The crispness of starched vintage linens, mossed pots of Paperwhites, and old craggy chunks of coral.  The creaminess of fuzzy woolen cable-knit sweaters, freshly baked vanilla meringues, and a big bunch of full-blown roses.  And, the inherent coziness of tea-tinted antique crocheted lace. These are the best descriptions of what winter white is – not a cool summer white (think tennis shoes and sun-bleached sails) – warmer and softer tints and tones of white that are varied and mix so beautifully together.

There’s something about winter whites that work so seamlessly into an antique home.  Winter whites bring in light and airiness to any space, as well as a lot of depth in layering when dressing a bed, a dinner table, or myself.

January’s palette of winter whites is a refreshing (and welcome) color palette cleanser for November and December’s holiday palette of rich, deep colors.  And once all the evergreens are toted out to the compost, I’m motivated to clean out, scale back, and organize some more.  And that’s when the winter whites take center stage – commanding attention – but in a very subtle way.
Love, Nora


  • Victoria Greer says:
    January 9, 2013 at 10:45 pm Reply

    serenity now thats what winter whites bring and I adore them. Wonderful post
    and your images too!

  • Nora your images are wonderful and truly capture winter whites at their best. My favorite is the bed linens and cable knits, thanks for sharing such beauty.

  • A big basket of paperwhites does it for me every January ! Again, thanks for your dreamy posts ..

  • Nora,
    Such a beautiful post. I love each and every picture. Not to mention how lovely those paperwhites must smell.

  • …My word, your photos are simply captivating! I was entranced by the slideshow! :o)

    …I love your bed. It reminds me that I need another layer of pillows and I also adore your transom too! And those roses! *swoon*


  • Jane Roberts says:
    January 19, 2013 at 12:55 am Reply

    Nora – whenever i see a reference to Dove White paint, I think of you. You seemed to know with such certainty that this was the only shade of white I should consider when painting white walls in my home. This is one of the hundreds of lessons I learned and appreciated from you.

    • So good to hear from you Jane! Happy to know that Dove White was a winner….when I find something that really works – I stick with it!
      Be well, and thanks for reading Jane!

  • Beautiful, Beautiful photos! Your photos are always so inspiring! So interesting how much warmth can be seen and felt in winter’s cold!

  • Jane wasniewski says:
    March 8, 2018 at 6:54 pm Reply

    Nora, who makes dove white paint? I am painting a north facing living room white and from your description it sounds like a warm color. Thanks for any help. Jane

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