lightening up.
by victoria comment


framed portraits on white walls / sfgirlbybay

design hunter.

occasionally, it just feels good to lighten up. clear the clutter out, and let your ‘signature’ pieces speak for themselves in a monochromatic environment. a cool white slouchy sofa, or your prettiest pendant lamp — your favorite artwork for instance. these spaces all do that, but they don’t come across as cold either. just simple, calm and very relaxing.

simple home decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

there are a few good books i’ve kept forever in my design library about getting the look: monochrome home, at home with white, peace at home, simple home, keep it simple and living with light. some of them are out of print, but can be found super cheap at used books stores and even amazon — so look around. they all convey the inspiring light look really well and all contain excellent styling tips for keeping things simple, but very liveable.

white walls and gold retro mirror / sfgirlbybay

laure joliet photography for domino.

white bedding in light filled bedroom / sfgirlbybay


wood floors and white walls / sfgirlbybay


ornate crown molding and light living room decor / sfgirlbybay

bo bedre.

black and gold light fixtures in white entryway / sfgirlbybay


light interior decor / sfgirlbybay

finders keepers via bungalow5.

portrait paintings on shiplap walls / sfgirlbybay

deer coffee.

light living room decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

sara medina lind photography.

matching wood arm chairs / sfgirlbybay

maison premiere.

living room decor inspiration via cereal magazine. / sfgirlbybay

cereal magazine.

4 responses to “lightening up.”

  1. The adorable Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style once asked, “Do you think less is more or more is more? We like both.” I heartily agree, whether it’s fashion or decor. These are wonderful, and could be considered like seasonal clothes, stripped down to the essentials. But layering is so nice, too. And easy enough to bring out a few favorites that had been stocked away. More is more seems appropriate for winter–cozy layers, more time spent indoors, more stuff to look at. And the minimalist less is more is good in summer, when we have other things to do than stay at home.

  2. I love plain white walls. Living in a very old farmhouse in SW France, we painted the dark beams white, the walls are white, we have some very old antique dark furniture which we mix with some more contemprorary items, the floors are dark terracotta tiles, typical of this area, we add warmth with artwork and in the winter from the flames of the fire constantly alight and in the summer from the open doors and the colour outside. Plus always fresh flowers on the kitchen table.

  3. Loved the setup of this space and the decor. It even seems like the smaller rooms are set up in a way that still feels spacious. That’s one of my biggest pet peeves of being in a room that isn’t properly set up and everything feels a little crammed. Great interior lighting as well!

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