10 June 2015

Haint Blue Or Cedar


We have our preliminary house plans to tweak and there are rooms that need to be shrunk down.

We have a very over sized garage for my husbands tools-saws and more saws-really a shop of sorts

just attached to the house.

He loves to build and in his retirement years that is exactly what he hopes to be doing.

My mind is a whirl wind of choices today for everything-

Inside, outside and my thoughts are in a muddle on whether or not to use Haint blue on the

ceiling of the back porch or cedar on our French Country Home




We have a backyard view of nature, plenty of trees and cute critters to watch too.

We plan on spending as much time as possible on our back porch.

Rocking in our rockers, listening to the cicada's, reading and sipping sweet tea.

So decorating the porch is just as important to both of us as any of the inside furnishings.

This is why I am wondering what you think and I am open to your thoughts,

so please share...


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Painting a porch ceiling blue is not a new notion.

In fact, painting porch ceilings blue gained popularity as far back as 1850.

Once just an old Southern tradition, painting porch ceilings blue extends all the way from the

Northwest to the Northeast.


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There are many theories as to why one would paint a porch ceiling blue, on top of just loving it.

Some say, it will fool spiders and wasps into believing the ceiling is the sky and keep them away.

Others like the fact that having a blue porch ceiling seems to extend daylight hours, provides

relaxation and "feels," like the sky.


There is also a deeply embedded Historical significance to Haint Blue.

Many people suggest that the blue porch ceilings originated out of the fear of Haints,

a restless spirit of the dead, who for one reason or another, cannot move on from this earthly world

to the spiritual one.



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Picking the best shade of blue is ever so important, I do not want the shade I choose (if I do)

look like an afterthought.

I think that just maybe the shutters on the front of the house should be an extension of the

same shade-do you?

Oh goodness, so many questions and decisions.

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Here we have a cedar porch ceiling, I like it so much too.

It seems to add such a warmth, rich and earthy feel to me, what do you think?



My daughter and her husband added cedar to their back porch ceiling, she has written a

complete tutorial on DIY on her blog Crafty Texas Girls.

I suppose the cedar is also less maintenance, unless it needs to re-stained?


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This is so natural, so appealing, especially with the natural back drop of the forest.

Looking forward to what you are all thinking.


xoxoxo







Jemma@athomewithjemma
Jemma@athomewithjemma

Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.

42 comments:

  1. Definitely the Haint Blue. The cedar "feels" too heavy. I don't think you need to match the shutters tho unless you just want to. The house plans are beautiful, and whatever you do will be pretty! Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you Delanie, we still have some rearranging to do on the rooms and snip off some square footage, but so far so good!
      I am anxious to see how the vote goes!

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  2. I like the blue that looks like sky. WOW! That's a big house.
    Brenda

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    1. Brenda,
      I love the blue too-it will be interesting to see what the opinions are!
      Oh, we still have tweaking to do and bring this house down to size:)

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  3. Your new home is going to be beautiful, Jemma. I vote for the blue ceiling, cedar is more for a cabin, in my opinion.

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    1. Marigene,
      Thank you, we are beginning to have a little fun with the project now.

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  4. Cedar - for your woodsy setting and Country French Rustic elegance!

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    1. Jacqueline,
      This is a very pretty option too!

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  5. I guess if your house color is white or light and you are painting shutters I would go with the blue. If the outside is brick or warm, rich colors I would go with the wood.

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    1. Thanks for the tip-this will help me to make a decision.

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  6. Oh Jemma, this is so exciting. I have never heard of the blue porch ceilings before, very interesting. It must have been something that started in the south? I really like the way the cedar porch ceiling looks. It's so charming and very natural looking. Oh, your home is going to look wonderful, Jemma, especially with all your creative ideas. I love my small home so much, but the only thing I would have liked to have was a bigger front porch area. These front porches look so welcoming, and Yes, you and husband can sit out there and listen to and see nature's wonder.

    I'm so excited for you, dear Jemma.

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Sheri,
      It is actually beginning to get a little exciting, for so long it has been a worry and dread.
      I know you enjoy your smaller one story home so much and I am so thankful to be rid of our two story. Not practical for two people aging and oh the electrical bills were just awful.
      Thank you Sheri-
      Love,
      Jemma

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  7. I think either would be nice, Jemma. It seems like the blue would be a little more traditional/Southern, and the cedar would evoke a natural feeling. I guess the best would be To follow which direction you want to head with it...However, I don't think I'd do blue shutters with a blue ceiling. I would probably let the ceiling speak for itself and do neutral shutters. I'm afraid you're opening yourself up to many, many opinions here ;)

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    1. Julie,
      Lol! Oh, I might just be getting too many opinions, but I am enjoying the conversations and ideas!
      I like this idea as well, leave the shutters alone and focus on the ceiling.
      Thank you so much!

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  8. I am so happy for you - looks like a mansion! A beautiful one. I love the blue - it is my favorite color - I didn't know he had to do with ghosts. I like them all. I can't make a decision.

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    1. Sandie,
      No mansion-in fact, we are going to shave off some square footage-one of the garages is over sized for my husbands tools, he hopes to build furniture and such when he retires so it really is shop.
      I like them both too-

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  9. When we were down south this winter we took a tour of Charleston and Savannah and learned, like you mentioned, painting your porch ceiling blue has many practical and spiritual purposes. I love blue. It's my favorite color. Ironically I have none in my cabin lol.

    I'm afraid my opinion won't be of much help, but here goes...

    I love light colors. Blue and white are so very pretty and fresh and clean looking. BUT, you have to consider the tone and feel of your house. To me, French Country is a tad darker and warmer and generally more European in feel than a typical southern home with a porch. I'm sitting on our porch as I type this, and our ceiling is cedar. I don't think it would look quite right if it was blue, as it just wouldn't go well with the house and surrounds. So if your home will have stone or brick or some other natural fairly dark facade, I'd go with the cedar, but I'd make sure I'd keep the rest light ;).

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    1. Doreen,
      Your opinion does matter, because this is exactly what I was concerned about that the blue won't look quiet right-as much as I love it just like you do. Maybe I should put my blue somewhere else in the house. These discussions really do help,it is beneficial to bounce ideas around and I have started early enough in the building process to make a savvy decision.
      Thank you:)

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  10. Oh wow, I would not be much help at all. I love both the blue and the wood. So many pretty choices! Have a great evening and week ahead!

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    1. Eileen,
      Thanks for stopping by, I feel just like you-love them both.
      I am wondering how your sister is doing with the sale of her home and building too?

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  11. Your house is going to be amazing, and I can't wait to follow along! We have a soft blue ceiling at our Beaufort house and we love it - very soft and warm. Can;t wait to see everything!

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    1. Aw...the blue ceiling, I can just imagine the calmness and coolness you feel while enjoying your stay. So nice to have you join me, thank you!

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  12. I'm so glad I stopped by! You are about a year ahead of us on selling our current home and building our new (retirement) home. I'll pop in every week to see what your doing and any ideas you have. We had our first meeting with our architect yesterday and are both excited and a bit overwhelmed. Your new home plans look beautiful but oh, all of the decisions to make. Thanks so much for posting about your experience. I'll start posting about our adventure soon.

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    1. I too am glad that you stopped by, so nice to meet you! I am interested to see what you think of the process and how it all goes for you. We were just able to get a soil sample because of all the rain. But it is exciting to have something physical to look at and begin to dream a little too!

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  13. Hi Jemma,
    The plans for your new home are amazing! How exciting! But yes, decisions, decisions, decisions! I have seen blue porch ceilings and they are quite pretty. Cedar is so nice too....I think Doreen has given you some good advice. I cannot wait to see this house..... no matter what, you have impeccable taste so anything you do is going to be just beautiful!
    xo
    Linda

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    1. Linda,
      I hope it all comes together, sometimes things that are on paper look different in the physical!
      However, thank you for your uplifting and words and encouragement, I really and truly appreciate them! Next up choosing the brick and stone...
      xo
      Jemma

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  14. Hi Jemma, I just love the blue. It's light fresh and uplifting. But depending on the style, the color will dictate the way to go. French country has darker tones over the lighter farmhouse or shabby styles. Love the plans for your new home. What an adventure and fun process. So many decisions to make and I know it will be beautiful. Thanks for sharing your journey. Blessings, CM

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    1. It seems many of us are drawn to the blue, but at the same time I understand where you are coming from. I am wondering if I went with a lighter brick and stone-would they change my options?
      Thank you for your recommendations, so very helpful.

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  15. Dearest Jemma, my new friend, HELLO! It just dawned on me that I don't have your blog on my roll, and I MUST! Good morning!

    Like you, I love the white with blue (more aqua) AND the natural tones. It is very hard to decide on what look you want....what I've done is my studio (the entire front, older portion of the house) is done up in whites, greys and a touch of aqua in the summer. The rest of the house is white, grey and natural woods. Oh I wish you luck in putting just the right combination together!

    Have a fabulous day my friend, Anita

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    1. Well Good Morning Dearest Anita,
      I am so happy to hear from you and thank you for including me on your blog roll:)
      I know you are enjoying your vacation in Carmel and I am enjoying the photos on Instagram too.
      I think your suggestion is just marvelous, a combination of the two, blending the best of both worlds.
      I am so enjoying and taking to heart all of these great suggestions, I just knew this little forum would be beneficial in making my final choice!
      Have a wonderful day along the sea...

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  16. Jemma, I know what you mean about the perfect tea cup. Do you have a Home Goods around your area? I think they have the best selection. Also, the antique shops have cute ones sometimes; I've found a couple there too.

    Have a terrific day.

    ~Sheri

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  17. Sheri,
    I do have a Home Goods and I traveled a bit of a distance yesterday to go one.
    I really don't know why the selection was so sparse. I will try again next week or maybe go to an antique store this weekend. Thanks for the suggestions!

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  18. Thanks so much for stopping by. Your house plans look wonderful. About that porch ceiling, both options are wonderful. I had my screened porch and pergola built of cedar to which some kind of stain/sealer was applied to supposedly extend it's life. My front porch is basically just a recessed little stoop, and I did paint the ceiling haint blue. Of course, I did -- I live in Alabama. You live in Texas, so I don't know how long paint would hold up in that heat. If you don't mind the maintenance, I would go with the blue.

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    1. Hi Ellen,
      Thank you too! Of course you painted your front porch ceiling Haint blue, any true blue Alabama girl would! Well, you see the hubby is originally from Mississippi and I was born in Idaho, not far from the Wyoming border so the more I think about it, we are combining two regions.
      Decisions, decisions, but you have a very valid point and that is maintenance.

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  19. Although I like the look of the blue ceiling (and I've not heard of all this folklore relating to the blue ... very interesting), I'd go with the cedar myself. Especially if you are looking back onto wild areas, in my mind I just think it would tie in better from that angle. Wood is so inviting, and really, if you change your mind, you could paint it over anyway, couldn't you? I would think that as long as the cedar has a really good clear coat finish over the stain, it wouldn't need too much maintenance since it's not going to weather much underneath (no direct sun or rain). It looks like your house (GORGEOUS!!!) has stone on it too, which would look amazing with the wood. That last photo I see has stone and the cedar ceiling, and it looks great. But this is me and my nature-loving opinion ;) I hope you choose what feels good and right for YOU!
    My husband also does woodworking and means to have a separate workshop when he retires. I'll be happy that the sawdust will no longer clog up our furnace fan!!
    Wendy

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    1. Wendy,
      Excellent point on helping us to make a decision and one that I had not even thought of, on staining the cedar, with the option to paint if we absolutely felt we had to. In fact I am not sure how well the paint would hold up and since a good part of this building process has been dedicated to giving us a fairly maintenance free one story home it doesn't seem rational to add on work. Hum, and the cedar would be so natural, wouldn't it?
      Thank you for these suggestions, they are very helpful.
      Jemma

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  20. Jemma, your house will be beautiful! I'm so excited for you both. And how nice that your husband wants to build furniture in his retirement.

    I know others think about this color choice of yours from experience and you will choose what is right for you, but can't help saying that I sure lost my heart to the first porch picture. Dreamy!

    Dewena

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    1. Dewena,
      I know this is such a confusing situation because I really like both of the choices and in the end I will be content with either.
      I am happy for my husband being able to have a workshop-so many individuals retire and then they are at a loss on what to do are so unhappy. I think this acreage and larger space will suit us just fine!
      Thank you so much!

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  21. For me it depends on what the overall look of the home is. September Violets said exactly what I was thinking. :-)
    The plans are gorgeous- love the design!

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    1. Liz,
      I agree with this viewpoint as well, in fact everyone has shared some great ideas and I have read them all and will revisit them!
      Thanks for your support on this topic:)

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  22. Oh, Jemma...that's way too hard for me to decide! lol I love ALL those shades of blue, plus I like cedar ceilings as well. It's really hard for me to make decisions like that. In fact, we're getting ready to paint the master bedroom and I have paint swatches on the walls now, and I still can't make up my mind.

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    1. It is isn't it!! My thoughts exactly:) It is comforting to know that I am not alone in this dilemma!

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