Cottage Design Home Decor

The Appeal of The White Cottage

March 12, 2015

There is much debate over the white cottage among designers, decorators, and bloggers in general.  Some love it and can’t live without it while others claim it is out-of-date.  No matter what you think, you can’t argue with the fact that it has stood the test of time and has been reinvented in many different ways:  the girly-glam apartment with pops of gold and pink, the millennials who like minimalism, and busy moms and dads with kids who want to be able to just throw their slipcovers in the wash at the end of the month.

I have always loved white. Some say it is not a color, but to me it is beautiful.  Gleaming, bright, and sparkling – white always looks clean and fresh.

I had an all-white wedding.

I raised my family in my little cottage in the suburbs surrounded by all-white.  White walls and white slip covered furniture.  I had my slipcovers made by a very good tailor and he (yes, he) assured me they would last through endless washings – and they have. They are white pre-washed denim, very durable with metal zippers (not plastic).  I’ve spilled everything on them over the past 18 years to include an entire glass of red wine (which came out after soaking in club soda overnight.)

A white palette is calming and always looks fresh.


My white painted family room…


…and dining room.


It can be modern.


Family Friendly,

Even masculine.

You can’t go wrong with a white palette.  Incorporate your favorite color(s) into your home in the form of pillows and accessories.  Keep the colors soft and neutral and they will pop on their own. If you think you can’t have a white cottage because you don’t want to reinvent the wheel in your house, just start with one room.  You’ll find it can be quite addicting.

{all images via Pinterest}


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  • Reply NanaDiana March 12, 2015 at 1:48 am

    You are so right, Gay. White can be anything you want it to be.
    Your wedding was beautiful and so were you!!!! xo Diana

  • Reply Seawashed Living March 12, 2015 at 4:13 am

    You know I love white living. Beautiful post.

  • Reply Anne's Attic - Design March 12, 2015 at 5:52 am

    Is white a color? Of course it is, it has every color of the rainbow in it. White is my choice of color with a few blue, pink, green pastels and neutrals thrown in. Love it! Jo

  • Reply Junkchiccottage March 12, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    You know me Gay I love white and neutrals. I have tried color but I always love and go back to white. My motto is surround yourself with what you love and you will always be happy. For some that is color and others it is neutrals.
    Loved your wedding picture. You were a beautiful bride.

  • Reply Shabby chic Sandy March 12, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I so love white too! Beautiful post 🙂

  • Reply The Porcelain Rose March 13, 2015 at 1:04 am

    White is timeless and goes with anything and everything.
    I love a white palette with a mix of pastels.
    Love your wedding pic.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Anonymous August 28, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    I have wanted an all white cottage for SO long! I currently have a nearly all white LR, kitchen/dining area, hallway and master bedroom in mostly all white….some pale, pale grays too.

    We may be moving and yes, I have in mind an all white/cream cottage! It'll be a dream come true.

    Love the rooms you showed. All gloriously white!

  • Reply Debbie October 17, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    I agree with you….white NEVER goes out of style.
    I love all of the images you shared…beautiful!

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