Wednesday, September 22

Decorating with blue and brown

Today is the Great Blue and Brown Blog Bonanza at Cottage Instincts. How's that for a party theme?
This color combination has long been a favorite of mine. Most of my blue and brown can be found in my master bedroom and bathroom.

My bed:

I made my bedding, which means it had to be very simple to make. (Click here to read about it.)

Just in time for this party, I made a little tassel for my lamp out of some leftover trim:

The wall color in my bedroom is Sherwin Williams' "Mystery Green." It's a wonderful blueish-greenish-greyish color that can be cool or warm. Very soothing.

My bathroom:

The wall color here is Sherwin Williams' "Craftsman Brown."

I covered a little chair for my vanity in the same fabric as my bed pillows.

Just this week I painted a little table for the bath:

See how the blue pops against the Craftsman Brown walls? Love it.

One of my favorite projects for my bedroom was recovering a thrift-store ottoman with the blue and brown houndstooth:

This ottoman stays in my closet. When it's not covered with clothes to be folded, it's a handy place to sit and put on shoes. Its lid is hinged, so it's a great place to hide things. And it's popular with my pound puppy, Cocoa:

I guess she knows that her colors go well with the ottoman.

Do you like blue and brown? Check out the party at Cottage Instincts for lots of inspiration!


  1. i used to not like blue and brown... but the past couple of years have turned me around! my own bedroom is aqua & brown... so close! your rooms are so clean. i need to do that... sooner than later!
    thanks for sharing your space... when i come to visit i am going to know my way around just fine!

  2. I must be honest and say I have no blues in my house... it's just not a color I'm drawn to when it comes to decorating. Not to say I don't like the blue and brown combination, I think it's really pretty, and I love your bedroom and bathroom.
    Oh, I just realized, I do have blue in one room... it's Kristen's bedroom, the top half of her wall is a light blue, used to go with a tan color at the bottom when she had a jungle theme, now it's hunter green at the bottom for her 'wolf theme' room ;)

  3. Your room is so pretty, Richella. I love your bedding. I think I'd kill for your tub! Cocoa is adorable. :)

  4. Hi Richella,
    Nicely done, Your colors work so well together, and everything looks really comfy and neat and tidy! I love having a place to sit in the closet, makes getting ready so much easier (esp. when pulling on my boots!)
    drop by sometime,
    Heidi - Heart and Home

  5. How gorgeous everything looks Richella. You made your beautiful bedding? Wow! You sure are talented sweet friend. Amazing decor' throughout both rooms.
    Your darling boy Cocoa is precious!

    Happy fall blessings!
    ~Melissa :)

  6. Oops, excuse me. *She* is precious. *Smiles*

  7. Your room is so lovely, Richella, and your bedding is beautiful! I love that little blue table, too.

  8. What a beautiful room! I absolutely love that half table that is painted and distressed to perfection. Thanks for you sweet comment about my guest room, I appreciate it so much.

  9. I'd like to learn to do a paint finish like the one you did on your bathroom table. Any ideas of how I'd search for a tutorial? Beautiful rooms. Thanks!

  10. Every part of your home is so lovely!

    I read your bedspread tutorial and I think I can actually do it. Yeah! What type of fabric did you use?

  11. Love your bedroom. It's very soothing and comfy yet elegant at the same time.

    Just called Hubby over to look at your bed. Our beds are very similar but my stain color is AWFUL (not my pick) and I keep saying we need to refinish it. I think your room/bed may be the inspiration we needed since we haven't found a style we like better.

  12. My whole house is blue & brown! I love the use of the colors you used & how you mixed certain patterns! It looks great :-)

  13. Richella, everything is so pretty. I love your bedding!!!!

  14. What a REALLY gorgeous bedroom. I love your bedstead. And the wall colour.

    So much loveliness in one room! How do you ever want to close your eyes to go to sleep at night!

    I'm your newest follower!


  15. The bedroom color is fantastic. You did a wonderful job on the bedding. I love the blue and brown hounds tooth. And your little hound sitting on the ottoman is pretty cute too. I have an ottoman that gets covered in clothes too!

  16. Very pretty. I love blue and brown together.

  17. Both of your rooms are beautiful. I just love your houndstooth ottoman - cute pup, too.

  18. Lovin those pretty pillow shams!!!


  19. I love brown and blue! Your bedroom is gorgeous. I especially love the ottoman with the doggie on top of it. Carla

  20. Wowsers...your bedroom and bath are sheer sweetness. Love all your fabric choices, the wall color, the perfect little painted table, and the houndstooth? YUM. Perfect.

    Thanks for sharing it with the Great B&B Blog Bonanza Richelle!

  21. Your rooms are so pretty! I like blue and brown together too. That's the color scheme in my living room.

  22. I love all of the blue and brown. Where did you find the blue and brown houndstooth for the bench?


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