Monday, February 1, 2010

Blue Monday - Dining Room

It's Blue Monday! To participate: just click here for BLUE MONDAY INSTRUCTIONS or check out the instructions in my sidebar.

Visit other Blue participants by clicking on their links. You know that I will visit each one of you, so please don't forget to leave me a comment.

Last week I showed you my newly decorated Living Room, and today I'm showing you the Dining Room. Actually, when you enter my home, you walk into a Foyer that opens into this combination Living Room/Dining Room, but I can't figure out how to correctly photograph it, so I've divided it into two rooms.

This shows the front door/Foyer area. See how much blue you can spot. Don't forget to count the fabric on the window and pillow. Did you spot the inside of window arch?

The high ceiling is coffered, and I've chosen a dark paint to pull the eye upward. The ceiling and wall are the same color, just two shades paler. The arch is filled with the soft blue/gray color, taken from the drapes. The chairs are upholstered in the same soft tones.

You'll remember my Norman Rockwell collection and vintage plates from my former home. Notice the theme color is easily found.

I'm sure that many of you will remember the items in my china cabinet. My talented daughter-in-law arranged them into this display. (Remember, I told you I had tons of help.)

Here's a peek at next Monday's post, which will show the Family Room. Look out, BJ!

I love surprises. Did I manage to surprise you? Did you find some Blue?

Happy Blue Monday!

Blue Monday Participants
1. ellen b -
2. Sherry @ Country Wings In Phoenix
3. m - tales from an oc cottage
4. KayC
5. LaVoice
6. Pie
7. Baba's Special babies
8. Carly's Photography
9. Fifi Flowers (Art Reveals)
10. Christine
11. Self Sagacity
12. Candy @ The Little Round Table
13. Mary@OnePerfectBite
14. Gena @ Thinking Aloud
15. Regina On Daily Living
16. Iris
17. Grey Like Snuffie
18. Ivory Spring
19. Judith
20. carolynUSA
21. Irene Photography, Norway
22. Coffeedoff UK
23. Shannara, sweden
24. LUNA
25. Classic Country @ Lakewood
26. hip chick
27. DeniseMarie
28. katherine
29. Joan @ Applejack Lane
30. Judi @ CranberryBlossom
31. Linderhof
32. Myrna @ My Enchanted Home
33. The Tablescaper
34. My Random World
35. Hannah - Zukan
36. Gardening in a Sandbox
37. Black eyed Susan's kitchen
38. cindy
39. Coralie @ A Vintage Cottage Home
40. mizhelle
41. Cindy @Fairy Tale Cottage
42. storyteller at Sacred Ruminations
43. ...Molly's Country Memories
44. DeBbiedoos
45. monkeymommy08
46. Terie-Blue Beach
47. Paula Grace Designs ~ The Art of Display
48. Rose
49. Snapperoni
50. Yoli ~ Apron Senorita
51. annies home -
52. Carol
53. Jeanne,backyard neighbor
54. Boogieboard Cottage
55. Jo - Spring Set
56. beansieleigh
57. gengen
58. Lorie Shewbridge
59. Ann @ Tin and Sparkle
60. Crystal-hummingbird cottage
61. Loui
62. Mozi Esme
63. John
64. Rinkly Rimes
65. DB
66. Ladyinblue
67. Kvasthilda, Sweden
68. Pietrek67
69. Teresa C.
70. Margene
71. Jill, Northern CA, USA
72. peggy gatto
73. Emily
74. Cacai M.

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Diann said...

Looks beautiful Sally!!

ellen b. said...

Oh I really love your dining room and those tall ceilings are fabulous! You really chose a lovely home Sally!

{oc cottage} said...

I just love the ceiling!

m ^..^

maria said...

It's beautiful! Happy Blue Monday.

Mine's here.

KayC. said...

Your home is beautiful. Thank you for hosting "Blue Monday"

Baba said...

Good morning my friend, you have done a great job decorating your lovely is wonderful to have your family close by to help you and to share happy hours with them...all of your colors blend so well together.Have a fun day. hugs, Baba

Fifi Flowers said...

Looks GREAT!!! ENJOY your week!

Self Sagacity said...

Hi Sally, you do have a lot of blues in your house. It is very pretty.

xinex said...

Beautiful dining room, Sally. I also like the bench in the foyer. Love the ceiling!...Christine

Regina said...

Lovely home. The dining is gorgeous!
Happy Monday Sally.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sally - I love the bench in the hallway and the blue pots on top of the china cabinet in the dinning room - well done to you for your design and decor of your lovely home.

Irene said...

Lovely! You have done a great job decorating your new home!
Happy blue monday!

Luna said...

Yes, it's a beautful blue surprise!
Happy Blue Monday!
I've got a great "blue posting" today ;D

aspiritofsimplicity said...

It looks very pretty.

Denise Marie said...

I'm so happy for you to be all moved in and decorated. And, I'm glad to see it's been a family affair to get it all perfectly set-up. DIL did a great job on the cabinet display.

Unknown said...

i like your living room and this time the dining have a beautiful house Sally.

mine is up too.

Old Time Cindy said...

Hi Sally,
This is my first time to join your Blue Monday! Your home is gorgeous.
Cindy at Lakewood

Judi said...

Happy Blue Monday Sally
I do like the colours you've chosen. They go well with the colours you've taken out of your paintings. Nice high ceiling and you have lots of windows.
thank you for sharing
have a lovely day

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

It is all very beautiful!

The Tablescaper said...

Awesome high ceilings.

- The Tablescaper

Patti said...

Just gorgeous, Sally! Love what you have done.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Sally, I loved the blue bowl on the dining room table. Your daughter in law did a great job arranging your special pieces in the china cabinet. Your dining room is so lovely.
♥, Susan

Cindy said...

How pretty. I love the bench in your foyer. How gorgeous your home is. It makes all the waiting for it worth it. God is good. Cindy

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Everything looks lovely! The framed Norman Rockwell prints are perfect for the room! Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful BLUE MONDAY!

storyteller said...

Your home decor is lovely ;-)
Happy Blue Monday!
Hugs and blessings,
Sacred Ruminations

Becky K. said...

This is a fun way to tour your new home. It is so lovely.

I'll bet you love being nearer your family!

Becky K.

Unknown said...

Love it all, especially the trey ceiling!

Unknown said...

I like those subtle touches of blue you have all over the place just tying it all together -- your house is beautiful and so tidy-- Happy Blue Monday!!

Paula Grace Designs said...

Your home is coming along very nicely. Your blues are excellent choices ~ just the right hues. I can't wait to see you family room!

I wanted to make sure you knew about my new link party ~ Timeless Tuesday. It actually goes live tonight at 8:00 PM. I hope to see you there. You would add so much!The link below is the post I wrote telling poeple what its all about. In a nutshell ~ all things classic.

See you there!

Paula Grace ~

Anonymous said...


Your foyer is to die for -- I am absolutely in love with it. And I love the coziness of your dining room as well.

Chubskulit Rose said...

The bench is awesome! I also like how you arranged your stuff at your china cabinet.

Fun in Reading

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Sally...
Your home is absolutely gorgeous. I love it. I spied quite a few blues.

I especially loved the bowl on your table. What a beauty.

Love your Norman Rockwell collection. So beautiful on the wall they way you displayed them all.

Thanks for sharing with me today. I so love it when you do.

Country hugs and so much love...Sherry

annies home said...

beautiful and so sophisticated

Debbiedoos said...

Sally you are such a gracious host...not only do you host but you take the time to stop by others, that is so sweet!!~ I love your hints of blue...and your paint colors in your home are great!!~

Heirlooms For You said...

You have a beautiful house. I really love the tray ceiling. Carol

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Sally you have a lovely home and I think the Norman Rockwell display is perfect!

Cindy said...

I sure love your home and ,yes, I found the blue surprises!
Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comments.

Jeanne said...

Hi Sally, hooray, more photos of your beautiful home. Your dining room is sooo lovely. Yes, there is lots of blue in and on the china cabinet and on the table. I enlarged your pics so I can see the detail. Beautiful. I love the details on the ceiling and walls. Your colors are you. Conservative and calm. Great choices.

I am sooo happy to have the net again. Three days without my computer was not fun. I didn't realize what a big part of my life it is and that was an eye opener.

Have a great day.
Hugs, Jeanne

Mary said...

I love the blue and beige, very beachy. Your daughter in law did a nice job, everything looks great! Mary

Lorie Shewbridge said...

I'm a huge Norman Rockwell fan also, but I prefer his pencil sketches. I love how yours are displayed. Lovely, just lovely.

LV said...

I found the blues and they just enough to add a hint color. You did a super job on your color combination's.

Ann said...

What beautiful spaces, the blue in the ceiling is so nice. I found blue in pieces on top of the hutch and on the table.

So Nice
Ann-tin and sparkle

Mary Bergfeld said...

I saw blue in each of your photos, Sally. Your dining room is gracious and quite lovely, but then so are you :-). I can't wait to see the family room. Have a wonderful Blue Monday. Blessings...Mary

Beansieleigh said...

Oh Sally! I did have lots of fun putting my post together this Blue Monday! I don't know if I can participate EVERY week, but I do look forward to doing so again as soon as possible!!.. Hopefully next week!.. LOVE your Norman Rockwells, and these ceilings you show are beautiful! I've never seen anything like them! Happy Blue Monday! ~tina

Anonymous said...

I love this room! I especially like the ceiling. I have a blue/tan/beige combination in my family room as well.

Crystal said...

Oh how beautiful, Sally. You have a wonderful new house, love that coffered ceiling. What talent your daughter-in-law has.
Have a blessed day!

Loui♥ said...

Loving your new home!
and yep..found those bits of BLUE!
warm hugs..

joyh82 said...

You have a beautiful home. That looks like a huge entryway! Have a great week.

EJ said...

You have a very nice dining room.

Our Mini Date

Marice said...

thats really beautiful Sally :)

Rinkly Rimes said...

What elegance! Your house has a Georgian look, my favourite style.

Loui♥ said...

Thanks Sally!
for fixing my bad links..
and for being such a delight!!
warm hugs,laughing smiles..

The Muse said...

it is definitely coming together...and it is easy to see you have such a wonderful shaped space to play the big window and high ceilings!

Teresa C said...

I love the cannisters atop the china cabinet, they stand out perfectly there!

Kristina said...


Thank you so much for straightening up my mess this morning! I forgot to leave you a note after devouring your post and all the lovely pictures of your home. I can't wait to see more next week!
Love your blue touches and soft creams and tans - so tranquil and gives one a feel of the beach ...

Tootsie said...

girl...your ceiling is gorgeous with that height!!! love the photos too!

peggy gatto said...

I am a little late, been busy arranging some blue flowers!!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Beautiful, Sally... I love your new home. How does it compare with the other one you just left?????

I do see some blue... It looks good with the tans.

Emma* said...

Hello! I found your blog from Becky K.'s. I did a post on my brother's blue tongue, and my Mom said I should link to your Blue Monday.

Anonymous said...

Sally my, my, my everything is so beautiful! I would never want to leave home :>) I love all of the extra touches and attention to detail. It's so pretty. I also like the way you painted the ceiling. It is really, really beautiful. I have never seen anyone do it like that. You have done a great job decorating your home.

Cacai M. said...

Nice one.. nice home.. I love the ceiling! Happy blue Monday!

Here's mine: My First Blue Monday


PAT said...

Absolutely beautiful, Sally!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Lovely home, Sally. I love the ceiling! Have a wonderful day.


Musings of A Minister said...

I saw some blue. I love your home.

Anonymous said...

Hi Most Smiling One! I am so enjoying seeing your beautiful new home! Your dining room is so lovely!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Darlene said...

It all looks so gorgeous! Oh, to live in a brand new home......♥

Killlashandra said...

Looking good! I love those high ceilings. :)

Jeanne said...

Good morning Sally, I am missing visiting you each day. I decided to come over ans say hello and how are ya. I know you are deeply involved in decorating your beautiful new home. You are doing a wonderful job too.

Have wonderful day.
Hugs, Jeanne

sara said...

your home is beautiful!