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I Am A WHITE Paint Lovin’ TROLLOP- Just sayin’

I don’t know how it happened.

I became a WHITE paint and home decor trollop of sorts.

A definite trollop.

A lover of WHITE.

White madness.

WHITE everything.

A whirlwind of WHITE BLISS-FUL-NESS.

Our living room: driftwood Balinese lighting and twig curtain rods

This is one of my favourite design journeys evvhaaa.

 I am making my way through our house with white paint

freak-out-ness loveliness.

  {Michael is bracing himself at this very moment reading this }

 Of this, I am certain.

The only WHITE that he can relate to is what is in our back yard :

Not me.  I seem to see WHITE everywhere.

And if it isn’t white it surely becomes white.

I dragged placed this bench in from our front porch, put it at our dining table & threw on some sheepskin for the tooshies.    Never mind that we once had REAL dining room chairs.  Real chairs are for sissies.

The The Art Of Doing Stuff  taught me that wee little sheepskin tip.  I only looked at them on the floor before.  What was I thinking ?!! If you want to pee your pants a little laughing, go visit her blog.  I stalk love her blog~ constantly.  I suppose I shouldn’t confess that.  She will never let me meet her chickens now.  Yes, she has chickens.    I brag about her chicken coop and her shenanigans to Michael. I tell him the stories as if Karen was my BFF. He now calls her my ‘imaginary friend‘.  Enough about my embarrassing stalker life.  On to something très important….

WHITE

Wall 'magnets' from Urban Barn - they stick on to wall like magnetic thumb tacks . No kiddin'.

P.s. These wall flower decor magnets  are a cinch to hang. Stick the ‘THUMBTACK” in the wall…and you are DONE.  Presto.  You are brilliant.

Urban Barn wall magnets

Back to that hubby of mine….He is such a….

LOVELY~AWESOME~GOOD SPORT~OF A MAN~IN EVERY~SINGLE ~WAY*

*I am buttering him up for what is about to happen.

Technically my white festival is well underway , but I am trying to break it to him gently.

It’s on the DOWN-LOW because I am running this phase alongside of my ‘PUT EVERY VINTAGE DOOR THAT WE OWN ~ON A TRACK’ phase.

 It is not often that I run so many projects simultaneously.

{Note : that was a bold faced lie}

So, I am keeping these projects QUIET and under my wing, so to speak.

Not mentioning it all at once to the hubs.

OR

Broadcasting it on the blog, or anything like that.

That is breaking it to him gently, wouldn’t you agree?

DIY -> twigs meet white spray paint

Once upon a time, I was an interior designer who loved colour on the walls.

 Incredible intense pops of colour.

 In hindsight, I wonder if I was dropped on my head as a baby.

 I painted some pretty wacked out colours.

If there is one big fat lesson I can share as a designer, it is this…

PAINT IS YOUR FRIEND

{ I am screaming that from a roof top }

It is so important that I had to put those words in CAPS.

My choice of late is WHITE and then pop in colour is other places….wall decor, throw pillows, and art.

A pop of colour ! Balinese mirror created from reclaimed colourful fishing boats

PAINT is truly one of the fastest, least expensive ways to change up a room.  Done.  Easy sneezy.  And if you don’t like it.  Change it.  It is only a gallon of paint for crying out loud.

It is not world peace.

It is perfectly safe to change it up.

It happened to me, and I am a pro.  I could start a book.  Confessions of an interior designer.

We moved to Paris for two years and I looked at a bizmillion homes/apartments to live in for the fam.  No word of a lie, every single one of them were painted…you guessed it… WHITE.

At first, I was all little miss smarty pants….

Can you hear me now ?!! :  ” Well it sure would be easy to be an interior designer in Paris. Just paint everything white. Dahhhh.”

Can you hear that smart~aleck in my voice?  Because I was.

So now, I eat my words.  I am eating crow big time.  I admit it.  I was hit with the stupid stick.  The stupid one that ignored white.  It is my mother’s fault~ really.  Back when I was a wee tyke, white was considered cheap.  Not value priced.  Cheap.  So, naturally, as any good kid would do, I listened to my mother.  That was then.  This is now.

WHITE IS WHERE IT IS AT.

{ Even my Momma would agree }

I am white-i-fying my house.  If I could throw a big bucket of white paint all over everything, it would not be a moment too soon. If I had a freakin’ fairy wand, I would wave it ~ abracadabra WHITE.  Reality sucks.

I have hit three rooms with my abracadabra white stick so far. I am going to make my way through the entire house with it.  There will be no stone unturned.  No moss growing on this space.

I am certain Michael is reading this post right now and having an internal freak out moment.

Yes,  I even started to sneak some white in the barn too.

BARN =  Michael’s place ( he adores it ).

White. In the Barn.

My fault.  His problem.

Barn LOVE ~ White lights from Ikea

I know I didn’t start this WHITE trend.

~

 But I do have this style that has been evolving.  I don’t have an official name for it yet.

It is white paint meets Bohemian style with rural warmth and oodles of comfort.

Rural warmth.

 Not COUNTRY.

 Country decor makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

Our living room driftwood lights

I am not stuck on only one white.

And I am not stuck just on one kind of light.  I just happened to be enjoying taking pictures of them with my INSTAGRAM APP so you will have to stare at a few extra pix of these lights….{cause I luuuuurve them}….

Bohemian Driftwood from Bali mixed with an Edison Bulb {my FAVE style of bulb}

Every photo today is via the INSTAGRAM APP. That part is the fault of Jessica from THE ENTERTAINING HOUSE .  That brat friend  got me addicted to Pinterest and then made me fall in love with Instagram too. Go check out her blog. Become a pinterest and instagram addict like Jessica and me.  I do love that gal just about as much as I love WHITE.  I think Jessica might be feeling a bit uncomfortable now * GUSH *

I love

cool white

warm white

Our kitchen ELMIRA Stove.

crisp white

layered white.

Vintage glass

Gimme white any-way-you-got-it

But gimme WHITE.

See, I’m not fussy.

I am cool with throwing in splashes of colour here and there on a wall.  I occasionally paint ONE wall a colour, but white still makes its way on the scene.

Hence…enter…

White Twig Curtain Rod

Twigs meet white spray paint

I only use the twig rods in areas where the curtain is not going to see a lot of open/closing action.  Otherwise, I may ninja the curtain rod right out of the wall.  It is a great DIY project because creating a twig curtain rod is a snap.  Twigs are easy to find.  You can steal them from your neighbours tree if you don’t have one.  The twig wall bracket is drop dead easy to make too.  After you have chopped branches off of your neighbours tree ~ simply cut a Y shape for the bracket and screw it to the wall.  Use a plug in that wall too.  Learn from my mistakes.  It ouch-smarts when the twig falls on your head.  I almost threw it out the window when that happened.  It could have joined my air conditioner  when it met its death out my bedroom window this summer.  Last but not least, I covered the screw heads with wood filler and painted them white.  Tah dahhh- magic !

Next, I threw on some linen curtains.  I use natural fibres like cotton & linen  every chance I get.  You are not going to get a gorgeous soft look from polyester.  I promise. And I won’t come and visit you.  Polyester curtains give me the heebie-jeebies.  There are some exceptions to this rule. It is ok to break the rule, but first you have to learn it.  Go natural or go home.  This particular curtain  shown above is from West Elm.  I adore their linen curtains. I like to hang them long and draped to a puddle effect on the floor. West Elm linen curtains are a half way decent price {for linen}.  Not screaming cheap nor screaming outlandishly expensive.  Somewhere in the middle. That works.  I can buy them, and still stay married when the credit card bill comes in.

I am cool with that.

Balinese mirror finds a new home in our living room

Ready for this white journey ?  Want to take it with me?  Get out ‘yer paint.  We are going to have a fantastic ride together.  We can start our pact RIGHT NOW.  Room by room, one by one…we can conquer it, one paint can at a time.  We can start a white-loving-bohemian stylin’-love festival on white.

TOGETHER.

Quick.

Jump up.

Get going, we are about to start a WHITE BOHEMIAN WAVE ….

Cheers !!

Lynne xx

15 Comments Post a comment
  1. White and I are best friends! My entire house is white :) Chantilly Lace – Benjamin Moore. :) I love how clean it feels. And I’m crazy for your livingroom lights. Love love love.

    Will the treehouse get whacked with the white magic stick???

    February 22, 2012
  2. I’m am also a white freak (and my husband has regular white freakOUTS) so in that we are sisters-in-arms. LOVED the post!! Love also your Balinese driftwood lights … colour me jealous :)

    February 21, 2012
    • Hi April
      I thought you may love WHITE with your white mirror project at hand. Hope you rock that mirror! Hang in there..some of the best design ideas are inspired by initial disaster ( speaking from huge design disaster experience ) :)) Lynne

      February 21, 2012
  3. I enjoyed the post on White Paint…so much so I may divorce My obsession with Black.

    Betty

    February 21, 2012
    • Hiya Betty ! I just shared your smokin’ hot cleaning tip with my pal Tara (comment below). Gotta run…I am off to rescue some of my stained slip covers with your CASCADE cleaning tip. You rock out loud. Cheers! Lynne

      February 21, 2012
  4. Tara #

    Love this, Lynne. All your style!! I also love white paint. But, here is where we differ…I have preschoolers dirtying up my home, on a daily basis. My airy white walls have greasy black hand smudge all over them, all around the three foot high mark. The baseboards, worse, and the doorways, FORGET IT. My clean, white bedding? Leaves, a pinecone, and, what I can only hope, chocolate smears.
    So, I think for me, until my children are older, I am going back to painting everything turquoise and hot pink. Oh! I have those Umbra flowers. Love them too!! Fun, easy, and they made me feel very crafty indeed!
    Hope to see you again soon,
    Tara
    PS. I do suspect my husband is also a white ruiner culprit, but for now, I can’t prove it…

    February 21, 2012
    • Tara -you have the wall flowers too? Imagine us, wall flowers ?! Too funny! You are never going to believe me, but I think white is easier to clean sometimes. White bleach comes to my rescue A LOT. I just learned a fab cleaning tip from a fellow blogger.
      Use Cascade Dishwasher Soap ( yup, it is true, dishwasher soap) to soak your stained stuff in. Soak it in hot water with the Cascade…and voila !!…clean as new! …and she had lemon tips too….
      http://wisteriahome.blogspot.com/2012/01/lemons-amazing-everyday.html
      I am just a wealth of knowledge today :) haha…
      And P.S. you are a doll for reading my blog and commenting. Love ya for it. xx

      February 21, 2012
  5. I love white also but lately I’ve gotten brave and added some color. What sticks in my mind is something someone once said to me: ‘ that white is safe and you don’t want to take the leap to something sexy, cheerful.’ You can still be a trollop and do it without white!! ❤❤
    Bee

    February 20, 2012
    • So true Bee ! I occasionally go for the leaps of color too. It is brilliant to go sexy and cheerful in a home -in all the right places….I completely agree with you. I always think of paint as just that…paint. We are not married to it. So it is fun to change it up and kick it up a notch here and there. I am now, technically, mostly white…but I definitely throw in some red, some greens , some blues…so I don’t YAWN. haha. Lynne xx

      February 21, 2012
  6. Can’t believe I’m going to be hanging with a ‘Trollop’ … Let alone a White paint Trollop in Chicago. That’s OK… I’m a passionate Scorpion colour lover, so I guess we’ll balance each other. I do have ONLY white dinner ware at home, the cottage and condo. Does that count?

    February 20, 2012
    • Completely counts Mo ! I still love colour in certain places so we might still be safe :))) I am beaming with excitement for CHICK-A-GO ! Chicago won’t know what hit it…with all these designer gals painting the town. Pun intended :)) xx

      February 21, 2012
  7. Beautiful! And funny. (If even slightly certifiable!) I love white. Crisp. Clean. Pure. White. Where would your life be without Pinterest of Instagram?! I hope you think of me whenever you use your Instagram!

    February 20, 2012
    • Totally certifiable LOL. Pinterest and Instagram are such a hoot. It is absolutely incredible to think how Pinterest has grown so HUGE in the past 6 months. I can see why. It is almost as blissful as white ! …and Instagram photos are soooo easy. Luuurve it ! …almost as much as I love you Miss Jessica. xx

      February 21, 2012
  8. Anonymous #

    I love your style, I, too, am a white lover. . .Best to you and your hubby.
    Karen

    February 20, 2012
    • Thanks so very much Karen-I’m so very flattered ! Cheers! Lynne

      February 21, 2012

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