Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Why Am I So Happy When I've Got The Blues?

Follow me up these blue stairs and find out why this newly found favorite hue of mine just tickles me pink. It started as an infatuation, a twinkling embellishment to illuminate my senses

awakening a sense of calm to the larger scheme of things

and a dash of subtlety to a pure white canvas occasionally dotted with my old favorite, pink.

But let's get up and leave that behind for now my fellow artists and decorators

and look ahead at the possibilities through crystal clear prisms

onto a clean canvas

and sit and ponder over what is waiting on the other side of the door

a magic door perhaps

leading us to sit and discuss the possibilities with the experts

and to relax and enjoy ourselves.

And as usual, in order to enter into this frame of mind, one must pamper the senses and dab on a little parfum

envelope ourselves in the extraordinary

apply a lovely, little crown to help think outside the box

look to classic muses for inspiration

and of course, to nature

to help shape the art with which we make our nest on the outside

and within.

A beautiful house starts with a grateful heart

and becomes a home with the color of love.

Choose your colors for the season and have fun my dear queens!

Photo credits: Anne Leibovitz Vogue Photography Blue Gown

Crown and Cinderella coach by Goldbug Studios

Google Images


koralee said...

Such a lovely post...I love blue and pink touches on a white canvas...all these images make my heart sing. Happy weekend sweet one...find Joy in whatever you do. xoxoxo

Bonnie said...

Blue in all it's shades has always been my favorite color. Have a fun weekend Anita!

XOXO Bonnie

Queen "B" said...

mmmmmmmmmm, very tranquil and you took me on a delicate journey...loved it
and Mahalo

Violet said...

I am swooning over the beauty in these images! Thank you for the delights dear Anita!!! Oh, that room with the blue above the golden walls, I just may have to replicate that in my studio! I love all of the beautiful photos of interiors and exteriors that you have shared. Inspiring! They make my eyes and heart happy.
~ Violet

Jackie said...

Those are enchanting Cinderella stairs for sure. Hike up your frock and step up, up and cotton candy moments await at the tippy top!

I'm voting for house #1...hands you have the key? Perhaps it's on my tag you made me...must go and see!

Sunny days ahead...schools almost out for the summer...Alice Cooper memories...yikes!

Anne Marie said...

AWESOME! what a fantastic post!! I missed you at the sale you know......especially with your friend having a blast! what a cutie she is!

I thought those first pictures were your house - and I about fell off my chair with a few of those!!!!!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Bonjour Anita
Well, you have done it again. I am in blue heaven! I will be back to gaze again. You can be sure of that.. Merci cher ami.
Bonne nuit, Penny

Fete et Fleur said...

Oh, Anita! Seriously, these photos are making my mouth water. The first five had me oohing and ahhing!! I'm not sure what color I love right now. I've always been a bit of a white girl, but that lovely shade of blue on that chandelier is GORGEOUS!!


Rosie said...

Oh my dear friend,
Such a beautiful post. You know how I love blue. My humble little house is completely white and cream with little shots of soft turquoise. I'm in love with these rooms...which ones?...ALL OF THEM!!!...
WOW, 5 MORE DAYS!!! We shall count down the days together...ahhh you will be so relieved to sit back and relax, read, create, and dream.
Thank you for your love and concern. I am feeling a bit better, so I'm sure by tomorrow morning will be my old self again.
Well, I shall bid you farewell as I need to crawl into bed...I may not be able to chat with you dear friend until the afternoon as my day will start quite early...Know that I am thinking of you as your "handsome boyfriend" installs your lovely mantle...can't wait to see it...

synnøve said...

Dear Anita,
Once again you have bedazzled our eyes and souls with another stunning selection of pictures.
The interior and colors in the pictures are what my heart and soul needs...... but I must put my glasses on each time I need too feed.....
to be able to enjoy my miniversion:)))))
My guess is; something is getting a makeover?
Enjoy summer and life!!!

Marie-Ange said...

Quelle soit bleue ou rose la Vie prend toujours avec toi de ravissantes et délicieuses couleurs ...
Tu a apprivoisé le raffinement, la douceur et l'élégance.
Je t'embrasse très tendrement ma belle Anita et te souhaite un week-end radieux.

Presépio no Canal said...

" A beautiful home starts with a grateful hart..."

I will not forget this wonderful quote of yours ;-)

Ai, Anita, you are so special...;-)

Bisous, cherie ;-) Have a great weekend!

The sun is shining here and we will have a barbecue with a couple of friends ;-) So Dutch! )))

Desde my ventana said...

Bonjuur Anita,
Blue shadows are always calm and relaxing, as your post of today, a pleasure to read and to enjoy itself in the calmness of the interiors of these lovely images.
I wish you a weekend like that, calm, relaxed and very happy,

Princesa Nadie said...

I want go with you to that beautiful blue world...MAGIC!!!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

What gorgeous places you take us too dearest...and what images your pics conjure up!!! All well here...hey we took a trip today to get your fabric...Peter Rabbit sitting here patiently with his friends...hope to post it over next week sometime...Have a cool lemonade for me...and a beautiful weekend...Dzintra♥x

The Dutchess said...

'A beautiful house starts with a grateful heart'

So true dearest Anita..your home most be an amazing place....
With love and a big hug from all of us..

Patricia Cabrera said...

Like always , you seems to bring "life" with your words and pictures... so much fun to visit you nita...lovely!

Barb said...

Hi Anita,

I am drooling over the photo's. Blue is a cheerful color and we could all use a little more cheer.

Big hugs,

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

I love blue! especially as a little pop of color against the white. And the photos you found are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

Thank you for your sweet glimpses of tranquility on this hectic week-end before the close of the school year! Images of peace, gratitude, and delightful pale hues. Mmmm....

sPaRkLiNg sCrApBoOkS said...

simply magical....I will take 'being blue' anytime as long as it looks like this!
What gorgeous images and creative wording, just as always Anita. You are so artistic!!!!!! You radiate happiness!! You get the point across in unique * beautiful ways, that's an art and talent all in itself!
Thank you for that!
Enjoy the weekend mon amie!! bisous, deb xOxO

Kisumumma said...

What a fantastic post! I love blue.
Have a lovely weekend.

Marileena from Finland

Susan said...

LOVE that blue parakeet! And a bird that matchhes your decor? What could be better! :)

Blessings in pink and blue to you, dear Anita!

Arijonia said...


I can no longer access my other blog (Theatre Du Boheme) for some reason...My dear gypsy, Arijonia started a 'writing' blog a few weeks ago, so I guess now it will become my main blog until I can figure out what is wrong with the other one...

Hugs, "Arijonia" ;)

Beach House Living said...

This is one of those posts where each photo is so lovely you can help but nod your head while viewing. Thanks for the visual treat.

LiLi M. said...

Bonsoir Anita! Just love the French interiors, but on the other hand...I like a lot...I don't think I have a (in the sense of a certain) taste! Our new room is pink and turqoise (a bleuish green), I just love it. Thanks for another very inspiring post, but I would love to look inside your house as well!
Bisous et à bientôt, LiLi

Karena said...

I would love to get those pale blue drops to add to my chandelier! Of course it is all gorgeous as always!

Art by Karena

Kiki said...

What a magical and inspiring blog..brilliant beauty everywhere!

sPaRkLiNg sCrApBoOkS said...

You are too kind Anita, But it is YOU who radiates true beauty inside and out! Thank you though! And thank God for Spanx! lol Wait, did I just say that out loud! SHHH! xoxoxox

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

So pretty Anita! Love how you tied in all the fresh blues and whites and a little pink with the chandeliers! I love the bedroom with the armoire and pretty quilt! Is that your fantasy bedroom?~Hugs, Patti

Belle Vie said...

Bonjour dearest ~
such beautiful images! Each room is exquisite. I'm smitten with the blue chest and, of course, the pink sofa!! However, the empty room with the chandelier and bay window is my favourite ~ the mirror is DIVINE and I love the drapes! Oh, ma belle, how I lose myself in your photos. I could dream forever... That is a wonderul thing, isn't it?
Carmel is a fabulous place to celebrate your honeymoon. I hope your upcoming trip to California will be just as wonderful.
Wishing you a lovely weekend!
xoxo, B

The Victorian Parlor said...

This post is lovely! You've given me inspiration as I tackle working with the blue in the new kitchen:).



Rosie said...

Anita my dear, you are such a gentle make me smile, even when I don't think I can. This morning was so very early, and a bit stressful, as SO MUCH changed in the store...wasn't sure how I would get it all done. Thanks to the fabulous ladies that help me every week, in the shop, a lot of the change was accomplished before I arrived this morning. Still, felt SO overwhelmed, with things that could only be done after sold furniture was out of the store. Never the less, the store looks presentable and the day is done.

So, did your lovely mantle get a new home today??? Oh I bet it is GLORIOUS....Is it GLORIOUS???....Is it SOOO GLORIOUS??? I can't wait to see it in all it's G*L*O*R*Y. Well hoping tomorrow is a day filled with rest and relaxation for you...we shall have a good cuppa tomorrow...and a good sleep tonight...bonne nuit cher... ....xoxo...Rosie

bunny said...

Blue is not for me, but I truly admire it when it's done right...and these images are perfect. Serene and dreamy~


ps. I think I'm seeing you guys on the 26th...ish...let's hope!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

My sweet Anita....

OH MY GOSH..........such beauty! I am crazy about that soft, yummy blue. My new bedroom and bath will be blue, but it's a much more intense shade...not exactly what I wanted, but I'm on a budget and it's what I could find...your pix are sooo much prettier. That was an awesome post. Loved those simple rooms.

Huggies and lovies,

Val said...

J'aime les touches pastels dans les interieurs, et un peu de doré aussi qui leur donnent cet air royal.C'est une aventure pleine de délicatesse que tu nous proposes de suivre au fil des photos et des mots,un monde de douceur et de lumière pour nous emmener peut-etre vers notre propre illumination!

Micki said...

Your home is lovely... love the touch of blue within all of the light tones. it must be lovely sitting there and readng a book.

Arijonia said...

Yes, Anita, it's me!!! (I'm slowly going through my other blog list to gather up my old friends~) And you're one of them!! :)

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

Ohhhh Anita... these are simply stunning images! Thank you for taking us on this wonderful tour of "the blues"~ xxVicki

Anonymous said...

A post about the colours of our lives! wonderfully put together, as always....i sound like a broken record saying that, i'm sure!

the last photo with the mug and the heart shaped plate was my favourite...what a great ending to a wonderfully delicious and tantalizing post!

ciao my belle

creative carmelina

Privet and Holly said...

I AM having the blues, too: bringing them BACK into MY home!!! This was JUST what I needed to continue the inspiration. Somewhere along the way I let my favorite color ~ BLUE ~ take a backseat color role in our home and now, I want it BACK! Especially when I see these gorgeous possibilities. Anita, you have such a way of drawing your readers a mini holiday! I'm wondering how many of these images are from Rabbit Hill? Can't wait to get the tour in a few short weeks. I hope you had a weekend as lovely as this lovely post, dear friend!
xx Suzanne

Herself said...

Very French. Very dreamy. Very you. I love every single thing, including the bird. :)
It's so good to be back after a lengthy absence--reconnecting with my lovely friends and enjoying your wonderful blog posts!

M.A.the2nd said...

Dearest Anita..... such exquisite images and as always so beautifully written. Thank-you for sharing this beautiful adventure up the blue stairs and into those gorgeous rooms! The chandelier is mesmorizing and I can almost here it twinkling from here. You will have to come by and see my website when it is finally launched as I have a chandelier stylized motif as my logo and I have twinkling sounds come over as the chandelier unfolds! I will be back for a cup of tea very soon!

claudie said...

That's why I LOVE TIFFANY boxes Anita and Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Audrey Hepburn.
My living room is a perfect blue. It's very soothing, just like your post today.
The little blue budgie was my fav : )
Sending you hugs on the lovely Sunday evening.
Love You
Love Me

My Grama's Soul said...

I have not been a blue person in the past........but I think I'm beginning to really favor the color. These soft blues in your post are simply yummy!!


Le Chateau des fleurs said...

The "apart" Looked so Parisian :) My favorite...Beautiful pictures :)

Casa Bella said...

Oh, my. I'm smitten with your blog. I am a new fan. Your style matches my taste perfectly. French, refined, castles, cottages, love it all. Blue shades are so calming and classic.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Bonjour Anita
Your words are as beautiful as the images.. I just love the cottages.. I love it all..
Bisous, Penny

Kristin said...

What a beautiful post!! Again! Love the images! Love the first chandelier - really pretty! Wishing you a great week!


Papillon Bleu said...

Blue like Papillon Bleu! he!he!
Oh, I am always enchanted by the delightful pictures that illustrate your lovely words.

Gros bisous à toi Anita!

Rosemary said...

Hi Anita,
I see why you like that color!!
It's soft and beautiful. All of the photos are so great!!!
Have a lovely week,

KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh Anita,
And I believe this place must must be in France, don't you think. Well, if we are imagining and we can create anything we want, let's make it France. Such a wonderful post, I love that little coach, and who wouldn't want to go up those blue steps to bliss?


My Casa Bella said...

Hello sweet Anita, its been so long since I've said hi, way overdue. love this post, I am also on a blue/white kick right now with a touch of green. Ready to redo some things around my house, but I need to be patient.

Burlap Luxe said...

Never a surprise that it would be beautiful over here at your place... I love the french blue 2 drawer chest I have one myself less embellishments of brass on it and I striped it down to a natural driftwood wood finish to give it that So of France look to it and a tone on tone feel to my homes decor.
It is posted in my last posting blow up the photo by clicking onto the picture and you will see some of the same detailed work on it.

Thank you for your fabulous comment to my post about my bird plates it's always a joy to here from talented bloggers like you!

See you soon

Thank you for

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oooh, some of my favorite things, blue and chandeliers! Gorgeous, gorgeous pics, and thanks for the birthday wishes!

The Artful Paper Doll said...

Hello my dear,

I have been obsessing over blue-green this season so I guess in a way, I too have the blues.

This feels so magical. Your stories and images capture the imagination and transport me to another world.

I'm so glad all is well with you. Thanks for popping over.


Nishant said...

a lovely post...I love blue and pink touches on a white canvas.
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The Artful Paper Doll said...

Hi Doll,

Oh, I'm so glad you stopped by to tell me about Where Women Create. I had to flip through the magazine to see if the women you mentioned were ones whose stories I read. (I skipped over a couple)

Nancy's was one of them. Her work is sooo beautiful and I am inspired by the fact that she hasn't been painting that long! Good for her!

I didn't see Karen Harvey-Cox but there was a Karen Valentine. Her studio is totally gorgeous and her quote was "Don't let fear stop you from doing something that you love or that is important to you." There went that pinch in my solar plexus again.

I haven't read Ulla's story but those shadow box dolls are just calling out to me. (tee hee :)

Thanks again for popping over. Tell you sister-in-law I admire her work and was inspired by her story.

Hope your day is simply magnificent!


Rosie said...

Good Morning Dearest,
I left you a little Email.
Have a CHEER~FILLED day...
...Love Rosie...

Belle Vie said...

Bonjour ma belle,
I'm certain that your vintage fireplace is EXQUISITE!! How I adore vintage pieces! I would love to see photos.
We, too, have a mix of colours in our home. I love light colours and my husband prefers darker tones. Fortunately, he is very easy going and let's me decorate as I wish.
I am in the midst of decorating our bedroom ~ mirrored furniture, ivory carpet and platinum tones. I'm still searching for the perfect chandelier and night stand lamps. A french chandelier is on my wishlist ♥ The one I purchased doesn't seem special enough.
I would love see photos of your Palais! I just love the theatre. I'm taking to Bella to see the St Louis Ballet's version of Beauty and the Beast. Each year we attend The Nutcracker and a Fairy Tea Party hosted by the STL Ballet. The characters visit each of the children and sign autographs. I quietly hope she will return to ballet in the future. She started taking ballet when she was 2.5 yrs and decided last year that she was no longer interested. She recently told me that she is interested in traditional ballet which thrills me!
Only 3 days left of school and you begin your summer with a wonderful trip to CA! I'm estatic for you. I just know it will be fabulous!!
I am doing well.. enjoying summer. It's thunderstorming here today so we are staying in, at least for now. I enrolled in yoga and a fitness class this summer. Otherwise, FUN is on our agenda!
xoxo, B

Rosie said...

Well hello there sweet friend,
Thanks so very much for you fun that we have so very much in common...keep the other email, as this is a store email. Am off to a nursery to pick out a few plants for the project...Bill is waiting so I must scoot...will pop back later...xoxox...Rosie ;D

A Refocused Life said...

Beautiful images! I loved that little tour.

Marji said...

PLEASE tell me where I can get those beautiful pillows in pale blue with all the gorgeous flowers and urns popping off, on the settee!! Loved this post, thanks so much for sharing!! Blessings and birdsong, Marji

lostpastremembered said...

A famous decorator once told me that one of her secrets was to always put pale blue silk as the lining of her cream silk shades for a beautiful light and a wonderful look... it is a beautiful touch. Loved your photos.. that wisp of blue is just too gorgeous!

BonjourRomance said...

Dear Anita,
How did miss this marvelous post? Blue touches are so calm and lovely. Those blue crystal chandelier drops, the commode and those Parisian rooms! Ooh La La! My favorite is "a beautiful home starts with a grateful heart".
Your talent knows no bounds my dear!
Thank you for your sweet words you left on my blog!
Bonne journée,

La Dolfina said...

OMG I adore this post!!!!
This is my first time here and I love it. I'm here to stay!!!!
Your newest follower :)

Kristin said...

Dear Anita, I really want to thank you for your very sweet comment today! It warmed my heart and it is so nice to feel that people care! I'm usually a very happy and positive person, but today was a little bit hard for me and I appreciated your thoughts! Thank you!!!

Kristin xx

Debbie said...

Anita, you MUST visit website House of Turquoise. You'll LOVE IT. Everytime I need to calm myself down I drop on by.

Can't wait to see you guys!


Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

We are so kindred, it amazes! When we are to paint our big old chippy house it will be white with robin's egg blue shudders!!!! You are such a sister. I just love that color. It is serene, yet so playful. Thanks for the beauty again dear friend. Blessings.

Jonny said...

What an incredibly beautiful post Gosh that pale blue and french blue is just amazing I could stare at those pictures for days and makes me wish I had another room to do!!! Sincerely, Jonny

sPaRkLiNg sCrApBoOkS said...

Hello Anita!
I love what you said on Amy's blog- the two of you are kindred spirits you know, I'm so blessed to have met you guys online- you're both always so positive and always so kind- just know how appreciative I am to have you in my life!
bisous deb xoxoxox

Rosie said... sitting in my favorite chair, doing an awful lot of yawning. such a wonderfully busy loving husband was off early, so we went for lunch and then perused another beautiful nursery. They are such a source of refreshment and inspiration. Spent the entire afternoon planting in and out of the exciting...
well can't keep my eyes open any longer...sweet dreams...until tomorrow...oxox...Rosie

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hey girl! Thanks for coming by and offering me an opinion on my big window. I was reading ideas to my husband last night and he is not wild about any of them and wants to keep it just the way it is, mostly because it will be work for him but then he did have some valid points why some of the ideas would not work out because of the mechanicals involved....oh well...we will see. I wanted to tell you how excited I was for you and that marble mantle! What a guy buying that for you! I can't wait to see it! Nice summer project for you guys! Get some rest and you will be ready to create a wonderful vignette! Enjoy your summer ahead!~Hugs, Patti

Isabelle - Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Such a beautiful post!

I love having blue in the home, it is one of my favourite colours.
I love the blue and clear chandelier!!!
Warm wishes
Isabelle x

Violet said...

These photos so inspired me! I ran out and picked up some paint chips and samples in blues and yellows. But my motivation left me when I did not like what I brought home. Do I really want to paint this room?!?!? Well, now that I have come back for a visit I am getting all inspired again.
Stop that!!! (just kidding, yes, keep inspiring me Anita!)
~ Violet

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh Anita, you are so encouraging.. WHAT PRAISE! Thank you so much for visiting. I never expected this response for my painting, but thank you so very much.. I do not consider myself a master by any means, but thank you!!! I really enjoyed this one.. Those little angels were a challenge because of their size. Other than that, it was a pleasure to paint.

Anonymous said...

Good evening Anita, My what beautiful images. they are so calming and beautiful. Blue has always been my favorite color. I also love any kind of crystal. It's so pretty and I love the way it picks up light and sparkles. I hope you have had a wonderful day.
Love, Carol and Charli

Rosie said...

Ahhh dearest, you really know what those little angel need...second recess...I beleive the happy dance is in order!!!...we could also, celebrate your L*A*S*T day...YIPPEE...I shall crack open the bubbly, and we shall wander your gardens.
Oh Anita, who is this lucky blogger friend that you are off to visit...oh, I so want to be in her shoes. I even asked, my dear William, "how long it would take, for us to do a road trip, into your neck of the woods". We decided we would have to have at least 10 days, so we could take our time. So, who knows maybe some day it could be I who knocks on your door.
I must share, what a delightful morning I had with two dear girls whom are on my sidebar, the fabulous "rocketgirl" and the charming "Mrs cupcake"...oh, so very fun. Once again I set a place for my dear Antia, but alas, your tea got cold, and we ate your strawberry scone...I shall continue to set a spot for you my dear, because someday you are going to knock on my door, and I shall squeal with delight...someday...
well it is time to wish you bonne nuit mon ami...until tomorrow ...xoxo...Rosie

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Mary Ann said...

came across your blog from two of my fav have a lovely blog. i was in the neighborhood of hugh comstock cottages, the fairytale cottages are just gorgeous, and i was happy to see the hansel house in person! have a great weekend! verbena cottage

Jennifer said...

this this this !!!! is a favorite color I have shyly peaking out around my house - in nests, seaglass, ribbons, tiebacks, spheres, towels,and more. Then there's cream and white and tan - it brings me peace lets me breathe - fell comforted in an otherwise hectic day....then the dogs bark, the cats get into it and the hubby comes stomping up the stairs...Life Is Sweet. Jennifer I loved this post - MMMMM

Martina Voigt-Schmid said...

Wow Anita, such a beautiful journey! In my mind, i'm sitting in one of these pretty rooms, and enjoy the sense of calm and quiet. Just what i need right now! Hope you're having a lovely weekend with time for your garden and your drawings. More mouse-adventures in nowhere?

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...


My first day back to bloglandia, and, as always, your post starts my mind reeling with visions and fantasies and want-to-have daydreams!

Lovely, lovely, lovely!

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Bleu! One of my favorites. Right along with vert! Something about the trees and the sky overlapping. Love the way you put your words and photos together! So perfectly lovely! Awaiting the next one, dear. Wishing you an inspiring weekend.

The Feathered Nest said...

Yummmmmm, you find the most amazing images Anita!! They simply take my breath away....these blues are WONDERFUL blues ~ so soft and pale, just gorgeous! I'm so sorry I've not been over ~ your blog is just beautiful ~ I hope you're having a wonderful weekend sweet friend!!! hugs and love, Dawn

Patricia Cabrera said...

Dearest... again, I come to send you my loving *hello* and wishes for a safe trip tomorrrow. All is well at the farm. Go now and have a wonderful time, but please come back and share with us. I will be in my tiptoes waiting for it.... love you~smiling Tita

High Heeled Life said...

Dearest Anita - thank you so much for your visits. I have left something for you on my blog.

Anne said...

I just keep finding more and more lovely images as I explore your blog, Anita! I now have your lovely blue petticoat picture on my desktop and it makes me smile every time i see it. You are inspiring me to add more beauty to my world!