For everyone who showed up and encouraged me on the post yesterday?

I cannot thank you enough from the top of my highlighted hair to the bottom of my metallic ballet shoes.

Seriously.

I was going to write a post on my weight loss today, but just between us? My fingers and my brain got a little overwhelmed.

The short of it is that I’m on a program called Optavia (formerly known as Medi-Fast).

But the long of it? It’s SO much more. It’s about loving yourself in your own skin and working on your head and telling Oreos they aren’t the boss of you and crying at scales that don’t move and learning that a bracelet can get you through the darkest days and watching this happen to your legs and understanding that each of us is BEAUTIFUL right where we are.

Truth.

My weight loss hasn’t really been on my body.

It’s been in my head.

And I know this will sound silly. But when I go to write about all that? I start to cry. It’s just all so fresh.

So I will write the journey and all of its lessons that it’s taught me.

Just not today.

Instead? Today is about decorating and blue and white and living rooms I love.

Let’s go.

Just between us? blue and white is my everything.

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 decor 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.

WHAT WAS I THINKING?

Blue and white was waiting for me just on the other side of neutral.

Here are just a few ways I’ve added it back into my spaces.

1.  FABRIC

There are so many beautiful fabric patterns in blue and white.  Fabric choices range from a simple blue ticking to an intricate over-all floral.  You can also easily mix and match patterns.

Why not start with a brilliant blue curtain in a floral?

Then add a blue fabric in different patterns with pillows.

Or add a monogrammed tea towel like this one.

Choosing the simplicity of blue and white makes mixing and matching easy and fun.

Quick tip: your blues don’t have to match perfectly. I like blues that are friends with each other, but they don’t have to be an exact color match. It keeps the blues so much more interesting.

2.  ADD IN A CONTRASTING COLOR OR TEXTURE

You can always enhance the blue and white color scheme with the addition of a contrasting color.

Blue has a lot of friends.

Green.

Yellow.

Pink.

Red.

Or all of the above.

Texture can serve as a color, too. I’ve added fresh flowers to this table all the time, but I also fill a blue bowl with texture like these seagrass accessories.

3.  ACCESSORIES

Sometimes making fabric choices can be a little overwhelming and an investment.

Why not start dating blue and white with simple accessories?

It’s a great way to meet a classic without the commitment.

My best tip?

Find a few pieces to start your collection at yard sales. They are so easy to find for under $5.

Blue and white dishes and glasses are also readily available at estate sales and thrift stores.

4. FURNITURE

I started planning for this room when I found these chairs.

Seriously.

They were the perfect accent piece for the room.

Sometimes an accent chair or this bench that I found at a yard sale are the perfect pieces to add a little color to your room.

You don’t have to go all in with all the furniture.

Just an accent piece here or there.

5.  PATTERN PLAY

Here’s an example of mixing patterns.  In this picture, three different blue and white patterns are combined with these pillows on the couch (four if you count my shirt).

Start by grounding the room with a blue patterned rug.

Next, add a smaller pattern on the curtains.

Then introduce bold patterns in the pillows.

You could also introduce your accent color or texture here, too.

I took this picture earlier in the month. Here’s another example of mixing patterns.  In this picture, six different blue and white patterns are combined to create this living room (seven if you count the artwork on the wall).

You can shop this ENTIRE room here.

And 21 of my favorite blue and white finds here.

The joy of blue and white decorating?

You don’t have to take it seriously. Step out on faith.

Throw caution to the wind and ignore the trends and stick with a classic.

Timeless wins every time.

PS  This post was enthusiastically brought to you by the color blue and the color white. 🙂

PPS If you EVER need encouragement on your own journey—just know I’m an e-mail away.

YOU GOT THIS.

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Comments

  1. Image for Debbie Debbie

    You are awesome. I am so proud of you and where this journey had led you. You bring joy to me daily. I love your blog and often feel that you can see into my soul. Thank you for all your inspiration. P.S. love the blue and white. It’s gorgeous.

  2. Image for Cara Cara

    I grew up with blue and white surrounding me... when I “grew up” I decided it would not be in my home. Lol. I find myself gravitating towards it the older I get, but shhhh.... do not share that with my mother. As far as she is concerned, I’m still a neutral gal... ha!

  3. Image for Nancy Nancy

    While I do love your decor choices, I am not a “blue” girl. I have been more of a “random” girl. However, I now find a need to be more cohesive throughout our house. I am really drawn to greens. I wish I could take all of your blue and white and snap my fingers to make it green and white! BTW, I am down I-20 in Abilene and can relate to sun-in, big hair, and aqua net! I haven’t ever used a self tanner but these lily white legs are frightening. We used lemon in our hair and cocoa butter when we laid out in the sun in the late 60s and early 70s. Since I am not big on sweating, I managed to escape skin cancer and sun damage! Love your blog and look forward to your posts everyday!

  4. Image for Kris Kris

    Your bracelets! Source, please!!! I started with blues and whites in my first apartments and then, like you, decided I wanted a change. I'm incorporating blues back into my home but I find I am embracing more colors overall than I did in the past. I think I'm getting tired of all the "rules" as I get older and am trying to listen to what my heart loves.

  5. Image for Beth Minger Beth Minger

    Love the blue and white - even the weather cooperated and gave you blue skies! Whenever you're ready let us know about Optavia I'd be interested to hear!

  6. Image for Pamela Smith Pamela Smith

    I love the blue and white! I'm a Dutch girl, so I always have a little bit of Blue Delft in my home. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas and yourself with all of us!

  7. Image for Mary Mary

    Those bracelets are the bomb! Love all your blue and white, which looks so fresh and inviting. I’m still all about grey, but mixed in with it I have burgundy, black, navy, teal and aqua. Not sure if it’s all working but I like it. 😜

  8. Image for Betty Betty

    I love the blue and white and the fact that you manage to score such great finds at WalMart. I was interested in the source for the monogrammed napkin/towel. Did I miss it?

  9. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    I love blue and white too, thank you for these tips. What I love about your journey is it hasn't changed you one bit, you are still the sweet and happy person you were. I know your journey isn't easy but, you are so worth it, hugs!

    1. Image for Sharon Sharon

      Karianne, you are so right about all of us accepting that we are beautiful right where we are. The main incentive for myself is that losing weight makes me feel so much better! The energy level is so much more when you are thinner. Several years ago I lost 80 lbs,, but over the years I have gained 30 back so I need to quit snacking on chips and get it off again! Chips are my kryptonite, they just call my name, like your Oreos are to you. You have such a beautiful heart and I’m sorry if we bombarded you asking you about your weight loss. It seems like we were all thinking the same thing yesterday. I know none of us would want to make you cry. Please know we understand and just take your time, it’s whenever you feel is the right time to talk about it. For now, just have fun with your new wardrobe! Thank you for telling us now about which plan you used, Optavia so can look it up and check it out. Take care.

  10. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Yes it is a journey, especially for the mind. It takes awhile to catch up to what the rest of the body is doing. AND I LOVE your blue and white. My mom always loved blue and white and now I cherish it and the memories of her it brings.

  11. Image for Donna M Donna M

    CONGRATULATIONS KARIANNE! You are an inspiration to all. You look gorgeous and I love all those outfits that you have modeled for us. I also love blue and thank you for all the ideas you post. Keep up the good work. Hopefully Spring will come back to the 'burgh!!

  12. Image for Bea Bea

    Karianne, I just want to say that weight doesn't matter at all unless it compromises your health. Some people have thick bones and appear heavier that people with small, thin bones. Taller people can carry more weight and look thinner because it's spread out overall. If you are healthy and happy, forget about losing weight. If you ever get really sick, you'll be happy you have a few extra pounds. I just can't understand why you even think about it, let along worry about it for one minute. That distracts from your ability to really enjoy your life, every moment, no matter what size you are.

  13. Image for Peg Peg

    I laughed when you said and then gray showed up to the party!! Love blue and white because it's classic and timeless!!! xoxo

  14. Image for Joy Joy

    You’re amazing, every day!! I think I’ve been reading your blog from almost day one! I absolutely adore all of the blue and white, it’s my jam! I loved your neutrals but when you started with the blue and white, my heart soared!!! 😆 Your stories are beautiful, so heartfelt and transparent. Keep sharing your world with us, we love it and you!! 💙💙💙

  15. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Blue and white decorating aside....you look fantastic! I am so proud of you....you have been under quite the journey. Thanks for sharing all of this with us. Your personal journey, your overcoming of the Oreos...and your new clothes....which you model fantabulously! (It’s not a word...but it fits!) Also...the blue and white is always stunning in my book...both on you and in your home!!! Enjoy your day! ;)

  16. Image for MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!)

    KariAnne, your blue and white in your Living Room is so beautiful -- and so are you! You look wonderful and are a real bright spot in our day! Thanks for everything you do for us! Bless you!

  17. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Love your spirit and style. You are a bright light in our day. I love that you share everything about your decor and you make it so easy to duplicate it! Thank you so much. You are adorable and I feel like you are a part of my family or vice versa. ☺️

  18. Image for Jodena R Beale Jodena R Beale

    Good morning. We built a new home in the country and I did a grey and white master bedroom, I so thought farmhose was to be my new home look. Well it wasnt for me at all. Farm houses are so charming but Im more transitional. I love elegance and charm. I found your blog and went goo-goo over your blue and white bedroom. I changed my bedroom due to your inspiration and love it. Thank you for bringing me back to my roots. Your whole house is gorgeous.

  19. Image for Jodena R Beale Jodena R Beale

    Good morning. We built a new home in the country and I did a grey and white master bedroom, I so thought farmhose was to be my new home look. Well it wasnt for me at all. Farm houses are so charming but Im more transitional. I love elegance and charm. I found your blog and went goo-goo over your blue and white bedroom. I changed my bedroom due to your inspiration and love it. Thank you for bringing me back to my roots.

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