Teal-ing Out and my first GIVEAWAY!

So I might have a mild obsession with turquoise.

And by mild, I mean must-buy-everything-pretty-in-turquoise.

I snatched up several pieces of jewelry, leather bracelets and clothing of various turquoise hues in Italy. I just bought a sea-blue cardigan from Zara and my favorite earrings are also of the same pigment family.

No big deal, right?

I find turquoise - and similar blue shades - very calming, fresh and nice to look at. Especially during summer months when you want to wear something bright, and during winter months when you want to break the grey streak.

It's only five more weeks till we move back to the US of A and I'm already thinking of ways I'll be able to incorporate the teal tint into our home. We'll be in a rent house, so anything I do will either have to be through objects and accessories or "undoable" changes like removeable wall paper. Which I can't wait to try out.

I love this striped one by Sherwin Williams:

Overall, our home has a very Texas country feel to it. We began aquiring our "dream furniture" a few years ago from the Texas Rustic store. All the pieces are a light pine wood and emblazoned with Texas stars. And our couches in the living room, for example, are dark brown leather.

I also have bronze Texas stars hanging all over the house, from huge pieces on the wall to a Texas-themed fan in our living room (a bonus find at Home Depot).

So to break up all the brown, I want to bring in some light, bright colors that also mesh with my shared love for relaxed, beach-inspired accessories. I am thinking of a seashore theme for our room and bathroom, and a lighthouse/cottage by the sea theme for the guest room and bathroom.

Here are some inspirational shots from the web and fellow bloggers to get the creative juices flowing. There's even beach-style laundry rooms, how great is that!?

So in the name of all that's turquoise, I decided to host my FIRST GIVEAWAY!!

On the docket is this super cute summer-worthy turquoise bracelet. I wore mine almost every day in Italy, I love it!

And if you're lucky and they're still in stock, I'll throw in these matching earrings:

The rules to enter are simple as 1-2-3:

1.) You must be a follower of this blog to enter, so if you haven't joined the ranks, now's the time! I'd love to have a better idea of who's actually reading my blog and "meet" you guys! Plus, I'm always on the lookout for fun, new blogs to read myself.

2.) Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite decorating color is!

3.) The contest closes at midnight (GMT) on Tuesday, July 6... so follow my blog and leave your comment before then. I'll use the Random Number Generator to pick the winning commentor and will annouce it next Wednesday. Check back in order to claim your prize and send me your mailing address!

Good luck!


  1. Well, let me be the FIRST to comment!! Glad you are doing this as I see these give a ways on others blogs and do not have a clue how it works!
    My decorating color? My FAVORITE 'one' is the fall palette....anything bronze/golden/pumpkin in color. I suppose that's why I completely FILL the house...every single room!...with the colors of fall each September-November. I also believe EVERY room needs to have ONE red item in it....at least.

  2. I love your blog and follow it closely! My favorite decorating color is red.

  3. Of course I follow your blog (and Facebook ha!). My favorite decorating color is beige because it will go with every crazy house the military moves us too. :)

  4. I don't know if I've "joined" or not, but I've certainly ready EVERY blog you've written while in Scotland. I also love turquoise and just pulled out an old ring I've had for 35 years. I also have a 2" cross I got the same year. My mom has turquoise from her childhood she used to buy in Colorado and I have a turquoise watchband in yellow gold that was my graduation present from U of New Mexico, bought at Bien Mur, a Navajo reservation. Right now my favorite decorating color is brick red. Can hardly wait to see you.

  5. I too love blues and browns as they are calming. I have a painting of a house in a bluebonnet field I had my Mom paint me years ago . I have carried it all over the world and found it comforting when I was missing Texas. It has been wonderful following your blog this year and hope you continue to write one when you return. I feel I have gotten to know you and your Mom better through the blogs and that has been a special gift to me.

  6. AnonymousJune 30, 2010

    I read regularly but have not joined - haven't taken the time to figure out "how." I like "peachy/salmon" colors. You would, however, be hard-pressed to say I've decorated anything besides my walls covered with paintings that I love to look at. I am so excited to read your articles and honored to say, "I know her." Love you. Debbie Freeman If I win, I'll get my address to you. :)

  7. Just started following your blog like last week and I love it! You are so cute and entertaining! My favorite decorating color is gray. I know it is a little boring but I feel it is contemporary, versatile and makes other colors pop.


    That example is a little extreme for my taste with all the zebra, but it gives an idea!

  8. Thanks to everyone for the great comments! Love hearing people's color preferences. :)

    You really do need to be a follower to enter, if you haven't joined yet it's super easy! Under the FRIENDS category, just click on the "Follow" button and follow the instructions. Easy-peesy-lemon-squeezy.

  9. Hello there! I am proud to say that I am a follower (ID: lyndadawinda1074) and I added you to my rss feed:)

    I'm doing more and more green in my home. I particularly love Olive green because I love the contrasts that can be created when using an it on walls. It feels so nature-inspired and non competitive to the other colors I want to pull into a space.

    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

  10. well I thought I had been an official follower of your blog all year but discovered I wasn't as I didn't see my photo. LOL so I joined just so you get a good rating. Your blog as well as your Mom's are always fun to read. LD's would be as well if he would write in it more often. LOL Enjoy your last month as soon it will just be a memory. A great one at that !


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