When my husband and I purchased our first house I pondered the colors I thought I would like to decorate with. Keep in mind when I tell you what colors I decided on that we were in the midst of the seventies…earth tones were very popular. The sofa we purchased was a block print that included chocolate brown, rust and navy blue. That sofa was very comfortable and I’m sorry I don’t have a picture to show you.
Time flew by and because I’ve always had a love of interior design (that sounds fancier than I am but I hope you know what I mean), we decided when we moved into our current house to go a different direction (color palate wise). I could have chosen blue and white and it did cross my mind, but I had seen a room in a ‘to the trade’ furniture showroom that featured hunter green carpet with hunter green walls. I know, it sounds oppressive, but with white French doors, white over mantle/fireplace and a custom-built white entertainment unit it was actually very cozy. Was being the operative word here. We lived with it for nearly 20 years!
I have loved the English country style of decorating for some time (Mario Buatta was someone I followed in design publications). My accessories are pretty much the same as they were in my hunter green days—barley twist candle holders, antique mantle clock, Staffordshire figures, antlers and hunt prints or paintings.
When we changed out the hunter green carpet for wood floors in all but the bedrooms I switched to red, khaki and black as the colors I used for upholstered pieces and accents.
The thing is, through it all I have longed for a blue and white house. I have pulled nearly every blue and white room featured in any and all magazines. One of my favorite design books to study is “A Passion for Blue and White” by Carolyne Roehm.
I also love this dining room by the incredibly talented Miss Mustard Seed (of Mustard Seed Creations) Visit her site and be amazed.
There is a wonderful tool on Better Homes and Gardens site called Color-a-Room. Check it out, you can see what a room will look like with a variety of paint colors to choose from using this tool.
So, “why” you ask, “don’t you have a blue and white room?”…I don’t know but a girl can dream, right?
le petit cabinet de curiosites said:
You should paint at least one room in blue and white , let’s say at least your toilets or a small space but try it, make your dream come true , I love blue and white
I love your house (though I know it’s changed since I last saw it) but I agree with le petit. I see some blue-and-white DIY in your future!
PS: Would love to see photos next month after your Sept. dinner inpired by that Carolyn Roehm table you featured. Just love the pops of pink with the preppy blue-and-white stripes. Great idea. I might have to steal that one!
PSS: re: Greek skewers from bridal shower. Krisa added a tiny drop of honey to the dressing. Ours was originally a little tart, and I really think the honey made it just perfect.
I do believe I’ll have to begin planning a re-do of a room so that I can incorporate a little blue and white! Thanks for the encouragement. I’ll definitely have pictures of the September table in blue and white.
Yummy, a small amount of honey with the tart dressing would make those skewers fabulous—I’ll be sure to do that. I think I’m preparing them this weekend for dinner guests.
Hi – I just saw this today, and thought of you with the blue/white detail on the plate racks – http://brabournefarm.blogspot.com/2010/08/rack-em-up.html. You would love that blog, too, if you haven’t yet discovered it 🙂
I really like this. Shabby Chic is definitely a type of Feng Shui, giving a laid back,
soft and feminine feel. A very beautiful way of decorating
making people choose to come in and relax, for that reason it can also be known as the
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Karen B. said:
Thanks for crediting me with this photograph. It’s actually from Carolyne Roehm’s book, A Passion for Blue and White.
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