Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Irish in My Heart

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Embellish a candle with a strip of green ribbon.

Craft Tip: Tack a ribbon to a candle by using upholstery tacks, or a short pin. Gently tap the tack through the ribbon, into the candle with a hammer. This same idea can be done with a strip of paper or fabric. Make sure you keep the decor far from the flame!

I have Irish in my heart and in my genes. In memory of my father, my favorite Irishman, I celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Many years have passed, but hardly a day goes by that I don't think of my dear father. On St. Patrick's Day, he dressed in his green suit and green sequined bow tie. He gave me flowers, and brought joy to everyones' day.

With green on my mind, I thought I would share some green rooms.

A non matchy color scheme works when you stay on the same side of the color wheel and pair it with neutrals.

Soft green and yellow will provide a soothing palate. A dramatic pop of red fabric on the stool behind the couch, brings interest to this room.

Paint the inside of a cupboard a different color. Fresh green looks inviting with vintage white stoneware.
Cool colors of green in mint and aqua with a splash of silver (fridge and cupboard knobs), and paired with robin's egg blue, are a relaxing sight. This is cottage style at it's finest.

Traditional decor in green always works.

Mix greens for a fun, happy look.
Pictures are from http://www.bhg.com/

Have a Blessed, Green Day.
Ele

45 comments:

Denise Elizabeth said...

Oh green is my color. Love it. Thanks for the tips. Denise

Vintage To Chic said...

Ell, I like the name Belle, Wonderful memory of your Dad, Happy st pattys day.
Hugs,
Judy

Caleen said...

I love the Candle tutorial. So pretty. So fun to hear about your Irish Heritage. Great Memory of your Father. Love all the Rooms. Especially love the painted cupboard. I think I am now inspired to do that.. Thank you. Have a wonderful Day!

Jennifer said...

Hi Ele,Happy St Pats Day.What a cute idea for the candle.I love the rooms you posted the kitchen with the mint greeen and aqua are my fav.
Your dad sounded very festive in his green suit and sparkling tie.I love your memories of him.Thank you for sharing with us.
How was the wedding?I bet you did a wonderful job with the flowers.Can't wait to see them.Hugs!Love ya,Jen

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I love your passion for this holiday and your Father. Very sweet!

Sugar Bear said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! This is one of my favorite days even though I'm not Irish at all. I used to dream I was when I was a kid! Love the inspirational photos. You have given me some ideas for my living room - which is in desperate need of a face lift!
Karla

Julie said...

What a wonderful dad. Do you have a picture of him in his suit with sequin tie?
Would love to see it!!
Have a great St Patrick's day...Julie

Lori said...

your father sounds lovely Ele...what a great memory!!!

Happy St Patrick's Day!!!

Betty said...

What a great St. Pat's Day post. I love all the green in the rooms. The cupboard is adorable.

Glad you have such happy memories of your dad. I have the same of mine and so blessed to feel that way!

Bee and Rose said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

What a wonderful memory to share of your father!

Love the green drapes!

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

Hi Ele,

I love your post. The green is so relaxing! Your mosaic swap mirror is just beautiful. Hope all is well in your world. Happy St. Patricks Day!

Kitty

Connie said...

That's all it takes, honey: to be Irish in your heart!
xoxo,
Connie

Linda said...

Hi Ele,
I hope that you had a wonderful St. Patrick's, I love the green rooms that you pictured they are so calming.
Cheers and best wishes.
Linda

Tamerie Shriver said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, too. Green is my favorite color! And not because I am Irish. I love the picture of your house. It's just beautiful!

Hugs

Andrea-Brown Bee Studio said...

Hi Ele! Just popped by to see what you might be up to...I've been feeling green for some time now! Love the inside of the cabinet and the mix-matched greens in the office setting. Thanks for always sharing your beauty sweet friend! xoxo AndieBee

Allidink said...

That candle idea is sooo clever! I can't wait to try it! Thanks. Happy St. Pat's!

All the best,
Allison

tam said...

Great post-I am sure your good ole dad is smilin upon ya! Happy St. Patty's Day!~Smiles~Tam!

Anne Marie said...

I really do like that color combonation...green and white...the hutch picture was very cool.

Pink Feather Paradise said...

Happy St Patricks day, I am a little late, I know...

I love the memories of your father, he sounds a real gentleman...I visited Dublin with work many years back and I loved the place, I would love to go there for a short break but its very expensive at the moment...

I just pray that the "real IRA" don't get the public support again, I remember the first lot of troubles as a child and I really don't want to re-live it as an adult... what with 2 British solidiers and an Irish policeman shot dead in the past fortnight, we can only hope the people responsible are caught...

Take care
X Alex

Lori said...

Ele,
isn't it something how us Mid-western girls miss green! pretty post! Love, Lori P.S. Have you ever tried those candle rub-ons? I had some cherub one sand they came out sweet!

The Urban Chic said...

Ele, sounds like your dad was a wonderful and fun man to be around. Happy late St. Patty's day from one Irish lady to another.
I love all the cupboards and hopefully will soon have some energy to do some re-decorating or painting and crafting. I need the therapy! Love and Hugs, Pat
thanks for sticking by and visiting.

The Things We Carried said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! yours is lovely and I will try the candle trick!

Fiona said...

Oh Ele,

I just loved the green back painted cupboard. Happy belated St Patricks Day to you :))

vickie said...

Ele, I love the "simplicity" of the candle, so pretty. Thanks for sharing pretty pics of green.

Kai said...

Your father must have been a wonderful and fun-spirited person! I love the vision of him in his St. Paddy's attire, giving you flowers! And Ele, you constantly inspire me to be more aware of my surroundings. I love red & green and never really considered how something like soft greens & yellows could be every bit as pretty to me and infinitely more soothing & elegant! I studied those pictures as tho' I were going to be TESTED later. LOL! But the fact IS, I learned! Thank you, sweet girl!

Vintage To Chic said...

hey Lady, I sent you a little package today, hope it arrives by tuesday,
Hugs,
Judy

Judi said...

Happy Belated St. Patrick's Day!
Hope it was a nice one. Those were nice memories of your father...

I'm loving the look of these rooms. There is always something to pick up and remember from decorated rooms like this. I'm a real green person...and the yellows and I love that punch of red! Pretty.

have a lovely day
Judi

Alison Gibbs said...

Ele fabulous green photos.
Thanks for the candle tip.
Alison

Robyn said...

Lovely tips indeed! Hello Friend!
Robyn

The Rose Room said...

Thats a lovely candle to celebrate a day that has such special meaning to you. Take Care - Rachaelox

The White Bench said...

So wonderful! Love all that green...
Blessings,
Monica.

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

SO beautiful Ele!! I love the green, especially in spring :) Beautiful and thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial!
Hugs,
Amy

Love Where You Live said...

Love green. It's one of those colors that I just don't think you can go wrong with. It offers color but yet it's a neutral. Goes with just about anything. Signifies nature. Nice choices! I've got some Irish in me as well.
cheers, susan

Chic Gal said...

I just added you to the Pink Pig blog. You have wonderful posts!
http://pinkpigantiques.blogspot.com

Joy said...

Oh I love those pictures. I really like that big iron Chandelier too.

cityfarmer said...
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cityfarmer said...

ooooops, sorry...too many typos.

I loved this little glimpse of green, and I would have loved to know your Dad.

Diane said...

I love Greens and use it a lot around my home, love the ribbon added to the candle great place setting Idea!
Hugs, Diane

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

I to love green!
So much so that my Living Room is decorated in Traditional dark green!
Thanks for sharing!
Debbie Moss
(England)

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

I to love green!
So much so that my Living Room is decorated in Traditional dark green!
Thanks for sharing!
Debbie Moss
(England)

She'sSewPretty said...

Ele! Did you see my St. Patty's day post? My hubby is a very proud Irishman and dresses up every year to march in a local parade. I love the story about your dad. My hubby and he would have made great friends!

Susie Vasquez said...

Thanks for the candle tutorial.
I just found your blog, I'm going to go snoop some more.
Susie

vivian said...

Hi Ele, I hear that birthday wishes are in order here! so heres a giant HAPPY BIRTHDAY filled with wishes for a bright and sunny day! have fun!!
hugs
vivian

Tara said...

Ele

Great green rooms, springy and uplifting!

Inspired Tokens said...

Ell ...I love the idea with using tacks to hold a piece of ribbon around the candle. So simple, yet so very elegant. All of the photo's you share make me want to go and redo something in my home. They are all so lovely.