“Some day.” Two of the most frustrating words a child can hear. What does that mean . . . some day? It didn’t take long for this child to know that this was a tactic to put me off until I forgot about whatever I was urgently asking for. I was a child of ideas and when I wanted to put them into action my mother often had to think about it . . . usually just long enough for me to forget about it.
Except for the time that three of my little girlfriends and I found her in the backyard, hanging out the laundry to dry. Right there we got down on our knees and begged her to let us participate in the boat parade at Lake Cavanaugh. It was to be a juried event and there would be a prize for the best boat! That day she dropped her laundry right where it was and we hopped on the bus to Pacific Iron and Metal where she bought Hawaiian print fabric for dresses that would rock the parade and win the grand prize! Of course it didn’t hurt our chances that we had the handsome, and much older (15) Dougie as our backup guitarist. But I digress.
This is a BEFORE picture from my Almost Finished Living Room Reveal where I shared with you the changes I wanted to make to my living room . . . eventually. Eventually is a lot like “some day” to me. It seems like an awfully long time to wait once I have an idea swirling in my head.
In that post I shared the accent colors I wanted to use in my living room and the color I wanted to paint the walls. I also told you that my plan would have to wait until my dining room was finished. Well . . . since the painting of my dining room chairs came to a standstill (the store mixed the wrong color of paint) I saw that as a sign that I was meant to tackle the living room.
After a day of prepping the room for painting by removing cracking caulk and re-caulking, taking down pictures and filling holes with spackle, taping and trimming the room, the painting itself was a breeze. Two quick coats while listening to a movie on Hallmark Movie Channel. I laughed, I cried, I painted my living room.
Pale yellow gone, fresh and clean Sandstone Cove gives the room a nice neutral background.
Now for the pops of color! Let me take you on a little tour. Since I like to be thrifty I only purchased two new items for my living room and pulled items from my home for the rest. One of my purchases was this peacock blue pillow that I found on sale at Target for $17!
The second was this tall vase from Home Goods for $19.99
I’ll be sharing a lot of pictures highlighting the touches of blue in my Living Room, so get comfortable, grab a cuppa’ Joe (or tea or chocolate) and off we’ll go!
Thrift store needlepoint pillows
Light aquamarine colored glass table top.
A necklace from my jewelry box to add color to my mercury glass hearts.
Another necklace and a book about decorating with blue and white.
A blue bow made from a dress destined for the Goodwill.
Blue figurines in my writing desk.
A hand-blown blue and green ornament from the screened porch.
An old needlepoint pillow with pops of bright blue.
A fishing float from the screened porch.
A plate taken from a shelf in the den.
Do you remember these pillows?
Here they are after a little transformation with peacock blue paint. Do you think I should add paint to the diamond stitching and trim too or would that be too much?
Another touch of blue on my topiary planter, also compliments of the Goodwill dress.
Pictures with touches of blue.
A sea fan I had hanging in my powder room.
By the way, I purchased the sea fan from Sherry at No Minimalist Here. I love her style . . . and her header. I think it is what first inspired my color choices.
An antique biscuit jar came from my china cabinet.
Now for some final shots of the room.
And one last photo so you can see how the colors in the rug bring everything together!
A coat of fresh paint and a few color accents and this room is pretty much a wrap! Of course, I’m never finished decorating, so if I happen to find some fab deals on a few more items in peacock blue or aquamarine, I may just be back with another “share.”
Do you like decorating with blue and white? For more inspiration check out my Blue and White Pinterest board HERE, or my Aqua Love Pinterest board HERE. They are to drool for!
Thanks for stopping by. I do hope you come back to see what’s up next!
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Adore your room! And I love the pops of teal you put on those pillows for your chairs! Perfect!
Gorgeous Living Room, dear friend!!!
I a d o r e your choice of paint color. . .Sandstone Cove!!!
The neutral palette is so~o~o soothing!
The PoPs of Aqua and turquoise give it energy and class!!!
My favorite “new” decor accessory is the tall glass aqua jar!!!
I love the new paint color and the rug! Beautiful choices:) – Tara
I totally understand the concept of “someday”! You room is very lovely and the color accent pieces really add to the overall beauty of the room. Great job! Thank you so much for sharing on VMGs Brag About It link party!
Pamela Smith says
So pretty! Love the peacock blue!
Sherry @ No Minimalist Here says
Patti, Your room is beautiful and I love the pops of blue. I am glad you are using the sea fan and I appreciate the mention.
Love how the addition of more blue and the new background walls made such a difference.
All those added blue touches really do make the room stand out so much more.
Love decorating on a dime myself, and blue is a major color in my house too.
Love your rug too, very pretty. Lovely cozy and charming traditional living room.
Great job, and thanks for sharing it with us. Liked your idea of putting your topiary
tree up on a stack of books. Great idea.
Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says
Your room is gorgeous and I love, love, love all of your pretty accessories and vignettes. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.
Stacy Risenmay says
I love all the touches of blue! It looks great 🙂
Audra @ Renewed Projects says
Just adore that peacock blue throw pillow and the splashes of blue throughout the room. So pretty!
All that's Jas says
Wonderful job! I love your writing desk! Thanks for linking up at Thursday Favorite Things, please visit us again next week!
Another fan of blue and white here! You have such a good eye. Everything is so beautifully co-ordinated yet still looks as if you’ve just rested it there on a whim. Gorgeous! Mimi xxx
I found your blog, and I love your living room. It is so cozy, and inviting.
I also love blue & white – I have a board on my pinterest titled Blue & White.
Have a wonderful week.
Your room came together so beautifully! You make it look effortless. The aquamarine is so pretty and l love the wall color. It is all pretty, but my favorite piece is that new vase on the floor. Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing it and all your pretty boxwood ideas at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Blessings, Deborah
Love your new wall color Patti. It’s beautiful and the pops of blue and aquamarine are just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing with Share It One More Time. Cathy
Jann olson says
Patti, I love the new color and the pops of blue are perfect! I have pops of blue in my family room and kitchen. Love it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
Your living room looks absolutely gorgeous. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com
Debi @ Adorned From Above says
I love all of the pops of color that you added to your room. Beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party.
Have a great week and I look forward to seeing what you you have for this week’s party.
I love the colors you have going on here! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!
Robin ~ All Things Heart and Home says
LOVE your room…the rug is just perfect and the wall color! One of my FAVORITE Behr paint colors!(We painted our last house in Sandstone Cove and Castle Path! Such soothing colors 🙂 )
Thanks so much for linking w/ Shabbilicious Friday my friend xo
Hello Patti, I’m going greige, but probably a darker shade – I love how yours turned out and your beautiful decor detain – I will be featuring your post in this week’s Home and Garden Thursday,
Such a beautiful room! Love your rug and the color blue you’ve chosen is perfect…great job!
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
Such a lovely room, everything works together so perfectly. Don’t know where you found the aquamarine top for the coffee table, have never seen anything like it. Also love the rug, new blue vase and your brown velvet sofa.
Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse says
Patti, your living room is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to the party so you can check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/05/anything-blue-friday-week-81.html Hope you had a lovely weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse