Thursday, February 20, 2014

Adding new colors to the house . . .

When I set the table for a dinner party last week, I thought aqua was a new color for me, but looking around the house, I noticed that aqua has always been in the house.


Shopping this week I looked beyond my primary color palette to add some new colors to the house.


A new chair,  some new pieces for table settings and a red sphere ( not a new color, but I love the shape) ended up in the house this week.


The metal chair from Tuesday Morning found its home in the entry.


The look is still my primary color palette of red and yellow, but a softer blue than my usual dark blue.


Daisies from the garden, a blue Ball jar and a few favorite linen pieces fill the red basket.


The red sphere, a TJ Maxx find that I passed on buying once before, ended up in the living room on a side table.


I wear a lot of black, but I don't use it much in decorating so buying black flatware was a first for me.


Black flatware led to finding black and white dish towels to use as place mats, new white plates and yellow fabric for napkins.


 Black stitching along the edges gives some interest to simple square napkins.


 I only had one black candle ( from Halloween ) so I created a center piece in an old platter using various sized candles and greenery from the garden.


Yellow isn't new for me, but yellow paired with black and white is a first.


I thought I had created a nice table setting , but sunlight on the centerpiece was the perfect addition.


I love my new chair and the black flatware.


I love the red basket against the aqua chair.


And then this afternoon I spotted the sweet little orange Iceland poppy in the garden - another new color?

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66 comments:

Emma Elliott said...

Do so love reading your happenings and the poppy is so very cute I love these flowers xxxx

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

POPPIES! :) Love them..that is a flower that blooms in May here.

Always like to see your house and latest goings-on...especially like that yellow and black combo and your special touches on the napkins...so bright and cheerful ! :)

Vintage Jane said...

I love the striking yellow and black settings ...

Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG said...

Carol you found some great stuff. I love that chair, but what I saw that I liked even better was that beach print...makes me think of summer and we sure could use some warmer weather around here! Thanks for sharing!

Izzybeads by Laney said...

I just love your home. I found a beautiful Icelandic Poppy in one of my flower books and had to recreate it in glass the orange colour must be seasonal I am loving finding orange and yellow which do herald the coming of Spring here in the UK :)

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

how often do you change up your table attire? i love the honey bee colors. that stock color & aqua is amazing as well. i keep wanting to run to get some flowers myself. but i am waiting for a bit. i try to wait till i have sevearl of that area type of errands to run 1st. you have the greatest shopping places. that poppy is amazing. i don't believe i have ever seen one in person. only in the books - flower books that is. i was going to say how lucky you are ... wow!! ( :

Dawn said...

Beautiful color palette. I always wish I could mix other colors into my place, like pastels but they never seem to fit. Maybe I should try harder.

podso said...

I love the way you celebrate even a meal for the two of you with much care to the table settings. Yellow with black and white looks great! And I love all the aqua you are adding, it looks good with your already in place color pallet. I think you must have sunshine every day! We've hit the 70s here after the snow a week ago. But it won't last, I don't think. Daffodils are about to spring up! I enjoyed your previous post too--so clever!

Susie said...

Love your sun lit table. I like the windows too. I change my table settings up once in a while. Usually it's just my hubby and I, so I change the place mats and napkins for color. I love the colors you used. xoxo,Susie

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

LOVE THE NEW POP OF ORANGE! YES! That does it! I love however, the black flatware and of course, aqua is a necessary color, being by the water and all! Oh you would make such a great party decorator or even an interior decorator for beach cottages.....hmmmmmmm....what an idea to entertain my friend!

KATHY said...

Love all your pops of color. Your table looks so pretty with the sun shining through your beautiful windows.

Kathy

Poppy said...

What could be cuter than those delicate daisies in the red wire basket, sitting on that beautiful aqua chair? Not much!

Poppy

Debbie Freitag said...

I just love all the colors in your home. The black and yellow color combo is lovely and I think the sunshine was a show of approval from Mother Nature herself. The little orange poppy is so pretty, I can't wait until the flowers start to bloom in my neck of the woods.

ANNE said...

yellow and blue are so pretty together - you have such gorgeous, happy colours in your home!

chateau chic said...

All of your beautiful colors work so well together in your darling cottage! I LOVE the yellow, black, and white table setting. And, of course, that blue chair would fit perfectly in my house too.
Mary Alice

My Little Home and Garden said...

There are so many colours to enjoy, why not branch out as the spirit moves you, Carol.

I like the orange poppy. Late last winter, I picked up some orange tulips and they looked wonderful next to blue.

Karen

Kelly said...

I think you could use any color in your charming home and it would work! I love yellow, white and black together. That's a great combination. That shade of blue is so Springy too. I think it's a very cottage style blue color.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love aqua and find myself trying to add a bit of it to my decor also. I love the pop of color the blue chair adds in your home. The poppy is gorgeous! I'm hoping for some sunshine this weekend!

Betty W said...

I just love the colors in your home. I am adding a few touches of colors to my rooms now, but watch out for the kitchen when we do it this year. I have been buying all kinds of colorful things.

Art @ Home said...

I love that red sphere, and I think that red and aqua is the most perfect color combination!

I like yellow and black together, too.

You found that adorable chair at Tuesday Morning? I love it!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
I am always blown away by your energy level and the gorgeous happy colors you add it your beach cottage nest.
Black touches add the magical punctuation mark interiors need. I adore the new blue mental chair, never been to a Tuesday morning. The red sphere is wonderful and the way you displayed it is genius on the column top with the small number balls.
Hey Carol, save on crafts has white eggs with numbers on them. I plan to purchase some and display in a wire basket for Easter. Knowing you, you probably already know about the eggs, but if not, check them out.
Love orange and all the shades in between from rust to copper to pumpkin.
Again you amaze me and put a happy smile on my face today.
XX,
Vera

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Carol, I am convinced we are leading parallel lives. I picked up a similar orb, but put it down like a dummy. I thought I had too many. Now you tell me, can a girl have too many orbs? I think not! And I almost bought a similar chair at Tuesday Morning last year, but they were gone when I went back. Love it in your house!

I have a green wire basket like yours!

xoxox

Sheila

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Love the aqua and turquoise! The yellow and black remind me of bumblebees. It's very spring. Here the bees are buzzing all over the place.

bobbie said...

This made me smile... Love the addition of the B/W ~ and I knew you could love aqua as much as I do!!
A feast for the eyes ~

20 North Ora said...

I love those chairs - was just drooling over them this morning at Tuesday Morning. I just don't have anywhere to put one, but they are gorgeous!!

Judy

cynthia lee designs said...

Oh how I would love to see flowers in my yard. Your sweet little orange poppy makes me smile. I love how you use color in your home...love the aqua with the red and also love the yellow with the black.
hugs,
Cindy

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Carol, how lovely everything is. I love all the pops of color you use. It all goes together so nicely.
How nice you set a table for 2 each night. The light coming in on the table is so pretty.
Love it all...........
Mary
Aren't we having a lovely day.

Acorn to Oak said...

I love it! The blue is SO pretty with everything you already have. It sort of softens everything and it's so fresh and pretty. And, the black seems to ground everything. Really nice! :-D

Junkchiccottage said...

Carol,
It all looks fabulous as always. I love the new spheres. Those are crazy cute. Love that you can go to the garden for fresh flowers. Ahhhhhh so nice.
Kris

Lorrie said...

The sunlight on your beautifully set table is the icing on the cake. Just lovely.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Love the orb that would have come home with me too. The new chair is great too. I like black. I do wear quite a bit of black so it was natural for it to show up in my home.

Sue said...

Maybe you are dropping hints that next we will see the red-orange color of a poppy in the line up? I seriously admire the fabric stitched napkins. I love aqua of course and black is so classic and dramatic, yet you pair it all together beautifully.

Cindy Cain said...

So very nice. I'm not a yellow person but your table setting is actually very pretty. Of course, I Love the red basket and the sphere!

greenthumb said...

Your house always looks so very pretty to me, you have so many lovely things.

Melanie said...

Love the aqua chair and the red sphere. Black along with color - why not? It's a great neutral and a nice change from white.

Kathy said...

Oh Carol, when I read that title I thought no way, you already have all the colors covered but you have done it again!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

I love all your color, glorious color. Bright and bold color! I am so with you on color, I just love it, and can't have enough. I love everything so I won't narrow it down to one! You just have to wake up happy each and every morning!

Jen Ham said...

Love the view of the ivy from your dining table! Just beautfiul! Your home is so very cozy! It's the kind of house you would see illustrated in a children's picture book, in my opinion. Sigh...love! xo Jen

Gypsy Heart said...

So beautiful and happy looking! I love black & white and yellow looks great with it. Love the black flat ware and the new dishes! Your flowers are wonderful ~

xo
Pat

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

I love how the colors just belong together. I think the yellow and black looks great

Patty Marker said...

I love it all. Especially that white, black and yellow table setting.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Your table looks so pretty...love your new flatware and LOVE that metal chair!!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

Your color palette is so flexible! Your yellow, black and white table setting is beautiful. The lighter blues are really pretty too.

Renee said...

Love the new additions. The black and white with yellow is so pretty.

Joyce Olson said...

Beautiful and enchanting mix of flowers and colors!
Jemma

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Oh the poppies are blooming! Lucky you. Black and white are my decorating go to. I have to make myself try to think of other colors. I could use those black & white towels/placemats. And they look great with the yellow.

My Garden Diaries said...

You rocked it friend! I absolutely love that black and white paired with the yellow and that black stitch just gives it the perfect amount of detail!! Way to go!!! And that chair is awesome..I could so use something like that for different areas of my house as I do tend to move chairs around a bit! Beautiful poppy there as well! You have a happy day and great job!! Nicole xo

Nancy's Notes said...

Love your colors, they are all so brilliant looking. I'm crazy about yellow, blank and white and your table is adorable! Aww, the poppy, my favorite of all! Sweet post~

The Tablescaper said...

Adorable table! Everything looks so bright and cheerful.

I host a weekly link party called Seasonal Sundays and I'd love to have you link.

- The Tablescaper

Cozy Little House said...

I don't think I ever met a color I didn't like. Your home is so eclectic every color looks absolutely wonderful. Love the black and yellow!
Brenda

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Such pretty pops of color! I love the red metal basket and hoop and your table setting is darling! Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely weekend!

Kay Ellen said...

So charming Carol!

Love all your decorate touches! Oh and that metal chair!! wonderful!!

Have a blessed weekend:))

Kay Ellen

Jann Olson said...

Love the addition of new colors Carol! Your home is always so beautiful, but it's fun to make changes. You know that I am a lover of red and aqua. So of course that chair and basket stole my heart! the pop of black is so fun and I like how you added the stitching on the napkins. Love that orb too! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dear one,

I am pretending to hear the crash of the waves by your beach, as I sit here with snow drifts outside my window...but I am content. I know that there is always another side to the walls we hit, whether it's the weather, or "little things."

I am so happy that you came to see my post. I tell ya, learning how to teach at the secondary level has left me joyous but some days, confused. I literally go into my first class at the high school with panic, but once I get in the room, I'm fine. But getting a letter from a shy 8th grader was my first "angel" encounter. Then getting help to get my car out of a mess by a total stranger was the topping on the cake. Believe.

Anita

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Isn't it funny how adding one new thing always leads to something else? Love your pretty yellow and black table setting and that chair is simply adorable.

Hillside Garden said...

I find your blog in the moment and first I thaught, you are from Britain. But you are not. You have a realy wonderful home - I love it!

Sigrun

Candy Pop said...

You have lots of lovely things - I love your blue chair!

Thanks for your kind comment on my blog! :)

Candy Pop said...

You have lots of lovely things - I love your blue chair!

Thanks for your kind comment on my blog! :)

Candy Pop said...

You have lots of lovely things - I love your blue chair!

Thanks for your kind comment on my blog! :)

Susan said...

I'm much taken with the contrast of yellow and black. I'm always wanting to change things up, you've shown me I can use table settings to do it, took some time to clue in but I've finally got it.

Things and Thoughts said...

I'm keen on colors, I couldn't live without, so, I really love your colorful world Carol! I also like your inventive spirit and good taste! Thank you for the inspiration !
Olympib

Erin said...

Lovely! Oh, I just love the yellow, black, and white!! It reminds me to use more yellow in my own home as it has always been my favorite color!! I love all your decor! It is all so inviting!

must love junk said...

Hey! You found a sphere like mine! It looks great :)
Susan

The Gathering Place said...

I love your color choices in your house. The black, yellow, and white table setting was very charming and I love your little blue chair.

fiona anderson said...

Though I may not use them either, I love these colour combinations. The black white and yellow is so pretty on your sunlit table, and I think red and turquoise together - like the chair and basket - is gorgeous.

Patty Antle said...

Love the red sphere and I'm glad you are using some black. I sure enjoyed my walks along the beach this week! Back home to 14 degrees weather. Grrr! I've watched too much Danlei Tiger - he says Grrr when he's frustrated! haha