Ms. Gray, Ms. Turquoise, Ms. Sizzle & Ms. Happy

I have introduced you to all kinds of blogs of different styles, focuses and origins, but did you know that there are also several color specialized blogs? (This is not new to my blog friends – but maybe it is to the majority of my wonderful readers). And if there are more color focused blogs for me to discover – please step forward!

First up is A Perfect Gray. You might recall my post about her sunburst mirror project. Well, I  have since gotten to know wonderful Donna even more and she is totally obsessed with the color gray (my kind of girl!).  She constantly introduces us to the most gorgeous images and there is so much inspiration here with mostly the color gray in mind.  Like myself she also used to collect antiques and she showcases a good mix of old and new. Look and drool! Donna just recently presented me with a blog award (thank you dear friend) – more about the award at the end.

Next in line is The House of Turquoise. A must read blog for everyone who needs splashes of “The color of the year” in their home. Ms. Erin finds the most amazing images that can easily convert the must have “white colors everywhere” purist to a strong believer in ocean colors. I absolutely adore her fresh blog and her design eye.

Ms. Kelly over at Color Sizzle has a very special place in my heart. She was the very first in the blog world to say “I am adding your blog to my blog roll”, when I barely knew what a blog roll was! This wonderful lady knows and likes color and her blog is the first I go to if I want a color specific answer. Kelly is also a very creative designer and puts together the most terrific table top decorations.

And finally Ms. Maria over at Colour Me Happy. This talented lady has more energy than almost anyone I know. I seriously doubt that she gets any sleep at all! Talk about color galore here! And her posts are always so informative and inspirational. (Be prepared to have your printer work overtime). She and her blog rock!

In my opinion, you do not need any design magazines anymore! Just go to any – or all – of these blogs and your color specific questions will be answered!

And with regards to the blog award given to me by lovely Donna, I would like to pass it on to 15 other fabulous & creative design blogs that so inspire & charm me (and that I have not recognized before with awards or write-ups)! No obligation (just feel loved!), but if you are up for it, you are supposed to tell your readers 7 things about yourselves that they don’t already know, and pass the blog baton to 15 other blogs. If you don’t mind, I am going to link back to things about myself here and here.

In no particular order:

1) Hello Gorgeous

2) Belle Vivir

3) Solid Frog

4) The Zhush

5) Laura Casey Interiors

6) A Life More Fabulous

7) Lovely Velo

8. Hemmariket

9) La Dolfina

10)  L Kae Interiors

11) Postcards from Colorado

12) KMD Atelier

13) Green & Pretty

14) Vintage House Sweden

15) The Lighthouse


But as always – all my blog friends mean the world to me! I must say that there are some creative, fun, warm, talented and good hearted people (and blog friends turned blog sisters) that I follow in the US,  Sweden, Canada, Italy, UK, Belgium and all the way to Australia. You are all over the top good. Simply the best!


  • Charlotta says:

    .. and how can we express just how much we love you dearest blog sis! xx

    I love you and your Splendid Willow and think you deserve every reward there is! You know I am inventing one just for you – it will be announced very soon my dear and then there is no hiding your beautiful self behind your, always so generous and warm, features about others!

    The blogs you have highlighted over time have become some of my favourite reads, and I look forward to explore a few new ones on your list above.

    Tusen tack igen my dear – you truly rock! In precious gem kind’a way!

    xx Blog sis C

  • Julie says:

    Hi Monika
    Well Australia says congratulations on a well deserved award.. I always enjoy my visits here into your world of beauty…. Now I will have to travel further and see some of these blogs you have mentioned… Hope you have a wonderful day.. xx Julie

  • pve says:

    I love how you took me from “gray to blue to happy.” That is a special talent in a person.
    Thanks for introducing me to some more bloggy friends. Each blog has such a unique point of view, right and I think that is what is missing in the magazine world. We want originality! You are an original. Thanks for your kind words.
    Everyone loved your homestead.

  • Anna-Malin says:

    hej vännen!

    titta, idag funkar det !!
    tusen tack för all inspiration!
    du kan se mig i den andra bilden, va…?! :)

    stor kram från mig ?

  • You are so nice to include me in this great group! Thanks Monika! I guessed your beautiful house on PVE’s post yesterday. It is gorgeous! The SW out west gave it away :) thanks again for the fun award!

  • koralee says:

    Thank you for sharing these blogs…I will be visiting them all..they look amazing….have a great day my friend. xoxo

  • these blogs look beautiful. I’m on my way to visit them! thanks for sharing. xo

  • liza says:

    Oh. I’m very excited to have new, beautiful places to visit. And, thank you SO much! Wow! I’m honored! I’m happy to know you Monica. I so look forward to visiting you here!!

  • KMD Atelier says:

    You so inspire me and I am absolutely honored to be included in your list! It was such a treat to hear your comment for the first time and realize that my posts were reaching very real and talented audience and I’ve looked forward to your comments and blog posts ever since. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into these new blogs and put together my own list :)

    Thank you so much!


  • Love La Dolfina, not only is the most stylish gal around … but the NICEST too ! looking forward to browsing through the others !


  • Joe Clarke says:

    Lots of terrific information here, Monica. I can acutally need some color advice myself. I will check out your recommended resources. Thanks!

  • Erin says:

    Wow, thanks a million for all the kind words! I’m so happy to know that you enjoy all the beautiful turquoise rooms I find! I’m off to check out some of these other blogs!

  • Thank You! You´ve made my day! Making me extremely happy today that you are mentioning my blog. ThanXXXXX!

  • sandra says:

    Vilka härliga bilder, gillar den med dörrarna som sänggavel.
    tack söta du för awarden:)
    så underbart gullig du är..

  • Oh Monika – you are my favourite! Thank you so much for including me in this list! You always brighten my day.
    Sending you happy thoughts + Spring flowers…

  • Mon, you are a generous and dear one. Thanks so much for spreading the love. Blogging is terrific, but bloggers are fantastic! Love to you!

  • Monika, you are fabulous! Thanks so much for this recognition. I feel honored to be among such good company, and I must say that I also admire how you stay true to your Swedish roots here at Splendid Willow. You are definitely my special “blog roll” friend! :)

  • Monika you made my day!! Thank you for including me in this wonderful list of talented happy people! I truly appreciate it… Sending a hug your way!!

  • The Zhush says:

    First off, thank you so much!!! Not to mention, Congrats to you! Color Sizzle of the color blogs is new to me…will have to check her out for sure!

  • Julie at BV says:

    Congratulations Mon you deserve all the awards in the blogsphere for your big heart and for constant inspirations to all of us. Thank you for including me in the list. It’s such an honor.

    Splendid Willow Reply:

    Friends, thank you all for your lovely comments. (And a special heartfelt thank you to Charlotta dear). It should really be about the bloggers, you know!

    And don’t think that any of my blog friends are off the hook. I am spying on all of you – and have things up my sleeve!

    0x Monika

  • Maria Killam says:

    Thanks so much for saying such nice things about me, I better add you to my blogroll too! xoxo Maria

  • Thanks so much for the award! Makes my day at the beach even brighter (yes, I am here and back and here again :-).

    I am happy to have met your blog – so beautiful – and such goodies on the blogroll!



  • Oh, sorry for the creepy smiley face. *smile* is that better?

  • Monika! What a treat to come home from travels to find lovelyvelo included in this sweet and special list of lovely bloggers, many that I already read on a daily basis and others that I’m thrilled to just be discovering… thank you!!!

  • jenna says:

    Some really great blogs! I am checking them all out now! We love you too Monika!xo

  • Mon, you don’t just fill the lovely blog with great spaces, ideas, and words, but you fill it with feeling.

    Thank you for sharing some of your favorite blogs — I will certainly check them out :)

  • Mia says:

    Hi Mon
    Congratulations and thank you for passing it on to me! Your energy and benignity is nice to be around. Have a great weekend! xo Mia

  • I just discovered A perfect Gray. Love it! Thanks for the heads up on the others…….Congrats to you!
    Maryanne xo

  • Courtney says:

    Thank you, thank you for the award! I’m sorry that I was slow to pick it up – finding time for the computer has become more of a challenge as of late. But I greatly appreciate it! And I can’t wait to check out all of these color blogs, they will be just the thing to add some pop to my Friday. Happy weekend!

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  • Therese Long says:

    OMG, I’m so sorry I didn’t know about this until now!!
    Please forgive me sweet Monika!!
    I can’t thank you enough for including me among all these amazing blogs. I’m beyond honored. You’re too good to me my friend!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!
    So much love to you :)XOX

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