Just in case you’re over the steady stream of holiday images (although, I confess, I rarely tire of Christmas images until around December 26th) I thought I would follow up with a post I have published some months ago regarding my love of blue and white rooms…

Not too many months ago I posted about how I had always wanted a blue and white room {HERE}.  Many of you suggested that I “just do it” (in the words of Nike).  Well, as luck would have it a good friend of mine remodeled her home and had decided that her guest room needed a king sized bed instead of the queen that it was furnished with.  She asked if I’d like her ‘gently used’ duvet cover and pillow shams (the cover and shams were like new!).

I don't know the name of this pattern, but it's so pretty and has a linen-like texture which looks great with the off-white, PB iron headboard.

I jumped at the opportunity to take her up on her offer.  Son #2 had just moved into a new apartment and the room was ready for a little face lift—especially one that wasn’t going to cost an arm and a leg.  The existing quilt, a soft yellow and brown toile from Pottery Barn fit inside the blue and white duvet cover and I had a blue and white stripe fabric piece laying around that I could cover the little French chair with, as well as the 2 small accent pillows.

Part of the blue and white set was a table cloth out of the same fabric for a round pedestal table however the room is small and the nightstands that flank the bed work very well.  So I decided to use the fabric from the table cloth to provide welting for the chair and for a flange on the small accent pillows that sit in front of each of the pillow shams.

This is the fabric that the old quilt was made of---in fact the quilt was a Pottery Barn toile.

You can see the stripe I am planning on putting on the accent pillows and chairs right after Christmas.

The walls are painted a taupe color by Behr called Toffee Crunch in an eggshell finish (to be honest, when the room was painted I was not really happy with the glossier finish of “eggshell” but I’ve learned to like it fine).

I had a frame in the garage that had been used in the dining room and it was a standard size so I bought a mirror for the frame and hung it on the long wall in that room.  I believe when Son #1 and his lovely wife visit from Austin they will appreciate an extra mirror to use for make-up application (for D-I-L) or for getting dressed.  I hung some blue and white plates on either side, just to tie in the blue and white theme.

My friend gave me 2 of the blue and white plates and the top 2 I purchased from a little antique barn in Napa Valley.

A dear friend knew I needed a dust ruffle (the existing one was pale yellow and ivory mini-check) and volunteered to make one for me for my birthday—thank you Gretchen, you can’t know how excited I am about this!  So, after wishing for a blue and white room I finally have one.

Dreams do come true! 🙂