I don’t know if I’ve ever shared the above image by Melanie Acevedo, but it’s one of my favorites. It’s the image that inspired the family room and its wall of bookcases. You probably don’t see much similarity between the inspiration and the reality. Our bookcases are dark, but that’s because we already had a few dark ones and it was cheaper to add more of the same finish. Our settee is actually a sectional in white and our pillows are green (that you know of–I recently bought new ones).
You’re right. Our family room doesn’t look much like the picture. One day I will have white bookcases and a little more color on the sectional. Specifically, blue and white because confession: I love blue and white. Second confession: I never use blue and white. I’ve found it’s a color combination that can go wrong quickly, or if not wrong, really, really specific.
Think blue and white and tell me what pops into your head. Never mind, I’ll tell you. Country manors. Geese. Toile. Chinoiserie. Ladies who lunch, cats, too many plants, tea, poetry, and the entire catalog of Merchant Ivory films.
Ignoring the fact that I actually enjoy quite a number of the above, you have to admit blue and white needs someone in its corner to defend it against that bully, neon. Because when blue + white is done right, it is so…right.
It’s possible one of those images does little to negate the blue + white = woman with too many plants stereotype, but you won’t hear the blogger with 15 houseplants complaining.
One more piece of blue and white, this one by Waterford. It’s the Evolution Menagerie Rose Bowl (6.5 inches) and I want it. I picked it out, so of course I want it. (It’s out of stock, but there’s an entire line with the pattern you can check out here.) It’s blue and white and traditional, but still modern. The pattern takes inspiration from the coat of an Ocelot, which is part of the reason I love it so much. Nothing else would allow me the opportunity to dip into my cache of randomly pinned images so tastefully.
Ann Margret with a baby Ocelot on a cheap blue photo backdrop. Sometimes, the awesome images find me.
You figured out I am giving away one Evolution Menagerie Rose Bowl, I’m sure. But do you know why? It’s because while you read this, I am most likely on my 100th walk of the year. (!!!)
Some disclosures and rules
I was not paid, perked, or gifted to run this giveaway. Waterford is a great company and I own several of their pieces. I felt this went well with the intentional home philosophy I’m always harping about and I thought you’d like it.
The same rules as always apply.
In order to be eligible to win, you must be at least 18 years old and a US resident. Please leave one comment on this post. There are no additional entries awarded for liking/following/tweeting/singing/or tapping out in Morris Code anything about Pancakes and French Fries, Waterford, or this giveaway. I will delete additional or duplicate entries. The giveaway will run through April 17, 2013 and the winner will be selected at random. I will announce the winner shortly thereafter and the results updated on this post.
UPDATE: Congratulations, Kate!