White: it is both highly revered and highly disdained as a wall color depending on who you talk to. I was watching House Hunters the other day and listening to a wife condemn her husband’s taste in decorating because, “You would be happy to just leave the walls white!” She shouted this shrilly as if it were an absolutely unheard of abomination. Cue me talking to the TV: “Lady, just shut up.” Because seriously why does white get such a bad rap here in the States? Everyone seems to think that a white wall is an unfinished wall. I will tirelessly campaign in favor of white walls. When done right, they are timeless, modern, and the perfect backdrop.
Ah, beautiful simplicity. Do you have a family photograph, a piece of paper you can blot ink on, some drinking glasses, four books, and a bush you can pluck a few leaves from? Then you too can have beautiful simplicity. I’m not suggesting you copy this exactly but do take to heart how uncomplicated (and inexpensive) styling your home can be.
I. Love. Portraits. Need some more personality in a room? How about some literal personality in the form of a life captured by an artist in pen or paint? It could be someone famous (like Earnest Hemingway here), someone you know, or a figment of the artist’s imagination. As long as the subject’s expression or body language or something in their eyes grabs you and speaks to you. Add in some fabulous Mid-Century decor and put it against a white wall and I’m a very happy girl.