Sunday, October 13, 2013

Room Reveal: Why So Blue? Part 1


Hi, everyone! Today I'm going to show you a room that I've never shown on my blog before!
 We have a small room upstairs that I've used sporadically as my studio for making jewelry and as a 'reading room'...when it's not used as a dumping ground, that is!  I don't know if you have a room like that...the one that you toss things into when company is coming or where you just throw things that you don't know where to put yet...then it turns into a hoarders haven!  Well, it had gotten really bad again, so I finally decided to clean it up.

These are the 2 pieces that this room started with...a big 'chair and a half' that's great for lounging and reading (it's got a red floral pattern so I covered it with a white chenille bedspread) and an old weathered barn wood trunk used as a 'coffee table'...



I decided to do an experiment of sorts, and go in a totally different direction from my normal neutral color palette.
It all started with this...



Remember this blue wooden tray that I got a couple of months ago? The first blue thing I ever bought! (I posted about it here.)  I used it as a starting point and began adding more 'blue' to this room.  This is a first, and quite a big change for me!




I lined the tray with a piece of grain sack, then added some blue-colored decorating books, a chippy watering can and some fabric pumpkins that I got at an antique mall (one on an old first-aid box)...




Then I added some blue pillows to the chair. My mom gave me the smaller ticking one, the Postes one I just bought on my trip to Columbus (I posted about it here), and the large one is a pillow that I already had-I just covered it with a piece of ticking fabric and pinned it in the back.  How's that for a simple DIY project? :)







I just found this blue shutter-perfect for the small wall space beside the chair.  I hung a grapevine wreath with a strip of ticking from it.




As you can see, behind the chair is a great blank canvas of wall space!  I'm just waiting to find something fabulous or to get an inspired idea for it.  I've got some thoughts, but not quite sure yet.
I bought the little 'bus' sign last week at my friend Lori's shop, and set it in the window.




Well, that's the first part of this little room reveal! What do you think of my 'blue room' experiment so far? It's very different for me, but I'm liking the change-for now. ;)
I've got lots more to show you in here, so stay tuned!




Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

I'm linking to these fun blogs:  i should be mopping the floor
                                             Creative Home Expressions
                                             One More Time Events
                                             Dwellings
                                             Cozy Little House
                                             From My Front Porch To Yours

51 comments:

  1. Blue and white has to be a favorite of mine...I never get tired of it. To me, blue is a neutral because it goes with everything, okay maybe neutral is the wrong word. But I love the touches of blue you've been experimenting with, Susan.
    Mary Alice

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  2. LOVE THE BLUE !!!!!!
    Your room looks amazing !!
    Hugs

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  3. How could you not love that? It's beautiful!

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  4. I like it, Susan! It's just the right amount of blue to add in. That chair looks really comfy for reading in! Love the pillows.

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  5. Love, love, love it's new blue look. It's perfect now!

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  6. you crossed over to the dark side and went blue. lol. it looks great

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  7. Hi Susan,

    A lovely room blooming with blue hues and and peaceful cues! Gorgeous light!

    Poppy

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  8. I am loving it! The blues are nice and soft and the room still feels very neutral! The bus sign is fabulous!

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  9. Love it. Blue and white has always been one of my favorite color combinations!
    Irene

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  10. What a lovely room to sit and read or blog. You added subtle blues, so everything fits with your usual color palette.

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  11. Love the vintage blue tray. You have a cozy spot there and I love those pumpkins so much!!!

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  12. Lovely room. Blue and white is so clean and fresh looking. Love the blue shutter with the wreath. Such a lovely addition on a small wall and fits perfectly being next to a window.

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  13. I like it. Blue is my favorite accent color.

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  14. It's so pretty - and you know I love the blue accents!

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  15. Susan,
    I love how this room is came out. So beautiful and yep the neutral girl here is saying yes yes yes to the blue. It looks so great. Love it. I love it. Great job my friend.
    Kris

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  16. I love this space. I have a office that is the same way. Half office, half dump the clutter. I am inspired now to do something with it. I have been on a week off of the blog world due to lots of time with my Londyn this week. Feels good to catch up. I also only lasted ten days with our new puppy and decided the timing wasnt right. While I was sad to give Porter up it was the best choice for me. Have a great day!

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  17. I think I love your corner a lot!
    I adore blues in your home (i love blue at all), and that shutter is a real great find, and so cheap!!!
    Thank you for your kind comment.
    Silvia

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  18. Up until a few years ago, I have always had some sort of blue. I decided to "back off" for a while...and low and behold, I see it showing up everywhere! I love the softness of your blue with the whites and grays....It's quite a happy and soothing color! Blessings~~~Roxie

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  19. What? This is your "hoarder's" room? It looks so calm and tranquil. Would love spending my lazy days in there! The shutter and the try are the perfect shade of gray-blue!

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    1. Oh, trust me, Khammany-I didn't show the rest of the room before I cleaned it up. You literally could hardly walk in there for all the stuff on the floor! Just keepin' it real :)

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  20. Love it! The pretty bits of blue go so nicely with all your neutrals. I love the big comfy chair and now I'm kicking myself for not buying a white chenille throw at a recent vintage sale. It would have been perfect for an ugly but comfy chair in our basement TV area. I'll have to keep looking.

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  21. I love your room! The soft blues are wonderful.

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  22. It makes me think of the coast. Guess it is the blue!!

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  23. it looks awesome so far, susan! the blue vintage tray is so my favorite! adorable pillows and pumpkins!

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  24. You can never go wrong with blue & white! It's timeless and your room is off to a good start, Susan!

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  25. With the pale blues, it still is very neutral & restful to my eye. Looks wonderful! Mary

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  26. So very pretty Susan...and t think it all started with that beautiful blue box....such a serene place to enjoy and great book, a cup of tea and create!...anxious to see Part II....

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  27. Love the pretty blue details! Ticking stripe is always a favorite with me.

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  28. Lovely! I like the direction you're going in. It's fun to stray from our normal decorating styles once in awhile, right? The blue theme is soft and looks great. Looking forward to part 2.

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  29. I love everything about this little seating area. That watering can!

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  30. Looks stunning I usually steer away from blue but this really does look good-love dee x

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  31. I love it!! I think blue is a great color to put with white. Loving that water can!
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  33. which room is that in? it looks great- proud of you for going out on a limb with blue! ;) cant wait to see you Thursday!!!!

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  34. Perfect shade of blue to accent your style...love it! Thanks for sharing at One More Time Evens...Hugs Tammy

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  35. What's not to love about it? I can already see what a cozy space you've created. I have two rooms like this that are in need of a major overhaul. I don't know where to begin. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  36. The room looks so inviting! Fabulous use of blue!

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  37. I want that pillow with the German writing.....Goettingen....been there many times...LOVE IT!!!

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  38. I really like blue, especially the soft, faded blue with natural anything. Funny thing, though, I always admire it, but have zero blue in my decor. I like what you've done, ever so subtle.

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  39. I think your room is delightful. Blue and white is such a pretty combination, and always looks welcoming. I like what you did with the shutter, your pillows, and everything else. It looks like a place I'd like to spend some time in. Thanks for sharing!

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  40. I love it so much. I like the soft shade of blue you're using with all of the cream. So pretty! Love those cute little fabric pumpkins and adorable pillows. And the trunk.........don't get me started!

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  41. Still YOU in blue! I love it, and all your finds are working together so harmoniously...it is meant to be! :)
    -Revi

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  42. Love your gorgeous room Susan!
    xx
    Anne

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  43. Love it, love it, love it!!! Your blog inspires me!!!

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  44. Well, you know me. I'm a color gal so I love, love it! Also have a soft spot for ticking and watering cans. Still drooling over that tray!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  45. Those are the cutest pumpkins! Love the combination of pillows and of course that $2 blue shutter.

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  46. Love your design! Thanks so much for sharing on The Creative Home & Garden Hop! I can't wait to see what you share today :)

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