The Beauty of White
By Jason Parker-Counce
White evokes many looks and emotions. We think of it as being as pristine as a white church, house or even heaven. Then there are mountains of snow, sandy beaches and foggy mornings that all give us a vision of white in its natural grandeur.
In the home, the way to decorate with whimsical white is with layers, layers, and more layers.
Start with the paint color. Add lots of furniture. Then fold in white fabrics and tone-on-tone accessories. Pretty soon it all adds up to a creamy landscape of utter beauty.
In deciding to re-do some things for the New Year, I up and moved my booth down the hall and went “All White” (photo, above right). In doing so, I blended furniture, pottery and textiles, all in creamy white tones. Then I added in some accents of color.
Tonal hues are what I am into right now. The idea is a base of white, overall, but with charcoal, slate grey, tan and cream mixed in. Whether well worn or starkly new, white combines to give a well-traveled feel and ambience throughout.
Since “spring is in the air,” so to speak, I have been contemplating all of the forced flower bulbs I love so. These include paperwhites, tulips, and even hyacinth, all in white.
A springtime papier-mâchébunny with big pink eyes, tied up with a big grey bow, well, it makes me want some marshmallow Peeps (photo, left; $45; Booth B-309)!
Coming this March, I will display my entire "Easter Collection,” which is done all in beautiful tonal whites. Bunnies, chicks and birds will sing to a more muted springtime folly!
I can't leave out my favorite look of the woodlands, faux bois. I am enjoying it in planters and tables and on wallpaper. Not just seen in painting techniques and fabrics, faux bois shows up beautifully on a silk shade pendant light (photo, right; $95; Booth B-309).
The 1960s never looked so good as with this newly re-upholstered sling chair in linen (photo, left; $950; Booth B-309). There is tea stained paint with cane details on each side of this designer classic "X" chair.
Even packets of vintage ephemera, such as Bingo cards, movie tickets, flash cards and hand-written notes make anyone want to craft with well-worn and loved white tones of our past (photo, right; $14 per packet; Booth B-309). Also shown, a small, white pottery urn longs for some fresh cut flowers.
The time will be here soon enough when the trees will be green, flowers will bloom and sunny yellow days will shine on us. For now, I can just enjoy some white thoughts and dream of the beach – or at least a day in Nashville without snow!