A Myth About White...In Decorating

Call it a myth or perhaps just a fear of the unknown of the joys of white in decor! For years now I've been reading comments on the Shabbyfufu Facebook page whenever I post a photo 
of either my own white decor piece or that of a friend, or something found and shared from another page.
The horrors of white, the "I have kids and a husband", or "I have dogs and it would never last in my home". You get the drift here...right?
The shot above was taken last year during a special project, but I am here to tell you that my home has always had lots of white pieces from the early days of raising a family and then on. The kids are now grown but we have 3 dogs (and other assorted small pets:~) and the white remains...and not just for photo shoots:~)
Sorry about the watermark, it's an older photo and I couldn't find the original...
When I had the sofa recovered after scoring it in a thrift shop, I used white denim and the seat cushion is slipcovered. It has been washed, the dogs have all sat here and one of them...ahem...tinkled on it before they were potty trained. It's easy to bleach and one of just many pieces of white slipcovered furniture in our home...
As you can see I have a love affair not only with white, but with button tufting. This is the headboard in our master bedroom that we've had for 3 or 4 years now and it's as white as the day that it arrived. I sprayed it with a stain repellent spray before our heads ever hit the hay for the first time here and I've never had to clean it other than a quick wipe with a damp rag once or twice.

So don't be afraid of white, no fear because there is always bleach, Oxyclean, stain repellent spray and whiteners! More coming your way on some winter white styling soon...

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9 comments

Victoria Silva said...

Such beautiful pictures...always love looking at your home...and that beautiful splash of blue...that is so you

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Well said Janet. 9 years ago, we had all white with 2 very active boys, their horde of friends and a bunny. We survived just fine. I switched to colours when we moved and am slowly transitioning back to neutral.. whites and creams. We now have a very spoiled chocolate lab boy. Muddy paws etch. wash and replace... easy!
Luv your rooms!

Shannon Fox said...

Sigh... love it all.
My next sofa, will be white.
Love your photos, styling and style!! xo

Faded Velvet said...

Janet, This is SO true!! I grew up hearing oh my it's white it'll never stay clean! Clothes, shoes, and furniture. As an adult I have learned that, You can clean whites. What a revelation! I use it all the time now. Great post Janet, Faded Velvet.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Janet, I say ditto to all you have said. I tend my 4 grandchildren 5 days a week and 10 hours a day, in my own home where most everything is white or off whites, if you have a no rule for food and drink for little ones there is no problem. Colors get dirty to even though you may not see it, it is still there. I say go for white if you love it.

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Ariana Browning said...

Beautiful pictures. Saw this from being shared on Facebook. I am slowly turning everything in my bedroom to white or neutral and I have nine dogs, a cat, and a bird, haha. I have noticed that the dark stuff usually shows off the dirt from the animals more than light anyway. I just love these pictures. Love the feel. Going to have to subscribe for more inspiration!

Rhonda said...

You have such a wonderful and beautiful blog. Stunning spaces and I enjoy each visit.

Mary Farley said...

Love your gorgeous home

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