Thursday, May 5, 2011

No, this isn’t another wedding post!  The publishers of House Beautiful’s latest book “Blue – 350 Inspiring Ways to Decorate with Blue” sent me a complimentary copy to review (and will provide a copy to one lucky reader!)

HB Blue. Cover

I love the House Beautiful books which are a collection of images from the magazine supported with ideas and advice from interior designers .  This one has to be my favourite thus far.  


Decorating with blue is timeless, versatile, appealing and  a fail-safe choice when decorating.  I realized that I have included some of  the images in the book in previous blog posts.  See here, here and here.

The book shows how blue can work in any room and with any colour scheme.  This bedroom decorated by Tom Stringer in a navy and white colour scheme is bold and fresh.

HB BLUE. Page 179 

While this bedroom with a muted blue and orange scheme is more tranquil.  Designer John Willey points out that “the orange isn’t too bright because it’s printed on tan linen rather than cotton.”  And by cotton he means a white ground – good tip! 

HB BLUE. Page 207

This is one of my favourite images from the book, in part due to the gorgeous blue textiles but also the idyllic setting. Le sigh…


Would you like to have this book as part of your collection?  The publisher has kindly offered a book to a reader.  To win:

* become a Follower of Decor Happy by clicking on the Follow button near the bottom of the sidebar and

* leave a comment letting me know if you have any blue in your own home.  If you don’t have a blog, please leave your email.

For extra entries:

* tweet about the giveaway linking to this post and including @vanessajfrancis in the tweet

* follow me on Twitter

This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US. I will choose a winner using random. org on May 19th.

Good luck!


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