And this Delft blue colour is what I gravitated towards. How I love this shade.
Why do I love this colour so? For me, it begins, as does so much for us, with my childhood.
(by Janeych on Flickr)
When my parents separated and we moved out of the pink house into a considerably smaller white house and my mother went out into the workforce for the first time ever, she promised me that I could decorate my bedroom in colours of my choosing. In Laura Ashley. Of course. I say of course because in those days Laura Ashley was THE fabric of choice. And indeed clothing of choice. I can remember being pretty thrilled with my Laura Ashley pinafore as a little girl, which looked rather like this:
The fabric I chose for my bedroom was Campion (third along, second row down) for the curtains, and Wood Violet (third along, fourth row down) for the wallpaper.
For me, getting that room decorated my way symbolised some kind of completion of a very horrible stage in our lives. And a transformation into a more grown up girl.
Go here to see some wonderful Flickr photos of vintage 1980s Laura Ashley prints by Janeych. I do not understand why these old prints are not re-issued. They still look great. It's not my taste anymore, but I think they still look wonderful in a little girl's room, or in a guest room.
I still love Delft blue, but now like it like this:
(J Crew from a season or so ago)
(Cocco Lave bag by Bottega Veneta)Or this:
(via Design Crisis)
(House to Home)
A blue dining room. I think I could live with that.