Welcome to Day 5 of my Summer Blog Series: Color my Home! I have an amazing line up of fabulous bloggers who will be sharing how they incorporate Color into their Home this Summer! I am so excited to have Joann from Woman in Real Life on my blog today, giving us a tour of her beautiful home! I especially love her pink Audrey Hepburn art!
Hey everybody! My name is Joann and I’m a freelance writer living in the Toronto area. I blog about thrift store finds, daily life with kids, great books and yummy vegetarian food over at Woman in Real Life. I want to thank Ashley for inviting me to share my views on colour in the home. Like Lee from New Zealand, we Canadians spell colour with a “u.” But, as a freelance writer, I’m used to spelling it the American way too. So that’s what I’m gonna do!
Years ago, my husband and I had a wonderful little apartment in an old walk-up building in the city. Although it was small, our apartment was a riot of color. Four rooms painted three different colors – bold, bright yellow in the living room and the bathroom, rich, dark blue in the bedroom and a deep green in the tiny, mid-century kitchen. It was bright and cheerful and I loved it that way.
Funny how things change when you buy your own home. Not so brave anymore, huh? In our current home, we decided to go with a mostly white backdrop on the main floor. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally fine with it – it’s peaceful and bright and it makes up for a lack of natural light in some of our rooms. But the white palette required us to be a bit more creative with our decorating.
In the family room, an area that gets lots of use, we have added color through pillows, framed prints and accessories. My sister and I fought over the blue velvet ottoman (above, right) at a liquidation store, but she eventually gave it to me for my birthday. Nice sister, huh?
Our kitchen has white walls and white cupboards. Being too lazy to put up a backsplash, we decided to put up framed pictures instead, including the colorful red and green portrait that my son drew. I also like to punctuate our rooms with family treasures and thrift store finds like the vintage floral canisters on the counter.
Our front room is a living room and home office combination. Because it’s mainly used by me, I decided to do a black and white color scheme with touches of pink and blue. We added color with pillows once again.
I love books and I think they add great character and color to a room.
I think this pink Audrey Hepburn portrait adds a nice feminine touch for me without making the space too girly for my husband.
Accessories, office supplies and a thrifted jar add more color on a side table.
I found a floor lamp with a shade in blue and pink to match my room’s color scheme. Of course, every office needs an inspiration board for when those fabulous ideas strike.
The dining room is a bit of a departure. We went with a buttercream color rather than white and highlighted it with a thrifted Modigliani imitation and colorful curtains.
This colorful armoire that we got at auction holds some of our inherited and thrifted china.
I hope you enjoyed the house tour. All the best, Joann.
This post appeared first on Simply Designing. All blog posts, text and images are subject to my Privacy and Use Policy here.