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From Useless to Useful

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Apparently neither Nate nor Candace are coming to my rescue.  I’ve tried.  I have written sad, sad letters about my poor empty dining room, to no avail.  I’m on my own to tackle my dining room that’s not a dining room.  This poor room has been abandoned for almost 9 years.  We are not dining room people.  And I’m not a fan of cooking so I don’t need to have two rooms dedicated to food.

I really think dining rooms should be “optional” in new construction these days.  I think there are a lot of families who would rather have offices, libraries or dens instead of formal dining rooms.  Dining rooms look pretty, but are hardly used.  That’s my opinion anyway.

This week I have been contemplating what to do with this room.  Normally I’m not so overwhelmed with a project like this, but I want the room to look nice and be somewhat functional.  It’s the first room you see when you walk in the front door.  And it needs everything.  Paint, furniture, pictures, you name it!  Breathe Laurie, breathe.

A couple of days after my post on Navy Blue, I received the Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs catalog in the mail.  (Magazine/catalog day is always a happy day!)  Anyways, dark blue was shown in accessories, fabric and paint color.  I think it was a sign.  Now if I can get Hubby on board, I’m all set!

Blues from Pottery Barn

Blues from Ballard Designs

I love the color “Dusk” from Restoration Hardware.  It’s not navy blue, but it’s a darker blue.  I also like the color “Hale Navy” from Benjamin Moore.  I have picked up several different samples of fabric and they all have the dark blue in them.  I think it’s a sign that dark blue is what my “not a dining rooms” wants.

Restoration Hardware “Dusk”

Hale Blue – Benjamin Moore

I also just picked up three bookcases from Ikea.    They are the Hemnes series and I chose the Gray/Brown color.  It’s a different look.  I went to Ikea with the idea I was going to pick up the Brown/Black color, but once I was there, and with the cheering of my Bro, I pick the other color.  I think it will look great with a dark blue wall.  I put the smaller bookcase together already.  It took a little blood, sweat and beers (literally!) but the next two should be a piece of cake. 

Gray/Brown Hemnes Bookcases

I like the idea of adding a round table and a couple of chairs to the new room.

Kursi Kubu Armchair

Chair from Pier 1. A consideration for seating.

That’s as far I as got.  If I could only decide on fabric for curtains, I could buy the paint.  For some silly reason I keep asking my Hubby and my brother what they think of my choices.  And they are actually giving me their opinions!  Does rhetorical mean nothing to them?  I will post the end result of my room that’s not a dining room soon.  I hoping it will be a room that is beautiful, functional and dark blue!


In the Navy Blue

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I love navy blue.  My bridesmaids wore navy blue.  The first color of clothes I reach for is navy blue.  I’m drawn to sapphire jewelry.  But the only thing in my house that is navy blue is a pillow I made.  And it doesn’t go with anything in my house, so the pillow just sits in my craft room not matching a darn thing in there either.  I don’t know why I haven’t decorated in navy before.  Perhaps I see a new color scheme in my future?  But until then…

I was curious what the color navy blue represented (if anything).  Here’s what I found out…  In Feng Shui, navy blue is the color of intellect and wisdom.  Well, there you go.  That has me written all over it! ; )    This website says “People who wear dark blue are intelligent and self-reliant and take on a great deal of responsibility” and “Midnight blue has a sedative effect that promotes meditation and intuition”.

What I got from all that is if you love navy blue, that means you are a wise, capable DIY-er with oodles of intelligence, who needs a nap in order to have quiet time and to maintain your psychic abilities.  YEP!

Blue walls, white trim

Riverside Furniture Splash of Color Entertainment Dresser in Navy Blue

Blue dresser

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Love this chair!

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Navy blue watch

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Blue accent walls

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Navy blue door!!

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Love blue nails!

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Blue and white sign

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