Soooo…I am really starting to love white. I’ve been moving in that direction for a while, but lately, it’s what I’m drawn to the most.
The key to whites being successful is texture and tone. The shades of white you use in a space can either look warm and intentional or stark and bland. It’s a fine line.
I love mixing crisp whites with those that are creamy.
On the white slipcovered Ikea sofa, I layered a nubby antique hemp sheet on the back with a lace-edged runner on top. I mixed white cotton channel-stitched pillows with a cream linen knife-pleated pillow. The contrasts are subtle, but pretty. Anything but stark.
If you’re afraid of whites because your family and whites don’t mix well, then try using more creams and off-whites and don’t use white upholstery on the pieces your family sits on the most. I can get away with having a lot of white slipcovers and upholstery in my house, but my boys rarely sit in those chairs. They aren’t off-limits, they just don’t usually sit in them.
I’ve also found that white vintage and antique textiles are a bit more forgiving of stains.
I think another key to decorating with whites is to be very choosy about the non-white pieces that go into the space. Anything that isn’t white is going to stick out, so each piece should be special.
I absolutely love this little stool! I picked it up yesterday for $20. I thought it would be rickety, because the legs are at such an extreme angle, but it’s very sturdy.
Now I’m ready to paint everything white.
Well, almost everything.
I was feeling stressed and worn out this morning and working on this, which wasn’t a priority at all, was soothing and rejuvenating for me.
And I’m just a little in love with it all.
Oh, and this Ikea sofa is actually my old one! Kriste got a new sofa courtesy of La-z-boy, so we brought this one to the studio. I bought a new slipcover for it and it looks like new again. It’ll be a great place to lounge and it’s a nice, neutral sofa for photo shoots and for styling things we have for sale (coffee tables, pillows, quilts, etc.)
While I was playing with the sofa, I collected other things from the studio…some things that are for sale, some that are props. We’d like to have the studio open more, so readers & customers can feel free to stop by and shop. I’ve learned that pieces don’t sell well if they’re just hanging out in a pile.
If they are styled, well, that’s another story.
I mean, I want to pick up half of this stuff and move it over to my house!
And, speaking of great finds, I’ve added a new page to my blog. It’s called “shop my style” and it’s under the inspiration tab on the navigation bar.
It’s filled with new things I’ve bought for my house or the studio (like some pretty drawer pulls from Anthro that are on clearance for $2.95), some well-priced antique pieces I spotted on Etsy (a few great ironstone milk pitchers), some MMS products sold by my retailers, and a few things that are wish-list sort of pieces. I’ve had a fun time doing some “shopping” for things I love and hunting for some bargains.
I’ll continue to add new things to the page as I find them. (As a disclosure, these are affiliate links.)