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Crystal Blue Persuasion

July 11, 2010

Living room painting project

Despite being utterly in love with my lavender dining room walls I knew our time together was coming to a close once I brought Mandy Patinkin home (the table, people. the table. I wouldn’t even HAVE a blog if I brought Mandy Patinkin the actor home with me). Mandy is a gorgeous blue table that’s somewhere between powder and baby blue. I would say too green to be baby blue and too blue to be powder blue. Maybe it’s Carolina blue. Anyway, it’s light blue. It’s perfect, except with the Aqua kitchen situation, that lavender wall and Mandy were not playing well together no matter how many times I opted to stack lack a lack and rearrange the various boxes, bins and baskets of neatly archived crap, I ought to just toss in the trash.

I have been obsessed with The House of Turquoise for months – particularly this picture and this one – and have been lusting for turquoise walls, because I was convinced they would complete me.

Turns out I was right. They totally complete me. I woke up on Friday and knew it would be the day. Ever since I spied Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment makeover in the first SATC movie, I was totally feeling those dramatic blue walls and all those shiny furnishings.

I am so in love with my walls. I love how gorgeous it all looks. It inspired me to rehab a few sad lamps that were Goodwill bound.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. Teaspoon permalink
    July 12, 2010 10:12 pm

    The teal is stunning with the orange accent wall. One day, my walls will be some color other than industrial blah.

  2. July 12, 2010 11:49 pm

    Your apartment makes me dream of the day I am roommate-free and can paint, decorate and organize to my heart’s content. I seriously love your color schemes and arrangements of furniture!

  3. Octavia permalink
    July 13, 2010 1:05 am

    Wow, that looks awesome. What’s your painting secret? No lie, I am scared of painting our walls. I have visions of disaster.
    My favourite wedding present my husband and I received was three of these vessels in turquoise by this NZ potter: http://www.collis.co.nz/PeterCollis/TurquoiseGlazedVessels/TurquoiseOrbs.t
    So, I’m thinking of adding a bit more teal/turquoise to our living space, which I’m currently doing up. Shopping for rugs currently (online, even with international shipping they’re still cheaper than the 400% markup here), thinking of something with turquoise/teal in it. You have also remindinspired me that yellow works really well with tealquoise, so now I’m thinking of a lamp.
    Lady you have fantastic interior decorating taste. *fans self*

  4. July 13, 2010 1:36 am

    @Teaspoon – THANK YOU!!!

    @Chriso – once when I lived in an apt I couldn’t paint or even put up shelving, I happened upon a Poster Plus type store – the kind that sell nothing but BAD posters – and scored about thirty copies of this poster for like ten bucks and proceeded to “wallpaper” an entire room with it. (strategically arranged clear thumbtacks).

    @Octavia – Those are GORGEOUS! Also, I’m writing a post directly addressing the questions in your comment!

  5. Octavia permalink
    July 13, 2010 5:16 am

    Thank you! I want to learn to stop worrying and love the DIY.

  6. aliciamaud permalink
    July 13, 2010 6:31 am

    Wow. I love this color combo. I’m renting, and the landlord leans toward very muted colors and country curtains he has asked us to leave up , for some reason…never had that clause in a lease before! But I have permission to take down the old wallpaper in the bathroom and paint once my summer starts, and House of Turquoise is providing the inspiration. It’s a pain in the butt job, so I think I can push it a little with the shades…this pic made me antsy to get started!!!

  7. July 13, 2010 9:24 am

    I am absolutely in awe of your decorating talents. I’ve seen that space take on so many different personalities but this is the best yet.

  8. July 13, 2010 10:34 am

    mmmm….tasty walls. i have chairs that color in our craft room/tv room/loft, against a softer, sky-ish blue. i think they look quite nice. when i have more space and can afford to do darker colors (since they can make space feel smaller and are harder to paint over when we move out), i’m ALL OVER this color.

  9. aliciamaud permalink
    July 13, 2010 1:46 pm

    Also, my new indie folk duo is going to be called “a few sad lamps”. First album: Goodwill bound.

  10. IrishUp permalink
    July 13, 2010 3:59 pm

    Goodbye, lavender wall (*sniff*).

    I am adoring the gold-framed mirror creating a block of the (is it a kiwi?) green wall in the middle. The turquoise, orange and green combo (a perfectly synchronized play on each primary color, she notes admiringly!) are so juicy I want a lemon drop!

  11. badhedgehog permalink
    July 13, 2010 4:55 pm

    That is a splendid array of boxes. And a great stack-of-balls lamp.

  12. JayVon permalink
    July 14, 2010 5:37 am

    I love the turquoise & orange, makes me want to move out beyond my usual grey and orange. The yellow onion lamp looks perfect there, too.

  13. Octavia permalink
    July 14, 2010 9:30 am

    Awesome news: we can now get Ikea in NZ! I literally jumped up and down with glee this morning. I’ve just spent 3 hours creepily obsessing over Storage Solutions. It’s like porn omg.

  14. hsofia permalink
    July 20, 2010 9:08 pm

    That is a beautiful shade of blue. The right blue is just … heaven.

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