Hello Everyone, :D
In my process of Going White, and I capitalize those first two letters because this is very significant for me, as I spoke of here, and here , I have discovered more about what it means.
As Sandy says, "White is good for the Soul"....and that is the sacred truth. I've always loved white and have alot of clothes in white. I even once had an apartment came with 2 closets in one bedroom and one was for my white and the other closet for all others. Both were full. Florida encourages white and my tan skin loves it. But for my decor, I had never thought to use so much in the house for reasons I spoke of elsewhere.
But once my room was done I had to continue....that is, HAD TO CONTINUE..... the Whitening process in my life.
Many things were painted, the walls, the furniture and many little items for the harmony of it all.
White decor had typically not been very interesting for me because most of the white decor I'd seen was done by traditional decorators, trained in schools of thought etc and I find this infinitely boring. What has happened however, is that the women of blogland have infused the White Decor with the unique expressions of their own souls and spirits and added their touches of things that are meaningful, not to mention the Living Legend Rachel Ashwell,........ but when I saw what the ladies of blogland did, this is when White came to life for me, soft and serene, rich with living touches, seeing the beauty of wear and tear, and the sacred in faded and worn. Seeing such Life Infused Spirit in this kind of use of white in photos of their homes all over blogland turned on the White Lights for me LOL. I love you ladies!
Apparently I'm on a journey here and I cannot tell you how satisfying living with the White feels, unless of course you have done it yourself. I will soon move on to the kitchen, white with pale mint, then the middle room, white with pale aqua, then I can focus on the gardens and my clothes again.....but not until this house is ALL done. When I wanted to begin this last year, I knew once the LR was done, the Kitchen would have to be next, and I just didn't want to, but I have no choice.....I have to.
My friend came for Tea a few days ago and when she walked in her breath was taken, she did not know what I had done. She looked at every single thing and even noticed the ceiling fan was now white too. She said it literally felt when she walked in, like a breath of fresh air. She also could not get over the sparkle and shimmer. I did say I wanted this house to Shimmer by Christmas and that means it will LOL....and she saw it. She said she never knew white could be so beautiful. I see another convert coming online soon LOL.
I think this attraction for white comes not from simple explanations of Serenity, though that is what it creates. And not just simplicity, though it does that too. White is a frequency as I mentioned before and it creates its own vibration. It is a color that contains within it the entire spectrum of color.....and the result is White.
When something compels me I usually need to know why. And so I had to
find the spiritual reasons for my response to White Surroundings. It is
spiritual indeed, much more so than a "decorating" need, which I insist,
Kassandra. LOL....that I am NOT.....LOL.
What some of us are responding to with the Awe of White is what it contains, all the colors in an absolute. An All White environment also signifies that "one has arrived", so to speak.....it is the ultimate inspiration.
Our current times and hectic speedy lives require a balance that can come from the Serenity of White. We are also needing the cleanliness of White's frequency because it does change the dirty energy of the outer world. And as 2012 approaches I wanted to meet it with an environment that was spiritually rewarding and comforting for the Higher Consciousness I am fully embracing.
Here are a few of my pics of the finished Living Room small as it is and I'm NOT a photographer and this house is not my pride and joy and I'm not saying that I did something as awesome as most of the ladies out there, no, not at all....I'm only saying look at the transformation of the color white.....again, to quote Sandy, "the power of paint"......... and cannot make you drool, sorry, it is rough and simple, but you can see.
Did I mention this transformation did not cost me anything? Housemate bought all the paint, I did the work.
Here is a very bad blurry 'before'.....
the same angle, by the front door and decked for Xmas unlike before.......
This view is from the back door, this I love. sigh
This mantle was not 'decorated'. I put up lights, added the fern and pine, my mercury glass, pine cones in the vacant spaces and it was done. "It" happens all by itself LOL, love that!
this sofa beneath the window is covered but filled with my collection of fabric for sewing until I can get a storage cabinet to replace the guest bed in the middle room. For now the guest bed is still available for guests to be cozy.
That Italian Tuscan Clay kitchen is soon to be no more,.....lol..... it's going white and pale mint.
Once you go white, you start to see all kinds of "black holes" that simply wont do. One of them was the fireplace which is now filled with a bucket of fresh pine and pine cones and candles. Another was the TV which I covered with a lace, another was the bookcase which I covered with a linen tablecloth and a tension rod. Love tension rods! they're all over the house in every doorway and place to hold some ethereal soft fabric or crochet lace......so many useful ways. Then I found this perfectly seasonal (or not) shabby white and silver twinkle star at the thrift store and it was mine!
And yet, its not enough White for some reason, sigh......lol.....No I don't think I'm going to paint everything Pure White......
at least not this year.
A few pictures from my Tea with Yami. Morrocan Mint and Lavender Tea.
Fresh greens and the only red Pointsettia's that grew from last years which I had planted.
and Hazelnut Turkish Delight with silver dragees.....
and a double pedestal stand with fresh greens and pine cones,....looked better than this pic.
and part of Yami's gift.....to be another post....
sharing this post with Savvy Southern Style
and with TIMEWASHED; Blissful White Wednesday
and with No Minimalist Here
and with FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE
- Lady of the Woods
- "Where better to care for the soul than in the details of our daily lives?....The soul has an absolute, unforgiving need for regular excursions into enchantment. It requires them like the body needs food and the mind needs thought... An enchanted world is one that speaks to the soul, to the mysterious depths of the heart and imagination where we find value, love and union with the world around us. As mystics of many religions have taught, that sense of rapturous union can give a sense of fulfillment that makes life purposeful and vibrant." ~ Thomas Moore.