Colour me ........

BLUE

One of the things I enjoy most about having a mostly white house is how I am able to change the look of a room by using the  inexpensive bits and pieces I have collected along the way.  Most of my large pieces of furniture are white or blue, but these can easily be accessorised using different soft colours.  Shabby chic style is all about soft, worn looking tones.

I thought it might be a nice idea to have a regular feature on my blog showing how I use different colours to decorate and accessorise the rooms in my house.


In this photo you can see :

My gorgeous Blue and White The Regent China Cup and Saucer picked up at a boot sale for £2.20. Its such a pretty set I have it out on display on a table next to my work unit. 

The book is decorating with blue and white by Gail Abbott - purchased off Amazon for around £7.  I never buy new books off Amazon unless I can get them for the same price as the used ones are selling for.  I mostly buy hardbacks as they are much better value for money, its an absolute feast of gorgeous pictures and I often flick through it on cold, miserable days.

The "vase" in the foreground was from the Laura Ashley sale several years ago and has fab blue accents. It currently sits in the centre of the dining table with white glass baubles in it. I think it cost about £10.

On the windowsill are lovely pale blue glass tea lights purchased in a sale from a local Florist. £6 for 4 and they came in a lovely zinc coloured flower pot.   Florist shops these days can be a great source of accessories.

The Large white vase is one of my latest finds. Grabbed quickly off the shelf of a local Charity shop. This gorgeous, heavy, quality Arthur Wood China vase cost me the princely sum of £4.

So there you go, my first Colour Me  Post - What do you reckon ?  a keeper ?

26 comments

  1. Gorgeous! I've seen photos of your lovely home before on your other blog and commented about it, but just one question: how do you 'warm it up' when it's cold? Doesn't the white and blue feel cold? And no carpets, etc. Would love to know how you do it.

    Great blog btw, will be following x

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  2. Oh Wow it looks utterly gorgeous, I love that soft blue against the white, so very chic!!

    I moved into a large Victorian terrace house and have not had the cash to do anything with it yet so it is all a bit of a mish mash. I keep thinking about what kind of style I would like the theme of the house to be in but haven't a clue were to start.

    Carole x

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  3. Not Supermum, thank you for commenting. I will do a post about how to warm up what people consider to be "cold" colours at some point. It is something a lot of people say to me. But basically, all the floors downstairs are wooden but well insulated as they were renovated by my husband. Upstairs we have carpets. I don't find the colours make you feel cold in Winter, The house is very bright and light, we have good heating, wear slippers and jumpers ! ha xx I promise to come back to this topic xx

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  4. Hi Carole, thank you for your kind comments. I think unless you have a specific style, its always a good idea to live in a house for a while first to get a "feel" for the house. I have made many expensive mistakes in the past rushing to decorate and furnish a house.
    In my view, to start you need to decide on colours you like. Things like paint and wallpaper can be changed without too much cost but if you make a furniture decision in haste it can be a costly mistake.
    Try making a "mood board" or scrapbook made up of colours and photographs from magazines etc of items you like. I used to do this all the time. xx

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  5. So simple and beautiful. In my dreams I would live like this - but I'm a hoarder and a clutter freak! I am in awe of your home x

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  6. oh yes definitely a place for a regular feature like this! I love hearing about other peoples bargains! and also I love the fact that all your bargains are under £10! I get mad at Kirstie Allsopp talking about a great bargain of £200 for a pair of benches! I'd love to se her do a rock bottom bargain 'Homemade Home'! Maybe you'll do it better :-) looking forward to your next post xxx

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  7. Thanks for the tips Karen, I think I will give some serious thought to how I would like my home to look. I think a mood board sounds like a fantastic Idea.

    I have actually lived in the house for a number of years now, but like yourself I do not have a great deal of spare cash. But you have inspired me and given me hope that you can have a beautiful home even on a budget.

    I will follow your blog with great interest.

    Carole x

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  8. Hi Carole if you email me at info@alabouttheboys.co.uk I can give you a few more of my tips which may help you xx

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  9. Teri, Love your comments, many thanks. I have always said I could definitely take Kirstie on in Home Made Home. Like you say her "bargains" are for rich middle class people. xx

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  10. Your house looks so beautiful!

    I had to stop by and comment because we have the same family rules board you have in your sidebar! It's one of my favourite items.

    I'm really looking forward to reading more about your lovely home.

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  11. Gorgeous, wish I could 'do' more simplistic and white! xxx

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  12. Wow how beautiful! How do you keep am white house so clean? I wouldn't be able too - I canny even wear White without making a mess on myself!
    Lovely look blog aswell xx

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  13. Hi Elle, thank you for stopping by. I lve the rule board too. Colour is so gorgeous. xx

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  14. Thank you Lynsey I just love the calm, unfussy effect white has on me. Very calming colour in a busy life xx

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  15. Lovely! Really love the tea cup! Visiting via Magpie Monday

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  16. Your blog and home design are both so restful. Gorgeous. I am always so nervous of white but you have shown how to really make it work. Wondering which room to redecorate now!

    Thanks for becoming my 100th follower - I can feel a bit of a celebration coming on :)

    QWERTY Mum

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  17. So beautiful Karen. You have an amazing eye for these gems that you find. *dreamy sigh*

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  18. BEautiful!!! FOund you via Magpie Monday where I have just done a link...I am very envious, wish I could have a white haven!

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  19. Thank you The Syders if you love my tea cup wait until you see some of the others I have collected. xx

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  20. Paula, thank you. Its so easy too. White paint is cheap : ) So glad to be your 100th Celerbration at Cybermummy ? xx

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  21. Karen I love your house! The blue against the White is gorgeous. I can imagine it would look amazing with candle light, especially in the summer! I dream of having a White bedroom with colours I can change as and when I feel like!! And, this is the only blog I read every time I see a tweet!!

    You should be featured in a home mag.

    X

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  22. wow hun, looks fab..and love love love the new blog.... will be back for inspiration lots :) Xxxx

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  23. I love this. I am also shabby chic - being a single mum with a two-year-old, you understand :) And we also have white walls and pale tile floors (though not white as they show up all dirt). I love changing accessories for a completely different look and also, all furniture fits in any room. Looking forward to reading more.

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  24. Hi Katie, thank you so much for your kind comments. One thing I love is candles, i have them everywhere. People are always saying "oh but the children" The children have learnt that if they touch, they hurt !
    I have a white bedroom, keep visiting I will post its transformation at some point x

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  25. Ha! Helen, well I had to didn't I ? I get so many comments about the pics I post on twitter I thought why not. Thanks for popping over sweetie. Love you xxx MWAH !

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  26. Welcome Midlifesinglemum We have the secret, people think "white walls" "hard work" with children but they are so easy to keep clean and you don't ruin the wallpaper in the process x

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