September 3, 2016

Decorating With Blue & White in the Kentucky Bluegrass

This post has been featured on French Country Cottage and Dwellings the Heart of the Home

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great Labor Day weekend. 

I was asked to do a guest post on Housepitality Designs recently while Shirley is recuperating from hand surgery.  I thought I would share the post with you all too, just in case you don't normally visit her blog. Shirley's blog is one of the first I began reading/following when I entered the blog world. We share so many design and style interests! 

So, what do Shirley and I have in common?

We both like yellow walls, white woodwork, and beautiful wood furniture. And I do believe we both have a love for "traditional" style.  Top those with blue and white china, wonderful ironstone, and gorgeous pillows... and you have a couple of girls who could go shopping together for a house. 

Shirley and I both seem to do the decorating dance too. We restyle our tabletops a lot! Look closely at my photos and you will see that I repeat my accessories here there and everywhere. 

We both love touches of French around our house too. I am a retired high school and college French instructor. 

I lived in the south of France...Provence, where I studied French, art history, and rode the trains all over southern Europe to visit landmarks and museums. What an education! 

Perhaps my love of blue and yellow is a carry over from my sunny days in Aix-en-Provence. Blue skies. Sunflowers. Lavender fields. Pastel houses. Olive trees. Beautiful colors all day every day! Now I am day dreaming...

When you step inside the front door of my house you will notice right away that I love color! I have a couple of neutral rooms in the house...but I am thinking of ways to add more color to those. ha!

My coffee table top design changes fairly often...and it usually has some Chinoiserie pieces. 

The living room/parlor and dining rooms are at the entry which is where I tend to concentrate my blue and white pieces.  

I use my blue and white all year and for all holidays...fall, halloween, Christmas, spring, summer, etc. 

I have found that so many colors really pop when used with blue and white. Yes, really. 

In my and white could be considered a neutral. Yes, really!

I have blue and white in many shapes and sizes. Jars. Canisters. Plates. Bowls. Large. Small. Precious as well as inexpensive. 

Spode and Johnson Brothers are a couple of the brands I collect.

I said earlier that Shirley and I share a love of beautiful wood furniture. 

Here is a photo of my traditional styled mahogony table, chairs, and china cabinet. 

I have had these for years and hosted many people and family around this table. 

It used to be in a much larger dining room where I could use both leaves in the table. But then we downsized. :-) Those extra leaves are in storage these days. 

When we moved and I unpacked China and crystal I decided to restyle the china cabinet. The old wedding stuff (43 year old china, crystal, etc.) is packed away now and the dishes and ironstone that I actually use now reside on the shelves. Again...more blue and white. :-)

Last year I had a couple of my wing chairs recovered in a white cotton damask fabric. Along with the older white sofa I can change the accent colors in the parlor very easily. 

I am constantly changing out pillows and throws depending on the season and my personal whims. 

To continue my blue and white theme I bought some blue and white fabric for making pillows...and maybe covering the dining room chairs. 

Stepping into the kitchen you will see that I sometimes incorporate blue and white here too. 

This is a summer table setting I created for Memorial weekend or the 4th of July. I cannot remember. ha! I love that blue and white is so adaptable with other colors. (If I remember correctly, Shirley has these same blue and white RL salad plates.

I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting with you today and wish Shirley a speedy recovery with her hand surgery. I hope that you will visit me on my blog sometime too....My Kentucky Living, where my blog colors guessed it, blue and white. 
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My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. Love the tea towels! When I see your white upholstery, I sure wish I had chosen something neutral like that. Oh the possibilities! Have a good weekend!

    1. thanks donna. hope you had a nice weekend too.

  2. I am also a lover of anything blue and white. I have that same pattern of fabric you are considering for your dining chairs but mine is in navy and covers two wingbacks in my living room. GORGEOUS!! With a white sofa I can add seasonal colors as I wish. I also have that light blue and white patterned Ralph Lauren table cloth from Marshall's you mentioned a while back. But I cut mine up to make drapes to match the duvet cover and shams I got at Macy's. HA (as you say!) I am happy to say I LOVE and have color in every room of my house. No cream and off white rooms for me! Hubby keeps asking me if I don't already have ENOUGH blue and white plates, platters, pots, bowls , figurines, etc., etc.. Seriously??? NEVER!! I look for it where ever we go. LOVE your blog. Keep up the good work! MG

    1. I agree...Never enough blue. ha ha. Thanks for being one of my loyal readers and friend!

  3. Love your blog also and all the blue and white dishes. I enjoy seeing all your different throws and cushions. You do a great job in decorating and matching. Keep safe in all the storms and bad weather down there.

    1. We are fine weather wise. thanks for your kind encouragement too. Sheila

  4. Hi Sheila, I love your blue and white china and it looks so elegant in your beautiful home!
    Thanks for sharing at Mondays Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the week.

  5. I have always been a green, yellow, red or soft coral girl. Then last year we bought a new to us home seven states away. I was starting fresh in a coastal world. Suddenly I was embracing blue. Blue and white, blue and coral, blue and green. How did I not realize how versatile this classic blue color is?

    Loved seeing your beautiful images and how you are bringing this color into your home.

    visiting via Amaze Me Monday - Dwellings

    1. Thanks for visiting...and I hope you come back again soon. Oh yes...gotta have blue and _____. It does seem to work with everything. Have fun decorating your new home!

  6. I will never get tired of blue and white. It is the theme throughout my entire home. Thanks for sharing at #OverTheMoon. I hope you have a great week!

    1. Maybe we need to start a blue and white club...I imagine we would have lots of folks sign up!

  7. It all looks so pretty! I really enjoyed all the pictures. Blue and yellow sure do make a great combination.

  8. I love the blue and white! So pretty!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  9. Thank you for sharing at #WonderfulWednesday! Remember that laughing hard is great cardio!

  10. So pretty- thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!


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