January 5, 2011

Color Me Happy

clmag white issue

When I opened my mailbox yesterday to find the latest issue of CL magazine inside, I might have squealed a little. Then I glanced at the cover and sighed. I understand that many (MANY) people celebrate white as a major design element, but I’m just not one of them. Trust me, there are plenty of other great things in this month’s issue but I just don’t enjoy the “simple beauty of white” very much. I see those gorgeous white rooms and appreciate them for what they are, but I don’t want to live in them.


My kitchen is the color of Mexican terracotta tiles and I love it.


My bedroom is currently a Poppy red, but I have redecorating on the brain and am hoping to shift to something a little closer to the one below.

lizzie carney 1

This image (from Country Living!) is so much more me than walls of white. It even incorporates bold color in a way that isn’t garish. Of course there are design principles and experts who might tell you that a certain color combo would never work in your home. Ultimately, you are the one who has to live with it everyday, so shouldn’t we love where we live?

I’ll keep you posted on my renovating adventures…do you have any plans to redecorate in 2011?


  1. My sun room is soooooo close to being ready to decorate! I will post some pictures soon. Change is good, and as long as those who live under the same roof or walls are good with it, let the painting begin!

  2. I received this magazine and did not like the white decorating theme either. Just too blah. I like color, and often bold color. It says so much more than all white.

  3. I think white rooms are lovely, but they certainly wouldn't fit in my lifestyle. I couldn't even have white sheets because my fellas kept staining them. Viva la color!

  4. i SO hear you on the all white thing...when we moved into our most recent place, i desperately wanted to do a glam black-gray-white thing - lots of mirrors, lacquer, hard edges. and i did it. and i felt dead in it. then i started adding colorful and textural pillows, lots of colorful artwork, lipstick pink in foyer and kitchen and suddenly it felt like me and i felt alive. funny how that happens.

  5. i'm not a big fan of the white rooms, either -- i love BOLD color!!

  6. I feel kinda mixed on the issue of white. I have seen many beautiful white rooms with a very shabby chic look that I love, and I think I would feel so very at home in one if I were single (for some reason), but I can't see myself decorating our home in this style now. Can you even begin to imagine what John-Heath would do to an all white room? lol

  7. Our only redecorating plans are for the nursery!

    I'm with you - white rooms are pretty to look at, but they don't really feel comfortable to me. Of course it's all about personal preference - I just prefer more color!

  8. Hi Kate! Thanks for your comment at my place today. I can't wait to meet you at Blissdom! (I'm a Southern Girl wannabe. Maybe you could give me some pointers. :)) Anyway, hope to meet you soon!


    P.S. I have a red living room and USED to have terra cotta on my kitchen floor. Thinking about changing that living room this year to a Benjamin Moore color called Visla. Hmmm.

  9. I like the idea of white rooms...but let's be honest....I have three kids under 5. LOL!

    Hope your new year is good so far!

  10. My bathroom!! It's about to get a big cabinet re-do. If I ever find the time!!!

  11. We are hoping to move in the next few months. I'm so sick of the white walls from our apartment that I will never have white walls again!

  12. With 3 boys, when I see white, I think "dirt"! I would've never been able to have white anything!

  13. I am painting my bedroom MLK weekend.

  14. I love the white rooms. Most are beautiful to me but.......I can't do white. For that matter, I can't even do neutral. I just like my bold loud colors, it is just me. I really like country living too. I have several projects already in mind, one of them really big. Can't wait to see what everyone will do in 2011.

  15. Kate,

    Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my fashion outlook. Many of the outfits I couldn't pull off either but still love them just the same.

    I totally agree with the white. Love to look at it but not to live in! I actually just saved that closet photo for a post I'm working on!! Dreamy...we must have similar styles :) BTW, I LOVE that red color for a bedroom.

  16. I'm a magazine junkie so I understand that squeal. I really like the new look that you are going to be going towards, redecorating is fun.

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