Thursday, April 5, 2007

Simply White


I am all about color. My homes have always been drenched with yellow walls and I always gravitate towards any accent that has red in it. These colors just make me feel happy, warm and comfortable. And yet too much of these vibrant colors can make my space feel cluttered or just too visually busy. So in the last few years I have decluttered many colored items that take away from the simplicity of my home, and in their places, I have added the beauty of white.

White is the perfect backdrop for color to really "show off" and it is another form of keeping life simple and less chaotic. Here are some examples of things that I keep "white" in order for color to really be appreciated and to streamline things.

All of our towels in all bathrooms are white. Big fluffy white towels like in a hotel. No figuring out which towels go in which bathrooms or finding the perfect color match for the decor. No fighting over who gets which colored towel. Just simple, soft white towels, hand towels, and washcloths for my linen closet. I love the look...fresh, crisp, and clean. I now enjoy my bathroom decor more because I'm not distracted by the towels.

All of my dinner plates, bowls, and serving pieces are white. I bought the Ashley set from Pier 1 Imports a few years ago and the food just "pops" on a white plate. Notice that restaurants always use white plates because it really shows the beauty of the food and garnishing. I like opening my cabinets and finding the white. I can't imagine using a busy dinnerware pattern again because I so enjoy the visual pleasure of simply prepared food.

And even though stainless is now popular in appliances, just give me white. White appliances seem warm and homey to me. My Kitchen Aid Mixer, food processor, and blender are all white. I like white Corningware and serve condiments in white ramekins. White pitchers are a great collectible to use as vases for beautiful flowers or to fill with freshly squeezed lemonade.

My favorite sheets are my white ones we got when newly married. My duvet cover is now this beautiful white matelasse that I can spice up with colorful pillows and change the look of our room with every season. Each child has a colored pair sheets and a white pair that will last them through the years of different bed coverings and styles.

I love white T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, capris and skirts. Colorful, funky accessories look so great paired with white. I love seeing Mike and the boys in white Polo shirts. All their handsome freckles show up and each peach-toned skin glows!

And my favorite "spruce up the house" trick is white paint. I love touching up trim, baseboards, and doors with white paint. It makes the house look new again and is very addicting! Try it!

So if you are looking for a new way to keep your home simple, add some white into your basics. The beauty of your home treasures will be able to shine brighter and the your organization will be easier. More white, less clutter. More white, more natural beauty. More white!

16 comments:

L.L. Barkat said...

You and I would go well together, walking side by side, for I love to dress in black.

As for white, my kitchen is filled with it, against the palest yellow wall backdrop.

Pieces said...

Just this morning I was daydreaming about having all white dinnerware. There are things I would love to do with my Easter table but my dishes would just ruin the whole thing. Someday...

AIMEE said...

pieces, look at thrift shops...I see white dishes there for 25-50 cents each...they can be mismatched! More character and interesting!
You echoed why I love the white...b/c when you want to do holiday decorating you can do anything with it! I used to have plates with a fruit pattern and they looked terrible with new tablecloths, holiday stuff, etc.
I got my plates on sale for $2 each at Pier 1...it didn't take much money to invest in stuff...I sold my other set at a yard sale and made up most of the money I spent on the white ones!

Denn said...

I have white dishes only, although mine are not from pier1. I buy mine from the thrift store, any pattern of plain white will do. That way, if they break I don't cry.

Erin said...

A few months ago I bought new dishes for that very reason. Pure white Corelle dishes just like my grandma used to have. Any tablecloth or napkin goes with them and it reminds me of my childhood. :)

Anonymous said...

Aimee, reading your post reminded me of one of my favourite authors Jane Cumberbatch and I quote from her book Pure Style, "...is about trying to achieve a balance. it's about making life luxurious, not in a costly, glitzy sense, but in a more matter-of-fact, practical and natural way. Pure style is about paring down and trying to live with less clutter (the fewer things we have to fuss about, the more we can get on with living). It's about simple, basic design that combines function and beauty of form - crisp, clean, classic and timeless".
I love white in the home and use lots of it... I'm now eager for the thrift stores to open, so that I can add to my collection of white plates. Great idea!!
Jane

Anonymous said...

Aimee, enjoyed your "Simply White" post. I am trying to go in that direction in my decorating. White paint, white curtains, white pillows, white candles, white dishes, white towels, repainting shelves and end tables white, etc. Recently, I purchased a white wing chair in a consignment shop. Little by little I am getting there. I find the white color palate so calming and peaceful.
Dolores

Nancy said...

Hi Aimee,
I am Erin's friend and like you I am a BIG fan of white. I use color as an accent so If I get tired of a color I can change for a fraction of the cost. Paint is always an inexpensive way to add color, too. By the way I knew you when you were an infant! I even have pictures to prove it! You look so much like your Mom and that really is a complment! :)

Angie said...

Thank you so much for your refreshing stories. Reading your blog gets me back to what's really important: God, family, homeschooling, and many others.

Rebecca said...

Aimee, I just came across your blog; I can't even remember how. But, some of your listed favorites, especially the books, make me think you would love walkslowlylivewildly.blogspot.com. Sara, the "author" is an inspiration as far as living more naturally/simply. Blessings!

Rebecca

Sherry said...

We must be kindred spirits. Love white too..except on my fluffy white towels in one bath I embroidered horses. (It is the horse bath)You are so right about white plates and white paint. You can add any color like red. Yes I love red. Must be inherited my grandmothers porch was painted red!

AIMEE said...

yes Rebecca...that is one of my favorite inspirational blogs...she is definitely a kindred spirit! Sometimes I feel like she's read my journal! :)

Angie said...

I love Sara, too!

Sara said...

White white white! :) I love it too...however, I have trouble keeping it clean! I have vowed to never again buy Bella a piece of white clothing. And I do have white towels, but without using bleach, I can't get them clean. They turn to a dingy color. What's your "natural" bleach secret? ;-) Sun?

AIMEE said...

Sun definitely works. But I also use Oxi-clean...doesn't work as well as bleach, but it's a safe alternative. And I wash white towels with Hot water...
I found some baby stain removal stuff called "Mother Natural" at the local whole foods store. I used it to spot clean red tomato sauce stains that I had gotten on a white denim skirt...it took it right out!

Meredith said...

Wow! We really have similar styles--I have painted 4 houses with yellow walls, used my white matelesse spread, make bathrooms bright with white towels only.