So now that you saw my first love (see My Affair With A House), I wanted to show you the homes that I currently gravitate towards. Some are cream color, egg-shell, soft beige, picket-fence white, really white… Do you see a pattern? I didn’t realize this “white hot” obsession until recently, and it is not just for houses! Ask any of my close friends my most over-used phrase and they would say, without hesitation, “That would look perfect with white jeans!” It is so bad that they finish the sentence almost instantly.
Now, white jeans are not the only victim of my catch phrase. I am constantly looking at houses and saying, “That house would look so much better in white!” Often times I will add, “and black shutters!” or, “and a black front door!” White houses are not just for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue anymore. They are fresh, refined, and stately. They can make a traditional brick home look more modern, they can make a plank house look more sophisticated, and they can make any house look chic.
Warning: You are about to see a lot of boxwoods. They are just the ideal accessory to a white house.
This oozes charm! I can picture my little black pug Emmie standing guard by the fence. Photo source: Pinterest
Absolute white perfection (and the boxwoods make their first post appearance). Photo source: Pinterest (Ugh! Please tell me if y’all know the real source!)
A very fresh and updated use of white! Designer and photo source: KATIE Design
Hydrangea Heaven. A gorgeous white home with sophisticated white awnings. Photo source: Habitually Chic
Here again is the London home used in the Nancy Meyer’s version of The Parent Trap. Quintessentially British. Photo source: Preppy Southerner
Pamela Pierce’s home in Veranda. While I usually advocate for black shutters, this looks SO sophisticated (or maybe the potted boxwoods are clouding my judgement)!
Can Ferguson & Shamamian do no wrong? This Palm Beach home will still look phenomenal 500 years later. Not to mention that gorgeous blue and white on the wall! Swoon….
This house has me ready for fresh cashmere and riding boots, but something tells me it looks great in all seasons! Photo source: Pinterest
Now this is my kind of beach house! Definitely helps that it is on my favorite island of Nantucket. Photo source: With Love From Kat
Mark’s style is everything. I really don’t know what else to say. He gets white, he gets boxwoods, he gets blue and white, and I adore his style! Mark D. Sikes
A very historic and fantastic Kentucky Greek revival. Photo source: Wall Street Journal
An Italian masterpiece, and I love the open look of the shutters. As my parent’s friend always jokes, “Those rich people and their gravel driveways!” He is so right though! Photo source: Cool Chic Style Fashion
I have yet to come across this Dallas home, but I think I would surely get in accident for braking suddenly when I saw it. What a gorgeous robin’s egg blue door. Very stately. Photo source: Veranda
Charlotte Moss masters the art of black and white here, not to mention total elegance. My pug, who recently chewed through her “A Flair For Living” book (wahhh) would have to agree. Photo source: Belle Vivir
Perfect in every way. What a great use of boxwoods. Designer and Photo source: Jan Showers
Guess why this is my favorite picture? Ok, I’ll tell you. It is called the Boxwood Estate. It also helps that it is truly historic and beautiful. A personal favorite! The architect of this well-known Nashville estate is Gil Schafer and the photo source is Veranda.
Staying in the South, let’s move to Atlanta. This Georgian revival is classically attractive. Photo source: Things That Inspire
Can I move in? This house has a little bit of everything going for it. Sadly, I have a lot of everything going on in this busy start to summer! Photo source: Pinterest
See you tomorrow! May one day you get to sleep in a white house, just don’t be caught wearing a blue dress! 😉