Friday, October 18, 2013

Blue and White Ginger Jars and some Coastal Shelves

I have wanted to add a bit more of a blue and white feel to my living room for some time now.  With a birthday quietly coming and going last month, I saw an opportunity to receive something I have coveted for some time.  A large blue and white ginger jar. 

My lovely mum gave me this piece of gorgeousness and I set to work styling it in amongst other coastal pieces I had.

Ginger jars and coral seem to have a lovely synergy. 

I would love to create more of a Ralph Lauren inspired feel to my living room, but of course it will be on a tight budget.  I intend on getting my wing backed chair recovered soon to assist in that goal.  I am thinking blue with white piping or perhaps something geometric.

I found this vase and hydrangeas at a jumble sale for a few dollars, some time ago and they look very pretty contrasted against the coastal painting by Noeline Miller.

The vintage surfboard I still love, so it stays whether it is Ralphesque or not.

I love the look I have achieved here and look forward to building on it in time.  I love mini make overs that freshen a corner of my home.  I guess that is one reason to celebrate a birthday, even if they seem to fly by way too regularly.

Have a lovely weekend Beach Dwellers.

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  1. Let me be the first to say you did a beautiful job with these shots. You have made blue and white look fantastic in a coast home.

  2. Beautiful photos.I love the flowers in the vase the colours are stunning.I have a wing back as well but I want to find another and get the both recovered I really love them-love dee x

  3. Really lovely, Carolyn, well done. I grow ever more fearful of what you will think of our style free home! The jars are totally gorgeous. Off for a catch up, have missed reading your blog whilst kids have been on hols.

  4. You can't go wrong with blue and white - your ginger jar looks gorgeous! Look forward to seeing your made-over chair too :)
    Cas x

  5. You should go to Vietnam and pick up some of their fabulous blue and white crockery. It is gorgeous! Great photos :)

    Saying hi via FYBF

  6. Love blue and white, my kitchen shelves need a change and I was thinking of putting in my blue and white stuff!

  7. My kitchen is pretty much nearly all blue and white with flecks of pink and turquoise so I have something really similar, beautiful styling!!

  8. I still love blue and white after all these years Carolyn.

    Anne xx

  9. Your blue and white is stunning, and so perfect for your home. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs. Marty

  10. It looks like a perfect match for your home. I love the photos you too. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Where'd you get that adorable little white pineapple container??


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