Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday Flowers… roses and relaxation!

pink flowers via desire to inspire via pinterest

Desire to Inspire

Looks like the perfect weekend setting in this picture!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Love the blues…

Always drawn to blue accents, blue bedrooms, and luxurious finishes with a touch of worn blue…  all shades from pale powder to deep indigo bordering purple.  Most of these pictures are from Pinterest- a wonderful and terribly addictive website! 

desk with blue interior via pinterest


Perhaps it’s because I’m painting several pieces of furniture right now, but I absolutely love the surprise of color on the inside of this antique desk.  It’s it a fantastic surprise and a great way to use a bold color for those who are color-shy?!?


cavallini classico blue frame via


Beautiful Florentine Style frame


jane moore blue secretary via indulge decor blog

Jane Moore Interiors

Worn chippy blue against a neutral background.


montecito bedroom with antiques via cote de texas

Cote de Texas

Love the blue duvet at the foot of the bed. 


blue trumeau via cdt


Another purpley blue antique piece in a neutral room.


pamela pierce blue and white accented library

Pamela Pierce featured in Veranda Magazine

I love how Pamela Pierce has used a variety of blues in this room without making it too overwhelming or too matchy-matchy.  She is so good.


cdt shannon bowers blue ruffled skirt

Shannon Bowers via Cote de Texas

Shannon Bowers pretty settee that I just can’t get enough of and have posted repeatedly, not to mention all the other blogs whom have posted it too!  Love the color, ruffles, and the pop of hydrangea blue in the background. 


linen cabinet organization via bhg

Better Homes & Gardens

Fun and fresh way to display linens.  Ahhh, to have a linen cabinet this organized! 


blue and hydrangeas via pinterest


Another pretty room with light blue, natural wood, and an accent of periwinkle.  Love it.


farrow and ball pale powder

Farrow & Ball

Farrow and Ball’s Powder Blue… a favorite among designers and blue lovers.  Heard many enticing things about this on a ceiling…


white tan and light blue via the inside story blog

The Inside Story

Cozy and fresh. Love blue with baskets and natural textures.


annie sloan chalk paint paris gray


Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Gray.  Paris Gray is the top runner for a few of my paint projects… I can’t wait to see this pretty shade in person every day!


blue velvet chairs and linen living room via pinterest


More blue and natural linen color together.  Such a great combination, isn’t it? A blue chair is so fun.  I suggested my sister do this in her living room with this chair:


pinterest blue painted headboard


It isn’t always masculine.


pinterest blue green watercolor


So soothing.


europe 910 blue doors


The French truly have the best blues. 


white fluffy couch and blue silk curtains via pinterest


Love the fluffy white cushions and the backdrop of French blue.  Inviting and elegant normally aren’t words that you hear together but this room does it.


annie sloan chalk paint armoire paris gray and louis blue


Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in a mix of Louis Blue and Paris Gray. 


eyetalia italian linen tablecloth via pinterest


Gorgeous Italian tablecloth.  Saturated color like this is so beautiful.


blue gray kitchen cabients via pnterest


Blue cabinets have never looked so good have they?!?  Love the slight patina on these.


blue velvet pillow via pinterest


And a last word that a pop of blue is really all one needs- this image is one of my favorites because of that one little square of blue.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Colored Mats

I really love the look of a framed collection and think it’s a great way to fill a wall with artwork in a budget friendly way.  I’ve been eyeing framed collections where the mat or the background is an unusual color…. it keeps things classy and coordinated while adding a lot of interest!

house beautiful kathryn ireland vignette

Kathryn M. Ireland via House Beautiful


jan roden light robins egg blue mats

Jan Roden



Holly Mathis Interiors

How bold and beautiful are these blue mats!?!  Can you imagine how lifeless these pretty birds would seem on a plain white mat?!?


eleanor cummings blue matte detail

Eleanor Cummings

A thin border of a bold color works so well too…


delight by design blue grey stripes- copy

Delight By Design


young house love artwork in ikea frames

Young House Love

Simple, inexpensive Ikea frames look so sophisticated with these linen background mats… not to mention how much the artwork really pops against them! Another benefit to something like this is that Ikea mat openings are not standard to American photograph or artwork sizes… this solves that problem!


amy meier design pink trim mat

Amy Meier Design

I love the subtle accent of color these pink rimmed mats bring to these black and white illustrations.  Perfect for a soothing nursery!


yellow monkey gilded mat edge

Yellow Monkey Antiques

Gilded edges with black and white is very handsome!


jane wood interiors pink linen twin beds and black matted artwork

Jane Wood Interiors

Love the combination of the burlap colored mats and the mostly black prints… so historic but so fresh because of the airy design of the rest of the room!

print on colored paper via pinterest


While this mat isn’t colored, I love how the background is!  It’s bold but simple at the same time.  Again, you could easily take a plain-Jane Ikea frame and make it into something like this. 

Hope you found some inspiration in these!

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