Monday, January 25, 2010

Blue Monday - Living Room

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I've had so many inquiring minds want to know how I decorated our new living room, so today, I'm going to show you. It might be fun to count how many Blue touches you see.

Before moving into the home, we had a crew of six painters come in and paint everything nine different colors. Four colors are used in this room. With such tall ceilings--they're 13'4"--I had to do something to use up the wall space above the sofa. I had an expert carpenter come in and place the trim molding according to sketch that I drew on a napkin. Didn't he do an excellent job?

This is called a cove ceiling. Everyone thought I was out of my mind using this dark trim. I stuck to my instincts, though, and kept the ceiling and walls a pale tan. However, afterward, people seem to agreed the dark color "made" that ceiling. I've shared the names of the carpenter and the painter with several local people who asked.

This is a shot head on. The 40" x 50" painting in the center pulls all the colors together. We found it at Kirland's. It was on sale. Cost: $99.

The coffee table is one I designed over thirty-five years ago. The top is Travertine marble and the trapezoid bottom is all mirrored.

Are you surprised? Did you expect more or less Blue?

Happy Blue Monday!

Blue Monday Participants
1. ellen b -
2. LaVoice
3. Charlotte
4. Sherry @ Country Wings In Phoenix
5. Karen @Elsie Eleanor Designs
6. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove
7. m - tales from an oc cottage
8. Susan @ monkeymommy08
9. Kathy b
10. Paula Grace Designs ~ Monday's Method VIP
11. Sherri@Lavenderfields
12. Marty
13. Vintage Rose Studio
14. Jensmere
15. Inspired Living Spaces
16. Candy @ The Little Round Table
17. De Cherie
18. Gena @ Thinking Aloud
19. Debbie @ Delightfully Wed
20. Mary@OnePerfectBite
21. barbara jean
22. Yoli ~ Apron Senorita
23. D@sunnyside
24. Judith UK
25. Linda@lindanjake
26. Shannara
27. Clara
28. Tj
29. LUNA
30. Fickleinpink, the dark side
31. hip chick
32. Hagemor-Norway
33. Barbara Purple Goat Lady
34. Candy
35. katherine
36. Manang Kim, MI, USA
37. Kvasthilda, Sweden
38. Irene Photography, Norway
39. Vivian
40. DEbBieDoos
41. Self Sagacity
42. Shelia @ NoteSongs
43. Carly's Photography
44. Katt...
45. Carol@My Painting Room
46. cindy
47. mizhelle
48. Christine
49. My Random World
50. Rose, WV
51. Coffeedoff UK
52. hapzydeco
53. After the Style Test a Blue Space plan
54. Jo
55. ThriftyAnnabella
56. Helen
57. Baba
58. DeniseMarie
59. storyteller at Small Reflections
60. April@The 21st Century Housewife
61. Grace-Life is Beautiful, USA
62. Ann Creek
63. gengen
64. Terie aka Yira
65. Mary
66. Italian Vases @ No Minimalist Here
67. Boogieboard Cottage
68. KayC.
69. Aussie Nikki NC USA
70. carolynUSA
71. Joy- Books and Life
72. John
73. annies home
74. ...Molly
75. Fifi Flowers
76. Maria's Space
77. Hannah - Zukan
78. Tiffany Randall
79. DB
80. peggy gatto
81. Jill, Northern CA, USA
82. Gunsside - Norway
83. Lorie Shewbridge
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ellen b. said...

Sally! Your new living room is absolutely gorgeous! love that ceiling and the colors you went with!! beautiful...

Glo said...

I love the dark paint and your very interesting coffee table!

Diann said...

Sally, It looks wonderful! I think it is a nice balance of just the right amount of blue.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous, Sally. I love it. I love those colors together.

{oc cottage} said...

Oh, I was hoping you'd show more pictures of your home! It's so lovely!!!!

m ^..^

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Sally Sweetie...
I love your new living room. I too would have chosen those colors. We have to listen to our hearts when it comes to trying something new. We love what we love, and your love is GREAT. Looks so pretty sweetie. The cove ceiling is beautiful.

I love the way you have framed your gorgeous picture on the wall. It looks so pretty, and the coffee table, well that is the element of surprise in this room. I have to tell you though, I love the blue jar near the window area. Just the right pop of blue with the light filtering through the window. Does it surprise me? No, you are just full of surprises. I love this post.

I bet you thought I was never going to get over here and join in did you? I guess I too, am full of surprises. I love it, and I will be back again sweetie. Thanks for hosting such a fun share of blues. I have really enjoyed myself.

Country hugs sweetie from Country Wings in Phoenix...Sherry

Paula Grace Designs said...

Your living room is lovely! I love the tints of blue you chose and the mix ing of that with neutrals! Love the combination. The darker shades of blue accents really give it a nice pop. The trim is awesome ~ you have an excellect eye. Very well done!
Paula Grace ~

Jennsmere said...

Lovely, Sally! And just the right touches of blue to give the other colors their softness.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful room with us...
Be blessed,

Sherri said...

Very beautiful Sally! To tell you the truth I expected way more blue. I really like blue and brown together. The mouldings are really nice. It really makes such a nice feature wall. And I also love the ceiling. With a tall ceiling like that you can really have fun playing with the dark colour! You really do have a beautiful new home! I hope you are enjoying it! Sherri : )

maria said...

It's beautiful Sally. Happy Blue Monday!

Delightfully Wed said...

I love your new living room. The colors are perfect.

Snowberry Creek said...

Beautiful the coffee table.

Linda said...

Sally, the finish work done by your carpenter is beautiful. I'm such a lover of any type of molding.

I think I expected more blue but you've put just the right touch of blue in the room. It's beautiful!

Barbara Jean said...

Hey Girl.

thanks for having this up and running already!
You are the greatest!

Love the soft gray blue in your room.
Gorgeous combination of colors.
And the painting is wonderful.

Blessings on your week!

barbara jean

Anonymous said...

Sally you have a good eye for colour scheemes and your room looks delightful.

Yuè said...

first time here. happy monday!

the journey

Luna said...

Hi Sally, It's very nice and I think it is a nice balance of just the right amount of blue.
Have a Beautiful Monday!!!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I think using the blue as you have really makes it pop out.

Candy said...

Love the splashes of blue in my favorite shade.
Happy BLUE Monday!

artis1111 said...

Love the room. Sally use a flash and turn the lights on so we can see better. That way we can see how beautiful the room is.Kathy

Barbara said...

Morning, Your new living room is
elegant. You did an outstanding wonderful to be able to start with a clean slate.

Lorrie said...

I think the living room looks elegant to Sally, just the right amount of blue. What a great, unique coffee table too! I hope you're enjoying sitting in this room every day.

Unknown said...

Your living room is so beautiful...i love it...and i like the small center table...

Happy Blue Monday Sally.

Mine is up now

Kim, USA said...

Wow Sally I love your living room. Happy Blue Monday!


PattiVZ said...

Sally, you did an awesome job on this room - just beautiful!

Kim, USA said...

Hi Sally, I have to go back because after looking at each picture closely I thought this is a work of an excellent interior designer ^_^. I so love the the ceiling and indeed your carpenter is excellent. And when I see your walls, an idea came to my mind on how am I going to do with our blank wall. Thank you much for sharing.

Irene said...

Your new living room is absolutely gorgeous! Love the colors. And the amount of blue is perfect!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Sally! Your new living room is simply beautiful! I love the trim on the walls and the colors you chose! Your ceiling trim is wonderful. I'm so glad you didn't let those silly men talk you out of what you wanted! It's so lovely!
I'm blueing with you today! ;)
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Self Sagacity said...

Hello Sally. Just answering your question, for a blue person I expected to see more blue. But before I saw that question, my impression was. Wow! It looks so elegant and beautiful. The colors were blended magnificiently. I would have loved to have a room like that - for me, it's plenty blue. :-)

April said...

I LOVE what you've done with that trim molding! What a statement it makes! I, also, really like the "pop" the darker color on your ceiling gives to the whole room. Very nice job!

Katt said...

Your living room is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Love the colors!

Cindy said...

Stunning! Everything is so lovely.
I did expect more blue, however, what you put in really pops. great job.

Carol said...

Beautiful & elegant!

xinex said...

You did an excellent job decorating, Sally. Love it! mY favorites are the ceiling and the 2 tone on tone chairs, which look so classy and elegant.

Darlene said...

Sally all I can say is GORGEOUS!!! What a beautiful job you did on that room.♥

Debbiedoos said...

Sally I love the hint of blue in the room with that wall color, really makes a statement. I am new to all this blogging and I do have our widget on my task bar along with your blog name. However I am having a hard time showing it before my post. Not sure what you mean about clicking it and dragging it to desktop when I can't see my desktop....I will get it believe me trial and error....thanks for letting me participate:) Debbie

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Wonderful colours! Lovely room, Sally! I know you're enjoying your new home.


Kristina said...

Sally ~

I love the details you added to your living room and adore your coffee table and peaceful decor in your living room. Thanks so much for your peek into your home!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your room is just gorgeous. I love all the beautiful moldings. Your colors are just perfect. You were so right about the ceiling. It is just stunning. Thanks also for linking me up. I really do appreciate it. Hugs, Marty

Becky K. said...

It is just perfect! So...for your next career....

I love that you drew the design on a napkin!

Have a great day!

Becky K.

Blondie's Journal said...

How elegant, Sally!! The cove ceiling is just gorgeous. And how awesome that you designed the coffee table. It really is a work of art.

When I mentioned your weather and the sarong in my last comment, I was referring to your Weather Pixie!! Mine has been wearing a coat since October!! ;-)


Nanna said...

what a beautiful & inviting living room, love it! Happy Blue Monday Sally!


Marice said...

awww what a georgous living room that is! ;) so love it!

Baba said...

Good morning Sally, what a great living room you have and the decor is perfect!! I love the colors and the wall excellent choice ..hugs, Baba

Denise Marie said...

I think it is just the right mix of blues into your sirene room.

Andrea said...

Happy Blue Monday!

Dixie said...

Sally... I have to admit I DID expect more blue... but you've decorated perfectly... It's so wonderful to find a great tradesman... they are few and far-between these days! Good for you, passing his name on to others... keep him busy! (and the fact that he doesn't mind his blueprints on the back of napkins... perfect!)

Now... the coffee table... I absolutely love it! You're such a creative soul...

wishing you a week of joy and blessings! Dixie

April J Harris said...

What a beautiful living room! I love how you have used blue as such an effective accent colour - it's really classic. This is my first Blue Monday, so I must say thanks for hosting!!

Momgen said...

Wow that is a beautiful living room how I wish...Happy blue Monday. Mine is ready.

Mine is here

Anonymous said...

Hi Sally~
I love your walls: the soft blue on tan with the white molding...very classy. Love the blue glass, too.
Happy Blue Monday and thank you for making it happen~

Barbara H. said...

Very nice! Love the wall arrangement!

Ann said...

Love how you added all the blue touches. It's so unexpected and beautiful

Tin and sparkle

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Sally! I love what you did with this room. It is beautiful. And the curtain fabric is perfect. Love it all! The table you designed, the new painting, the molding (and yes, the dark makes a statement... it reminds me of molding I've seen in older homes) and the colors... it all looks lovely! Can't wait to see it in person.

Big hugs. I'm up "North" and trying to get a million things done. HELP!


Sheila :-)

annies home said...

the subtile blue makes an eye look at the picture to find it i like that idea

Shellbelle said...
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Betsy Banks Adams said...

Wow Sally... You and I are on the same wave length when it comes to decorating. Your living room (including walls and ceiling) is fabulous... I love your color scheme. There is enough BLUE in there--even though I do like blue. Thanks so much for sharing. I know you are proud of your NEW home.

EJ said...

You have a very cozy living room Sally!

Melting Icicles is my entry for Blue Monday!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good morning Sally, girl it's just beautiful...wonderful choices you made...Thanks for sharing a Happy Blue Monday...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Sally I think it is just perfect, I love the way you stuck to your design and didn't let anyone change your mind. It is perfect, and the amount of blue is also perfect. Great looking room.

Fifi Flowers said...

Oooops late to the party... ENJOY your blue day!

Tiffany said...

As your sales consultant AND friend I LOVE your living room; when you were both in picking things out I had no fair idea! How did the "lemon" pitcher look?? Hope you are both well. God bless!

peggy gatto said...

It is just right!!!!
I am sharing some chinese art!
Hope you will come by!

Lisa said...

It's very lovel, Sally! I love the soft blue insets on the walls. Scrumptious!

Dawn said...

WOW! I really like that room! You did a great jobs with the colors and decorating. It looks very inviting. Nicely done. I like the tans and blues :)

take care,

Carly said...

Your photo looks perfect!

Lorie Shewbridge said...

I admit, I expected more blue... but I love how the light hits those beautiful blue vases.
Have a great week.

Mevely317 said...

I adore the cove ceiling!
Less or more? Sally, I think in your case, less IS more. Subtle and just right!

joyh82 said...

I love how you painted the walls, very creative and pretty! Have a great week!

Cindy said...

I absolutely love what you did with your painting. It is good to stick to your guns. People think I am crazy with my choices all the time, lol. They call me "brave".

Cathy said...

That is just beautiful, Sally. Those dark colors are in now.

Americana Lady said...

I love the frames on the wall! A nice way to decorate with a tall wall. Have a nice week!

Americana Lady said...

Sally, I linked today but I do not see it and Mr. Linky isn't there any longer????

Jeanne said...

Dear Sally, how beautiful. Your decorating is all you. I expected the colors but I didn't expect the molding and the lovely blue with the painting. A wonderful find and choice. The most striking is the dark paint accents and the plaid drapes. It brings everything together. Now I want to see more. BIG smile. I know you are loving this opportunity to express yourself with the decor in your beautiful home.

Hugs xoxo, Jeanne

Judi said...

Hi Sally
Thank you for sharing pics of your new home. It looks so elegantly lovely. I love your wall colour and your sofa..and your 2 armchairs...very pretty.

I WAS surprised. I thought there would be much blue.

have a lovely day

bj said...

OMGosh, Sally girl...your living room is just STUNNING....
bwaaaaaaa...I want a stunning living room like this !

Your ceiling is awesome..I LOVE the dark trim and that is unusual for me. I generally don't care for it but you have done it all up in a very eye-pleasing way.
You are a very talented decorator, dear one. I just love it all..
O...and you did just right on your touches of blue..not so much that you will get tired of it but enuf to please you in your favorite color.GREAT JOB.

The Muse said...

i did expect way more, but end result~divine :)

☆Mama Ko☆ said...

You have a very lovely house. I like your living room very peaceful and nice place for relaxation

Cottage Rose said...

Hi Sally; OOOOOOOOOOOO! I love your living room... you did a wonderful job.. the framed wall is just gorgeous as is the ceiling... love all the beautiful colors...

Have a great week.


Martha said...

Beautiful room!

I guess I'm too late to link up...

Here is mine Blue Jay of Happiness

Anonymous said...

The trim molding is my fave :-) I haven't seen it done before - only frames, large picture frames or lots of tiny ones. But this is cool. Way to fill a large blank wall :-)


Paula Grace Designs said...

Hello Sally!!!

Beginning Feb 2nd, I am hosting a party every Tuesday on all timeless classis things ~ interior design, fashion, special occassions and entertaining, art, ..... See how you fit right in?!!

Your blog is one of my classics now so I hope you and your readers join the party.

Here is a link to let you know more about it ~

Looking forward to seeing you and your readers there!

Paula Grace ~

Susan B said...

Your living room is beautiful! Everything looks lovely.

Hannah said...

It's lovely, Sally!

Anonymous said...

Your living room is beautiful. I have expected more blue... :)

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

I expected it to be beautiful, and I was right! Love those draperies, and the ceiling and the moulding are such special features. I know you are loving your new home. Me too! laurie