Thursday, July 31, 2014

Getting Closer

Can you believe I haven't picked the fabric for the roman shades in my kitchen? Maybe I shouldn't be too hard on myself, it's only been a year and a half since the renovation. right now I am waiting for a sample of this fine fabric...


jeffrey alan marks

London home of interior designer Bunny Turner of  Turner Pocock. The walls are painted in 'Squid Ink' from Paint  Paper Library.

An armchair covered in Carnival by Christopher Farr Cloth. Design: Christina Murphy. Photo: Jonny Valiant. #fabric #textile #carnival_print #chair
pics here
I love that is has blue and green...two of my favorite colors. And that little bit of gray will look great with the gray veining in my counter tops. 

Kitchen window right after renovation...

Kitchen window last night.
As you can see I have some old fabric samples clipped on a tension rod so I can close them and have a little privacy at night. 
Folks, it's time to make a decision!!

Arent  Pyke | Christopher Farr Carnival | Green


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Calling All 6's

I've been looking for the perfect riding boot for ages. 

Last week I did find the best pair of boots ever on Ebay. These were change your life, make your shoe dreams come true boots. So I did what any good shopper would do...I bid on them. And won. The excitement, the joy....I couldn't believe my good fortune. Until they arrived. While even more perfect in person they were sadly too small. I tried to make them work but I really do need my toes. 

 They are the real deal vintage Frye boots. 
Perfectly broken in. 

The boots say size 7 but are really more like a size 6 or 6 1/2.
10 1/2 inches from toe to heel.

So, so good!!
$75 plus $15 shipping
Email me:

Right now I would wear them with a white dress: here

Army green oversized jacket + lace dress + riding boots. Perfection

As you move into fall you could add an army jacket: here & here and they are on sale!!

SOLD and off to a good home!!!

Let me know if you have any questions:
And don't forget the Way Way Allen Pop-Up shop at Furbish.

O.K. Ready, set, shop! 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Way Way Allen Pop-Up Shop

Got plans for tomorrow?
If not I have something fun for you...
Another amazing Furbish Pop-Up Shop Featuring Way Way Allen.

There will be 50 fabulous oil pastels on archival paper in a range of sizes.

Good, right?
You so need one..or two!!
Set your clock, they won't last long.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I Need Some Color

Thankfully the sun came out yesterday, 


And with it my better attitude.

macarons in Paris

Rainy, gray skies makes me a grumpy girl.
So I gathered some bright, colorful images to perk me up.

Todd Chilton

We all need a little happy in our lives, don't you think?

You can get some happy here, herehere and here

pics here

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A More Glamorous Life

While reading blogs and looking at Instagram do you ever think "Their life is way more glamorous than mine!!"

They look glamorous driving boats...

And eating ice cream.

Blogger Pink Peonies wearing the Tory Burch Pearl Tunic
Their outfits are fabulous...

And so are their vacations.

Colorful Oregon Summer wedding | Photo by Love Lit Wedding Photography | Read more -
And the parties look effortless and entertaining. 
But you know what I've decided?
People don't have a better life, they just have a better camera.
Guess what I need? Yep, a better camera.
 I am considering three cameras I recently saw in The Wall Street Journal. Check them out and let me know what you think: SonySony and Nikon
Thoughts, suggestions?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Now and Later

There are so many great sales going on right now and it is the perfect time to stock up on some classics. A lot of the pieces can take you from summer to fall.

Who doesn't need a chambray shirt?

With shorts in the summer....

chambray shirt + black pants.
And black pants in the fall
Get the look here, here, and here
(Not so much for fall but J Crew is practically giving away their shorts: Here )

And what about a navy maxi skirt?

Lauren Conrad in Punk'd: (Season 9)
White tank for summer

Sweatshirt for fall
Get the look here and here 

See anything you like?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Little White Dress


Saw this dress on Grace of Stripes and Sequins and knew I had to have it. White gauze with tassels...perfect! Expensive? Nope!

Women's Crinkle-Gauze Drop-Waist Dresses

I was going to get a picture of myself in the dress but it just didn't happen..yet!
But I like the dress so much I ordered another one (when they had a 30% off sale) and I am going to dye it black!!!
Won't that be so cute in the fall with boots and a jean jacket? Hey, it could work! I've dyed clothes before. I'll take notes and pictures and let you know how it goes...wish me luck!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014


I am working on getting my Instagram up and running. 
I joined this week (I told you there were big changes coming)
and I am following people but have yet to post.
Still got some details to work out...
Some things in life just seem to scream Instagram to me - 

 Like these matches I found at the grocery store.
How happy do they make you?
Who wants to play with fire now?
(Sisters, if you are reading, look away because these may be in your stockings)

And this...
Just a fun Sunday afternoon where all three of my children were getting along for a split second of family fun!!

Are you on Instagram?

P.S. Thank you for all the e-mails and info concerning my blog redesign.
I hope to get cracking on a bigger, better Blue Hydrangea!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Time for a Change

I love a good before and after...

Ashley Gilbreath Interiors | Old House Restoration | Montgomery Alabama

And there are about to be some big changes around here at Blue Hydrangea. 
I am totally updating this old blog of mine and giving it new life. 
Have you worked with a great design person/team to update your blog?
Got any words of wisdom? 
Have you made the leap from Blogger to Wordpress?
Would love to hear from you. 
Comment or e-mail me at

Monday, July 14, 2014

I Found the Before...

I know I showed you this bookshelf redo last week but over the weekend I found the before!!
A before and after is a lot better when you have the before picture...

Not bad...except maybe for the dust buster on the bottom shelf...

What I love about this is that we used what Stuart already had. We did not buy one new thing.

We did some editing and moving around...

Packed some glasses away and brought artwork in from another room...

And added all the fixings to make a bar. 
It's all about using what you've got!! (If you've got great stuff, otherwise I may have to do a little bit of shopping :)
Holler if you need some help!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

All American Dinner

Last Friday Cricket decided to make a 4th of July dinner for the whole family.
I have to say Bill and I had our doubts. After all she just turned 14 and only enters the kitchen to get snacks and dessert. 
But you know the whole parenting thing where you are supposed to encourage everything you kid wants to do and never crush their creativity no matter how messy it may be? That's not us. But someone else making dinner sounded good so we said go for it.
And boy were we impressed!!!

Red, White and Blue Deviled Eggs

 Star Shaped Watermelon

American Flag Pizza

And for the finale, 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats

Red white and blue drink - The drink with the highest sugar content stays on the bottom - Use red fruit punch, blue Gatorade, and diet 7-up/Sprite

She also made a Red, White and Blue drink but I didn't get a good picture before we started slurping them down.
All in all it was a huge success and I am thinking I might be able to push some of my dinner duties off on her.
Didn't she do a good job??

You can find the recipes here...under Yummy

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