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Friday, 15 January 2016

For the Love of Aqua

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hello dear ones. I hope you all had a lovely week. Can you believe January is already half over? I must admit, I don't mind seeing it slip by because we're that much closer to spring again. Yay!

Several months ago I had mentioned how much I missed the colour aqua and teal/turquoise in my home. I think it must reflect my love of the beach and to me, it's just a feel good colour. 

Two years ago I had purchased two wheat coloured recliners to replace the two pink chairs I had and I had covered my aqua and pink floral sofa with a similar coloured cover until I find a new sofa. I was on a neutral kick and discovered that I wasn't happy with neutrals. I needed some colour and Hubby agreed.

So, began my search for some of that beloved aqua/teal/turquoise to incorporate into my living room. I began with two of these teal cushions sporting a button. 

Next I found a curvy teal glass bowl for the coffee table. 

Getting new curtain panels proved to be a real challenge. When I had my aqua and pink decor, I had pink and white lace panels on the window. Then I switched to mushroom sheers for a different look with a new paint colour on the walls. 

It took me several visits around the shops and three different orders from one particular store to finally get what I wanted. I was quite struck on the light aqua with the bird and botanical pattern. They are grommet panels and I've never had those before so I had to purchase a new rod too. It is old brasstone to match the grommets. My son put it up for me while he was home for Christmas.

The pictures make them look light blue but they really are light aqua. I still needed cushions to pull it all together and I couldn't find any that were suitable. So a dear friend offered to make pillow covers for me out of an extra curtain panel I had ordered for that. She did a lovely job and here they are. She made two square and one oblong.

Each pillow is adorned with a different botanical print and one has a bird. You all know how much I love birds! I think the pillows help pull the whole room together.

I still have a little material left over and I may do something with that too. Perhaps a runner for the mantel or one of the tables. We'll see.

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. ~ Jane Austen

When the sun is out, the room is flooded with light and it is just very cozy.

I still have to find a rug to replace the little one under the table and some accessories but you get the picture. I am much happier with the room now. It is more me.

I am playing with my new camera which was a Christmas gift. It is taking some getting use to. The light is streaming in and is casting a golden glow on the tea table. Whisper pink tulips lend their beauty to the table.

Now, shall we have a wee nosh? I am having crab salad in a buttery croissant; a nice change from sweets. Of which I've had too many over the holidays!

The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose. ~ George Gissing

My tea is Earl Grey which I am sipping from my Royal Albert Veronica teacup. 

The teacup was a shower gift from my mother when I got married. I love all the gold gilding adorning this beautiful teacup which also has lovely aqua blue roses on it. 

I love it when you visit and I hope you enjoyed seeing my updated room. See you on Monday for No Place Like Home. Now I'm going to put my feet up and enjoy the newest issue of Victoria magazine. Enjoy your weekend, my lovely friends! 

I am joining the following parties as well~

Mosaic Monday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Bernideen's BTTCG Blog Party
 Tea Cup Tuesday
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Dear Sandi:
    Your new color scheme is lovely and it is fun to see your living room. I love all the pretty colors you have chosen. Such a pretty coffee (tea) table too. Your cup and saucer are very pretty! You did a good job!

  2. It all looks lovely, Sandi. I love your colour choices. I'm a fan of blues, browns and creams, too. Your tea-cup is very sweet. I'm sure you will enjoy your tea in it. Deb

    1. Thank you, Deb. Yes, I do enjoy my tea in that cup. It's quite vintage, you see.

  3. My dear Sandi, this was such a lovely and refreshing post. It's rather gloomy here since we're supposed to get snow for the next 6 days {not that I mind since I love the white stuff}, but your images brightened my day :)

    Have a blessed weekend. Hugs!

  4. Sandi, I think the touches of aqua in your living room are beautiful! I really like the new drapes and the newly made cushions of the same fabric. Even your teacup is a perfect match. :) I keep looking at my living room of soft green and soft gold and wonder what I can do to perk it up. I really dislike the 'new' wing recliners be bought several years ago now. What a mistake that was!! Now I have to live with them probably forever. LOL Oh well, I guess I'd better be grateful we have 2 comfy chairs. Did you know that soft blue and pink are 'the' colours for 2016? Who knew they'd come back in style from the 90's. I guess it's all in the updated look of ones furniture that makes it work. Yours looks great with the soft beige colours. And gold is also 'in' this year. :) Have a lovely weekend Sandi.

  5. Such lovely aqua treasures. Love the birdy fabric pillows. And, yes, I'd love to join you for a wee nosh and a cuppa.

    Wishing you a beautiful weekend, Sandi! It's greyish on the westerly side of the country.


  6. What a beautiful room, Sandi! Absolutely lovely color scheme. I love all of the aqua touches and even the teacup matches the colors in the room. I had never seen that pattern before (but I have led a sheltered life when it comes to teacups). It is so pretty. And that crab salad croissant looks yummy too! Okay, back to laundry and real life for me ...

  7. This is one of my favorite colors also! Your pictures are beautiful. They look almost 3D. Beautiful post!

  8. Oh Sandi, YES, the new drapery panels are perfect for your room and the addition of the pillows, and your new glass dish add the right touches that are so YOU! Your dear gifted teacup from your mom blends with your whole scheme. It's just the little things that mean so much in creating a happy, cozy home,which is so important for those who love home.

  9. Sandi, I'm a fan of neutrals but adding a touch of color, as you have done, really brings a neutral scheme to life. I especially like your curtain fabric.

  10. Your living room looks beautiful! Teal is a great color with the neutrals. The bowl in the coffee table is so pretty!

  11. Everything looks beautiful i have purchased some aqua turquoise things as well but I have so many many things in my home need to un cludder. Love your chair in the top photo and the curtains. Happy weekend dearest with love Janice

  12. HI Sandi
    I was able to visit your blog today. Loving your color decor especially the curtains. Great job! Enjoyed seeing your lovely teacup. I need to have a cup if tea! That would help me feel better and relax!


  13. Sandi!! I just LOVE the pops of color and what a pretty color it is!! Everythng looks so fresh and inviting. I am not one of a lot of white or neutrals either. I get too bored!!Thanks so much for stopping by!! And I LOVE the tea cup!!!


  14. Sandi, I absolutely love the fabric you have chosen to dress your room. It does indeed reflect more of you and the pattern is classic and not one you will tire of, but will enjoy for years to come. Enjoy your weekend, We in NS are awaiting our next storm as no doubt you are too!

  15. A cosy living room, love the curtains and a great idea to buy an extra to make pillows. Thanks for sharing. I love your blog. I love seeing all the teacups. My mother loved teacups.

  16. Love your pretty new curtains, Sandi. So pretty! I'm also admiring your beautiful RA Veronica teacup. I always keep an eye out for aqua/turquoise teacups during my treasure hunts, but they're hard to find (like black teacups)!

  17. Your living room makeover is lovely! It's amazing how new drapries, a couple of toss pillows [I love the ones made to match your drapes] and a few accessories completely change the look of the room even though the all the furniture remains the same. Your teal/aqua Royal Albert teacup is beautiful, and how special that it was a bridal shower gift.

  18. I truly love the aqua accessories and subtle touches of color in your home. So restful to the eye. The Veronica teacup blends in perfectly! I always enjoy visiting with you. Now that I am retired, I hope to pop in more often! Have a blessed and Happy New Year!

  19. i'm a new visitor to your blog, just wanted to say how beautiful your tea set is, i have been trying to collect vintage & anything with roses on for myself especially in pinks.
    your room looks very relaxing & the aqua does put a nice bit of colour back in the room, a throw rug would make it even more cozy
    thanx for sharing

  20. Your living room make over looks gorgeous dear friend with the aqua hues.. aqua is such a lovely color for all year round. Your dishes are always so exquisite Sandi, you do have a fabulous collection.
    Thank you in advance for the feature. See you Monday. Enjoy your weekend.

  21. You've created a beautiful and welcoming room. I really like the print and colour of the curtains and pillows. The china tea cups fit right in!

  22. Hi Sandi, just heard that you guys got hit with a snow storm. Stay safe and cozy warm. Hugs.

  23. Hi Sandi,
    I love your new curtains and pillows too.
    Love the new sofa too.

    Have a good week!

  24. I love the color aqua or turquoise, and have used it to add color to my living room, which is done in brown/tan colors. I love what you did with the curtains, and the pillows, really brings the whole room together into a lovely warm cozy space! Enjoyed seeing the pictures of how it looks now... and your beautiful aqua teacup, just a beauty! Have a blessed Sunday :)

  25. Happy belated Birthday, Sandi!

    What a delightfully pretty room, softly serene with touches of refreshing turquoise and winter white to complement the neutral foundation. It certainly does look cozy and inviting, perfect for teatime, with treats for the taste buds and the eyes!

    Have a wonderful week! Stay warm in your beautiful retreat!


  26. Absolutely lovely and serene!! And how can you not LOVE an RA teacup.

  27. Hello, I love the pretty shades of blue. Lovely pillows. Your crab salad looks delicious! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  28. Well I love aqua because it's a form of blue. Very combo and look. I love your Veronica teacup, so pretty! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea and have a wonderful week.

  29. Don't you just love that beautiful teal glass when the sun shines through! And what a pretty tea cup. All to make a sweeter winter day.

  30. Don't you just love that beautiful teal glass when the sun shines through! And what a pretty tea cup. All to make a sweeter winter day.

  31. The tourqoise (the spelling????) fits so well in the beige. So cosy and fresh!

  32. I love how you have decorated your beautiful home. Lovely color theme.

  33. I love the aqua/turquoise accents and especially the tea cup!

    Donna Donabella@GardensEyeView
    and LivingFromHappiness

  34. Sandi, Love the new colors in the living room. The blue bowl on the white table looks great! Sylvia D.

  35. Sandi, aqua is one of my favorite colors too. I use it with chocolate brown in my living room. After seeing it with the lighter neutrals in yours, I think I will try some lighter neutrals this spring as well. Thanks for sharing.

  36. I really like the introduction of aqua in your living room and I've even been adding a few things myself since you started showing this colour last year some time. Of course it goes will with pink, your favourite and with lavender, mine. ;-)

  37. Sandi, I agree that aqua is a feel good color. You've done a wonderful job of adding it to your lovely home. The draperies and pillows are gorgeous! I have touches of it in my home as well. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  38. I love touches of Aqua too. After just moving I am adding those touches to my living space. Yours looks really nice.

  39. I'm glad you are happy with your room now. It's very pretty.

  40. Hi Sandi, I love the touches of blues in your home. I'm a lover of those beautiful colors and use them often in my decor. Thank you for sharing it with SYC! Have a wonderful day. Jo

  41. You're making me think I need some aqua.

    Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!


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