My blue heaven

17 Aug

Yummy is a word I use a lot with things that I like that aren’t edible.  Don’t worry…I also use it with edible things.  But when I see something that I just want to envelope myself in, yummy is the first word that comes to mind.  This ceiling is a case in point.

I know in New England that a lot of homes have blue porch ceilings.  I never knew the history of this until I started writing this blog and googled “history behind blue porch ceilings” — and I was surprised at how many articles came back. 

So the scoop is that it’s called “Haint Blue”.  Haints, apparently, are restless spirits of the dead who have not yet left the physical world. These spirits can’t cross water so painting your ceiling blue prevents them from crossing your door.  History aside, I think it’s a lovely tradition and I find the look as applied in this bedroom really eye-catching and appealing and I can see how it might help calm restless spirits.

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4 Responses to “My blue heaven”

  1. Jenny Snyder August 24, 2010 at 12:34 am #

    In the south we paint our porch ceilings blue to keep the wasps from nesting. They think it is the sky. Sounds funny, but it seems to work.

    • amyswear August 24, 2010 at 10:46 am #

      Oh my gosh — GREAT piece of trivia for the design world! It’s so funny how there are commalities in design but for lots of different reasons.

  2. Becky August 24, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

    I recently heard the same thing that Jenny said, about keeping the wasp nests away. Whatever the reason, I love it!

    • amyswear August 25, 2010 at 7:56 am #

      Exactly — so fun to have a blue ceiling!

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