The Summertime Blues

Well, I am about to prove that song wrong

as there IS a cure for the Summertime Blues.

Just add the beautiful blues in your decor!

From the soft blues of sea glass, to the awesome color of Carolina Blue,

to the vibrant hues of navy and the Williamsburg blue that many of us loved years ago.

Antique Split Oak Bench-Housepitality Designs

This summer, I am adding more blues to coordinate with yellows and greens

and a little black thrown in-between.

Antique Split Oak Bench-Housepitality Designs

When I saw this pillow at Pottery Barn, I knew it was perfect.

Perfect to coordinate with the vintage grain sack that I purchased a couple of years ago

from the High Point Market.

Pottery Barn Pillow/Vintage Grain Sack-Housepitality Designs

Prior to purchasing the pillows, I changed out the plates on the wall

from a floral basket pattern of mainly brown tones

to these pretty blue and white floral patterned plates by Ralph Lauren.

Antique Split Oak Bench-Housepitality Designs

The Ralph Lauren plates were purchased about a year ago from HomeGoods.

Antique Split Oak Bench-Housepitality Designs

I can see this grain sack transforming into a couple of pillows in the future.

Linda, you have formally been put on alert!

Antique Split Oak Bench-Housepitality Designs

My walls are a butter yellow (Sherwin Williams Blonde to be exact).

I love the combination of the blue and yellow.

Antique Split Oak Bench-Housepitality Designs

Blue and yellow was my dear friend Ruth’s favorite color scheme, along with blue and white.

In the days of when many of us switched from the Williamsburg or Cornflower blues,

she did not do that . . . she stuck to her love of the blues, yellows and white.

Not giving into the trends.

Antique Spit Oak Bench with Antique French Wine Basket-Housepitality Designs

I know she is looking down with approval. Giving me the two wings up.

I miss her.

Foyer/Antique French Buffet/Antique Stained Glass Window-Housepitality Designs

I bought a pair of the these pretty blue paisley pillows from Pottery Barn.

One for the antique bench and one  to place on the vintage chair in the foyer

that will give those who enter my home a feel of the summer colors that I have chosen.

So, do you agree?

For there IS a cure for the Summertime Blues!…Just go with them!!

Have a beautiful day! Making your own kind of music . . . singing your own special song.

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  1. Oh how I love blue! Love your pretty pieces 🙂

    Have a wonderful day Shirley!
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  2. I’ve always been a fan of blue…even when it wasn’t “in style” for awhile. Blues go with everything and have such a calming effect. Your pretty pillows really shine against the buttery yellow walls.
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  3. Yes, I do agree and almost did a summer blues post myself today, but it will have to be another day. Love those pillows and have not seen them yet at PB.

  4. Love the blue pillows Shirley. Soooo pretty. OMG I am going to have to bring a second big suit case to put that awesome and I mean awesome basket with your paris book and magazines. Where did you get that basket? How sweet is that treasure!
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    • Thanks Kris…I purchased the picnic wine basket when I was in France…Looks like I will need to get another chain to tie it down!…:)

  5. Love your summertime blues, Shirley.

    I need to look for a bench for the half wall. That is my problem child in the new house…that half wall. I like how your bench looks at the stair railing. You’ve given me an idea.
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  6. How lovely Shirley!
    I love blues and whites with yellow and your little vignette is perfect.
    Must bring out my blue and white dishes and change up my hutch!

  7. Love your blues….your new pillows are sooooooo gorgeous!!!!! Both vignettes are beautiful and so soothing…….
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  8. I love blue and yellow together. Your PB pillows have such a pretty pattern on them!
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  9. Linda miller says

    You have always had an affinity for blue. Those pillows happen to be the pattern I thought you would choose for your guest room makeover! I overdid blue in the 80s and have just come back to adding a touch to my decor for summer. It cools the summer soul. Enjoy!

  10. Well, you KNOW I love this! I sing the summertime blues all the time too:) I am putting together my summer mantle with LOTS of blues, can’t wait to share. Those PB pillows are beautiful and I have always loved your bench and chair. Have a beautiful day, Shirley. Your home is my dream home.
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  11. That pillow is beautiful! I love all of the vibrant colors in it, and the little skirt on the chair is just adorable. The blue really sparks up the place!

  12. Your pillows are so pretty! I love your vignettes; they’re so inviting! You are so creative and always have such lovely ideas! I know you miss your friend, Ruth; it’s never easy to loose someone so dear. I know she’s smiling at your choice of blue,white and yellow! Your blue and white vignettes definitely cure the Summer blues!
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  13. Shirley, it looks so good. Love the blue with the yellow walls. You are always on top of everything.
    Have a great weekend.
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  14. Love your blues Shirley!!
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  15. It all looks so beautiful Shirley! And I agree, you’ve cured the summertime blues:)
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  16. Bright beautiful blues, I love it Shirley!!

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  17. So pretty. I love grain sack. I have pieces from Decor Steals I bought a while back

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  18. Shirley, I love your blues, the unique basket (get another chain) and those old books on the bench! It all goes so great with your wall color!

  19. I am so sorry about your friend 🙁
    And yes, yes, yes, I do approve of your blue color choice for the summer!! I love blue and white, and if you throw some yellow into the mix, just perfection!!
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  20. Now, that is the best way to have them Summertime Blues…..Love the pillow. All looks great with buttery walls Shirley.

  21. Blue is my favorite color. It goes with so many other colors. Love your pillows and plates. I wear blue every day even if only a Lanz nightgown.

  22. Hi Shirley! I’m a fan of the blue and white also! I do cobalt, blue and white in the winter! Cobalt throws, patterned blue and white dishes, even my drapes! I live in Michigan and it just warms up my home for all the cold weather headed my way! Lol. In the summer its shades of greens and white! I love your blog!

  23. Beautiful, Shirley! You know I am the biggest fan of using blue in decor. Love your new pillows and the wonderful grain sack.
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  24. It looks amazing, Shirley. Just love your new pillow – perfect with the grain sack!! Happy weekend!
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  25. I love the blue paisley Shirley, and the vintage grain sack. I’ve been using it in a lot of my rooms lately too. Hope you have a great weekend!
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  26. Shirley the blue really works well against your wall color. I say keep the blues for a while 🙂
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  27. I approve so I know Ruth will too! I never liked blues in my house before until recently and now I can’t get enough!

  28. LOVE blue and white!!! Such a great pillow! Your home always inspires me!!!!
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  29. I really like the added blues and I love the huge basket next to the chair… Looks like a wicker bird house…

  30. Kudos to Ruth; I feel like now that I blog (and read blogs) my taste changes too frequently. While that can be fun, it’s also nice to stick with what you know and love!
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