Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Feminine Look

The guest room is the one room in the house where I indulge my femininity.

The color palette is essentially red and blue, but in softer tones.

In January I posted about my 2018 goals and painting the white door was on the list.

This door shared by Maria of @dreamywhiteslifestyle had me dreaming of a blue door.

In that post, 2018 Goals, I said I was going to use either Louis Blue or Provence,

instead I combined Pure White and Provence 

to create my own color.

I found the chalkboard shelf in the attic and kept the decor simple with dried roses in vases and paper flowers on top.

I have been choosing colorful roses lately because they dry so beautifully.

The orange roses in this pic are now dried and they look just as pretty as they do here.

I restyled the shelves in this cabinet using clock faces both real and faux.

I'm debating on replacing the ladder with a chair, but I do like using the ladder as a bookshelf.

I used dried roses and eucalyptus to decorate one of my wire wreaths

and hung it on the tall cabinet next to the bed.

In my post, Panoply, I showed the cute hankie my friend Rita of the blog Panoply had sent- it is almost a perfect match with the blue cabinet.

and it looks so cute made into a pillow and sitting on the bed.

I'm happy with the new look in the guest room

from each view.

The best part of the project is that when a holiday comes that calls for a white door, I can just turn the door around.

I can't wait to have Miss Violet visit for two weeks next month - I hope she likes the feminine changes in the guest room.

Although Lulu isn't so excited - Miss Violet happens to be little chihuahua!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

I've Got the Blues

I have slowly been working on my 2018 goals

and although changing the color palette throughout the house wasn't one of my goals,

it seems to be the happening with each change.

Making a new cover for the window seat cushion was high on the list.

The dining room plate racks are filled with blue and white dishes

so I chose a blue and white plaid fabric.

A year ago my sister-in-law gave me the white fabric which was perfect because it has just a little bit of texture.

I struggled to find another fabric for 2 more pillows and then one day I walked into Marshalls to find the perfect pillows to finish off the bench.

The next change was difficult for me to make -

I loved the dining room chairs in red, but they clashed with many of Steve' paintings

and the blue chairs compliment his art.

The room looks "put together" now.

I've definitely got the blues -  blue and white dishes,

 blue and white pillows

 blue and white cushion ...

 and even a blue and white house.

Having the blues means being depressed, but I don't know how anyone could be sad around this happy combo.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018


Recently my friend Rita of the blog Panoply sent me a panoply of vintage goodies.

Rita could not have chosen better.

I absolutely love vintage linens and primary colors.

The time is coming for al fresco dining and I'll be using these beautiful tablecloths frequently.

I'm not one for putting things in the cupboard to save for a special day - every day is a special day.

The cute tea towels with the beach themed embroidery are perfect for our house.

I'm in love with this beautiful ironstone vase - all of the flowers were picked in my garden.

And then there were the faucet knobs - they are so cute and fun to tuck into vignettes.

The cute red/yellow and yellow/black flatware inspired a fun new display in the kitchen.

By far my favorite is this sweet little piece - the minute I saw just those few letters, I knew exactly what it was.

The blue matches perfectly with the new cabinet in our guest room so I'm going to sew the hankie onto a pillow.

I'm amazed at Rita's talent to have chosen items that fit right in at our house.

Thank you Rita.