Why I Love White

Hi, sweets.
I just learned of a lovely
“We Love White”
party that Marianne at Songbird is hosting.
It’s an opportunity to share what you love about white.
I recently transitioned to a mostly white decor
and I’m still figuring out my home as I go along,
but THAT girl knows white and her projects are beautiful.
She also is hosting an amazing giveaway to celebrate 1,000 followers.

(Congratulations, Marianne!) 

I apologize for not sharing fresh photos.
I know you’ve seen these before
but it was an impromptu decision to join the party & new photos weren’t possible tonight. 

So why do I love white?
Shabby chic decorating has always appealed to me.
I remember the first time I laid eyes on one of Rachel Ashwell’s
spaces and her signature white slipcovered furniture.
It was so romantic and fresh looking (despite being ‘shabby’)
and appealed to my girly, froufrou side.
But like many, I was always afraid to go white
because it was too couture looking 
(as in ‘real’ homes could never be white)
and just didn’t seem practical.
So for many years, I played it safe
with white accessories,
going with white duvet slipcovers and linens,
curtains, a few dining chair slips, and a chair.
I continued to swoon over white decor in my favorite magazines
until one day, I discovered this amazing thing called a blog.
I started seeing real people with real houses and families
like the beautiful Maria at
painting with white and living with white slipcovers, 
giving me the inspiration & confidence to transition to an all white decor.
White is clean and reflects the dreamer in me.
It is fresh.
It is simple and uncomplicated.
It’s a subtle backdrop for the laundry that I love so dearly.
I ADORE textiles
and carefully choose textures and stitching.
Patterns are rarely used.
White allows the texture  
or the simple hemstitching on a pillow to be noticed.
This I’m finding is better experienced by ‘being’ in my home
as opposed to looking at it in a photograph
(when I’m the one standing behind the camera).
There is no commitment with white.
Each room in my home has been painted at least five times in four years
and not once did I ever love a color [on my walls] enough for it to stay.
Conclusion: Go neutral.
Since painting my rooms a very pale gray 
(which leans towards a grayish white),
I really love it.
 White opens up spaces.
My house is pretty small (by choice) and I’m amazed
at how much more spacious, light, and airy it feels. 
It’s just soft & simple.
I just finished the major projects in these rooms in April (i.e. bead board & slipcovers)
and realize that I still have a lot to do in terms of finishing the spaces with accessories,
but for now, I am enjoying the pretty simplicity of these rooms.
I prefer to decorate with pure, crisp, white paint & fabrics
instead of mixing tones like off-white, ivory, etc.
that typically bring a beautiful depth and warmth to mostly white spaces.
This is challenging in keeping a space from feeling too sterile
and I’ll be introducing more shades of gray and antique hemp linens in natural shades like oatmeal.
(And my French Country Chair will soon be a weathered turquoise. I will always love color too.)


I like understated simplicity though.

To some it may be a little boring. To me, it’s….me.

Do you love white? 

Thanks for reading!
I’ll be back at 7 a.m. EST tomorrow with
freckled laundry

I’d love to see you link up your favorite metal projects or finds!

Also, Donna at Funky Junk Interiors
is hosting a Galvanized Saturday Night Special Party
starting TONIGHT.

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

I just took a peek and I’m in heaven!




  1. Hi Jami,

    My fave is your living room with the big comfy slipcovered sofa,
    and I love the assemblage of all white matted photos on the wall in all different frames.
    I do hope you keep adding to it !

  2. Liz Marie says:

    I am sooo in love with white. I actually am re-doing our master bedroom & I painted our furniture white & bought new white bedding from pottery barn, but I’m stuck. I need to pick a wall color and curtains & warm everything up and tie the whites together.. any suggestions?? – Liz

  3. Chris says:

    This has to be one of my favorite things about blogging…you get peeks into a person’s home, thoughts and feelings. I love your home, Jami…but more than that I am so happy that you love it. I am slowly adding more white to my home, but I also adore color. :)

  4. Your rooms are so welcoming and beautiful Jami. I love the shoes on the wall too…how incredibly sweet!
    Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  5. I love the soft gray tone of your bedroom. It’s just so relaxing. The curtains are beautiful and the shoes on the wall are adorable! See you tomorrow :)

  6. Jenni says:

    I just love your home, Jami! It looks so peaceful and relaxed and lovely. I especially love your white slipcovered sofa! I am so impressed by it every time I see it. :)

    And oh yes, I understand and completely identify with your love for white. :)

    I hope you have a beautiful weekend!


  7. Kacey says:

    Your house is lovely, Jami! You’ve done a great job pulling all the neutrals together to make a very calming space.

  8. Tiff says:

    I love love love all that white! It is very serene, calm and totally gorgeous! And I totally agree that textures become more significant in the white space. I am looking forward to checking out all that metal too! X

  9. Tara says:

    Your home is so beautiful! I dont know how you pull it off with 3 little ones but HUGE kudos to you.

  10. Erin says:

    What can I say? You are converting me slowly but surely! Love your whites!!!

  11. Beautiful! Love your bedroom. I love the wall color you’ve used, too. I can just see the touch of gray and I prefer that to all white walls. This is a nice alternative to that and makes for a great background for the white pieces.

  12. Your white is oh so lovely. I sure enjoy looking at your blog.

  13. Abby says:

    You have such a beautiful home, I love the simplicity

  14. Wow, I am so glad you are daring to take that step and go all white, because you do it so beautifully. Glad I have found you!

    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!

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