Sunday, 21 August 2016

Blue Bedroom

One blue-grey and white bedroom finished, apart from re-carpeting.  Another time.  I love the colour, which changes with the light and the time of day and works well with the curtains we put up a few years ago, after a sailing holiday in Holland.  They remind me of washed-out Dutch skies, and the walls needed to fit that theme too.  It's a very soft and restful colour and I am enjoying adding the finishing touches.  

The old french chair was re-upholstered using an antique french sheet, and the cushion was made from french fabrics found in flea markets by Jenny at Rosehip in Long Melford.  One of my favourite Suffolk shops.  The flower painting is by a local artist and I crocheted the shawl myself over 40 years ago while on holiday in Ibiza with my then husband, when our love was new.  A few years later our newborn babies were wrapped up in it, to keep them warm.  


I found this botanical painting in the Voewood book and art shop closing down sale in the North Norfolk town of Holt, where we spent our short honeymoon last May.  The picture is painted on vellum, as was the fashion in the 18th century when these paintings were so popular.  It looks very comfortable in its new frame above what used to be my children's bookshelf.  Everything has a history and carries memories.

Perhaps the next project is to paint some of the rather dated pine furniture a soft off-white. Something to keep me busy in the Autumn when the garden is less demanding.


Clothes, shoes, cushions, handbags and scarves, all magically disappeared into the spacious wardrobe in the corner of the room!

19 comments:

  1. Restful - tranquil - soothing - elegant -deceptively simple and the perfect bedroom. I am now thinking that my room needs a little less yellow and a little more cream to go with the blue. Well done!

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    1. Thank you! Blue and cream or white is always a great success, I think and a soft yellow is very much in my mind too. I have realised though that it is worth thinking about a palette for the whole house to tie it all together. Another challenge.

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  2. Your bedroom looks lovely. The colour shade of blue-grey with the white is very restful. With that pretty picture on a wall, the chair newly covered and your outfits sorted and stored in that spacious cupboard you must be pleased with the result. Reading your last blog post I would say you can't have too many scarves for all occasions! Thank you for your recent comments left on my blog. I appreciated hearing from you. I'm doing much better as long as I rest and take things slowly.

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    1. It is very soothing Linda, but the amount of work involved in pulling just one room together is a revelation. And the rest of the house could do with a makeover.

      So glad to hear you are improving all the time, Linda. Health is something we take for granted until it lets us down. It must have been a terrible shock for you. Take care x

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  3. I love the blue room - perfectly calm and soothing - just right for a bedroom.

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    1. Thank you! I am really enjoying it - well worth the wait.

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  4. Dear Marianne, I enjoyed seeing each of these pictures of this lovely room. The color scheme is very well chosen, and it was so interesting to learn a bit about the origins of some of the items in the room.

    Maybe you will wait a bit while considering whether to paint any of the furniture? As the summer light changes to cooler, less light-filled seasons, you might find you like the furniture as it is. Or not.

    Meanwhile, continue enjoying your garden. xo

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    1. I like my treasures to have associations - that's part of the joy of putting a home together. The garden is looking rather tired now as summer comes to a scorching end, but at least the heat makes it impossible to do anything much there other than enjoy a cool drink!

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  5. Marianne, from what I can understand in the photo, we have chosen the exact same shade of blue for our bedroom wall. Soothing, calming, but rejuvenating, too, because it is so soothing! Your curtains perfectly complement everything in the space. Just lovely, and makes me miss my bedroom on the island so much more! Enjoy!

    Poppy

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    1. It must be hard, leaving your lovely home on Crete, Poppy. Blue must have been a perfect choice for the strong light there. In the UK, soft colours work well as the light is relatively muted, so this seemed right and I'm so pleased with it. Lovely to see you again.

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  6. a lovely shade of blue-grey. I would definitely paint the furniture, maybe those Scandi magazines would be a good source of inspiration ...... !

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    1. Thank you Ann. Glad you approve! The scandi colours are stunning but not sure they would work in this house, so will go for a soft off white I think. Looking forward to it!

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  7. It all looks lovely - so beautifully done and so perfect for a bedroom. I love exploring in Long Melford, there are so many interesting shops and antiques.

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    1. One of my favourite small towns, Wendy. Such lovely independent shops - it's a real experience! Do look in at Rosehip when you visit again - they are open Thurs, Fri and Sat, I think.

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  8. What a lovely room it is Marianne! Light blue is such a good choice for a bedroom. The botanical print is a beautiful find.

    Wishing you a happy weekend ahead and thank your for your sweet comment on my blog.

    Madelief x

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    1. Thank you Madelief - glad you like it! Enjoy your end of August bank holiday too x

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  9. Delightful. And even your clothes look pretty to me, although I can understand that you wouldn't want them actually on display!

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    1. I am an avid collector of stuff, Jenny, but thanks for that. Also pathologically tidy...

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    2. I am an avid collector of stuff, Jenny, but thanks for that. Also pathologically tidy...

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