Join me as I embrace and share American country style by reclaiming the past...my family's past. Come along as I make my house a home on a $0 budget with reclaimed, repurposed, recycled and found treasures all out of my grandparent's old house, local junk shops and my parent's attic. And since we have to eat too, I'll sprinkle in some gardening, country recipes, and a whole lot of southern hospitality.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Isabelle's Blue

Hi everyone! Thank you all so very much for the sweet comments about my blue kitchen HERE!! I am really enjoying the "feel" of it so much. Of course, having family things around me makes it so much more special and unique to me. 

Today  I wanted to share some vintage inspiration in the living area, which also includes more blue. 


This statue was given to my grandmother in its previous state of solid white, which I cannot imagine. She painted it these beautiful mid-century colors. I love the blue and the coral-pink color. It is supposed to be a lamp as there is a hole in her head for a lightbulb. She never used it as a lamp.


You can just see the bottom of it on her piano where it sat most of her life. That is me in the pretty blue dress. Now you have to see from this photo why I'm bringing back Isabelle's pink and blue. Love the blue carpet she brought back from one of her houses in Florida. 


The statue is happy sitting on my piano now.


I also added some "paint by number" ballerinas that Isabelle painted over a window from the old house, to which I added some old sheet music. It is hanging over the piano after all.  




If you have been here before, you will notice a few other changes I made for summer. I rolled up the red Persian rug because I wanted something lighter. I showed you the pillows I made a couple weeks ago, then I added a few more. 


We were at Kmart getting volleyball kneepads, and noticed these outdoor pillows were marked down from $9.99 to $1.75! I knew I could at least use them as inserts, but I liked the print so much I added them in here. 


I think they really help tie in the blue paint on the other side of the room. 








I am not really sure what I'm going to do in here for fall. I'm enjoying the pink and raspberry colors as accents, so maybe white and gold for fall? I am, however, super excited about Christmas as I plan to use all the older Shiny Brite ornaments I have in those pretty pastels. I'll also be adding icicles, tinsel and lots of silver for a cool mid-century look. But for now... it's still summer here:-)

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you have not joined my Far Above Rubies facebook page, please come by there as it's so easy to chat, etc. A link is on the sidebar

Anita

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33 comments:

  1. I love the blue accents Anita. The blue outdoor pillows from Kmart were a great find at $1.75 and coordinate perfectly with your new blue walls. The statue your grandmother painted is really pretty. The blue rug looks lighter and softer in the room.

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  2. Morning Anita.
    I am asking myself, ' self, how come you never get deals like this?'
    Pretty blue and pink additions. A nice soft end of summer look.
    I too am wondering where I will take the decor for the fall.. Thinking I want a totally 'new' look that I have had over the previous years.
    Cheers, Gee

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  3. I love the pillows! What a steal for $1.75! Love the statue your grandmother painted. I do like her in color much better than she would have been just plain white!

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  4. Anita, you have worked the blue into your decor beautifully. What a deal on the pillows! They are perfect! I so enjoy seeing your home and all of your unique ideas.

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  5. Those pillows are awesome and what a steal!! Everything just ties in so beautifully. I can't wait to see what you do for fall! If you touch it, it will be gorgeous!

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  6. You got the deal of the century on those pillows. Your grandmother's statue is beautiful. I love the green color on the base of it. It just shouts 1950's to me. I can't wait to see your Christmas displays this year. I am a huge huge fan of Shiny Brites.

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  7. Your Blue Kitchen is lovely! And love the Blue touches in the living area. Hope I can find some of those pillows @ a Kmart in my neck of the woods! ;-)

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  8. Hi Anita, Those pillows what a deal I love your home so much.I can't wait for Christmas to see your decoration " I love Christmas decoration!
    Blessing
    XO
    Isora

    Oh Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my blog....

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  9. Anita, the blue walls, accents and coral "lady" are heavenly. I love the blue, but it seems so much more elegant and old world than just"blue",you have made a wonderful new,"old" look!I gave my youngest daughter an antebellum figurine old lamp and just recently changed wiring and off white linen shade. Can't part with my old items that are reusable and so special.The ballet paintings and special way you displayed with sheet music, genius. The beautiful picture of you as baby, happy, full of wonder, priceless!

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  10. Anita- That looks absolutely beautiful! You have done a wonderful job tying everything together. That old statue is just gorgeous- I can't imagine it plain white. Love your pillows- they pick up the blue beautifully- xo Diana

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  11. Your home is lovely. I can't believe you got those pillows for $1.75!!!

    - The Tablescaper

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  12. Love the statue and the blues you have scattered about! Very cozy! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Coastal Charm. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-11.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  13. How beautiful you've worked your blues and coral sweet lady. Your house looks gorgeous and the pillows are lovely and perfect!! Can't wait to see your fall decor, wish you do it soon, so I can get myself inspired, you are so talented! Have a fun week.
    FABBY

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  14. All of the blue is so pretty. I love the look in your room and the pillows are unreal. Great job. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

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  15. Love. Love. Love. Your home is *so* gorgeous! XO ~Liz

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  16. Anita, I love your style! So warm and rich and full of great color! The way you displayed those paint by number ballerinas is really so pretty! I painted those exact same pictures as a child. They look so lovely in your music corner!

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  17. Your statue or lamp from Grandma is so special and fun! I love watching your rooms evolve!

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  18. Beautiful blue accents and the statue is beautiful.

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  19. Your home is just stunning!! I'm your newest follower. -Tabitha

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  20. I love it all! Your home is beautiful and so are you. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  21. Dearest Anita,
    Sweet Summer Blessings to you this very day!
    Love the blue and coral. Really beautiful together.
    Enjoyed my visit at your lovely home. Thank you for sharing these family treasures with me.

    God richly bless you,
    d on the kansas prairie

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  22. Love the pillows you added. You have a beautiful home.
    Liz

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  23. Oh Anita, your living room is gorgeous with that beautiful piano, it's so warm, elegant and inviting! Love all the pretty added pillows too. Blue and coral is just a lovely color combo, it's so summery and actually, lovely in every season. The statue is gorgeous and she looks regal in the great piano. Thanks for your sweet and kind visit, my dear riend.
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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  24. Morning, Anita! Oh, my, your living is so beautiful. I love your sweet statue and how it looks on your piano! The little paint by numbers are so sweet. All your blues in your living room look so great with your new blue kitchen! You're so good at making 'gorgeous'! :)
    Hope you're doing well, dear one,
    Shelia ;)

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  25. Your. home. is. stunning!!! You're a blessed lady to have such a wonderful decorating talent and such a beautiful home! I love your piano and the blue kitchen is so warm and beautiful at the same time. I'm a new follower.
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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  26. I love all of your touches of blue, Anita! I have a brown leather sofa very similar to yours and I have the hardest time finding pillows that I like ~ yours look so pretty. You have a beautiful home!!

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  27. Qué linda tu casa! Esa estatua...el cuadro con la partitura de música y esas bailarinas...!
    Todo hermoso, me encantó!
    Gracias por tu visita.
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina.
    Entendés bien español, no?

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  28. Anita, I absolutely love your living room. The statue is so colorful and her history makes her so precious. I love old family pieces and the stories behind them. I like to add color also, and I have fallen for teal, but your blue is very nice especially with all the beautiful new pillows thrown in for color as well as comfort. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. So Beautiful how you tied all the colors together from room to room with your accents.
    your home just glows love and sweetness.
    RaNae

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  30. Such a lovely home and that statue is stunning!

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  31. Cute blog, I just started following you!


    Brooke

    =)

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  32. I love your living room! I think this is my third visit to this post! I'm a new follower!

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  33. really cute blog, just started following you!

    Jan
    door251.com

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