My Current Love Affair with Blue Decor: ORC Week 5

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As you can see by the title, blue decor is my current obsession.  I’m not really sure why, it isn’t even my favorite color, but it seems to be the driving force of this forgotten living room makeover (insert shoulder shrug).  Sometimes a project takes on a life of it’s own, so who am I to slow it down when it seems to be working out for the best?!  Even my inspiration board had a lot of blue in it.

Living room makeover, One Room Challenge week 1

Welcome back to week 5 of the One Room Challenge organized and hosted by Linda from Calling it Home and media partner House Beautiful.  If you are just catching up, here is where you can see Week 1: The PlanWeek 2: Painting Doors & TrimWeek 3: Surviving a DIY Reno, and Week 4: Board and Batten Solo in Just 3 Days.


Changing decor made easy when you start with a neutral background

So, back to the whole blue decor thing.  The great thing about decor accessories is that they can be changed (usually inexpensively) whenever you want. Next month if I am not feeling the whole blue decor thing, I can just switch it up.  Maybe with yellow, which is my favorite color.

Being able to change your accessories on a whim or seasonally is why it can be important to select neutral colors for the big stuff.  The walls.  The large furniture pieces.  This post, Expert Tips for Adding Color to Your Space, should point you in the right direction if you are lost when comes to deciding on a color scheme for your home.

This week I did some styling in the forgotten living room, that is when I realized that blue was everywhere.  Let me show you…just a few sneak peaks, you can’t see the whole space until reveal week which will be November 16th (that just happens to be my birthday!!)

I hung my DIY woven wall art, you can make your own with this tutorial.

Save big when you DIY your own woven wall art

I hung my gallery wall, I just need one more thing to make it complete…more shopping, woe is me!  This piece of art was going to get a makeover, but after laying the new rug I realized it went really well with it and added to the overall eclectic vibe I was going for.  One less project to do!

Changing decor made easy when you start with a neutral background

I styled the shelf that my hubby made.  Originally it wasn’t coming back into the space, but it looks really good now against the Notre Dame paint color from Valspar.  Plus, he made it with his own two hands and it really is a statement piece.

I used to collect bird figurines and this is one of two little guys that made the cut when I had a garage sale this year.  I also added these great ceramic urns my daughter got me for my birthday last year.

Changing decor made easy when you start with a neutral background

Changing decor made easy when you start with a neutral background

I ordered these pillows from Hayneedle.  While scrolling through all their pillows, imagine my delight when I found the exact ones from my inspiration board!!!!  Although they aren’t an official sponsor of mine for this challenge, the free shipping coupon they offered me helped seal the deal when buying these little beauties!

Changing decor made easy when you start with a neutral backgroundLast but not least…THIS RUG!!!!  All the BLUE!!!  I purchased this rug from Wayfair.  They aren’t a sponsor of mine either, but their customer service reps are great and shipping is very fast!  Our two oldest granddaughters stayed all night and I think they like it too.  It is so soft, I just want to lay on the floor all day!

Changing decor made easy when you start with a neutral background

Now just so you don’t think we are buried in all shades of blue, this is happening this week!  I am going to be painting upholstery on two chairs (the reupholstery job on the wing back didn’t happen because my upholsterer was booked.  Some things you just don’t DIY).  Two of my fellow guest participants, Susie from the Chelsea Project and Ariel from PMQ for TWO have inspired me to try this…fingers crossed!  My favorite color…YELLOW!!!!

Changing decor made easy when you start with a neutral background

I will let you know how it turns out next week along with how I change an outdated piece of artwork into a mirror without buying mirrored glass.  Gasp!  Yes it is magic (insert winky emoji)

Checking more off the to do list!

Items are getting checked off the list…not much left to do!!

  • paint the trim and doors white
  • paint the walls and add an architectural detail to the room
  • fix the carpet at the entry and replace tiles
  • clean the carpet
  • turn an old cedar chest into a cushioned bench
  • create a new media console for under the TV
  • create and purchase new wall art
  • replace vertical blind with new updated plantation style blind
  • source or make new throw pillows
  • refinish side table, and current console table
  • refurbish 2 chairs or reupholster 1 chair
  • purchase an area rug to tie the whole space together
  • pull it all together in a room with way too many openings and doors

Please be sure to visit all of featured participants and guest participants at the links below!

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Until next time,




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  • Reply
    November 1, 2017 at 9:10 am

    That rug still has me swooning. I can’t wait to see how your upholstery paint project turns out.

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      November 3, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      It still has me swooning too 😉 I still just walk up to the doorway and stare at it!

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    Sherry Cole
    November 1, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Susanne, I am loving blue right now also. I am drawn to all the blue decor in the stores. I started to paint my home office blue but went with neutral gray instead. I love that gorgeous rug!! I can’t wait to see your reveal.

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      November 3, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      We are in good company on the whole blue decor thing….lots of us seem to be in love with blue right now!!

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    November 1, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Susanne I love the large piece of art for your gallery wall. Oh my goodness between that art and the rug , your room is already gorgeous!!!! Nice work my friend, we are almost there!!!

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      November 3, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you Jennifer!! And yes we are…almost to the finish line 🙂

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    Tomi | Small Home Soul
    November 2, 2017 at 1:32 am

    I am on a blue kick also and trying to add in a free other colors. I love your rug and I’m excited to see your new yellow chairs 😊

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      November 3, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks Toni!! All the fingers and toes crossed for the chairs 😉

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    November 2, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Yes! All the blue things! We want to see all of them!! Especially that rug! But your artwork has me all googly-eyed, too. Let’s just say your colors are fantastic and I can’t wait to see the whole shebang in one post! Good luck painting the upholstery this week. XOXO ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

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      November 3, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks you sweet lady, I am keeping all my fingers crossed that they turn out as well as yours!!

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    November 2, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I love that rug, Susanne! Good luck with the upholstery!!

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      November 3, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks Emy, I am keeping all fingers crossed that it turns out!!

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    November 2, 2017 at 10:34 am

    You can never have too much blue! I have it in every room, I may be a little obsessed. lol This is coming together beautifully Susanne, and that rug!!!

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      November 3, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks Tina, and I think you are right..there is no such thing as too much blue 😉

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    November 2, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Blue is one of my favorite shades too and I adore that rug! My second fave color is yellow…which coordinates well with blue, so I can’t wait to see your project!

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      November 3, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      A girl after my own heart Mary!

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    November 2, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    I am right there with ya! Loving all things blue right now!

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      November 3, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Tammy!! It seems we are not alone!!

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    November 2, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Big fan of blue here too! Love Love Love that rug!

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      November 3, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks Libbie!!

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    Tee @ Beauteeful Living
    November 5, 2017 at 8:36 am

    I love blue decor too, especially of late! Suzanne, I love everything I see here. That rug is absolutely gorgeous and definitely looks super soft as you’ve described. Love that DIY wall hang too! Can’t wait to see full reveal soon!

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      November 7, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks Tee!! We are nearing the finish line!!!

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    November 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    I love that gorgeous rug and blue is my favorite color! I can’t wait to see the reveal.

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      November 7, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      Fingers crossed that I get everything finished!!

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    November 7, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Beautiful blues! I have that little blue birdie too! Good luck finishing up!

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      November 7, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks Jillian, you too!!

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    November 8, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I’m a big fan of blue too! I’m very envious of your rug.

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      November 8, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Thank you Claire!!! Isn’t she a beauty?!! No one is allowed to walk on it with shoes on, lol!!

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    Jessica | Petal + Ply
    November 9, 2017 at 12:29 am

    OK! That rug is AMAZING!!

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      November 9, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks Jessica!! I am so in love with this that weird? LOL

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    November 9, 2017 at 9:48 am

    love that rug AND those little ginger jars. Super cute, friend!

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      November 9, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks Ariel! Ginger jars! I hesitated to call them urns, ginger jars it is!!! 🙂

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    Stacy G.
    November 10, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Wow! I love that blue rug. I need to up my rug game around here. Choosing a rug used to paralyze me. I’m getting braver. 🙂

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      November 10, 2017 at 7:57 am

      I scrolled websites for days to find this one Stacy, lol!! It is paralyzing, it is a huge purchase and one you just don’t want to get wrong!

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