can be very cool, but very calming,” says Janet. While she points out that pairing it with white can really make it pop, her projects demonstrate that the color combo isn’t just a nautical style. With the right mix of tones, textures, and styles, blue and white can be anything from dress-down to dressy. Take a look at how she used blue and white and pick up some pointers for yourself! FARMHOUSE FORMALITY Janet took an unexpected formal twist in an older farmhouse-style home, choosing an inky blue and white palette to create a bright and cheery elegant look in the living room. Its well-appointed style is a mix of old and new—combining the client’s existing Ethan Allen pieces with new furniture and accessories in updated traditional styles. Janet enhanced the glamorous quality of the blue with a tufted Chadwick sofa. She dressed the rest of the room up with metallic and glass Jocelyn coffee and end tables, along with dazzling accents. The deep blue wall color and lustrous Loomed Wool rug in navy create a rich backdrop for the room’s elegant furnishings. A pair of Rand wing chairs upholstered in a blue and white paisley print fabric inspired the room’s overall style. Also a pair of white leather Corbin ottomans by the fireplace, as well as the spider back Cristal Chair by the windows, provide everyday functionality with a fashionable flair. BEACHY KEEN COMFORT For a client with eight grandchildren and aging parents, a beach house family room needed to be comfortable (and resilient) for everyone from the age of eight to eighty. Janet turned to the crisp and classic navy blue and white color palette to create a coastal comfort zone for beach days to rainy days. Janet strikes a perfect balance between comfort and style—and it’s all in the details. The Retreat sectional with chaise is upholstered in a soft, easy-care outdoor fabric with contrast welting, and accented with fashionable outdoor pillows. The artwork and custom drapery on the windows weave the blue and white story throughout the space with clean, crisp symmetry. High performance meets high style: the indoor/outdoor rug handles all the high traffic beautifully while the Villa media center—finished in a striking white with contrasting navy blue interior—provides ample storage for kids’ games and electronics and displays chic coral accents.
The Martha Washington chair is timeless. Inspired by eighteenth-century design, Martha is probably one of the most iconic (and versatile) chairs we offer. We love her as is, and we love how easy it is to update her classic style with a slipcover. First, we designed the slipcover pattern to show off Martha’s graceful lines and year-round upholstered fabric underneath, then we chose a lighter-weight cotton Toile du Jouy fabric to get this delicate look. How easy is that? It’s almost like tying on an apron!   Pretty ties. Slim self-lined ties are long enough to create lovely bows. Tuck it in. Keep the slipcover neatly in place by tucking it in between the seat and back. Tailored detail. The slipcover edges are welted for a beautiful finishing touch.
Blue and white. It’s a beloved combination with a rich history and global appeal. Think Chinese porcelain, delftware from Holland, French toile, Laura Ashley anything—and crisp, coastal interiors everywhere. You can’t help but appreciate blue and white for its versatility. We love blue and white for its “anything goes” charm, so throughout July the Daily Muse will be celebrating this primo palette, featuring Ethan Allen designs as well as rooms our readers have shared with us. Stop by often to discover new ways to use blue and white in your home.   Ethan Allen Style Team Ethan Allen Interior Designer: Brittany Whitney Ethan Allen Style Team Ethan Allen Interior Designer: Natalie LeMier Ethan Allen Style Team Ethan Allen Interior Designer: Lorraine Wong Ethan Allen Style Team Ethan Allen Interior Designer: Annette Nielsen Ethan Allen Style Team Ethan Allen Interior Designer: Jessica D'Arpino Ethan Allen Style Team Ethan Allen Interior Designer: Kellily Johnson Ethan Allen Style Team
It’s summer at last. The holiday weekend kicks off the season with a bang, and we’re off—let the vacationing begin! But wait: does the thought of heading to the airport or spending endless hours in the car give you the blues? Declare your independence from tourism and give a staycation a try. We're not in love with feeling the summer blues, but we sure love looking at them. So chat with friends and family on your porch. Entertain on your patio. Relax in your pool—and let your imagination do the traveling. These staycation inspirations will transform your blues into bliss... Relax at a Resort. Curl up with a good book or soak up some sun at a resort of your own making. The Millbrook chaise creates the perfect poolside spot, right in your own backyard. Enjoy an English Garden. View the flora while relaxing on elegant and comfy outdoor pillows (created with well-chosen, coordinated outdoor fabrics). The blue and white porcelain Pierced garden seat becomes the perfect perch for a refreshing beverage. Float down Memory Lane. Your memories are always part of you, no matter where you travel. Our 63.25” x 43.25” giclée, Pretty Poolside, adds a midcentury modern vibe to any interior—and stirs a little nostalgia for summers gone by. Visit a Farmer's Market. Fresh local fruits and vegetables are the cornerstone of any summer staycation menu. Our porcelain Multi-ring Garden Seat is the perfect resting spot for your repast (try them in multiples to create extra surfaces and additional seating options). Sip Tea on a Southern Veranda. In the south, a veranda is more than a porch; it's a complete outdoor room. Our Biscayne Collection, featuring a settee, club chair, ottoman, coffee table, and end table, creates a light yet substantial feel, anchored here by the expansive geometry of an outdoor rug. [caption id="attachment_10649" align="aligncenter" width="858"] Journey to Long Island. Your summer staycation adventure begins with a coastal vibe. Set the mood for summertime with Vintage Swimsuit I, II & III (as shown) artwork, hand-cut from a vintage-inspired Montauk paper map.[/caption]   Lounge by the Lake. The Lakehouse chaise, showcased here in multiples with matching upholstered cushions, is the perfect expression of laidback chic. The 9' Indigo Round market umbrellas add 64 square feet of sun protection. Go Global. Let this Roseto Indigo fabric transport you to a bustling international marketplace—the kind that's filled with one-of-a-kind finds. Our Outdoor Fabric collection consists of Sunbrella fabrics—the Roseto is coded for heavy use, which makes it perfect for outdoor upholstery.

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If you’re lucky enough to have a house on the beach (or just want to feel like you do), consider a classic coastal palette of crisp white with generous splashes of ocean and salt water-washed sea glass. It’s a refreshing and restful color combination—especially in the bedroom!   CHIC AND SOPHISTICATED. This cool and collected bedroom is just beachy! It has a streamlined elegance thanks to the Hayward bed and Heston night tables (providing a gorgeous visual and storage). It’s always a good idea to add a bench at the foot of the bed; it’s a sweet spot for a tray, folded blankets, extra pillows, or a nightgown. THE TALL AND SHORT OF IT. Clear glass (the Heston tabletop and classic Leslie Crystal table lamp) lends a light and airy feeling to the room. It’s a thoughtful variation in scale (a tall, sculptural lamp next to a low-lying floral arrangement) that elevates this mini-tablescape. The Pocket Watch desk clock adds balance—and sparkle. IN RARE FORM. White orchids are exotic and graceful. This lifelike arrangement’s perfect blooms capture the artistry and spirit of a natural, snow white phalaenopsis orchid. These White Orchids in a clear glass cylinder are stunning now, and promise to stay that way. TWO EASY PIECES. Two bedroom essentials—sleep and storage—rule in this inviting guest room. The palette’s set with the diamond-tufted Alison upholstered headboard in a creamy, white linen, and the Adelaide chest in Robin’s Egg Blue. They bring an understated sense of style to the space, so bedding and accessories can shine. PATTERN PLAY. Stay with your palette and your room will unfold beautifully. Bedding (two complementary bedding patterns: Mineral Linen Paisley and Sydney Paisley) and textural pillows reinforce the sea glass theme. Our Minerva pillow, with its subtle floral design of cotton voile ribbon, is the perfect finishing touch. SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY. The Lindsey chest lends a vintage touch to this oh-so-simple vignette; it’s the Chambray Blue painted finish that makes it feel fresh and modern. A large glass hurricane perched on a pair of books is filled with a collection of assorted small, medium, and large handblown recycled glass balls that reflect the room’s pale blue hues.  
This bookshelf makeover was part of a larger project completed by Julie Goss of our Vienna, VA, Design Center. She transformed the space with a few simple moves. BEFORE: Recessed shelving lends itself to a well-composed vignette. Unfortunately, it was styled more like a stiff repository than a compelling display space. A bunch of disparate pieces, similarly scaled, does not a pretty sightline make AFTER: Hanging grass cloth on the walls of the alcove was transformative. It introduced texture and warmth and set the tone for a more organic look. Julie kept the client’s bench but gave it life by adding a tray, soft throw, decanters, and some greenery. For the shelves, she chose pieces that were better scaled to fit the space, including objet d’art and some sculptural books. Accent lighting brought everything into sharp focus. Done!      
Today we honor a folk hero—and the heroes we work with every day. Ethan Allen was a soldier and a statesman who led the charge to capture Fort Ticonderoga from the British during the American Revolution. Because he’s our namesake, we pause on June 23 (Ethan Allen Day in Vermont) to remember the contributions this patriot made to our nation and our democracy. Ethan Allen Day is also an opportunity to give a shout-out to the hundreds of hardworking people who keep our company humming. From the skilled craftsmen and women in Vermont and North Carolina who create our furniture, to the design consultants all over the world who help our customers make beautiful homes, we’d be nowhere without them! Meet some of them here … and more at #WeAreEthanAllen.   [caption id="attachment_10573" align="aligncenter" width="728"] Farooq Kathwari, Chairman, President & CEO, Danbury, CT World Headquarters[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_10576" align="aligncenter" width="728"] Jerry, Pine Valley, NC Workshop[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_10577" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Bermudez, Silao, Mexico Workshop[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_10578" align="aligncenter" width="724"] Derrick, Maiden, NC Workshop[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_10595" align="aligncenter" width="723"] Tad, Fort Lauderdale, FL Design Center[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_10604" align="aligncenter" width="722"] Karen, Danbury, CT World Headquarters[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_10612" align="aligncenter" width="721"] Alec, New Milford, CT Photo Studio[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_10579" align="aligncenter" width="721"] Shawn, Orleans, VT Workshop[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_10592" align="aligncenter" width="717"] Dominic & Yaminah, 915 Broadway, NYC Design Center[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_10580" align="aligncenter" width="725"] Josh, Orleans, VT Workshop[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_10581" align="aligncenter" width="725"] Janusz, Passaic, NJ Workshop[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_10605" align="aligncenter" width="724"] Janet, Austin, TX Design Center[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_10582" align="aligncenter" width="727"] Dave, Orleans, VT Workshop[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_10613" align="aligncenter" width="726"] Nathan, Plymouth, MA Design Center[/caption]  

Happy Ethan Allen Day! #WeAreEthanAllen