The name for this Mixology Monday color came easily to me. The moment the paint was mixed, I knew it was a color that I would love. When it dried, I had immediate inspiration for the color name –BLUEGRASS. The color was the perfect mix of blue and green that you see when driving through the rolling hills of Kentucky.  That being settled, all that was left was researching the Kentucky Bluegrass Region.


Berea Bluegrass is 2 parts Emerald Isle to 1 part Newport Navy


The Kentucky Bluegrass Region is in northern Kentucky.  The region is one of National Geographic Travelers “50 Best Places of a Lifetime.” Both Frankfurt, the state capital, and Lexington, the Horse Capital of the World, are located in the Bluegrass Region, along with many other smaller towns and cities. The area is named for the blue flowered Poa grass that grows there.

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While exploring, via the World Wide Web, the region I came upon the town of Berea. With just a few short minutes of Internet time (several hours in real time–you know how that goes!), I knew the blue-green mix would be called Berea Bluegrass. Berea is in the southeast section of the Bluegrass Region.  It is a small town of about 13,500 people in Madison County. I have never been to Berea, but after reading the City of Berea’s Community Profile, I am about ready to move there. I know for certain that I look forward to visiting it. I think this quote from the site sums up why I chose Berea for the color to be named after.

“Berea is home to a thriving population of weavers, instrument makers, furniture artisans, jewelry designers, glass workers, potters, painters, sculptors, and musicians. The story of Berea’s artisan community is interwoven with the historic Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South. Berea has a longstanding tradition of diversity, social justice, environmental responsibility, and community service. Both college and town are committed to the practice of sustainability and conservation.

Berea Bluegrass is a mix of 2 parts Emerald Isle and 1 part Newport Navy. It is a deep blue-green that would work great as an accent color or be beautiful on a piece of furniture that you want to be noticed. In my mind’s eye, I picture it on a stately piece of furniture in a room with navy textiles and gold accents.

This piece was done by our Riverview, FL Retailer Lena Maxey. I love the appropriate distressing that makes the vanity look like it was passed down several generations.


Berea Bluegrass by Lena Maxey


Do you live in Berea?  Have you visited it? What is your favorite spot in the town? I know I am adding it to my list of places I want to visit. How about you?

Berea Bluegrass: 2 parts Emerald Isle: 1 part Newport Navy

Peace and Happy Memorial Day,