Friday, February 8, 2019

How to Change Your Look with White

February is our coldest month here in Denver, 
a time when we shelter in place and snuggle close to a roaring fire.
It's also the ideal time to change the look of your rooms.

It's actually easy and very inexpensive.
Just move things around, mix and match what you already have, and bring on the white stuff. 
No, not the snow! 
Your white ironstone, white furniture, and white accessories. 


Add a few interesting pieces that warm up the white such as linen, baskets, old books or silver. 




I decided to make over my dining room. 
Here's the "Before" picture. 
See if you can spot the "After" changes in the next photo.


This photo shows the "After" dining room with a few changes.
I created a new look without buying anything new. In fact, everything is old. 

Some changes are subtle like the long white tablecloth;
others are more obvious such as the styled bookcase. 


I love the look of old books so I gathered most of mine into a bookcase
 that had previously looked like this. Before ...


And here's the "After" picture.
I think the old books add warmth and texture to a room that might look cold on its own
plus they're a striking contrast to the white ironstone. 


Here's a "Before" shot of my little French side table 
with an ironstone pot filled with pine cones. 


And here's the same table loaded with decor books, a cement urn and a candle. 


Another "Before" picture of my vintage medicine cabinet.


Medicine cabinet 2.0.
 The rich woods in the table and cabinet and a little bling
bring sparkle and warmth to a dark corner. 


So, how many changes did you find in this little makeover?
I hope you have fun adding white to your decor for a brand new look.

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30 comments:

  1. A charming dining room! I like both the before AND the after!

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  2. Is n't it surprising what a few changes make in the look? You certainly have Mom's eye for decorating . I remember Mom having a two sets of curtains for every room. I also remember they were plastic. You do a fantastic job.

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    1. Thanks Jan! I don't remember the plastic curtains but am not surprised! Hugs, Pat

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  3. Was i suppose to count,lol! I just love looking at all of the wonderful stuff in the picture and how you display, thanks for all these ideas. Have a great weekend.

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  4. Love the changes! You can never go wrong with white, i especially love the vintage medicine cabinet!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! (The medicine cabinet was a steal at an estate sale for $5.) Can you believe it? Hugs, Pat

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  5. Clever girl! Decorating with books is my kind of place. I have books stacked everywhere, not as neat and tidy as yours but I love books. Your books are amazing!

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    1. Thanks so much Ann! Wouldn't it be great to have a floor to ceiling bookcase? Hugs, Pat

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  6. Nice! I'm in the process of doing the same things too, moving things around.

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    1. Thank you Nancy! Enjoy moving your things around and have a great week. Hugs, Pat

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  7. Love what you have done. It is nice to change things around sometimes.

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  8. I really like some of your antique pieces and how you have used them in your decor. I have pinned some so now I will be on the hunt for similar ideas. Do you have and Instagram account? I am going to sign up to follow your blog. Thank you for sharing.
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    1. Thank you so much L. Pamela! I do so appreciate you following my blog. No, I don't do Instagram but I do have some boards on Pinterest. Hugs, Pat

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  10. Lovely, Pat... The room is elegant and cozy, and I love your ironstone. Visiting by way of Sundays At Home. Would love to have you link-up on Tuesdays at Homestyle Gathering via My Wee Abode! ;-)

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  11. Lovely transformation as usual, Pat! I'm with you on ironstone and old books for sure. Love the tablecloths. Isn't shopping the house so satisfying? (And fun!) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

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  12. Thanks for sharing at Homestyle Gathering! I'm sure our readers loved seeing your white décor tips! ;-)

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  13. Hi Pat! Not sure if my message went through. Here it is again. Two good markets in ABQ are Past Present and IN-Between on Lomas, and Things Etc Indoor Flea Market on Central. Good luck!

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  14. You are so sweet Jacqueline to make sure I got this info. Will have to hit these markets next time in ABQ. Love that tall candlestick. Hugs, Pat

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