Teal obsession: I’m cheating on my favourite colour

This isn’t going to seem like a big deal to most of you. I see so many pictures through social media of people’s colourful lives. And I really wish I could be so bold. For me, colours are a big deal. In the past, I’ve tried to introduce many colours into our home. But the truth is, it drove me IN.SANE. I hope that doesn’t sound rude? I’m well able to appreciate when people share they’re colourful homes and if anything, I’m jealous. But I just can’t do it. Call it DOCD – design obsessive compulsive disorder.

But that all changed a couple of weeks ago. It’s really lame, but it started with a hoodie my husband bought in H&M. It was a really dark teal. Oh. It was nice, and that freaked me out. But no, this isn’t a dark berry colour, so just no. But the more I thought about it this new hue, the more I realized it might actually go really well in our home. So I tested it out with an easily disposable item – candles. I headed to my local Tiger store and picked up two teal candles for €1.

They pretty much sealed the deal. Last week while I was doing my lunch time charity shop route I spotted two particularly interesting gems. Both of which were within range of my new colour obsession. First I saw this Achill Pottery bud vase. I’d seen a few of them before in charity shops here and there, but never had I seen one in this colour. The bottom half is pushing it with the brightness factor, but I like the top half so it makes it okay. It’s a rather cute little wobbily vase with different sized holes in it for buds and off-cuts. 

I then spotted this picture frame in the same charity shop. While I know it itself is not teal, the thick wedge of glass on it glints teal whenever I walk past it. I should say this frame was in a very sorry state in the shop. It had a massive old sticker across the glass, rendering it pretty severely gross. But I saw past the ugly. I steeped it in warm soapy water, and laughed a menacing manner at all those who disregarded it. 

CONFESSION: we have no photos in our home. Now that I think of it, ever since I moved out from my parent’s place close to 8 years ago, I haven’t had one photo printed and framed. Not even one from our wedding, which was almost 2 years ago. So I’m hoping that now I have this pretty little number, it might encourage me to get my ass in gear.
xx A

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  1. September 1, 2014 / 12:41

    Oooh yes! That's a gorgeous combination of colours! YES TO COLOUR!! Sorry that's cuz I'm a mentalist when it comes to colour. I've tried doing a really neutral palette once and I realised quite quickly it's so not me! lol I think you just have to find what you are happy to live with 😉 xxx

    • September 3, 2014 / 08:23

      So true, Kimberly. I was the opposite in the past when trying to force loads of colour into our home. It just wasn't me. Still, I hope to one day have your balls when it comes to colour! MOAR COLOUR!

      xx A

    • September 3, 2014 / 08:56

      I did the same thing, tried to force color–but I'm just a neutrals girl. This is a really nice and subtle combination though, very nice.

    • September 13, 2014 / 09:50

      Thanks Christina! And it's good to know I'm not the only one who has rebounded from colour. Not to mention, I'm glad you can see my blog pictures now o/

  2. September 4, 2014 / 20:18

    Oooh this is different! In my head you are berry/wine colours with black and white stripes!
    I like this dark teal touch, though – it seems to work very well. Love everything about that third picture – it looks amazing! (And incidentally shows how gold and silver works perfectly together!)
    You must deffo get a picture in that frame! Love how you've captured the picture with the purpley hydrangea reflected in the bottom, contrasting with the teal glint of the sides. Berry and dark teal – who knew?! I guess it makes sense – red and green are complimentary colours, and this is just twisting a bit of the colour wheel from a true red and true green. (Pardon my over-the-top analysis of you adding teal to your decor!)
    Maria xx

    • September 13, 2014 / 09:49

      Yes! It's so funny, I was thinking of our gold / silver combo convo when I was editing my photos. I used to think metallics were so one or the other, but now I hardly put any thought into it and they can mingle all they want.

      As much as I like to think I'm the first person to have ever come up with a teal / berry combination, I suppose you're right with the whole colour-shmolour wheel stuff. You know how to cut to the core of me, M-Dogg.