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Fresh Start: The Wonder of White in Winter


If you ever feel overwhelmed in your home décor or wardrobe design–try getting back to basics with a look grounded in shades of white.

Let’s talk about white. The bright-as-a-blank-canvas, crisp-as-new-sheets, pure-as-a-snowflake kind of white.

White is perfect in many ways. Perfect for fashion, design, housewares and furniture. It works for everything from architecture to automobiles.

Don’t get me wrong, I love color. But there’s just something about white, especially in winter, that’s so appealing. Maybe it’s the idea of a fresh start that comes with January. Whatever the reason, simplifying a color palette can be inspiring, awakening a fresh start through the wonder of white in winter.

From bright white to off-white, cream to ecru, buff to almond, here are a few of my favorite things—made perfect in white.

Picture-Perfect White


The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera is stylish in white and promises immediate gratification. Photo: Urban Outfitters.

The Perfect White Tee


Simple yet sophisticated, the long-sleeve version of the classic white tee works for every wardrobe. Photo: Rag-bone.com.

Nature’s Whites


This funky wallpaper brings the beauty of the outdoors inside by recreating a forest of birch trees. Photo: Anthropologie.com

White + Off-White


A timeless classic, the Brussels Ivory & Tan Pillow is pure perfection. Photo: homeware.com

White on Display


The beauty of white furnishings, such as the Sunset Point Etagere, is that they provide the perfect backdrop for letting the surrounding accents and colors shine. Photo: hookerfurniture.com

Table Whites


The simplicity of white is captured in this elegant stoneware dinnerware. Photo: katespade.com.

Cozy White


Keeping toes cozy was never easier than with the cable-knit charm of these knit slippers featuring a sheepskin lining and cuff. Photo: uggaustralia.com.

Fashionable White


A fresh take on the suit, this Herringbone Linen jacket and skirt create a look that’s clean and crisp. Photo: jcrew.com.

Working Whites


Not sure how to bridge several finishes in one room? White always works. Photo: hookerfurniture.com

The Sunset Point round cocktail table, above, is crafted of soft organic cathedral white oak veneers, blending charm and versatility for any interior.

By its nature, white has the ability to calm and soothe. What white wardrobe staple do you rely on? And what room in your home could benefit from some fresh white additions?

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