wednesday white

It’s always nice to pause in the midst of our busy week to enjoy white.  And I’ll share some resources later in the post.  First up, this dreamy bedroom.

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If you think the bedroom is amazing, check out the entire home tour.  

Photo wall with order and structure via India Hicks.  Aside from the aesthetics, I love this concept because pictures can be easily interchanged in mere seconds.  I’m alllllll about style with ease.

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I’m also a big believer that horses deserve white spaces too.  Just throwin’ it out there.

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Super traditional is great with creamy whites.

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And how about this room, designed by Mark D. Sikes, who is a design bad a**.  Look how brilliantly he works with creams and textures.

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Love this four poster with crisp white scalloped bed linens via lonny.

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Question:  Did you notice one common denominator about each room with windows?  Minus the barn ; )  Go back and look.

The answer is they all have window treatments in the same tone as the walls.  Well-made linen panels are a great investment – especially if you move fairly often or like to change up your accessories or accent colors in a room.  It’s also a wonderful way to add texture to your room yet still keep it visually quiet and serene (if you’re like me and need your house to feel as c-a-l-m as possible).  I have two pairs of creamy linen panels that have moved with me over the years.   I’ve used them in bedooms, living rooms, and now the keeping room.  They were custom made and a considerable investment; but I’ve gotten years of use and I still LOVE them.  I plan to keep them until they literally fall apart!

WINDOW PANEL OPTIONS:

I found a few places to get creamy white panels if you’re in the market.  Important note:  once installed, 100% linen will drop in length about 1″ or more, so take that into account before your purchase.   The list goes from lowest to highest in price.

1.  $83 each.  These ready-made linen/cotton blend panels are a good start for a modest budget.  I have not seen these in person, but they look lovely.  Price is $83 per 96″ panel (good price).  They are not lined, so expect them to have slightly less body and richness than lined panels.

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2.  $101 each.  I’m very intrigued with these striped panels (lined!).  55% linen, 45% cotton.  Love the sea foam blue stripe and how faded it looks.  Actually just ordered a sample and can’t wait to see ; )  96″ panels are $101 each – fair price.  Again, a timeless look – and I love the idea of a soft stripe for a subtle accent in a monochromatic room.

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3.  $128 each.  Found these french linen (lined) panels over here.  The picture isn’t great, and I’ve never ordered window treatments from this source, but these look quite nice for the price of $128 per panel.

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4.  $175+ each.  I found this etsy maker who custom makes many style of linen (lined and unlined) panels with what appears to be promising quality in all styles and lengths.  More of an investment, but worth it if you’re using high quality fabrics and going for a classic design element in your home.  Note:  I do not have personal experience with this group, just found them on etsy.  

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CREAMY WHITE PAINT OPTIONS

Now that we’ve looked into drapery options, let’s talk wall color.  Here are four Benjamin Moore creams I love working with.

1.  Seashell 926 – a soft, relaxing, and comforting cream.  Perfect shade for an airy space flooded with natural light.

2.  Niveous OC-36 – cream with ever slightest hint of a yellow undertone.  It’s the main interior color in our home, you can see pics here.  I will say the walls look much creamier in person than they appear in the photos!

3.  Creamy OC-7 – this is a little bit more of a “rich” cream and looks beautiful with greys, chocolates, and subtle tones.  It has depth.

4.  Oatmeal 268 - painted the interior of our carriage house this shade seven years ago and still love it!  It’s a very warm cream, but not too heavy.  It can go well with neutrals, or pops of fun colors.  I have it paired with cream dotted roman shades and a space filled with apple greens and sassy zebra pillows.  It is truly a versatile shade.

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    CArolyn April 16, 2014

    These cream/white rooms are wonderful! I, too have some cream linen curtains that have dressed my dining room and now my bedroom. They are almost an oatmeal linen with four inch cotton fringe down the edges. They dress up the room without taking a lot of visual space.

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    Nancy April 16, 2014

    I am in love with all of those photos!

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    Allison April 16, 2014

    Oh, I love these rooms, especially that first bedroom. It’s like a big exhale just looking at it. I have the PB Riviera Stripe Drapes in sandalwood and I love them so much. I ordered them with the blackout lining and they have a lovely heft and drape to them. I’ve had them for maybe two years now and they look as nice as the day I hung them.

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    debra @dustjacket April 18, 2014

    Thank you so much for the link-love xx

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    Designs By Katy April 21, 2014

    Mark Sikes can do no wrong. LOVE that gallery wall

    http://www.designsbykaty.com

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    laurel April 21, 2014

    you can never go wrong with too much white!! beautiful post!

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    Elizabeth April 22, 2014

    They also all have stunningly simple flower arrangements. Mine are like that in my head, but in reality are an hopeless jumbly cramming that I have to pass off as a toddler’s offerings (and my children are teens now) – any chance of a post on flower-arranging-for-the-challenged?

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    Melinda April 22, 2014

    I just bought the white linen tab curtains from Ikea for $24.99. I had my seamstress cut the tabs off and then she hemmed the top. She made a rod pocket in case I want to hang them through a rod. I am using clip rings though. Getting a bang for your buck she split the 2 panel pair into 4 panels. They look great and very high end.
    fourms@mchsi.com

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