Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Adding More White & Purging

Do you ever look around and discover that even though you love all of your accessories, everything looks soooooooooooooooo busy and you just have to thin things out and have a calmer look and feel.  That's exactly how I felt about the living room this week.

I think mainly what I wanted was less contrast with colors and more of a monotone look.

I replaced the two brass lamps with my white ones.  They tend to blend in better with the rest of the white decor and white furniture.

This one is a simple ginger jar that I found at GW for about $5 I think.  It's nice and tall and I love it's graceful lines.  Some ginger jars are squatty, but this one is very slender and has an hourglass look.  Really pretty shape.

This is another one from GW and I think it was around $5 too.  I've had them both for a couple of years, so I don't remember the exact price.  I love them both, a great size and wonderful floral reliefs on this one.

I replaced the floral arrangement on the coffee table with a few things I originally had on the dining table.  

Now when I walk in it just seems so much more relaxing and calm.  So what do you think, are you also feeling that less is more?  I've been adding more white to the house, I'll show you more later.

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  1. Very nice Marty. I love how you can add so many different color schemes to your room and they all look beautiful!~~Angela

  2. You had a beautiful living room before the change, but now, it's exquisite. Thanks for sharing!

  3. It all looks just lovely Marty! I've been trying to find that balance between adding more neutral/white but also embracing my love of color still. You blended it all together perfectly! :-)

  4. Beautiful, Marty! The whites and neutrals are calming and so pretty.

  5. Hi Marty! Oh, your living room is just gorgeous! This is a beautiful look. Every change you do turns out so gorgeous!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  6. I love your changes, Marty!

    I have always been a less-is-more monochromatic designer, so I always lean that way.

    You are right - it is more serene and calming, your eye has a chance to rest.

    It's also very nice for warmer temperature season.


  7. Very Chic! I love how you can do so much with your decor. You do a great job! :) Love the white.


    P.S. I don't post with my iPad and rarely comment with it. I mostly use it for reading and browsing. So you are doing better than me! :)

  8. Looks lovely, Marty! I always enjoy the elegance of white, and no one does elegance better than you!!

  9. Love the whites Marty! I have been thinking about a big change with neutrals. You have great taste!

  10. I'm with you, ready to de-clutter! I love the neutral pallet.

  11. I totally get what you mean Marty. Sometimes I find myself feeling jolted by certain colors and white is a nice reprieve. I love those white lamps what a good find.
    Leslie aka Gwen Moss

  12. I have trouble purging but I can put things away for a while!great look, Marty.

  13. It looks lovely, Marty! I like a lighter look myself during the warmer months, as if that might keep things cooler. : ) Love the vignette on your coffee table.

  14. Everything looks very soothing and relaxing Marty! I have been doing a lot of purging. This is such a hectic time of the year for us that I need my home and surrounds less cluttered.

  15. Looks so cool and calming Marty! Love it.

    Rainey @ The Project Table

  16. The changes look great, Marty. Loving the cloche.


  17. Marty,
    Your home is lovely, dear friend. . .
    but I truly understand what you mean by creating calm vignettes in your decor!
    Adore the white lamps!!!
    Great price and the detailing is exquisite!!!
    I'll be back to see more lovely vignettes, soon!!!

  18. Love the subtle changes - the white lamps look pretty in there. I also adore the crackled swan and the spheres inside the
    cloche is lovely - but then, you are the queen of cloches after all ; )

  19. Your room lends itself to be very versatile. You can pop color in or take it out and it all works. I like the new look.

  20. Marty,
    Such a lovely look and feel for this time of the year. I find myself incorporating green into my formal living area. Soothing and cooling as the heat returns.

  21. Love the look, Marty. Very light and soothing for the summer. xo Laura

  22. I love the new monotone look, Marty! It's so fresh ... your pillows, as always, are gorgeous, as are your vignettes!

  23. I always feel like less is more (so I put all the more in my very crowded dish room in the basement). I just trade things around every few months as the weather or my mood changes. I love the white lamps with your other whites.

  24. I got rid of a lot of the extra pillows on the beds....it just made me hot! I think the older I get the less foofoo I want, especially, when I want to go to bed!

  25. Beautiful changes Marty! Ah yes I seem to go over board at times.And then I move things around and do with a bit less.And do you know what it really seems more calming and relaxing with less!

  26. Looks GREAT! Funny, I was just thinking I need to lighten up the colors a little in my home. Too dark!!
    Lori @ Jasmine Brook

  27. I like the changes you made, Marty. Summer is a good time to edit and pare down. Thanks for the inspiration. I need to get busy. :)

  28. Mercy, Marty. My place would drive you insane. Too much clutter..bright colors...
    I come to your home to calm down! LOL