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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cool - Clean - Crisp White


Summer has been so hot so far, I just felt the need for less and cooler, at least in the look of things.  White always looks cool, so I've added a little to the Living room.  For an airy appearance, I also removed the ottoman and area rug.  More open space makes a small room look larger and for some reason more airy and cooler.


The white sofa and chair, along with white lamps give a cooler look for starters.  I just needed to add more.


A white tablerunner breaks up the dark wood of the coffee table.  For an uncluttered look, I left the floral arrangement, but I removed the tray holding the stack of books and replaced the 3 candlesticks with just one hurricane.





A throw adds some white to this side of the room and enhances the white of the shells in the table vignette.





Even the white in the little lamb pictures adds a cooler look.


A lighter look for the Dining table also.


A few white tulips and some creamy magnolia flowers brighten the floral arrangement.


I also replaced the darker table runner with one I made with some extra fabric that matches the living room pillows.



This didn't do a thing to lower the temps outside, but it does look cooler inside.


I am linking to the following parties:
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home Friday @ The Charm Of Home
Flaunt It Friday @ Chic On A Shoestring Decorating
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence


Thanks so much for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits.

30 comments:

  1. HI MARTY!!!
    You are so right,anything we can do to make it seem cooler is a GREAT IDEA!!!And WHITE is always a perfect color in our homes or wearing all while. IN Europe, I saw LOTS of women and some Men in White tops, white pants, white shoes and a white straw hat, the ALL white look is so clean and crisp. The little touches you changed up a bit are perfect for this time of year.
    Hugs,
    jamie

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  2. Oh, Marty, everything looks so pretty! Love all your cool whites! Getting excited about your cloche party!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  3. it gets hot...you want to strip off your clothes AND the stuff around your house! Simpler and cleaner = cooler and as usual you pulled it off.

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  4. Everything looks so pretty and fresh! Great job! I love the fresh touches of white...hmmm still is rainy-ish and cold where I'm at today! LOL hopefully you can share some of the warm tempuratures...I wouldn't mind at all!

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  5. Marty it looks wonderful!!

    It's so fun how we all do this!! I love all the changes you did

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  6. Looks great Marty. I really love that white throw, it looks so soft and cozy!

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  7. Hey you!!!!!! Have missed visiting with you...always love seeing the different ways you transform your beautiful home with just a few changes! Did I read something about a cloche party...squeal!!!! I'm looking forward to that one..hope you had a great 4th and that you are having a fantastic week ...love ya girl....Picket

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  8. Everything looks very open and fresh, Marty. It may not lower the temps, but I bet it feels cooler when you come in from outdoors!

    XO,
    Jane

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  9. Beautiful, Marty! It does look cool and serene, but still very inviting. One of my favorite touches is the runner you made that matches the pillows -- really ties the two spaces together perfectly!

    Have a great weekend!
    Bill

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  10. Your artistry is always such an inspiration to those of who do not have such atalent.

    About the only thing I know how to do to "cool off a room" is to open a window. :)

    Wonderful decorating tips.

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  11. The addition of the white really does cool the room Marty. I'm in love with your centerpiece, thanks for sharing.

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  12. The whole room is so pretty and now cool with all that white added. So hot this year here, too. Stay cool!

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  13. Your home always looks lovely, Marty, and the white is a lovely fresh light touch.

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  14. Marty, I am in the same mood: to lighten things up for summer! I did do my dining room table. Now I am doing more! I LOVE all your pillows...and the runner you made is perfect! I am going to join you for the cloche party! Have a great day tomorrow! XO, Pinky

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  15. very cool and refreshing. Your home always looks so lovely and your tablescapes are something that I covet!! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Loving all your white Marty!! Your home always look so warm and inviting!

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  17. I really like the changes you made. As you can probably tell by my home I am a sucker for white in a room :)

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  18. Love all your touches of white!

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  19. It looks refreshed and inviting! ANYTHING to cool down the summer temps, right?
    Your home is lovely ALL the time.

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  20. Beautiful, as always!
    When's brunch?
    ;)

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  21. Marty, your white accents look so nice!

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  22. Marty, your white accents look so nice!

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  23. Hi Marty, I like the white accents. I think white is my new favorite color! Linda

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  24. love the white accents Marty. well done as always. Hugs

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  25. Marty, I love your changes, all your white touches open everything up and give a feeling of cool.. I'm sure you have some pretty hot temps right about now, ours have been coming and going, so still enjoying front porch sitting.. hugs ~lynne~

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  26. I love that you just did small changes to get a huge impact! Well done, Marty!

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  27. Beautiful summery touches Marty! Everything looks light and bright and we are so glad you shared it with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  28. So pretty Marty~ I love all the pretty white touches! So refreshing and lovely! Thanks for sharing at my party this week! :)

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  29. Isn't it amazing what some small changes and touches can do to a room? Yours looks so inviting!

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  30. Marty,
    Your cool whites look lovely. I love those dining room chairs. It does help to change things up for a airy feel. Thanks for linking it up at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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