Mary, one of my long-time readers (since 2009) booked a consultation with me. When we got on the phone, the first thing I said to her was "What are we doing here? I love your space!"
She said, "This is BM Quiet Moments and it's everywhere in my house but it bothers me in the living room and I don't know why."
Here is her entry, she made the valance and drapes herself.
I love this powder room. It follows the principals of this post I wrote about bathrooms: Is your Bath Perfect or Perfectly Nice. Find the one piece, whether it's the vanity or the mirror that makes your bathroom unique from the rest of the planet and then design your entire bathroom around it.
Here is her so pretty, master bedroom. Love the pink lamp shade and the combination of blues!
The guest room with the fabulous sconces, headboard, area rug, drapes. . .
I love this wall of plates! So awesome!
Okay so here it is.
See the brighter turquoise in the drapes? It's cleaner than the more muted turquoise on the walls. Also I have found that blue is cool as a neutral in general, although before the drapes went up she loved it so that wasn't what she was reacting to.
Once I pointed it out she said, 'Yes and I tried to repeat it in the space with the bowl on the coffee table and the teardrop vases.'.
I recommended repainting the walls BM Muslin.
That's the reason why greige/grays are so popular, because they provide the crisp backdrop required for clean and bright colours.
Since so many of us are now decorating with colours we previously kept in kids rooms, we can't paint the walls a bright turquoise too! Well of course you can, but it depends on the interior in question, I certainly would not have suggested that here.
Mary is not prepared to re-paint because it's the main colour everywhere so I said "Now that you know what's bugging you, maybe you can live with it. I think your house is beautiful and I love the way you've styled it."
Here's the other thing I love about the way she pulled the colours together. See the pink beige fireplace surround? It's repeated in the seagrass rug and burlap pillows on the sofa.
Another view of the drapery.
Mary said the drapes were previously white but she wanted to add pattern with the drapery which is how they came to be in the space.
Thanks Mary for letting me show your lovely home to my readers!
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