This is me doing a little yoga on the beach. Haha! Okay. So it’s not me. But it is how I would start my perfect summer day. Please visit us today at The Enchanted Home, blog retreat of the lovely and fabulous Tina to find out more about how we would spend our perfect summer day. We are so thrilled to be with her today and hope you enjoy our guest post!
Scholz Design But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the extra storage and entertaining prep offered by a butler’s pantry.
Melichar Architects If it’s as gorgeous as some of these, that’s just an added bonus.
pinterest Special accents like statement lighting and pulls make this small space big on style.
Munger Interiors From classic elements like marble
Joy Tribout to modern touches like stainless steel
de Guilio Kitchen a butler’s pantry is a timeless part of a stately home.
Forget entertainment prep. Some of these spaces are so great we might want to entertain in them altogether.
The Enchanted Home The inspiration for this post was the gorgeous butler’s pantry in Tina’s house from The Enchanted Home. The combination of light and dark is beautiful, and we can’t get over the floors.
Isn’t is just perfection? We aren’t surprised, of course. Tina’s home is ah-ma-zing from top to bottom!!
Thanks for the idea, Tina and for opening your home to us!
We are absolutely THRILLED to have the fabulous Tina of The Enchanted Home with us today. As avid fans since her first post, we have loved following the journey of the building and decorating of her amazing new home, and her latest venture, the opening of her online store, chock full of treasures. From linens to art to silver and even kitchenware, Tina’s choices are always, unsurprisingly, classic, beautiful and a little bit unique — just like she is! Since Tina’s blog is a daily “must” for us, we know her love for blue and white and are so happy that she’s sharing it with us. Thank you, Tina!
Good morning! I am so happy to be here, I adore Kristy and Beth, don’t they have such amazing style, true flair and gorgeous taste? I am a big big fan of theirs and of their blog which always promises something fabulous and leaves me smiling. Love their eye! Anyone who knows me knows of my love for blue and white, so today it seemed fitting that I dedicate this post to decorating with blue and white, namely porcelains. The possibilities are limitless with this wonderful element, truly I think blue and white works in virtually any kind of room, be it a bedroom, living room, bathroom or kitchen.
You are not limited to just using it for traditional rooms…it works as well in transitional or even more modern spaces too. I am a big fan and collect it…it certainly always has a welcome place in my home. So to highlight its versatility I am showing different spaces that have effectively used blue and white as an accent and then how I like to use it in my own home….hope you enjoy! What do you think about decorating with blue and white? Do you have it in your own home?
I love a console filled with all kinds of beautiful blue and whites, talk about dramatic! Carolyn Roehm
One of my favorite dining rooms by Cathy Kincaid shows how fabulous touches of blue and white in an otherwise monochromatic room can be!
Who would have thought about adding so much blue and white to a bathroom, but the effect is just fabulous! Martha Stewart
A pair is a pretty accent on a desk, Pagoda Road
A fabulous dining room with a healthy dose of stunning blue and white, Knotting Hill
Against all white, its quite spectacular! Country Living
Clearly Oscar de La Renta is also a fan!
It sure makes a beautiful and elegant theme for a party! Whitney Fairchild
Ashley Whittaker uses a pair of garden stools in a more transitional space beautifully
Using it in outdoor setting is equally beautiful, and mixed with vibrant colors…the effect is stunning!
A few choices in a bathroom amp up the elegance factor big time, Carolyn Roehm
I have always thought its so beautiful against a rich green as shown here, Kathryn Greeley
Blue and white always works in a kitchen
Shown with vibrant color like the reds here, its showstopping! Carolyn Roehm
Marhsall Erb decorated this fabulous pool house with blue and white!
William Eubanks often uses blue and white porcelains in his decadent grand spaces
Carolyn Roehm has mastered the art of decorating with blue and white
And to show I practice what I preach here are some blue and white looks from my own house….
For Easter breakfast, of course I used yep…more blue and white!
And my kitchen island always has an abundance of blue and white……
Phew…….blue and white overload! But to me, there no such thing as too much. I believe that blue and white is one of those timeless classics, it never goes “out” and is always very much in. It happens to be riding quite the wave of popularity at the moment but if you look back even decades ago you will see in the grand old homes, plenty of blue and white. Due to our expanding global marketplace, it is available in all prices ranges which makes it easy to find its way into anyones home. Best part is there are no rules…you play as you go along, adding a piece here, taking a piece away there….until you get it just right. Hope you enjoyed this post on blue and white and would love to hear what you have to say….thank you Beth and Kristy for having me!! Wishing everyone an enchanting day!
Thank you again, Tina! We are sure you are all well acquainted with the peerless Enchanted Home, but, if not, make sure to stop by!
The fabulous Tina of The Enchanted Home “tagged” us in a super fun game where you answer eleven questions about yourself and then come up with eleven more questions to ask eleven other bloggers. Isn’t that great? We are sure you know about Tina’s gorgeous blog, but, if not, be sure to check her out! She is as lovely as her amazing home is!
A few shots of her spectacular home
So, here goes…
1. Do you have a hobby? Tell me about it, if not tell me a hobby you wish you had!
Kristy: I love to do yoga. I’m pretty good at fitting in short sessions here and there around the baby’s schedule, but I miss my hour and a half long practices!
Beth: I love gardening, bridge and blogging…can you tell who’s the mother and who’s the daughter?!
2. Whats worse, failing at something or never trying to begin with?
Kristy: Never trying to begin with, of course! All those little failures ultimately lead us to where we’re supposed to be. (I mean, I think. I’m still pretty young to philosophize like that!)
Beth: Definitely never trying – how else can we learn?
3. Would you rather be a great cook or a great designer?
Kristy: A great designer. My husband is a great cook, so I eat well already!
Beth: A great designer – how fun to be surrounded by beauty that you are able to create.
4. If you could only have two rooms in your house which would they be?
Kristy: My bedroom because I love my bed and, currently, our whole little family sleeps in there together, and it’s wonderful 🙂 I’d want little Will’s playroom too because it’s so bright and sunny and he can play, I can do yoga and we have super-comfy couches in there — and a window seat It’s a great place for us to all just be together.
Beth: My bedroom – love my comfy bed and it’s certainly a respite at the days end, and my den. It’s warm, cozy and a perfect place to watch tv and relax with my husband.
5. Tell me which 2 famous people you would choose to have dinner with (dead or alive)
Kristy: Emily Giffin because I’m fascinated by how she juggles a high-profile writing career, husband, three children and life in general. I’d also love to meet Princess Diana.
Beth: Agree with Princess Di. I always found her endearing and fascinating, and of course you, Tina. Would love to meet one of my most favorite blog friends.
6. What are four descriptive words that describe you well?
Kristy: Resourceful, extroverted, determined and, unfortunately, lately, just a hair scattered 🙂
Beth: Good listener, hard working, family oriented, happy
7. Best book or two that you read in the last year?
Kristy: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It’s my favorite book, and I’ve read it a million times, but I always get something different out of it. I absolutely adore it every time.
Beth: Definitely The Help. A fabulous book, and unbelievable that it was Kathryn Stockett’s first novel.
8. What do you miss most about being a kid?
Kristy: Free time with no responsibilities.
Beth: Being totally carefree.
9. If you had a freaky Friday experience and had to trade places with one person for one day, who would it be? Why that person?
Kristy: I think it would be really cool to trade places with my husband for a day. I know it seems like a waste of being someone really awesome, but I think we would learn so much from seeing what the other person truly does on a daily basis.
Beth: Bill Gates – weird, but how fun to be that wealthy, yet that philanthropic for a day.
10. Describe a perfect day for you from morning till evening…..
Kristy: Wake up and do yoga on the beach, come inside and have coffee with my mom, snuggle and read with little Will, have lunch with my friends, spend the afternoon writing, squeeze in a massage, mani/pedi, have a date with my husband capped off with a family stroll on the beach under the stars, a bath and reading until I fall asleep!
Beth: Sleep late, leisurely coffee with Kristy in my pj’s, a delicious brunch with my family, gardening, shopping with a little massage thrown in, a quiet dinner out with my husband, a warm bath, a stack of magazines to devour until I fall asleep.
11. A place in the world you have never been that you would love to go……
1. If you were given the choice between a million dollars and maintaining your dream weight for the rest of your life what would you choose? 2. What is the best lesson you learned from your parents? 3. Where would your dream vacation home be? 4. If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life what would it be? 5. What is your all-time favorite movie? 6. If you could choose an animal from any movie to be your pet what would you choose? (i.e. Babe, the monkey from The Hangover…) 7. Up to this point, what has been the best day of your life? 8. If you could date any famous person (assuming you were unattached, of course!) who would it be? 9. If you could take a one year sabbatical and go anywhere in the world, where would you go? 10. If you were given a million dollars to donate to your favorite charity/cause, what would you choose? 11. If you could go backstage to meet any musician, dead or alive, who would it be?
Visit us today on one of our favorite blogs, The Enchanted Home. We are so thrilled that Tina invited us to guest post while she is putting the finishing touches on her fabulous home. She loves blue and white porcelain, as do we, so we decided today, to give her a little inspiration for her decorating. If you don’t follow her already, be sure to peruse while you are there – her blog is a must!!