You’ve heard me say it before, but every morning, I wake up the house.

I know.  I get it.  It’s a little random.  I just can’t help it.

It’s true.

I’m in a committed relationship with my house.

Yesterday I walked into the front of the house and opened the vintage french doors to the dining room and whispered:

Hello, dining room.

You and your new rug look beautiful today.

Your navy walls look so cute and I love the plaster texture that was created with drywall mud.

And then?

I told my house it was the most beautiful house I had ever seen.

Especially the living room.

So much life has been lived here. Graduation parties and bridal showers and dinners and caroling parties and celebrations. And all that love has made this into one of my favorite rooms on this planet.

So today—to honor this incredible, amazing space, I wanted to share 11 of my favorite things about my blue and white living room.

11 Things I Love About This Blue and White Living Room

1. This artwork over the mantel

I searched and searched and searched for a piece that would work in this room.

I wanted tons of colors with a graphic pattern that made me happy.

This piece came to live over the mantel years ago and I love it even more now.

I bought this canvas on Etsy and had it stretched over a frame at Micheals. It was a little bit of a splurge, but worth every penny.

Here are a couple of affordable similar art options I thought were pretty here and here and here.

2. This painted arched built-in

Several years ago I painted the back of the bookcase with Naval SW 6244 and added some of my milk glass collection to the bookcase.

I use this collection all the time—for centerpieces, for storage, for parties, for flowers.

And the bookcase is the perfect home for all of it.

Most of my collection I’ve found at thrift stores and yard sales and I keep adding to it.

Everything has to be under $2—it makes the hunt so much more fun.

3. This blue and white chair

I have four of these chairs in this room I loved them so much.

The distressed chair legs look so vintage.

The nailheads at the bottom of the chair.

The stripes that are navy and white.

It’s an amazing chair and super affordable and comes in four different colors.

It’s just been restocked (sold out again now) but I just found it here, too.

4. This hand hooked monogram

My sister made this for me one Christmas.

She hooked it and monogrammed it with a “W” and the detail on it is absolutely beautiful.

It was supposed to be a trivet.

But really?

You know trivets are a little underused at this house, so I added it to a pillow instead.

Here’s the entire story of the hand hooked monogram.

blue and white living room front door

5. This basket on the door

This is SUCH an easy way to decorate your door. Just tie a basket onto your doorknocker (here’s the story of this one that came from my grandfather) then add a bow and some greenery.

I bought this basket years ago from Magnolia, but I can’t find it anymore.

Here’s a similar basket here and here.

And here’s the greenery I used.

blue and white living room table

6. This blue and white rug

It wouldn’t be a post about the things I love about this room without mentioning this rug.


I would wear this rug to my son’s wedding as a dress if I could.

I’ve recommended it so many times and heard such glowing reviews back from all of you that it just wouldn’t be a living room without this rug.

You can see it here.

7. This blue and white planter set

I found this set of three blue and white planters last year and they are AMAZING.

They’ve kept me company all year with plants and evergreens and Christmas trees and topiaries and pinecones.

You can see them here.

8. These navy bookcases

These bookcases used to be white. And then one day I got a wild hair that they needed to be navy and in a day the bookcases looked like this.

You can see the before and after here.

I think they look so pretty with brass accents like this brass box that I’ve filled with blue and white porcelain balls.

9. This fireplace screen

I never knew a fireplace screen could be so popular.


I get asked about this fireplace screen weekly.

Good thing it’s so affordable.

You can see it here.

10. This wood bead strand

I have added this wood bead strand everywhere.

I’ve added it to bowls and draped it over books and layered it in centerpieces.

It comes in tons of different colors and has the cutest jute tassels at the end.

You can see it here.

11. The sunlight

I saved this one for the last because it’s truly my favorite thing about this room.

No matter the day.

No matter the gray skies outside.

No matter the rain or snow or storms or sunny day.

The light in this room is truly glorious.

It lifts up my spirits and makes me happy.

These are the hydrangeas I talked about yesterday (see what I mean about how real they look). This room is so full of joy and happiness and even on the darkest winter days, the living room lights up and sparkles.

I hope you enjoyed all my favorite things and the random house conversations (and random house encouragement).

But most importantly?


I hope you enjoy the sunshine. 🙂

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  1. Image for Laura Laura

    Look real to me! (flowers). I'm new here, and just love your emails! I just inherited my folks house. Well, I just bought it. Little by little making it my own. I still call the room I sleep in "Mom's room", and probably always will. Thanks for helping me along! You seem sweet. :) Laura

  2. Image for Marlene Marlene

    I love all your beautiful blues and that beautiful rug, which I have two in different sizes. I still get compliments on my rug and is all because you share so much with us, thanks.

  3. Image for Judy Young Judy Young

    I love the rug and the blue and white striped chairs. I checked them out on the web and noticed that it says you can add chair assembly for an extra fee. Do the chairs come in assembled?? Also, regarding the rug, can you share the pad you put underneath to keep it in one place? Thankyou Karianne!

  4. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Whew! Seeing the dining room, I thought I'd missed something! So loved the old decor. May take me a little while to get used to the new look. The rug is really cool! 🙃🥰

  5. Image for Susan Susan

    I like to end the day with prayers of apprecition. Your habit of starting the day with appreciation of your family, home and life is definitely the way to start out with sunshine and a positive attitude. Thank you for sharing your beautiful blue room and memories.

  6. Image for Rizae Rizae

    I too say good morning to my home! I even stand at my kitchen window and say thank you for everything outside. Our homes are our sanctuaries and hold our hopes and dreams of our lives whether old or new, big or small... they are a reflection of who we are. Big Hugs,

  7. Image for Sandy Ramos Sandy Ramos

    Hi Karianne, Can you share where you got the beautiful blue vase you put the hydrangeas in? Gorgeous! Sandy

  8. Image for Carol Hensel Carol Hensel

    My favorites are blue and white too! I have 2 white sofas that I need to replace. I noticed your sofas (btw, it’s hard to find sofas) and they look like they are tight backed? But I wonder about the button design. Is it hard to keep dirt out of that indention? If you wouldn’t mind letting me know where you found your sofas I’d be grateful. Thank you.


    I love the way you wake up your house each morning, KariAnne! Your home is so beautiful and I always enjoy seeing all your beautiful pictures. Your blue and white living room with all your special hand picked decor is lovely. You always bring us so many ideas that we can incorporate into our homes. Thanks for always sharing with us! You are just so special -- and loved!

  10. Image for Denise Dvorak Denise Dvorak

    Such a lovely space. I recently had to redecorate and partially remodel my dinning and living room combo. I was on such a tight budget. So paint was my best friend. I think it turned out ok. I am still figuring out if it's actually ok or if I made a mess of things. Either way when it's completed could I send some pics to you for your thoughts on any additional details that might finish pulling things together? Thank you.

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