Tuesday, April 26, 2011

why do we love white?

"White...is not a mere absence of colour;

 it is a shining and affirmative thing, 

 as fierce as red, 

 as definite as black...

 God paints in many colours; but He never paints so

 gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily,

 as when He paints in white."

 -- G. K. Chesterton

 White is capable of endless subtleties; ever fresh, ever responsive, it is the only color that can fill the whole house with beauty without becoming irritating, strident, or tiresome.

To decorate a house of a room with white
means that we exchange 
a range of colors for a palette of subtleties
a spectrum of refinements. 

The absence of color in white not only  makes us focus on variations in tone, it increases our awareness of differences  in texture ~ rough, smooth, substantial and fragile, shiny and matte ~ on the light and shadow that play on every surface.

White is an invitation for us to extend our imagination, to reconsider outworn rules, to capture the delicate, to perpetuate the illusive, to step into privacy and calm, 
a world of our own invention.

We've been talking about white over here. 
A lot. 
I used to be a girl that liked  a lot of color...dark colors. 
White was just an accent.  
Now, I prefer  more, much more,  the simplicity of  white

White cheers me up, it calms me down, 
it is peaceful and serene, 
it is uncluttered, 
it lets my chosen accents be seen.

That is why I love white.
How about you?

text :At home with white
Jeanine Larmoth
all photos mine
linking to white wednesday


Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Oh so very beautiful and so very true !!
I love white and I love your photos!!


Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

You have a gift girl! Lovely vignettes, your home is beautiful. Now that's a bedroom where sweet dreams would be guaranteed!

Unknown said...

xo, Rosemary

Blessed Serendipity said...

Your home is so serene, peaceful and touches of beauty everywhere. Even your laundry room is beautiful! I don't think I have ever had a pretty laundry room but I feel the inspiration now.


Alaina said...

Beautiful pictures. I so agree that white is not the absence of color, it can be so much more. It is more about texture and warmth or coldness. I just love how it makes me feel when I see my own home or someone elses' home and it is filled with white.

LizlovesVintage said...

Thanks for posting your lovely Whites! They are all my faves including your bedroom :)
xxx Liz

Sheila Rumney said...

I love whites too, but with kids and dogs I haven't taken the plunge into whites.... yet.

Love your whites!

Angela said...

Beautiful pictures . Thanks for sharing. I love it all, I was all prim, but as I get older, I am decluttering and find I like the looks of more white and softer colors in my home. Love the whites. Have a great evening.

Angela said...

Fantastic post!!

The Tattered Cottage said...

BEAUTIFUL!! I just bought the twin to the platter you purchased from me :) I forgot that I had sold it until I was looking at your photos and noticed it! I think it's called old timers ;) LOL

Unknown said...

Rene, I agree. When I first started my business I decided I was going to specialize in painted furniture, mostly tones of white. Doubters told me I was going to be out of business fast, that was 15 years ago. Now is even more popular than ever for what I'm so thankful. I have gone monochromatic, totally. When I need color I sit in my porch which is done in red, pink, yellow and green. I love the serenity, the calm feeling of it. Love all your whites, specially the breadboard wall behind your bed. Blessings, Marta.

Annesphamily said...

French Laundry has a white post too! I love the simple pure clean lines of white. It is so refreshing and calm. Thanks for sharing although I would like to take a nap int hat lovely bed! Anne

Sandi said...

Yep still lovin' whites over here in Michigan. Don't have as many things white in this house as I would like, but it works. I love that piano!!

Faye said...

Beautiful post Rene!
Happy WW!

Rose M. Rodriguez said...

Hi Rene, That precious post! That your home looks beautiful with all your details in white, piano, crochet doilies, and many details, many alternatives always white!, hugs, Rose Marie

podso said...

I love your Chesterton quote and all that you said is also beautiful. Really good thoughts on white and beautiful photos to illustrate. This may be one of my favorite posts you have done!

Heaven's Walk said...

I ADORE the various soothing whites in your home! So serene and calming. Reading your introspective words truly brought to light the beauty of decorating with white. Thank you for this beautifully inspirational post! ♥

xoxo laurie

Rebecca said...

Hi Sweetie
You can sure use anything I have said, photographed or made :)
I love this post you did on white, no one has said it better. Your displays are just breath taking
Have a wonderful week

Margo said...

Pretty post!! I love the shots of the piano, well done!!!!
Hugs from Arizona,


You're killing me here! I love your take on white...so beautiful and clean and yet cozy like grandma's house. I have grandma's house too, so that isn't a bad thing, in my humble opinion, but I like your serene whites so much! They are sentimental without being too sweet, clean without being sterile, and the perfect amount of (my terminology here)"cozy clutter". Not truly cluttered, but neat things to look at. LOVE IT sweet Rene'. Magnificent post.


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Dear Rene, your bedroom always amazes me, especially the wall right behind your bed....now I'm coveting your laundry room!! Sigh........

Happy White Wednesday!

Big Tx Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Faded Charm said...

Thanks for sharing all these beautiful photos of your whites. I truly enjoyed reading everything regarding "white". it is such a relaxing and calming color and I love living with it every day:)

Take care,

mudderbear said...

Hmmm, I like white because....
I don't know.

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Rene' you are SO right....but I sure love your ROSES added in there too as well. So I just HAD to make you something. Come on over to my blog and see what I made out of your piano scarfs..and roses.
Nothing special...just want to do it..I am linking it back to you blog too.


Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Your white things are definately beautiful! Have a great Wednesday!!

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

This post is over the top stunning, and "a picture is truly worth a thousand words" as to why we LOVE white. No more words needed...your dreamy post says it all!
Blessings & Hugs,

Bring Pretty Back said...

OOOOOOHH! What a great post! YES! Every word is so true! I have been going wild in the house this week painting hot pink in almost every room! I am LOVING it! The entrance is HOT PINK as well as the bathroom now. We are building a new little home that we will be moving in to in the fall. So I am going wild in the home we are in because it is temporary. I love pink VERY much! But... In the new home i wi ll be decorating in whites mainly with soft pink accents. Because I will not tire of the white.
Have a pretty day!

Pamela Gordon said...

I love your home with it's peaceful tones of white. Personally I like a little warm colour for warmth due to our long, dark and cold winters but I have been adding some white decorative touches to lighten it up especially in winter. Your home is very beautiful and I love the laundry area! Have a great day!

Lynn said...

Love, love, love your home. In fact, your blog inspired me to go with the more neutral combinations of white and shades of white, linen, off white etc. Especially during the hot, humid Florida coastal summers here, our living/dinning room seem so refreshing to be in with more white. Thank you for stopping by my blog. The sunrise service was beautiful indeed. Blessings.

Karen said...

Beautiful photos Rene. This is a beautiful post that really captures the beauty of a simple palette.

Leah C said...

Oh how I love whites...especially yours! I only have one room right now that's done in all "whites"; for now, I dream of more:)

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Everything looks so serene yet cozy in your chosen palette.
I love the white piano... the black keys draw you in tempting one to venture to play them.
Susan x

fleurcottage said...

an 'AMEN!' post...love your whites!

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Love this post today!!!!! You said it perfectly Rene:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Paula said...

Hi sweet Rene`,
Gorgeous post and gorgeous photos!!! I loved the quote you shared and all of the text too! I love white and you have inspired me so much with your gorgeously decorated rooms!!! I love each and every single beautiful photo and vignette you shared! Your home needs to be featured in a magazine sweetie! Love and hugs, Paula

ShabbyESP said...

Love all your whites!! They are so soft and serene.
Thank you for sharing!
Suzann ~xoxo~

The Vintage Vagablonde said...

U really do know how to put together the most wonderful vignettes!

melanie said...

your whites are just so lovely...and your house has a wonderfully calm feel to it...just love it!

afistfullofweeds* said...

Gorgeous pictures!! Ive died and gone to white heaven!!!

Passionate for White said...

To say I love white would be an understatement. Thank you for a great post!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

I love your whites Rene!
That piano is my absolute favorite!
Happy WW!

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Just stunning pics...

Diane said...

This is a beautiful post, the pictures are just lucious. Maybe someday you should make a book.

I love the quote, too. My house has evolved into whites and your blog is always an inspiration. Diane

Kristen said...

So beautiful. Will you come decorate my home :) ?

Lady Pamela said...

Ohhhh, how I love this blog post. It speaks to me in a very special way that only another person who understands white can understand. I wish my posts would look like this.
How are you feeling these days. Better I hope.

Steinhäuschen said...

what a beautiful post!!!!
hugs from austria

Unknown said...

wow, I love it too, it looks so beauty ! big hugh Kathrin

Lana Manis said...

If I didn't love white already, I would after reading your post!

Thank you for sharing such lovely, inspirational photos.

Unknown said...

I agree with all of the above , all good reasons to love white !
You have a lovely home and blog !

the old white house said...

Oh my goodness, your photos are gorgeous! They are exactly why I love white... serene beauty. Everything gives you a sense of calm a aaaaaaaaah feeling. xoxo

margit said...

hi rene,
i don't no, why we love white...
perhaps because it is "innocent"?
you have made wonderful photos!
i love these pictures.

Pearl Maple said...

Fabulous post and totally agree with you, color is a beautiful thing but white has a special glow that allows the beauty of our belongings to shine.

FredaB said...

Lovely pictures and that laundry room wants me to just run home and re-do min all in white.

Maybe I will just do that.



Pauline said...

Dear Rene, how beautiful :o) I do like those white dishes but I'm not coveting, lol!
Have a blessed day, sweet sister.

24 Homes said...

Beautiful photos and ideas!! thank you so much for sharing. You have a new follower :)
Greetings from the Netherlands,


Myrna said...

Oh it is always such a joy to visit here,your blog is so beautiful!!
Just wanted you to know that YOU WON my giveaway!! Please email me your address so I can send it to you!!

Gail Griner Golden at Gail-Friends said...

My home is decorated in white, too. Not as beautiful as your's, though.

My cousin said she read somewhere that decorating with white is symbolic of a desire for peace, purity, and serenity. Yes, that perfectly describes the desire of my heart.

I love the bedroom and the piano. You are just gifted!!

Gail at Gail-Friends

Unknown said...

My home is not white...I am more of color girl I guess... But I do love seeing your wonderful pictures! :)

Always picture perfect! :)


Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Wow! You make me want to use white. Lovely post. Your house is gorgeous. Newest follower of your beautiful blog!

Elzie said...

So beautiful pics.
Hope you have a nice day.
Love Elzie

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Such beautiful inspiration. Thank you for sharing:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I just get lost in your photos. You are so talented!

Screaming Sardine said...

Wow! So very beautiful. Can I move in with you - lol! Seriously, all your displays are lovely.


Rose Garden Romantic said...

I adore white! Love all your gorgeous photos!

Bohemian said...

Beautiful array of Whites and your photos of your lovely Home are exceptional and so very inspirational!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

You know, I have been giving this a lot of thought lately with my own decorating style (and mentioned in my latest blog post). I try other decorating touches but I keep coming back to white. At the moment I am thinking of selling off a lot of my larger items and starting afresh with a white palette. Your blog post has really helped!
alicia :0)

Marianne said...

Wow gorgeous shabby chic pictures. I love all your vintage touches and the lovely vignettes you create.

I finally found a quiet morning to visit everybody again and actually leave a comment this time.
Thank you again for playing in my We Love White linky party!

marga said...

I realy love everything i see in your pictures Rene! You have such a beautiful and sereen home, i love it!

Faye said...

I am just beginning the transition to white in my house...it is so beautiful. My husband is not so enthusiastic though....how did you get yours to agree?

White Lace and Promises said...

Nothing as serene as the color white. I love all shades (view my profile). I have much to learn about blogging, but visiting your site gives me a sense of peace. We share much in common. You are truly an inspiration!

Blue Bird Junction said...

I just found your site and have been reading your posts. I love them! I have to say that I have felt the same way about white. I find myself so drawn to it in pictures and stores but can't imagine my own home that way but your "why do we love white" may have just changed my mind. Anyone who has lived in a lot of rentals has this built hate of white. But now there are so many shades of white that its not the same. I was going to go with a light lavendar but I think I've just made up my mind to go white! Thanks! I will keep reading your past posts and anything in the future! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!