The Grower's Daughter

The Grower's Daughter

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Colour Inspiration - Bits of Blue

[Country Living]

I'm loving the pretty knobs and pegs to hang things on, like these pretty tins in this case.

This morning, mid-February - in Canada, I should add - it was a balmy 10 degrees outside!

I don't know about you, but that gets me excited for spring! Now, for all of you realists out there, I know that we have a few more long weeks of winter left. But this was a lovely little taste of what's to come.

So, as I sat and drank my tea, on my sofa in the living room, I watched our white landscape slowly melt into hints of green and brown. I could just imagine the little robins, bouncing around, looking for worms.

Then my mind started...

This is always a tad embarrassing for me to admit, but my mind wanders so much! And, the connecting thoughts from start to finish can be quite random.

This is how it went today...

A - Wow, it looks like spring out there today.
B - Wasn't it just groundhog day? What was his prediction?
C - I love Bill Murray.
C - Oh, I wonder when we'll see the first Robin.
D - Ooo, Robin's Egg shell blue... I love that shade.
E - Why don't I ever have any blue in my house?

And don't be fooled - this entire process probably took about 47 seconds. Sad. I know.

So, in light of the thaw today, I decided to be get a little inspired about blue.

F - "Bluuuuue mooooon.... you saw me standing aloooone."
Oh dear.

[Martha Stewart Living]

Delft Blue - a Dutch staple! There are some gorgeous blue patterns, and I love the idea of displaying them on a wall in a pattern. This same look could be achieved with everything from plain ironstone, to any pretty floral patterns in co-ordinating colours.

[Martha Stewart Living]


Farmhouse fresh. I love this look - the hints of blue in the farmhouse towels and the bowl. I like subtle bits of blue. Painting the backs of the cabinets add a great visual accent, and a dramatic pop. It would be an affordable way to add colour, which is especially good for those of us who's tastes evolve so quickly! Painting the backs of the cabinets another shade would be a day's project, as opposed to repainting the whole kitchen, which could be daunting. Oh, and I love what's in the cabinets too!


[Country Living]


This is a great way of adding subtle bits of blue without it being over powering. The faint aquas compliment the crisp whites perfectly. They blend well and create a really fresh and pretty coastal cottage look! I'm loving that bread box!


[Country Living]

This is another great way to incorporate blue into a completely neutral room. The rustic blues of the fireplace match the rest of the rustic pieces in the space and compliment the crisp white furniture. I adore this living room, especially those chairs and that little bench built in the back by the fireplace.

[British Country Living]

Love. Love. Love. I heart British Country Living... seriously. How gorgeously simple is this little writing desk? The plates look amazing and that gorgeous blue desk is just perfect. It's petite and dainty, so the colour, though bright blue, is subtle!

[Country Living]

And, something else I'm so in love with right now - - vintage ticking! It's that grayish blue. I've been searching for the perfect piece to do a window seat cushion for in my living room. The walls are gray, and this would be a great accent!

[Country Living]

This is a great entryway too! The checked blue flooring, and painted blue doors are lovely.

[Country Living]

And this enamelware!! Way too much fun. Talk about adding pops of blue... can you see these all displayed on a shelf?

17 comments:

  1. LOVE your inspiration photos!I wanted to let you know that Target (dont know if they have a Target in Canada?)just got in a great collection of blue and white pottery items with a farmhouse style!!;) Rachel

    French Farmhouse 425

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  2. These images are so pretty! I love your inspiration photos!

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  3. I could look at these over and over...you picked very pretty ones! I've always hated blue until last year, now it's the most comforting color to me. I love everything blue that I've brought in to my home...bring in as much as you can! :)
    sarah xo

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  4. Beautiful and inspiring post! LOVE the blue!!

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  5. Can I just say... I've been following your blog a couple of weeks now... and I'm so in love with every single one of your posts. Your style sings to my heart perfectly :)

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  6. I've been loving a little blue myself lately. Thanks for all the great inspiration photos.

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  7. Blue has always been one of my favorite colors...and you inspiration photos just prove why. Thanks fo sharing!

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  8. Ooh...Maria, I love the blue! Especially the living room. Ahhh....

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  9. I loved your mind wandering story... that was funny and,....oh how i can relate...

    Ciny

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  10. i can definitely relate to your thought process...i am the same way, flitting from one thought to the next with random abandon! your inspiration photos are gorgeous...british country living is just amazing!!

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  11. I love, love, love the images...I always wonder why I have no blue in my home?? I really want to add some, but don't know where to start I guess, thanks for posting these lovely photos though, it gives me some idea and a start =) Xoxoxo 1942charm.blogspot.com

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  12. It really was warm out today!

    Love the Blue-tiful montage today!

    Ciao Bella,

    Creative Carmelina

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  13. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.................YUMMY! I loved every single thing in these pix.... and I've grown to love blue (again) too. :-)

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  14. Beautiful inspiration pictures !! like it ...lovely post happy day ! love Ria...xxx..

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  15. Funny thing is....she is my daughter and we all get such a kick out of her thinking. So many laughs have been at her expense and as a mother I kinda feel bad. Good thing she did not have a TV in the room while her mind was wandering.....that would have been even funnier. Love you Maria and I too like the blue.

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  16. you always inspire me. the hanging tin idea is fantastic. i had seen some of the other ideas, but not that one. i still owe a post on my blog about my package. promise, once i clean up my house after 21/2 months of accumulated dust. many many warm regards from rainy california

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  17. I love both of the tea pots. I dunno what shade of color I like more light blue or dark blue. I think both of the teapots are pretty in their own way.

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