When I was young and in love with my first house, I went all blue and white with my decor. I remember thinking it was the most beautiful color combination on the planet. It literally covered every inch of my tiny house.
Plates I bought at thrift stores.
Blue and white painted floor cloths.
Blue and white toile drapes.
Everything blue. Everything white.
All. The. Time.
And then? One day, I looked at all that blue and white and it looked a little off. It looked lame. I was tired of it. It looked old and dated and totally last century. So I had a yard sale and sold everything blue and white and ran out and became friends with black and white and khaki. And then gray showed up to the decorating party. I hung out and partied with neutrals.
Blue and white, who needs it—I thought.
If only I had realized one of the truisms of life—everything old becomes new again (except maybe stirrup pants).
Meet my living room.
Here’s where we started.
This is the living room the day we moved in.
Here’s a view from the dining room.
And the front door.
I brought in the furniture I had from the farmhouse and filled it up and decorated it with neutrals.
And it looked like this.
I need color I thought and I reached back into the way back machine and remembered when blue and white was my boyfriend all those years ago.
So I gave it my number again.
And this rug showed up.
And I LOVED IT.
It was just like the good old days. Me and my blue and white. The rug wasn’t enough. I need more, I thought.
So I rearranged and moved furniture and got some new chairs. And now?
The living room looks like this.
I KNOW, RIGHT?
Blue and white where have you been all my life?
Now I know what you are thinking.
I can hear you loud and clear.
You are raising your eyebrows and shaking your head and patiently asking….
WHAT DID SHE DO WITH THOSE CURTAINS?
First of all.
They are still with me.
I’m using them in the upstairs bedroom makeover.
Second of all—they were a little heavy for all that blue and white, so I’m saving up for new curtains in here.
Or I might go all super bold with these.
I’m ordering swatches because I’m already mixing several blues and I want make sure they all work together.
(total decorating aside: please always take a moment to order swatches—the colors on your computer are sometimes not your friend).
These new chairs came from Wayfair.
Super good value for the price.
They are a little on the small side (which I like) and the seat is cushy and comfortable and the legs look high end.
I’m not sure how well they might hold up in a room with lots of wear and tear or a room with Buddy.
I’ll keep you posted.
I’m also adding in a few new brass accents.
Like these brass spheres from Hobby Lobby.
(total bargain aside: Watch for these to go on sale. Spheres are their own category and don’t fall under wood or metal so make sure they are on SALE before you buy).
I think this one was about $8.99 on sale.
Some of the other fabrics I was looking at didn’t work, so I went with some new friends.
I got this fabric from JoAnne’s.
It’s from the new line by Kelly Ripa.
A little pricy—so wait for it to go on sale.
The other pillow is a fabric from Hobby Lobby I got on sale for $3.25/yard. I sewed the pillows myself and filled them with down inserts from IKEA.
Now I need a little help.
Can you chime in with an opinion?
I’m working on accent colors.
Like these yellow roses of Texas I just cut from the garden.
And that reminds me of a story.
Of course it does.
Life lived in blue and white is so much better….
…when it’s sprinkled with stories. 🙂