It’s a bit ironic that my very favorite color, the color that makes me smile from ear to ear, and brings cheer to my heart is saddled with an idiom that means the opposite. That’s just wrong. As it turns out I am feeling a little blue. It is the end of the holiday season, which provided such a delightful distraction to the pandemic. What bauble, bell, and holiday whistle doesn’t? As I look longingly at the Christmas Tree that I have put at the bottom of my to do list until now, I feel sad. It really does bring a special glow to my space, and let’s face it, we’re all in for a long winter. The good news is that I wasn’t using my fireplace so that I wouldn’t have to clean it between showings, and now that I am not showing the old gal – she and I can get fired up.
To make extra sure I don’t shed any tears as I dismantle the tree, I went on the hunt for a bundle of blue best ofs to share with you. Since the color blue signifies the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven, according to the color wheel pro, and who wouldn’t believe them?
As a Cape Cod Gal, it is no surprise that this color calms me and makes me want to take a deep cleansing breath. Just thinking of the ocean allows me to conger the brackish salinity of a Wellfleet oyster and set my taste buds a tingling. The vast expanse of blue sky dotted with gauzy clouds that greet you on a summer day, the blue birds darting through the marsh and bogs in spring, the inky darkness of a muscle shell, the proud hull of a sailboat. Who wouldn’t be made happy by seeing that rainbow of blue hues?
Pull them into your home all year long, or start slowly. Maybe a single gingham cocktail napkin in a pale blue. No one has to know, you can keep it in your pocket or underneath your water glass. Just try and see if it doesn’t make you smile. Go on, we’ll get through this winter together.
It’s true, and because I feel like arguing today, I’m going to lay out my case for you. You the believer that white is boring, vanilla, without an opinion. Dare I say staid, subtle, without suggestion, or rather you might say, not I, not me, not this one who believes – it is simply a sublime backdrop for the scene of your personal style. Whatever that style might be – you’ll see.
I’ve selected the same clean shaker cabinetry for all three looks. The same hardware and backsplash, and walnut island top that has appeared in earlier iterations of the Willow Bend Scheme Series. I’ve purposefully picked the white cabinetry for its ability to pencil out on a spreadsheet that’s adding up, and a backsplash that you can get at the one buck store. Not exactly, but practically. I’ve invested some dough in the door hardware, and a little more on my lights – good lighting is everything to a gal. Finally I’ve made a little splash with a fabric or a fridge, but honestly there are even less expensive ways to do it. Think a set of dishes in a daring hue, pretty porcelain in a pouty purple, flowers or ferns or decorative urns – whatever floats your boat, let the rainbow be your guide.
White is wonderfully versatile. Like a Chopped competition, I’ve provided the box of basics that you must use, but your personal panache will provide the dash and make the space distinctly you, but if you had to choose, which one would you say was you?
So as predicted, Jo-Jo shot down the color selection I so carefully made with a NO! Not even a kind, no, no et non. Just NO! I don’t want gray and Nantucket Red is too muted. The only other hint of a direction she’s given me is she wants the navy blue whale wallpaper I found on Instagram over a year ago, and I can no longer track down. Of course, she is adamant about that paper. It was very cute. She has a playful side – she likes a little tongue in cheek whimsy. I’m not trying to deny it to her. The Manse should be an expression of her personality…but for the life of me I can’t locate it. I keep presenting alternatives, to which she responds…NO…I want the whale paper. This may require divine intervention, or at the very least inspiration. Help!
The Chronicles of Home always has such beautiful style.
The plastering is complete and now I really need to pick the colors. I’ve turned to Instagram thinking I would find a clear direction, but while I many primary colors my natural inclination is to move toward softer hues. I fear if I mix it up too much, it will be a hot mess. Some of the colors should remain in the rainbow, don’t you think?
Cory Connor Designs right – gets an A+ for painting the baseboard and the molding in hot pink. One Kings Lane displays an array of colors that look beautiful together.
Left: Schumacher wall covering is the color palette I typically gravitate toward. Right: Is Christopher Farr’s wall covering that I am dying for.
The Every Girl . simply perfect uncomplicated beauty.
While I I still really love the kelly green, I have a feeling that it’s just a trend and my affection for it will pass. While paint is the least expensive, and most impactful of your styling options, it still costs money and requires a fair amount of disruption to change it. With that in mind, I’d like to get it right the first time.
My Bella Storia . who doesn’t like a polka dot?
In my search for that dang whale wallpaper, I came across quite a lot of inspiration. I only hope that one, or a combination of several of these will illicit a resounding YES – see, just like I told you…..
The kind that comes from a hot day in the sun, good food, plenty of exercise, crisp cool sheet, and a gentle breeze coming in through the window. Sleep is often elusive to me. I live through fits of insomnia chased by adrenalin rushes, and sheer exhaustion. The rare and special gift that is an uninterrupted nights sleep – is magic. For those of you, I could sleep anywhere people…just stop reading now. Move along. Nothing for you to see here in this post.
I just of course – plenty for you to see here, even if I am jealous of your ability to lay your head down at will, close your eyes, turn off your brain, and fade into the nether region between night and day. You are blessed.
Christopher Farr . Carnival Green – Imagine Custom bedskirts in this cute print.
All this talk of sleep arose from my desire to select the color palette and decor for the bedrooms in the manse. Since I am primarily there on the weekends, I want the colors to be a bit more vibrant than my year round surroundings. I love Kelly Green and feel that it’s a nice mix between nautical and nature that works well for Cape Cod.
My picks range from the high-end to the low for the first of the four bedrooms. From World Market to Schumacher, I was shooting for a cheery space to escape to, read my book and fall asleep to the sound of crickets.