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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Oooo and Aaahhh

Today's post is all about what shades of color bring a smile to your face, make you want to go purchase a can of paint or take a car drive to the fabric store.

What colors make you go Oooo and Aaahhh?

When it comes to decorating, the first color I like to incorporate are are shades of white. I first and foremost, desire my home to be tranquil and inviting. The furniture in my house is all made of neutral colors, if not white, then shades of khaki. {Though I admit, I plan to add some cottage blue paint to the mix soon.}

I prefer to add splashes of color here and there. One said splash of color that I fancy, is this green below. I {adore} green. From celadon to lime to mint to the shade you often see on hydrangeas--green spells life to me!

See the soft shade of white on this pitcher, now vase?

And the glossy paint on these bookends?

There is just something about the simplicity and elegance of these items that caught my eye. I enjoy blending vibrant colors with them. The contrast between the two is truly stunning!

I also {adore} soft shades of orange. A little here and there goes a long way toward adding zest to a room don't you think? Imagine a sunset without all the shades of orange. I just can't imagine it. I can't imagine my home without a sprinkle of orange either.

Seen above is that same bouquet of roses, now dried, next to this vintage green glass bell. When I saw this bell at a thrift store, I knew it was love. I gave it a new home, now I just need to give it a "bell" as it didn't come with one.

I am also a fan of these fancy outdoor lights that you're supposed to string along your porch, only I've never had a porch so I place them above my windows. {Was that a run-on sentence?}

These twiggy light accents can also double as table decor if placed in a pretty bowl.

So now that you know I love accent lights, it probably wouldn't surprise you if I said I keep these Christmas lights up year round, above the window in the master bedroom would it? I love the added romance they bring to the room. Bright lights are not my friend, soft lights, however, they twinkle and sparkle. They add that bit of tranquility that I mentioned I love so much.

These artificial green plants rest in matching white containers above my kitchen cabinet. They filled an empty space and brought it to life.

Yes, more lights. You're not surprised are you? I got these at a thrift store not that long ago. {Yes, thrift stores have become a dear friend of mine.}

I guess you could say these lights are as cute as a bug over a window.

One of my many small children painted this zebra. Cute isn't it? I plan to frame it. I can't think of anything I'd love to see more upon the walls of our home than our children's artwork. All I have to do is re-paint the frames and I'll be able to place these priceless paintings on the wall. I'll be sure to share a post of this project once finished.

Its probably obvious that when it comes to seasonal colors I am more of Autumn/Winter gal.
It might be Spring, but these sunflowers are staying right were they are!

I must say, for a close up of the glass bead string around the twiggy wreath, the beads sure are difficult to see! These beads are great for reflecting light.

This photo book was a Christmas gift I received this year. I {adore} the dark shade of brown and aqua and plan to use this book as a reference to remember these colors. Not only does this book remind me of these colors, but fabrics as well. Hmmm the possibilities.

So there you have it. What makes me go Oooo and Aaahhh.
How about you? What items do you have around the house that inspire you?
Do tell!



Anonymous said...

I'm with you on the color scheme for your home. I like a lot of neutrals for the main pieces and then add color with accents. Orange sunflowers or tulips are my favorite. They add so much life to a space. Just like your Zebra painting. How cute! It definitely deserves a frame. I do that with my kiddos art work, also. They love to see their little masterpieces displayed. Oh, and you can never have to many fairy lights! I love them too. The LED branch lights are beautiful year round.
Fun post!

Have a great night dreaming of colors :)

michelle said...

I am in the midst of making my house what you described, tranquil! I love the whites and blues and greens, anything that reminds me of the sea. I love lights as well, the warm glow that they cast. Love your colors and the beautiful things that make you oooo and aaahhh!! ;)

Jenni said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL pictures and colors, Belle! :) This is such a fantastic post! I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading it, sweet sister! :)


Tiff said...

What devine images! Over the years I have slowly, without meaning to, graduated towards the many varying, fading and chippy shades of white..... But I LOVE colour.... faded out shades of all colours, vibrant pinks, cheery yellows and oranges.... icy blues...... how do we choose? Lately I have tended towards neutral white backgrounds and accessories in colours which a can change with my moods.... and those moods, well.... they change a bit too regularly! X

Erin said...

Love those gorgeous pics Belle!! I love the pops of color and the picture done by one ofyour children, pricelessly gorgeous:)