Embracing the dark side

I love white, its a fact.  Always have , always will, but lately I have found myself in need of an injection of  colour into my home.  

The living room in particular has a stunning painting hubby and I bought when we first married.  It has the most beautiful blues.  I’ve always loved the pop of colour against all the white but slowly more blue has been creeping in.

I added cushions and then some beautiful sky and cloud plates I found at a bootsale which perfectly compliment the painting.  Oh, and of course, the blue books on the bookcase !  I know, I have a problem, colour co-ordinated books and all of them are about DIY, homes, interiors, designers or styling.  I search them out whenever I go to the charity shops.

A few months ago whilst wandering round a local independent sellers market I came across these perfect tiles.  All hand drawn and glazed.  At the moment I have them propped up on the mantle but plan to mount them into frames and hang them soon.  Created by a super talented lady called Emma West I would strongly recommend you pop over to her site and admire her beautiful work.  Again the subtle pop of blue in the tiles is just perfect.

On holiday this year I spotted this lovely little Japanese serving bowl in Disney’s Epcot !  Another blue and nautical beauty to sit alongside the one below.

This weekend I was out and about with a few hours to myself and decided to have a look at one of my favourite independent stores, always great for a good mooch about.  When I saw the chest of drawers above, I knew it was the perfect colour and size for the living room.  It was also the perfect price.  I picked it up for £99 ! 

The only problem is the lamp is all wrong.  The proportions don’t work, so I am currently on the lookout for something else to take its place.  I definitely  need to have light in that corner for the evening and think a low level, smaller lamp would be better suited.

I really love the colour of the chest though.  Sadly my phone camera does not do the rich, deep blue colour justice.  It has also been really well painted which is so important.  So many people think just painting a piece of furniture is all you need to do but this item has been painted well and waxed to give a gorgeous finish.

This shot gives a slightly better idea of the colour.  Its a wonderful rich, deep blue that really compliments the ticking curtains.

Tried to take a panoramic shot on the phone of the room.  Not too bad.



  1. Kimberly Duran
    September 25, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    Love the splashes of blue in your room – it gives it all such a fresh nautical feel. And that blue chest is gorgeous – what a bargain! xx

    • karen jones
      September 28, 2017 / 4:29 pm

      It is a gorgeous colour and a total bargain Kimberly xx

  2. littlebigbell
    September 25, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    Your room looks so beautiful. Love the subtle pops of colour.

    • karen jones
      September 28, 2017 / 4:29 pm

      Thank you Geraldine, a compliment indeed xx

  3. Midlife Singlemum
    September 25, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    I have a thing about chests of drawers – I love them. There is something old fashioned and magical about the promise of all those drawers. This summer I had to sell one chest of drawers as I have too many drawers and, after major decluttering, not enough things to put in them.

    • karen jones
      September 28, 2017 / 4:30 pm

      Me too. Love your old fashioned quote. Most of mine are also still empty as I have been ruthless lately in decluttering and selling stuff so we could afford our holiday ! xx

  4. Stacey Sheppard
    September 25, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    I love all the blue you've brought into this room Karen. It's given it a lovely warm feeling but still very crisp and fresh. Lovely chest of drawers. Perfect for that little corner. Agree about the lamp though, a bit too tall.

    • karen jones
      September 28, 2017 / 4:31 pm

      Thank you lovely. Yes the lamp was annoying me. Replaced it with one from a charity shop now but still don't feel it is right xx

  5. Stephanie Moore
    September 26, 2017 / 10:00 am

    Oh I really like this pop of colour in the white room, they stand out which is nice as your eye gets drawn to them and appreciates the pieces more

    • karen jones
      September 28, 2017 / 4:32 pm

      That's very true Stephanie. I really feel the room is starting to become really cosy now xx

  6. Arabella Greatorex
    September 27, 2017 / 5:50 am

    Gosh I love the blue on the chest of drawers – it's stunning!

    • karen jones
      September 28, 2017 / 4:32 pm

      Thank you Arabella xx

  7. Charlotte
    September 27, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    That chest of drawers is just perfect in this room. I love the cloud plates above the other chest too!

    • karen jones
      September 28, 2017 / 4:33 pm

      Thank you Charlotte. The plates were in a drawer for years as I just didn't know what to do with them. When I realised they were a perfect match to the painting, I got hubby to put them on the wall. I love the effect. xx

  8. Chris McGuire
    October 22, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    I’m so impressed by the way you bring things together Karen! Love it!

  9. janm
    October 27, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    Amazing how you design and transform your home and look after 3 growing boys and a husband, and still make your home bright and fresh, wonderful xxxx

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