Gray skies…and YELLOW !!


Recently I decided to change my dining room curtains to a soft gray and white.

I have not done this yet..but the idea took post and it is still in the back of my mind.

Gray is the new black. How trendy.

Problem is …it is still GRAY.

Everybody LOVES gray at the moment..but I am noticing something else.

Everybody needs a bit of cheering up right now….

I have just returned from a sunny country.

It is never more obvious than just upon return how gray the skies can be on the other side of the world.

It can cause severe mood disorders.

And who wants to bring in gray on the inside of the house, when there is enough gray on the outside at the moment.

But there are ways to make those gray skies go away .

One of those are …YES … the SUN….YELLOW !!!!

Maybe it all has to do with everyone’s mood out there, but I am seeing yellow everywhere this week. Certainly our souls are calling out – give us something to lift the spirit ! Winter has now been with us a while…time to start looking for the bright side of things again !!

Starting off this journey was this painting I bought on my recent trip to Vietnam.

I think it will fit perfectly in my gray diningroom – with the bright yellow of fall (ing) leaves.

I can’t wait to get it re-framed…it’s been waiting out there for me.

Everything else will be gray and white.

What do you think of this color scheme?

Just to give you an idea of the same scheme, different setting….

(by Michelle Hinckley)

mmmmm…don’t you think??

I found this while browsing around for inspiration on the site houzz. What a great site that is for replacing all your old magazine clippings?

If I have not convinced you of the yellow yet…..

tell me with a straight face that you did NOT notice that vase…?!

(by Fiorella Design)

And how cool is this?

(by The Lettered Cottage)

Magic touch there with the frame !

(by Michelle Hinckley)

And surely waking up to this can help a l-i-t-t-l-e (not a lot) with getting up in the morning …..

(by Michelle Hinckley)

This dining room would have been absolutely nothing without those chairs !

(by Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech)

And if you prefer to go with a little bit of a different shade…..still success !!

(by Emily Elizabeth Interior Design)

Be it the bright or the buttery version. Yellow just never fails.

oooh…. I can just imagine the home-baked bread to make this picture complete for a cozy ranch feeling…

(by Dreamy Whites)

I can go on and on here for the rest of the day. I am not wearing yellow for nothing today?! (Quick shot from my computer to let you in on what tipped me over today to bring all the yellow’s together…must have hit me already this morning in my dressing room !)

Yellow is not a team player. It pretty much does the job single-handedly..but what a great job it is doing to brighten up any space that needs a bit of oemf !

But, if I have not convinced you…there is NO one more convincing with color inspiration than Leslie with her blog, a creative mint.

For a treat, go over to decor8, where Leslie shares the rest of her color project for this month on Holly’s blog. Here is just a taste… I rest my case !


Color me pretty on decor8

Make sure not to miss the rest of Leslie’s beautiful color combinations at  Color Me Pretty Time via a creative mint or on decor8.

Have a bright and sunny afternoon, even if the skies are gray.

Hope I have lifted your spirit a little and let me know what you think of my dining room plan !



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  • Grethe says:

    Love the tree towel hook……and the picture frame. O lot of these images looks like they belong somewhere on the West Coast of SA….in a house on Paternoster. Was a good inspiration to get away from red…..although it doesn’t help that most of my house walls are painted red?!? Oh…..the tray on the bedside cabinet – gorgeous!

  • Ilze says:

    Well – red reminds of a warm fire in winter..and your walls look like a good red wine….so, also good for winter blues.

  • samantha Soranson says:

    Ilze I love the painting that you got in Vietnam – good choice. Yellow is not a color I lean towards but I hear what you are saying. Just today after I read your blog I was online looking at my fav online furniture store and have a look at what is HOT for January –
    Sofa with yellow cushions!!! So as always you are on the cutting edge of whats hot! Just don’t fall off. Love the Blog coming more often. So proud of you! S

    • Ilze says:

      Painting’s great, isn’t it ?! Color ghurus tell me I am also not a yellow person…gotta use it sparingly…and I only wear it twice a year…but the day when I have “yellow fever”, I have it high !!
      Great, great link – immediately loved what was on first page…and spotted a few other things too. Thanks for sharing it !
      Falling off the couch…LOL…

  • Masha C. says:

    Ilze, our mutual friend Diane W. sent me the link to your blog.I found it is very interesting.
    Specifically about this post – First of all, I loved the paining you have got. It is just a center piece for the house. Then I’ve never thought about the combination of gray and yellow. I think, like many others – I used gray with red or green, which is not a bad idea either. Anyway today I realized what a great advice you gave me!
    We bought our new home last year. It was renovated except the bathroom, which has old tiles. And tiles’ color is YELLOW! White and Yellow doesn’t look too bad, but it doesn’t give any character to the bathroom. So now thanks to you the solution came! Until waiting for our bath renovation we will paint it gray! I think it would be just perfect and stylish – Gray and Yellow. I believe it reduce this feeling – too much yellow, but give a freshness to the bathroom! Thanks for such a great idea!

  • Ilze says:

    Masha – your comment gave me great joy ! And a big thanks to Diane. I hope to post more and I hope you will like whatever the blog evolves into. I am convinced that gray paint is going to do the trick – do take before and after shots and send me over a photo if you get to it one day ! I just loooove little deco/ renovation projects. I will remember to post on my blog about my last little project which happened to be a bathroom…watch this space !

  • mienie says:

    I like the yellow idea. Reminds me of my first kitchen accessories many moons ago. Had lots of very bright yellow things… These days the shades of yellow is more appealing. I am sure you will have lots of lovely dining memories in your grey and yellow dining room.your painting is beautiful – love it

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