The look of Winter whites is different than summer whites;
they are more off-whites like ivory and cream and
have more beige tints. The feel of winter white fabrics
needs to have a warm cozy touch, too.
After the Christmas decorations came down and it was time
to put the painting back over the mantle, I felt like it
was time for something different in the frame.
While I was looking in the poster/print section at
Hobby Lobby, a birch tree print appealed to me.
As it turns out, it was the basis for the rest of the
decorating in the living room for Winter.
The print got a new finish on it to try to
make it look like an actual painting.
There is a blog post about how that went
To further the birch idea, I put birch branches
in the off white aged urns beside the "painting.
The battery-operated candles seemed like a
good place to expand on the birch mania.
They got birch branch disguises. The blog post
about how I did that is Faux Birch Candles.
All the various-shades-of-white candlestick holders
came out to hold up the birch candles.
The birch bark that I found was just so interesting
to me so I also piled some into the footed urn
(hoping that others would pick it up and
admire it too but I don't think that happened).
To bring some Winter White onto the upholstered pieces
in the room, I made pillows using warm and fuzzy fabrics.
There are a couple of posts on that project.
One is about the things I learned about fabric rosettes.
Another pillow post is
The cane back chair usually holds a rectangular pillow
with a needle point frog pattern on it.
The back of the frog pillow is a beige color so I just
flipped it over and hand stitched some left over
fabric rosettes onto it.
The dining area and living room are very open to each
other so I added some winter white in there too.
For a small dinner party in January I brought out a
centerpiece holder that I had purchased at Kirkland's
several years ago...
...gave it a couple of different white shades of
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint...
...and added cream colored roses and candles
for a centerpiece.
The picture above also shows tan and beige herringbone
table runners that were made for the dinner.
( I use the words "table runner" and "made" very loosely. When I realized that I couldn't get
paint splatters and other craft-related goobers off the table in time for the dinner, I rushed to
the fabric store and bought this upholstery material. I cut it into runner sized pieces
but didn't have time to actually hem the fabric. They did a good job of covering the paint,
and I don't think anyone really noticed that the runners were really just fat strips of fabric)
After the dinner, one of the runners came into the kitchen
area to be used under the terrariums and orchids.
The light color of the runner served to act as a visual break between the darkness
of the table and the brown soil in the terrariums.
There is a blog post on how to construct a terrarium in Terrariums Tips.
If you would like to see close up pictures of the white orchid in this
vignette, you can click on The Opening Orchid.
When I wasn't happy about the way the fabrics I had chosen
for the pillow rosettes was working out, another runner
got cut into smaller pieces and made into rosettes
to join the solid color ones already made.
I feel like we have hardly HAD a winter here in
Alabama this year and now Spring is upon us.
But, just like the Jimmy Buffett
song "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere", I know
that it IS Winter somewhere on earth right now.