Saturday, May 24, 2014

My New Blue Bench



Hi, everyone!  Hope you're having a great holiday weekend!

As I mentioned before, I've really been loving soft greens and blues lately, and find myself adding small touches of the soothing colors here and there.




This past week I found this sweet low bench in the palest shade of robin's egg blue/green.




It's shabby and somewhat stained, but of course that didn't deter me a bit from bringing it home!
It's got the chippy patina that I adore.





I wasn't sure where it was going to go, but I found a spot for it in our office.




I have a brown wicker settee that I got for a steal awhile ago...it used to be upstairs but I had brought it down to fill in a space in the office.

I piled it high it with pretty pillows, most of them made by my friend Carol.  (She has included one of her creations in my 2 Year Blogiversary giveaway, here. It's not too late to enter!)

Since this piece is more for looks than actual use for seating, all these pillows aren't a problem...although the cats enjoy snuggling in them!




I placed the bench in front of it, as a 'coffee table'...




...then used a vintage napkin as a 'runner'...




...then stacked a couple of blue-covered decor books, and used an ironstone platter as a tray...




...then added a faux topiary and a concrete bird.




Voila!  Seating area complete!




I think the 'love seat' and the bench make a nice pairing don't you?




Here's a view toward the front hallway...that's just a portion of my decorating books. (Anyone else addicted?)




If you look closely, you can see a sneak peek of some other changes that I made in here next to the settee, but I'll save that for next time!




Thanks for stopping by...and Happy Memorial Day! :)

45 comments:

  1. Love a great find like that. Fits in beautifully!

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  2. The bench was a wonderful find, Susan. I love the color and the chippiness. I can imagine that your kitties enjoy to snuggle on the sofa. They have great taste :).
    Happy Memorial Day!
    Julia

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  3. That blue bench was totally beautiful. The colur i s just right and it is also charmingly shabby.
    I adore things like that. What a find!!! The bench now live happily together with your loveseat.
    Have a nice day.
    Marit

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  4. Lovely!!!
    And so many nice pillows <3
    Have a great day!
    Trude C.

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  5. I really think it looks sweet Susan. Love the settee with all the pillows. Happy Sunday, xoxo,Susie

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  6. I love furniture that 'works' and shows signs of having worked. Your bench definitely fills that bill, and looks good, too. Love the wall of books.

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  7. Very cute bench, Susan! I love the soft color and it makes for a great coffee table here.

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  8. It's beautifully composed, Susan. Very clean and lovely, light and beautiful. What a grand find! I do love that color. Makes my heart soar!

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  9. Cute benches make great coffee tables. Yours is perfect, and I love the soft color it adds in front of the awesome wicker loveseat.
    Mary Alice

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  10. Good Morning Girlfriend. I love that bench. What an awesome find. Love the light shade and the oh so wonderful patina. Chippy delicious! Happy Memorial Day.
    Kris

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  11. Absolute perfection. The color. The size. The patina. I'm in love!
    :)
    Happy MD weekend,
    Lin

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  12. I love that cute bench! Using it as a coffee table was a great idea. My dog would love to sleep among all those pillows too. I would be constantly having to re-fix them!

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  13. I love shabby and somewhat stained! LOVE!

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  14. Very sweet blue bench which has found the perfect spot in your home! I'm still hoping that you will sell me the "Holmes" sign on of these days!
    warmly,
    deb

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  15. It's just beautiful and the perfect touch.

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  16. Nice find - you did good. )
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

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  17. I love your new bench and it's delicate colour. Perfect!

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  18. You give me so many ideas for new looks when I move to a new home.

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  19. The new bench is so pretty! I love the patina and the light blue color. And those books! And I need a concrete bird. Happy Sunday!

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  20. That bench is darling! And all those pillows are just great! So fun to see what you've been changing up!

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  21. I love your bench and your room!

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  22. So funny. I brought home a bench just like that a couple days ago I saw it at my favorite chocolate and vintage store marked down to $29. It even (barely) fir in my VW Bug. I never thought about it for a coffee table. It might just be perfect. I was going to stack it for a book shelf. Hmmmmm, when hubby goes back to work I will try it. Love all your pictures.

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  23. oh boy I am so digging all of your pillows....Good thing you live far away or else I would have to come steal some.....xoxoxo Christine from Little Brags

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  24. I love this! So cute! I keep thinking I should try making one - they're so useful and charming! Hugs, Leena

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  25. The bench is lovely, I love that color, too:) I'm also a pillow collector, better enter the giveaway! xoKathleen

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  26. The cutest little bench (coffee table) I have seen in a long time! Looks perfect where you placed it and as always your vignette is wonderful. Maybe I need to purchase a decorating book or 2 to help me in my feeble attempts at decor!! Have a super Memorial Day and new week ahead! Blessings, Cindy

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  27. Just gorgeous, Susan! Love all of it!!

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  28. Hi Susan- I'm in love with your little bench. What great character it has.
    That sweet vintage napkin is perfection. :)

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  29. love all the pillows on the wicker, susan! the bench color is sweet, stain and all:)

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  30. Oh my sweet Susan! You always fill my eyes and mind with delight and inspiration. I'd love to join in your magically creative home for a day of play :-) I agree with your love of green and blue... A peaceful connection to sky and ground that always feels refreshing and relaxing. Again for the umpteen time I love all your cozy spots and the vignettes that surround your home with charm.
    XO,
    Vera

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  31. Such a gorgeous find! The color...I love! xo Jen

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  32. Blue AND chippy -- doesn't get any better than that!

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  33. I love the blue in the books atop the light blue bench/coffee table and the blue pillow pulls everything together nicely. I love the built in shelves and the wire baskets and books. Just such a nice room. Lots of character.

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  34. WOW! That blue bench was very gorgeous . The color I s just right and it is also charmingly shabby. I adore things like that. What a find!!! The bench now live happily together with your loveseat. modern-living-room-for-modern-lifestyle

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  35. It is perfect. I cannot have enough benches or footstools.

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  36. That is sahweettttttt! I love the color Susan. What a great find.

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  37. Susan this is gorgeous, love, love, love all of it but those pillow and that gorgeous bench just made me swoon.

    Cynthia

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  38. Love that stool Susan! The color is fabulous.

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  39. You find the greatest things....I love the bench and its wonderful color and "chippiness"...and you are definitely one who finds a place for something you love!

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  40. Susan, I love the cute bench and the color is beautiful.

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  41. What a sweet little bench...love the color!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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