Wild Card Wednesday Brought to You by the Color Indigo Blue, 8/15/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #251)

I don’t know what it is about the color blue, but I am surrounded by it at home–not the more tepid shades like robin’s egg blue or sky blue mind you, but deep and vibrant navy and indigo (left).  I suppose that you could call a deep blue my signature color–though I enjoy pale pinks and pinkish burgundy’s, and cream, too–but only for wearing.  I reserve navy blue for the artifacts of my life–evidence of traditions past down to me.

From my earliest years as a little girl I had dancing DeGas ballerinas  similar to the scene at right on my bedroom drapes with deep blue ribbons twirling round their ivory tufted tutus.  My mother also had matching bedspreads made for me with the ballerinas.  Of course as a child, I didn’t know they were DeGas ballerinas.  I just enjoyed the soft and cheerful movement they provided as my eyes glided about my bed room.    My pale pink bedroom walls were a nice complement to them.  It was definitely a little girls’ bed room.  Ha!

And then there is the crockery I have and use regularly–the soup bowls and gravy server with scenes of Holland windmills painted on them that had been my grandmothers’ dishes.  I suppose these ceramic blues instilled in me a love of navy blue against white patterns that I now find in my Finlandia blue and white serving bowl, my Willow Ware blue and white dinner plates (right), my various special plates (from Portugal and a flow blue example at left) and my blue, white and gold Royal Dalton wedding china dinner set at right.  But I only have 6 place settings of my wedding china because though I chose a lovely pattern–Princeton if you’re interested, unfortunately it is discontinued but for china wholesalers–because the dishes are too pricey to buy more.  And who entertains that preciously anymore anyway–let alone the hand washing clean up needed for such delicate items as china?   Life and sharing good times should be about people interacting, not the plates they eat off of.  Ha!  I say give me the easy cleanup of paper and plastic dinner ware any day.  Snap!

But, my blue on white color scheme doesn’t end there.  I have a lovely crystal clear glass paperweight with a deep blue swirl center.   What can I say, the blue spoke to me.  Ha!  And as you can well imagine–given my crockery tendencies–our dining room walls are a deep indigo blue, with a blue on white Finlandia type patterned drapery valance at left (from JCPenney’s).  I also have various vases, butter churn crocks, and figurines in blue and white such as the little Dutch girl in Delft Blue at right–but she is missing her hanging buckets.  And have I mentioned that I’m sitting typing this essay on a navy blue loveseat–wearing an indigo blue sun dress?  Ha!

However let me disabuse you of the notion you might have at this point that my/our living space is completely monochromatic blue.  Ha!  It is not. Our great room–not that large a room actually but the vaulted ceiling adds height, that’s just what they call the room where you spend most of your time–is in golden taupe tones.  And the third bedroom–where my grandmother’s, now my, piano sits and that opens to the great room–has a lovely pinkish burgundy carpet with gold tone taupe walls.  Our ranch style home is of the open floor plan variety, so the kitchen walls are also taupe with gold tones to effect an harmonious flow of gold toned taupe walls as a unifying feature.   So we have deep blues, pinkish burgundy, and gold accents in our various main rooms–jewel tones if you will.  Definitely not a shy color scheme, but it works–each room having accent colors to complement the dominant color in the room.  Snap!

And, wait for it.   Our master bedroom walls at left are painted a soothing pale botanical green–think hospital scrubs.  Ha!  Fooled you!    You see, my other favorite combination is a dusty mauve pink paired with a subdued pale green and ivory cream.  So, our kitchen and master bedroom really speak to my love of the softer color palette.  Ha!   I even made a curtain valance (sampled at right) for our kitchen’s sliding doors out to the deck that is a tapestry fabric of French café scenes in those colors.  And there is a pale green table cloth on our kitchen table–with pale pink silk flower garlands running along the top of the kitchen cabinets.  We have cream colored cabinets.  Think modern Country French styling.

So there you have it.  I live harmoniously in my home with the juxtaposition of bold deep blues and other jewel tones that are softened by their pale pink and green and cream counterparts elsewhere in our home.  Thinking on it now, I suppose that my preferred color choices rather reflect my own personality–bold (the blues) on the outside as needed, but soft and sentimental (pale pink and green) on the inside.  As one friend giggled when I described a flowery and romantic outfit I was wearing at the time, she called me a girly girl.  I guess I am.  I like my blue and white crockery–chipped though some of it may be by now–and the warm memories of long ago family gatherings with loved ones long gone that they evoke.  And I delight in pale pink and green and cream–with delicate flower patterns preferably.  Though, to placate my hubby, we have an occasional dose of plaid in those soft colors so that he doesn’t feel completely overwhelmed by my femininity.  Ha!  But then, my hubby rather likes that about me–my feminine side.  *wink*

So, do you have favorite colors that give you a serene feeling or recharge your batteries?  Please share.


About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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10 Responses to Wild Card Wednesday Brought to You by the Color Indigo Blue, 8/15/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #251)

  1. kathryngaul says:

    Hi, Grati…I’m not one for wearing blue and what I call “baby blue” isn’t a great colour for a bedroom when you’re already feeling a bit blue. But I simply love the sound of your home – it must be beautiful. And thank you for including the little pics


    • Hi Kathryn,
      Thanks for your nice note! We like our home and it does have many favorite touches with it.

      But the hallmark of our home is that it is not “stuffy”–but rather, comfy and inviting for everyday life. For example, we have a fitted couch cover over our nicer tapestry couch–to prevent the dog’s nails from catching a thread when it lies on it. Ha!

      Our furniture is a blend of old and new–heirloom pieces with lots of memories and “found” items that complement them. And dare I tell you that the buffet in my dining room was a $25 garage sale find? Snap! I love bargains!

      Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. A Scattering says:

    I really enjoyed your tribute to your favorite colour. I lean towards earth tones myself. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I’m a redhead. Or I was. God is giving me so much white hair that I now appear blonde! Have a great day.


    • Giggles, A Scattering!
      Thanks for your nice note. SInce I’m swimming every morning, the pool chlorine is turning my reddish brown hair more and more red–despite my attempts to keep my hair brunette. Ha!
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  3. Kitty says:

    Your home sounds so “homey”, Gratiana. Shouldn’t one’s home reflect the people who live there? Whether it’s color, trophy, art, we want to be surrounded by the stuff that inspires and validates us. The trick, as you pointed out, is to find the happy medium when more than one share the same space. I have been the decorator (I use that term very loosely) in our home with the exception of the white tail deer and large mouth bass hanging on our living room walls. I dispise them. But, my Prince has been the one who has worked so very hard to pay for all these blessings, so he is surrounded by his passion for the outdoor sports of hunting and fishing. I dream of a home without scratched hardwood flooring and toys aren’t strewn all over the house, but I don’t see that happening until the grandchildren are older. Until that time, if it ever comes, our home will reflect the people who live (stress on ‘live’) here.


    • Hi Kitty,
      Thanks for your lovely note! My hubby chose the tile in the bathrooms and the fireplace surround. The rest he left to me–but I included him when making choices. However, his “chair” that he sits in–or the behemoth in the corner of the room, ha!–is a hunter green and burgundy on cream plaid. We cover it to match with the rest of the room when we have company over. Ha!

      And I remember a time in our old home when we had toys and games and dress up strewn everywhere in our then family room. For the first 10 years of their lives, we lived only 2 blocks away from our niece and nephew who live in town. So they were over at our home weekly. Loved it! Now our dining room is study central for me. So I need to reclaim that space eventually. Ha!

      Cheers! Grati ;->


  4. servetus says:

    I collect blue on white porcelain too! (or I did — haven’t bought anything recently and everything I own is in storage anyway). I mostly collect patterns that can be put in the dishwasher. Rosenthal Romanze / Rhapsody (recently discontinued) and various of the more contemporary Royal Copenhagen pieces. I feel like different blue / white patterns can mix on a table without too much trouble, esp if interspersed with plain white pieces.


    • Hi Serv,
      Sister! Royal Copenhagen is very nice! I’ll have to look up the Rosenthal Romanze you mention. I don’t add to my small collection–if less than five is a collection, ha!–anymore. I’ve gotten rather practical as I have matured. If it can’t fit into the china cabinet where it won’t need to be dusted? I’m not buying it. Ha!

      And I mix and match my blue and white china/dishware, too! I once hosted a traditional thanksgiving dinner for some visiting Russian state/province leaders and their interpreter for our local League of Women Voters (LWV)–about 13 people in all. I gave our international guests my wedding china and the sterling silver flatware and we LWV townies–including a former mayor–ate off of the Willow Ware and the silver plate flatware. I then interspersed the crystal wine and water glasses amongst everyone (I had 16 of those). Snap!
      Note Bene to anyone feeding Russians: They were very suspect about the onion and sage dressing and especially the pumpkin pie–flavors/dishes they were unfamiliar with. But I will say that the “junior” (though older) international guest was game to at least try them.

      Cheers! Grati ;->

      P.S. And happily, my Willow ware is dishwasher safe–though I have never tried to wash them that way. Ha!

      P.S. I fixed your typo you mentioned for you. I wish there were a way to let people do that on their own–like on Judiang’s Watcher blog.


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