Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wondrous in White

I once had the opportunity to interview Tomie dePaola -- author and illustrator of over 200 children's books. Does Strega Nona ring a bell? Maybe it's just my inner elementary school teacher speaking. Anywho, during our Q&A, I asked him the generic question, 

"What's your favorite color?" 
His answer was simple.
"White -- all of the other colors look great against it." 

I went home and transcribed our interview and that answer stood out to me. For someone who's known for his whimsical and colorful folk-like artwork, I just found this so bizarre. Years later, I scroll through images on blogs, flip pages of magazines, and I realize the wisdom in his answer. He was so right. 
The white in each image gives room for every other color to pop. What a selfless hue!

I could cook something great here.

Prayer Chair a la Eames.

Dream Space.

My next project.

Subtle Pops of Color.

The Perfect Nook.

The Yellow Bedroom by Sarah Richardson.

Olivia's Room.

Home is where the art is.

The Red Dining Room by Sarah Richardson


Laurie Thiel's Home, House Beautiful

Laurie Thiel's Home, House Beautiful

*image via Kate Spade

Laurie Thiel's Home, House Beautiful

Laurie Thiel's Home, House Beautiful

Bella Foster

The nursery for my future daughter, Olivia.

Cow, Alex Katz

Fun Bunting.


Hooked on Houses.

*image via Kate Spade
I couldn't agree more.

Do you agree with Tomie? 
(dePaola, not Tommy Smythe -- Sarah Richardson's design sidekick -- although I'm sure he also shares our common love of white.) Sorry for the confusion, this final photo is just for fun!
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  1. YOU INTERVIEWED TOMIE!? His books are incredible! I love all of them. His website is adorable, too. I'm green with envy!

    Also.. I love the "Love Is All You Need Banner".. how cute to put in a bedroom!

  2. Sure did. He was precious!! I wanted to squeeze him and hug him and jump into that amazing mind of his!!

    That banner blows my mind. I love it so much!! I've been wanting to make something like that for awhile. It's stinkin' adorable:) It makes me wish I had thought of it!!!

  3. Love this...I think most of my furniture would be white if I didn't have a Berner :)