Thursday, July 8, 2010

Lighten up! Adding aqua.

In light of Spring and Summer I took the advantage of all the beachy cool colors of inspiration and finally tackled some project of my own to lighten up the colors around our home. I managed to redo our living room on a very low budget and am continuing to do things here and there a little at a time.

About a year ago I found a great aqua blue can of paint at Sherwin Williams in the mistint section for $5. I used it in the laundry room and have found many more uses since!

Hall nook before

Hall nook after

Cute pillow I found at T.J. Maxx. So bright and cheerful!

Entryway chair with another T.J.Max pillow that was on clearance.

I painted this lamp and replaced the shade. I haven't even taken off the plastic! Please forgive me...

I've also been moving things around and figuring out how to make big impact without a lot of stuff.

This chalkboard moved from the family room wall to the dining room...

There are so many inspring photos around! These are a few of my favorites I have saved but did not take note of where they were from. If you know, please comment and I will give the proper credit!


I really love the soft colors paired with the black and white in this room. It's a great combination of relaxing and funky! What has inspired you lately?

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  1. I love your chairs and blue is my favorite color, which was my mom's, so I grew up in a house full of blue.
    I love the fabric and little pillows too.

    I'm right with you on thrift shopping. I've been doing it for as long as I can remember because my mom took us when we were little. We even went bottle digging which we loved.

    Come on over and see my link to a guest post I did about flea market/antique shopping haggling tips!
    Nice to see a fellow thrifter!


  2. I love your chairs!!! I have one that is sitting waiting in our guest room for a coat of paint and new fabric...I just hadn't been able to choose a color. It may just end up aqua blue now! k

  3. Your chairs and lamp are adorable - love that color blue! And you picked super-cute pillows to pair them with, too!

  4. I love the color you used on the chairs! The pillows are so cute. I usually find such great pillows at TJMaxx and but I have not in such a long time. I love the kitchen picture with the aqua in the open cabinets. So pretty!

  5. I love the chair and the fabric! Great job!


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  7. the chair looks great! I'm thinking of doing a project like that in my new place, thanks for the inspiration :)

  8. Your nook looks lovely. That aqua is a gorgeous color. Thanks for sharing!

  9. The birdie pillow on the chair is just darling!!! ADORABLE!

  10. I love your blue chairs, and isn't TJMaxx just the most fun source for treasures?!

  11. Beautiful color and great job on the entryway! So bright and airy and pretty! Such small changes can make such big impacts.

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

  12. What a wonderful make over! It looks lovely!

  13. Thanks for helping us have another great Anything Related! ~Bridgette

  14. Love your chairs. Aqua is my new favorite color. I bought a can of Oops paint at Lowes in this shade this spring and have been using it at the beach for my accent color.I would love to use it at home too but I would have to redo the whole color scheme, LOL

  15. glad to see you are posting again. i absolutely love that last inspiration photo. bookmarked it!

  16. I love the aqua chairs. i just bought the color to redo two chairs I have. I am wondering where you found the gray fabric for the cushions? It is so cute!