Saturday, May 28, 2016

Soft Blues in The Gardener's Cottage

                 Hello everyone,

                     I hope you are enjoying your weekend.
                     It has been cool and damp here the last
                     couple of days making it less desirable
                     for working in the garden. We decided
                             to go out for breakfast to one of our favorite
                             summer spots, Cafe on the Clyde. It is a short
                         drive from here through the rolling hillside,
                                which have been newly planted for the season.

                               However, my story today is about
                             some new touches of soft blue in
                The Gardener's Cottage.
                                   The small bench was the perfect size
                                to serve as a coffee table in here so
                                  it got a coat of Yarmounth Blue from
     Benjamin Moore.

                                                                  I removed a chair and added the loveseat with
                                                                  an old white bedspread covering it.
                                                                  The pillows have the soft blue background as
                                                                  well. Next on my list is to give the corner cupboard
                                                                  a makeover with different china.

                                                                        An antique teapot is ready for tea.

You might have noticed the washstand
also was painted soft blue.

                                                                       My favorite part of the makeover
                                                                       was doing this old screen door from
                                                                      white to Yarmounth Blue. I replaced the
                                                                      old screen with lace.....looks so much
                                                                      prettier don't you think?
                                                                      I find this color blue very calm and soothing.

                                                                    Then, I gave the shutters a coat of the same
                                                                    paint.The solid wood chair was a yardsale
                                                                    $5. treasure.....already the perfect shade of blue.
                                                                    These windows also have a panel of lace on a wooden
                                                                    frame added to the inside.

The old cupboard was also freshened up
with the blue paint. 

Can you see why my husband says he is
         afraid to stand still when I have a paint brush
        in my hand in case he ends up with a coat of
paint .....he would look good in blue!

                                                        I hope you have a lovely weekend!

                                                                   Oh! the sun is trying to pop out here
                                                                   making things a lot brighter but I was
                                                                   happy for the rain as the garden was unusually
                                                                   dry for this time of year.

                                                                   Happy Memorial Day weekend to my
                                                                   American friends!

                                                                                              Take care,


Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Such pretty pictures! The blue is so cheery and wonderful. I just love everything you do fixing up your many lovely spaces.

Deb said...

It's all so pretty. I love the old tea-pot.

podso said...

Enjoyed your pictures. The blue is soft and gentle looking. Love it!

20 North Ora said...

Carolyn - What a beautiful and serene place! Love that gorgeous soft blue color.


Two Cottages And Tea said...

I love the lace on your door! What a pretty idea! Your cottage is so lovely!

TheTayloress said...

I come here for an "evening walk" after a busy day of activity with my two year old.
Thank you for sharing such peaceful beauty.
You inspire me to create fresh loveliness and look for little ways to do that in my present days.

Janneke said...

I love soft blue colours and your antique teaset is just great. I really admire you for your creativity.

Linda said...

Hi Carolyn,
Yarmouth Blue is a favourite! And I think that is probably my favourite teacup, too.
Very soothing...
Wishing you and Andrew a peaceful Sunday,
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

lorenza marengo said...

I like this color!!!
Happy sunday

CleanLivingGal said...

Your posts are so inspiring, love the soft blue, of course paired with white, which is my favorite color next to blue!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Wonderful changes, Carolyn. It looks lovely.

Tell your husband to run for it, haha. ♥

carrie@northwoods scrapbook said...

That shade of blue is positively sublime!! So very pretty. ;) I could hang out in there for hours easily. ::sigh::

Thanks for the Memorial weekend shout out. Blessings on your weekend too Carolyn!!

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Oh Carolyn.... this Yarmouth Blue is so soft and serene. not quite aqua and not quite sky blue... just in between and it looks wonderful on everything! I love it and now want to put that color in my living room "cottage" that I'm trying to make and decorate mostly in white and creams and touches of pink... now I need that blue to! I also adore the white painted floors.. isn't there just "something" about white plank floors? love love love..... I feel calmer already just looking at your post today. Thank you.... and once I get a paintbrush in my hand, I go kind of crazy too. But it comes too far and few between painting times.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Love the added touches of that gorgeous blue! We are building a garden shed and I painted the Dutch door which will be added Wythe blue by BM. Had I seen this first I would have chosen it. :) Still, it's pretty and I will love it!

Susan said...

Hello Carolyn. I love the touches of soft blue. It is especially appealing because it's so pastel. Very, very pretty.

And I LOVE the lace at the windows and door. Perfect! Susan