Blue Door

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Whew.  The painting spree is complete.  The grand finale of the spree was painting the front door, which was previously a weathered dark green.  I really love cheerful, colorful doors, and during the house hunt process, houses got extra points for fun front doors.  So it made sense to upgrade ours ASAP.


My color inspiration was the navy blue door in the movie Notting Hill.  Know what I’m talking about?  It’s kind of like this:


Fun factoid about my marriage:  I can convince Kristien to try nearly anything by putting a British spin on it (he’s from the UK and moved to America when he was 16 – yes, he has an accent!).  As in, “Don’t you want to eat at that restaurant?  I hear the owner is British,” or “I don’t know; some people would say those shoes are weird, but I think they are very English.”  Or… “Let’s paint our front door navy blue.  You know, like in Notting Hill.”  Hah.


Anyway, the door looks great.  It’s fun to make these little changes… I’ve always wanted to paint and change hardware in my apartments, but it never made sense to really do it before.  Now we can!


This dinner was fun, too:


Dinners like this are my very favorite thing to make – and eat – simply because they are so easy, fast, and tasty. IMG_8062

All you need to do is…


Choose and prepare a grain (brown rice, quinoa, millet, cous cous)

Chop fresh veggies (this mix included arugula, spinach, carrots, canned corn, and broccoli)

Add a protein (I mixed in white kidney beans)

Mix in a sauce (I like using salad dressing – like Italian or balsamic – or fresh salsa, as I did in this mix)


With a little hummy and chips.


Here’s a random question:  What color is your bedroom painted?  (I asked my girls from Girls on the Run this – their rooms are all crazy colors like tangerine, lime green, or purple polka dots!)



  • Kelly March 25, 2012, 9:22 pm

    We have the wall that the bed goes against dark brown. And the other 3 are a form of seafoam green. Very comforting and relaxing.

  • Amy M March 25, 2012, 9:23 pm

    No fun colors in our bedroom…tan color, pretty sure it’s called oatmeal which even sounds boring!

    • Caitlin March 25, 2012, 9:24 pm

      but tasty!

  • Lindsey March 25, 2012, 9:24 pm

    It is beige, our whole house is that color with a few feature walls that are chocolate brown. But our main colors in the room are blues and white.

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb March 25, 2012, 9:28 pm

    ours is a very pale green, but i looked at a house with my girlfriend today and the little girl’s walls were BRIGHT (i’m talking BLINDING) magenta/pink. it was crazy!!

    your dinner looks delicious 🙂

  • Samantha March 25, 2012, 9:31 pm

    I love our bedroom. We have three soft, mossy green walls and one soft lavender wall. Our connected master bath is also purple, a nice shade with gray undertones.

  • j3nn March 25, 2012, 9:35 pm

    We’re still renting so all of our walls are white except for one accent wall. We do have red double front doors, which are unique to the neighborhood!

  • Crystal March 25, 2012, 9:39 pm

    Our bedroom is light brown, think coffee w/lots of cream. The girls bedroom is purple though and I love it more than my room.

  • Jen March 25, 2012, 9:40 pm

    Our bedroom (and entire apartment) is basic beige…pretty blah. But we rent, and I’m not much of a decorator, so I figure as long as we keep the place neat and clean, I don’t really care what the walls look like 😉 LOVE the blue door idea though! Notting Hill totally sprang to mind when you mentioned it!

  • Pam March 25, 2012, 9:42 pm

    Caramel brown – its a rental place but I love the colour – its a warm colour with white trim and walnut laminate. LOVE the door!

  • AmandaonMaui March 25, 2012, 9:45 pm

    Our bedroom is white, but that’s because we are living in a rental where we can’t paint (and wouldn’t want to spend the money anyway). We just looked at a house today that has some good possibilities, especially since the price looks right. Then, I’d have to pick out a good bedroom color. Possibly gray, like you’ve got going on in the nursery.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 25, 2012, 9:49 pm

    our master is painted a deep blue/purple’ish color – it goes really well with our dark furniture and neutral bedding!

  • Kamaile March 25, 2012, 9:51 pm

    Apartment white! 🙂
    Did you burn yourself out on Mmmm sauce? I still need to try it.

    • Caitlin March 26, 2012, 3:57 pm

      yessss i did. i was thinking about it the other day though. i need to make some!

  • nancy March 25, 2012, 9:56 pm

    Our house was a builder’s spec and every single thing in it was beige. It took many years to change that out but now we have lots of wonderful color. Our bedroom is a beautiful shade of blue. We created it to look very beachy (we are originally from Florida and really miss the beach). We have beach scene posters framed all around the room, my bedside lamp is a giant seashell, our bathroom rugs look like surfboards and our bedspread reminds me of the water in the Bahamas. Love it! Enjoy making that new house your home 🙂

    • Caitlin March 26, 2012, 3:58 pm

      Thank you!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 25, 2012, 10:04 pm

    Our room is called “toasted almond”. I’m actually surprised I remembered that since it’s been almost 3 years since we painted it! Went with a neutral wall color and accented with turquoise and blues.

  • Jen March 25, 2012, 10:06 pm

    Avocado green. A fabulous shade of avocado green, not like the appliance color from the 70’s.

  • Lauren @ Vaguely Vegan March 25, 2012, 10:09 pm

    Congrats on the house! We have been in ours for almost a year now and it is SO satisfying to be able to make little changes here and there without having to worry about losing your security deposit, and actually caring what your place looks like because you’re planning on being there for the long haul. Have fun with it! And I’m on board with the grey walls like you are, it’s such a great color that can be accented with anything!

  • Maren March 25, 2012, 10:16 pm

    how FUN! We loved seeing all the colored doors when we were in Ireland a couple years ago! So neat. Our bedroom is a beige color except the wall the headboard is against. That wall is a rustic red color…so beautiful!

  • Dione March 25, 2012, 10:33 pm

    We painted our bedroom (after living in our house for 3 yrs!!) a blue/grey color. So calm and relaxing!

  • Linz @ Itz Linz March 25, 2012, 10:36 pm

    You are too funny! I love that blue door.. Makes me want to brighten ours! My room is tan… Very exciting 🙂

  • Anna March 25, 2012, 10:37 pm

    Umm, that door is TARDIS blue! (Doctor Who–as old as Britain itself*)
    *this isn’t true, but it’s old.

  • Sarah March 25, 2012, 10:38 pm

    It’s a TARDIS door for sure!

  • Amanda (modernation) March 25, 2012, 10:38 pm

    Love a fun color door – nice way to add some personality. Our bedroom is kind of a greyish blue. I love it. I just wish we had split our painting into multiple days because we painted the bedroom at the end of a long day of living room painting and we kind of half-assed it. Oh well – we’re the only ones who see it.

  • Calla March 25, 2012, 10:41 pm

    We’re in a rental, so the walls are beige, but the trim is white and together they look OK. We gravitate toward bright colours – we have colourful art and a colourful quilt – so it isn’t too bland around here overall.

  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 25, 2012, 10:54 pm

    Oh that’s so neat that Kristien has an accent! And I love your little “trick” – that’s hilarious. I bet your door does look great! I love navy blue. That’s a great tip for putting a meal together; I love your “formula” – I’m going to jot that down. Thanks! My room growing up was (and still is) pink, and my bedroom in my apartment now is a bright, sunny yellow. It was already painted that color when I moved in, and the landlord offered to paint it back to white, but I actually love it and I think it really brightens everything up!

    • Caitlin March 26, 2012, 3:59 pm

      I like yellow walls too!

  • Rebecca March 25, 2012, 10:57 pm

    My bedroom at home is a light blue and white with … I forget the term for it, but we used like sponges kind of to make it look like clouds. We did that when I was around 11 or something, because a friend of mine had done it with her room and I thought it was cool.
    What a cool color for a door! 🙂

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery March 25, 2012, 11:03 pm

    My best friend lives in Notting Hill 🙂

  • Mandi March 25, 2012, 11:06 pm

    BLACK. Well, the bed wall is black, the other three are white. And I am 31, for the record.

  • Dominique March 25, 2012, 11:08 pm

    I love your trick with your husband. Unfortunately I can’t really think of anything I could do that with Sean. I’ve gotta come up with something…it seems like it works well 🙂

    Our bedroom is currently light blue, which is actually the same colour as the bedroom I grew up in my family’s first house. My bedroom at home is the same off-white that it was when we first moved in. I really wanted to paint it all kinds of crazy colours over the years but my parents would never let me.

  • Katherine March 25, 2012, 11:15 pm

    Home-magenta. I painted it when I was 14?

    Rented house in college-beige/yellow/blah color that is very boring!

  • Erin March 25, 2012, 11:25 pm

    Love the idea of the blue door! The first thing my brother did when he bought his house was paint the front door red. I agree; bright front doors are fun.

    Our current bedroom is white and cream but that’s because we rent. When we owned our house our bedroom was a very light purple that matched our bedspread. We’re moving in two months and then our bedroom will have one bright lime green wall.

  • Shannon March 25, 2012, 11:36 pm

    LOVING the blue door. Growing up we had a dark green door and matching shutters which was nice, but there was one weird house that had a lavender door and shutters. It was so strange and out of place. I definitely like the blue and red doors better than the pale lavender outcast lol.

  • Jen March 25, 2012, 11:54 pm

    My bedroom is white because we’re not allowed to paint it. I would want a soft yellow bedroom, though. Our bedspread is aqua blue, and a light canary yellow would look great with it.

    • Jen March 25, 2012, 11:59 pm

      When I was little, my bedroom had blue wallpaper with unicorns and rainbows on it. I’m not joking. It was AWESOME. And then my dad decided to put up hideous 1970s trailer park wood panelling when I was around 10 haha.

  • Alison March 25, 2012, 11:56 pm

    My bedroom is painted a horribly boring light beige. I wish it was something deep and exciting! Maybe one day soon. 🙂 At least it’s better than the light purple it was when we moved in…yuck.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB March 25, 2012, 11:59 pm

    Two walls are light blue, and two light brown- the master bath is completely white. It’s sort of like a cloud 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 26, 2012, 12:10 am

    My bedroom is blue/teal-ish.. I love it but it’s been this color since my teens. I’d love to paint it dark purple!

  • Marissa C March 26, 2012, 12:27 am

    I keep checking hoping you updated with pics. You’re killing me!! 😉

    • Caitlin March 26, 2012, 4:00 pm

      Aw you are so sweet. I’m prob not going to do a complete photo tour but you’ll see sneaks and peeks every now and then!

  • Samantha @ Mama Notes March 26, 2012, 12:28 am

    my bedroom is a tan color. I originally thought i wanted a blue or green – soft color- but the husband reeeeally wanted tan so we went that route and I actually love it! It’s very calm and pretty and looks SO much better than just white!

  • Amy S. March 26, 2012, 1:08 am

    My room at my parents was neon green with the Henry Ford quote “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do” painted on it–my brother has since taken it over and painted it navy blue. We only have one wall painted in our bedroom now (all the apartment allows!) and it’s a soft red that I like a lot.

  • Hillary March 26, 2012, 7:09 am

    My bedroom is white because I’m in an apartment! Like you, the first changes I’ll make when I buy a house are the “little” things like hardware and wall colors.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 26, 2012, 7:58 am

    I love the blue door! It gives the house such a cute look.

    My bedroom is white because I’m renting an apartment and can’t paint it. 🙁

  • Charise March 26, 2012, 8:07 am

    My bedroom’s a deep teal. I chose it because I loved the similar shade we used in our last bedroom, but it turned out too dark. I think it will look much better once we get the gross orangey wood trim painted white!

    I cannot WAIT to paint my front door either – I am leaning toward a fun apple/grass green. Right now, it is white, and we have white siding (BORING!)

  • Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not March 26, 2012, 8:22 am

    That cracked me up about Kristien! My bedroom is white right now, because I’m renting and lazy 😉

  • Joanne March 26, 2012, 8:50 am

    The blue door is such a good idea. Is that shade of blue?

    • Caitlin March 26, 2012, 4:00 pm

      Pretty much!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats March 26, 2012, 8:51 am

    I live in a studio apartment and the whole thing is off white. I lived in off white rooms all through college so it doesn’t bother me, I just have a bright comforter, sheets, pillows, and tons of colorful sorority stuff and art!

  • Joanne March 26, 2012, 8:52 am

    By the way, both my parents are from Leicestershire England. They moved to Canada where my sister and I were born but then over to the States where we’ve been since.
    Whenever anyone asks about my parents accent, my dad claims he’s from Texas which isn’t a complete untruth. We did live in TX for a couple of years. 🙂

  • bo March 26, 2012, 8:54 am

    True story: I love all things British. I always had a little bit of a soft spot, but then I spent a semester there in College and haven’t recovered. It goes so far that even when I hear a “bad” song on the radio and I find myself bopping along, it always turns out to be a English artist. Weird right?
    On another note, my favorite bedrooom color was the one right after college. Magenta with white trim. I loved it so much that I worked Magent into our wedding colors.

  • Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa March 26, 2012, 8:57 am

    Congratulations on the house! Less then an hour after we closed on our house, I was in there painting over the previous owner’s daughters room which looked like a pink circus tent. Ewww.

    Anyway, our bedroom (which before we moved in was very dark and drab) is now a light blue/grey and is absolutely my favorite room in the house.

  • Carolina John March 26, 2012, 9:31 am

    Cute front door! In Feng Shui they promote a red front door, so that’s typically what we used.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 26, 2012, 9:31 am

    My bedroom growing up had two purple walls with blue trim, and then two blue walls with purple trim. I loved it! My boyfriend’s house has a lot of whites/beiges… we’re thinking about painting soon! I’m definitely getting excited about it.

  • Lindsay M March 26, 2012, 9:33 am

    We just moved into our new (to us) home 2 months ago. We have yet to paint, but we were lucky that our house is a warm off white through out. It was never painted by the previous owners in the almost 3 years they owned it.

  • Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) March 26, 2012, 9:36 am

    Just catching up on all your latest posts and love seeing all the house stuff… it makes me want to buy a new house, even though there is plenty that needs upgrading on our current one. I love unique front doors and would love to revamp ours, but I also want to paint the entire exterior, so not sure that will happen anytime soon 🙂

  • Greta @ Staying Lost March 26, 2012, 10:12 am

    My bedroom is currently white (can’t paint where I live, blech). But my favorite bedroom ever was a rich, dark plum purple color. I’m a big fan of dark colors for bedrooms. I’m convinced they help me sleep better!

  • colleen March 26, 2012, 10:26 am

    Love the blue door! Our room is a medium shade of green.

  • clare @ fittingitallin March 26, 2012, 10:28 am

    FUN! My apartment bedroom right now is boring beige, but at home my room was a muted lime green

  • Corrie Anne March 26, 2012, 10:29 am

    Yay blue door!! I’m in an apartment now so it’s still boring off-white!! Someday probably an orange…

  • Sara March 26, 2012, 10:38 am

    It’s a peachy/cream/tan–changing it up soon! (I don’t like it.)

  • Liza March 26, 2012, 10:38 am

    Hey just wanted to share this with you:

    Pretty cool that it’s getting some recognition!

    • Caitlin March 26, 2012, 4:00 pm

      yay! JJ is cool 🙂

  • Ali March 26, 2012, 10:45 am

    hahahaha! I love LOVE that you put a British spin on things, that is SO awesome. Our bedroom is cream colored because I like to decorate with crazy paintings and others brightly colored stuff 🙂

  • Jen March 26, 2012, 10:48 am

    Whenever I’m trying to convince my husband about a crazy home improvement project…I send him links to DIY blogs that show how to do it! He loves to do everything, and hopefully so I’ll get a barn door style bathroom door very soon!

    Our bedroom is painted a grey color…though I can’t remember the exact name it was a Behr color.

  • Laura @ My Pink Thumb March 26, 2012, 10:55 am

    Ooo the blue door must look fantastic!!
    Three walls in our bedroom are painted a neutral off-white, while our accent wall (behind the bed) is a chive-green. We also have white tree decals on the green wall behind the headboard. I love it. 🙂

  • Laura O. March 26, 2012, 11:36 am

    Love the blue!! Our bedroom is something similar to Olympic’s Cinnamon Diamond–maybe slightly lighter (can’t remember the exact name–I should since we obsessed over them). We have very dark brown that looks black furniture so it’s nice against the walls.

  • Reghan March 26, 2012, 11:53 am

    We actually just changed our bedroom to Rain Washed by Behr and it’s gorgeous! It’s a blue but looks more aqua and reminds me of the ocean/beach/summer.
    I bet your front door looks great!

  • Allison March 26, 2012, 11:58 am

    My daughter’s bedroom is PINK! It is the brightest color ever! People who see it for the first time always say “Wow, that certainly is pink”. We painted it a pale yellow and white when she was born but she asked if we could repaint it and that is the color she chose…but she loves it.

  • Life's a Bowl March 26, 2012, 1:32 pm

    Growing up my room was bright pink [with glossy stripes] and when we moved, I was in high school, I panted my room a lighter lime green [with glossy stripes] 😛 They’re my two favorite colors and it to match my Lily sheets!

  • Claire Zulkey March 26, 2012, 1:54 pm

    Our bedroom is a color called “grape mist” which is a hideout name but in reality it’s sort of a nice lavender. We butched it up with chocolate brown and dark orange accents.

  • Amber K March 26, 2012, 2:15 pm

    Since I live in an apartment all of our walls are white and sooo boring! When I was younger my room was lavender and I loved it. I had actually asked for pink, but when it dried it turned into lavender. I was so grateful for that when I got older and didn’t like pink that much.

  • Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep March 26, 2012, 4:07 pm

    I rent, but if I owned my home, my bedroom walls would be a light yellow… something fun and positive when I wake up 🙂

  • Sonia the Mexigarian March 26, 2012, 4:42 pm

    I saw a red door and I want to paint it black. . . sorry couldn’t help myself. 🙂

    I love colored front doors. One year when my parents got back from Europe, my older sister ad repainted their front door red and the whole front half of the house. lol. Currently, my sister has a black door. I’m trying to decide what to paint the front of our own home. I’m thinking red to give it some pop against the brown and tan.

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) March 26, 2012, 7:23 pm

    We *LOVE* our bedroom! We have gorgeous handscraped hickory floors, wainescotting on the lower half of the walls painted a reddish color (brick red with less red and more brown) and the top portion (above chair rail height) is a cream color. We have a quilt on the bed that is actually floral in eggplant purple and green leaves and they amazingly match the walls really nice..there is no clashing.

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) March 26, 2012, 7:28 pm

    Oh, for our boys’ room I antiqued maps from an atlas with coffee and pasted them onto the accent wall. We had decided upon a travel theme for the bedroom. The other walls are red/green..all darker colors but nothing overwhelming. Its a fave room in the house by many of our guests!

  • Erin March 26, 2012, 7:53 pm

    James River Gray by Benjamin Moore…I love it..and highly recommend it! (its more blue than gray)

  • Jen March 26, 2012, 11:54 pm

    Wow…that is a fantastic (almost) UK blue door! GO CATS!!!!!

    Sorry – I can’t help myself. I really can’t…I have the (March) madness! 🙂

  • Kristen March 27, 2012, 3:24 am

    Love brightly colored doors…I’m also a fan of blue. My mom dreams of one day having a house with a red door.

  • Lara April 10, 2012, 11:48 am

    Love the front door. I’ve always thought that colored doors (especially red and blue) are so British as well. Red doors are everywhere in England!

  • Mellissa Rose July 16, 2013, 8:39 pm

    Love the color of the door! Can I ask who makes it and what is the exact color so I can copy your gorgeous look? 🙂

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