wednesday white

It’s a chilly 37 degrees at the beach this morning, which automatically makes me think of warm spaces filled with layers of texture and white.  Here are a few of my favorite images from IKEA family live magazine, starting with this cozy living room in France.  Love this massive fireplace nestling a wood stove.


I spotted this home last year and regret not capturing more images at the time.  I cannot find evidence of archives on IKEA family live, so if you ever see something you like on their site, don’t wait – grab the images!

If I were to select china for a rustic dining room similar to the home above, I would consider something graphic such as these white plates by Wedgewood.  Found the pattern for a discounted price here.

stripe plate


A posh and simple bathroom using IKEA sources.  Note the horizontal boarding – pattern and texture is much needed in an all-white palette.


ADORE the way this family displayed their children’s art  in their Swedish-style home.  And the little sconce placed right above is the perfect touch.


The sconce is over here.  Great look and price.
white ikea sconce

For some reason I’ve always associated these streamlined ledges with a children’s room, but what a great way to use them in a home office setting.  If this were my home, I would use a slipcovered chair with a nice stripe to add coziness and pattern.  


Speaking of chairs, found these cuties for a steal – could be great with a stained-wood farmhouse desk or dining table.

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Going white in a room?  Here are two warm whites for you to consider.

1.  Simply White by Benjamin Moore.  Crisp, clean, but not too stark a white.  No surprise undertones.

simply white

2.  Moonlight White by Benjamin Moore.  A shade darker than simply white, with an ever-so-slight green undertone.

moonlight white

These two whites would be lovely together, clearly a crisp palette, but beautiful if you’re going for an all white vibe.

Happy Wednesday!

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  1. jana says:

    Wow, talk about esp…I just bought BM’s Simply White for trim and Moonlight White(sample) for walls on Saturday. The Moonlight White is interesting-stays very crisp and straightforward, yet it takes on varying tones throughout the day. I read somewhere they are favorites of designer Darryl Carter too.

  2. Christina says:

    Dear Seleta, Could you sometime explain the warm tones vs. cool tones in neutral colors and how they work together? You have a wealth of knowledge that would greatly aid others like me who are paralyzed when making paint choices. Can a warm white work with cool colors…grays, black, icy blue? Thanks for your time and all these amazing posts and ideas you share. You are so very talented!

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