Monday, December 1, 2008

A Whole Lot of Blue Going On...

10 Years Ago...
on this past Saturday,
We welcomed a sweet BLUE bundle of joy
into our family!

~ David ~

Born 5 years, 3 months, and 11 minutes after his sister.
(by David's calculations, LOL!)

A boy who loves animals...

Is pretty intelligent, although as your mother, I'm probably biased! :)

(...posing in the "Thinker" pose)

Did I mention Drama KING! :)

Is a really cool kid...

Loves adventure and is afraid of very little....

My dare devil!

Which keeps me on my toes, (and on my knees in prayer! :) )
'Cause sometimes the adventures don't turn out too well!
You keep life interesting, ....never a dull moment!
And I love you more than words could ever express!

I can't remember what life was without you TEN years ago.
I'm so glad your sister prayed for you to come....(inside family joke!)

Happy TENTH Birthday, David!

I love you, ~Mom


To share just a little more BLUE,
I'm posting my newly remodeled BLUE bedroom.
Remember a few weeks ago, I stripped the white wallpaper down?

~ Click HERE, to see the before pictures... ~

The room was bland and clinical, even after many trials with various color schemes, bedding, and accessories.
I had two factors that I needed to work with in determining the color. One, my current bedding. Not that I love the looks of it, took awhile to grow on me. Actually I detested it when I ordered it from Pottery Barn, but it sleeps so well! It is warm in the winter, yet cool enough in the summer, and just a great weight.

And secondly, the room connects to my husband's study below, which is open as a cathedral two-story room, and is painted a very dark olive green. (accidently deleted the picture).

My first choice of paint for my bedroom would have been some shade of green, which Kevin and I both love and find very soothing. But the color of the office canceled that option. My next choice, chocolate brown, which didn't work!

So I settled on a light teal-grayish blue. (It is a more subtle color than appears in the following pictures.) Compliments the green of the office well, and I really am pleased with it.

Most everything in this room I already had, though some things were "borrowed" from other rooms in the house. The only things new, were the two lamps and frames for the bird prints.

Tapestry piece I found at an antique store.

We replaced the doors in the room, and had them trimed out with new molding.

The blue print spread alone, didn't quite work. So I paired it with an off-white comforter and shams from storage.

I found the two bird prints below, on eBay....

View from the master bathroom...

The tapestry piece on this wall (below), was a gift from my MIL many years ago, found at a yard sale. It is hand-needlepoint, lined with blue velvet. of my favorite pieces.

I hope to show more of our remodeling in the weeks to come, as I post my Christmas decorations. But, I've just started, so don't hold your breath! LOL!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

For more BLUE posts, visit Sally at Smiling Sally.
~Rhonda :)


Amelia said...

Lots of hard work and probably some tears...but so worth it. Rhonda, so pretty...worthy of a magazine spread.

Have a fun week...looking forward to your Christmas decorations.


Coloradolady said...

Very pretty. Don't you just love it when you can bring different elements to a room for such a polished look? I love your rooms and decor. Happy Blue Monday.

Smilingsal said...

It's absolutely beautiful! The wall color is such a soft teal that at first I thought that it was white; however, when looking at it with the teal print, I easily see the connection. Smart choices! Happy Birthday to your cute David, and Happy Blue Day to you!

onlymehere said...

I do love your style! I wish I could see the room in person as I know my camera alters the true colors and you said this did too. You find the most wonderful things and I love how you put them together. Most of all I love that trim on the doors! It makes the best statement ever in your room! I've missed you but have been so busy I haven't had time to drop by. I'll try to be better but this is pretty typical for my winters. I've been working on a present for Savannah too that is coming together quite well and I'll post it after Christmas. I'd do it when it's done but Brianna may see it and I want her to be surprised too! Oh, happy birthday to David too! What a great thought for a blue Monday post! He sounds like such a great kid but I know he's given you a few pretty silver hairs (gray sounds so dull and lifeless)!! I hope he got to do something fun and adventurous for his birthday (just to keep your life interesting) LOL! {{{HUGS}}} Cindy

ivoryspring said...

Happy Birthday, David - you are blessed to have such a loving Mom!

Rhonda, that bedroom is just to die for. I love the blue toile looking accent pieces on the bed.

Dawn said...

A very happy birthday to David. Being the mother of a boy who just turned 10 in September I know the joy you feel! My children are 18 years, two weeks, six days and 4 hours apart in age LOL!

Oh, Rhonda your bedroom is beautiful!!!! It puts my room to shame. Nothing matches and things are in there to hold stuff and that's about it!!

take care,

Penless Thoughts said...

Happy 10th to your David.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

That is such a sweet post about David. Hope he has a very happy can just look at him and tell he is a great kid!

I love the color you chose for the bedroom!

Have fun decorating for Christmas!

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Shelia said...

Happy birthdy, David!!
Oh, Rhonda, your bedroom is gorgeous! I love the wall color and those bird prints are beautiful. They look like Audobons? Now, that bed of yours is spectacular and I love the bedding. Hey, I could come spend the night and sleep in the brand new bedroom!! lol
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Katie said...

Love your room and all your photos! Happy Blue Monday!

Ma'dame French said...

Happy birthday to the little guy;0 The room looks lovely;) Love the casing and trim around the closet doors;) French

Sweetie said...

Happy Birthday to David. You can tell that he's all boy. I especially liked the photo on the John Deere. Your bedroom redo is great. Happy Blue Monday.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

A very Happy Birthday to David! What a precious boy!!! And I love your room, Rhonda! I think you did such a good job with it, and I know you're going to enjoy it so much. Beautiful!

I'm so glad you shared the before and after with us. Somehow I always forget the befores!

Happy Blue Monday!


Sheila :-)

nikkicrumpet said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID! What a handsome young man...and You can tell you make your momma proud! And your bedroom turned out splendidly! I love the bedding and the wall color looks really pretty. The whole thing came together really nicely!

Simply Dandy said...

The colors in the bedding are beautiful. I have painted our bedroom five times in 5 years, I finally like it, so trust me I understand. Sometimes it just takes awhile to get your groove.


Tootsie said...

YOU HAVE MY BED!!!!! I have the huge dresser and night stand too! my house is too small for the set but I love love love the look of it anyways!

Tootsie said...

happy birthday David!!!!!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hey Rhonda, love your new look in your bedroom, love that bed !

imjacobsmom said...

Happy Birthday David!!!! and Happy Blue Monday to you! ~ Robyn

Kitty Scraps said...

Good Morning Miz Rhonda,
Happy Birthdy to your sweet boy! Great name too *smiles* My dear hubby and son share his name as well *smiles*

I think your bedroom turned out so pretty! All your hard work and effort has certainly paid off, it's gorgeous! I also love your bedding. The new trim and casings around your doors are great too. Job well done!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

happy bday to your baby. :) They grow up so fast, don't they. My oldest turned 15 on Sunday although I didn't give him quite the tribute...wait, I didn't give him any tribute. :)
Great job on the room.

laurie said...

David is such a cutie, and I know what you mean about prayers for him. I felt like we were in the Emergency Room with our son once a week! Your bedroom is gorgeous, and I love that bedding. I think the wall color IS soothing even though it is not your fav. green. It all looks so pretty. laurie

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Happy birthday to your son! I hope he has a wonderful day! I am sure a cake or some kind of treat will be involved.
I love the color of the room. It came together very nicely. I love the new banner. The mantle is lovely!

Nancy said...

Happy Belated Birthday David!!! I love the blues, Rhonda! I know you have been working crazy lately...I have been thinking about you! Blessings, Nancy

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Your room turned out beautiful! And happy birthday to David!

Pearl said...

Just ♥ LOVE ♥ the wall color, etc. in your "new" bedroom... and I have a major fondness for big poster beds... so beautiful...


~cheers 'n tosses blue confetti~

Hope his day was awesome! God bless...

~hugs, love ♥ 'n prayers~


Kathi said...

Very nice Rhonda. I love what you've done.

The table-scapes are gorgeous. I love that blue turkey plate.