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Staff at HGTV headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn. returned to work this morning chattering about snow falling around the area. Unless you live in or around the Great Smoky Mountains, snow in these parts is rare. So, it takes just a few flakes to stir up excitement about the possibility of more of the white stuff and time spent away from school and work sledding, building snowmen or just snuggled up at home. A good snow is a beautiful thing – in so many ways.

If you like the crisp, clean look of a blanket of snow, why not bring some of the beauty of the white stuff indoors? Enjoy the peacefulness of being surrounded by white (or accents of white) in your home décor. If you’re stuck indoors by winter weather, check out options online. Use HGTV Marketplace to create a Wish List of what you like. That’s how I found these wonderful, white things:

To whiten up a room, start with a white light fixture such as this white glass globe light from Thomas Lighting.

For warmth underfoot, choose a white rug with some pattern such as this 5 X 7 geometric design from MAT.

A few well-placed white accessories such as this Filigree Bowl from Target is an inexpensive way to add a splash of white to any decor.

For more monochromatic drama, add a piece or two of comfortable furniture in white. This is my idea of cozy — the Petrie Apartment Sofa from Crate and Barrel. Keep a white room uncluttered and clean by stowing your audio visual equipment in a cabinet such as this distressed white armoire by Ballard Designs.

For more white ideas, often HGTV hosts will feature the color white in their rooms. This Thursday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m., watch Divine Design and see how Candice Olson uses touches of white in a European-Inspired kitchen makeover. And watch a Deserving Design Christmas Special this Saturday, Dec. 6, at 8:30 p.m. as Vern Yip uses white furniture to create a contemporary look in an old firehouse.
Vern lightens and brightens with white.

If you’re not ready to devote an entire room to the lovely color white, Christmas is a great time to experiment with all shades of white. I love this white 47 inch tree from West Elm and this set of ceramic tree napkin holders.

How do you decorate with the color white?
What’s your favorite way to spend a snowy afternoon?

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Inspiration comes in all different places, but sometimes you need inspiration on demand. For times like that I hit the net. I start off by looking at the rooms that HGTV viewers like YOU send in for Rate My Space. After that, I go to my favorite blog (second to Design Happens, of course!).

Desire to Inspire has hundreds of new inspiring images of professionally designed spaces each week. Daily, they update the blog with pictures of beautiful and unique homes. When I’m decorating someone’s home, I ask them to go to Desire to Inspire to tell me what spaces they are attracted to. When I’m decorating my own home, I spend weeks saving images from Desire to Inspire in my “Inspiration Files” and then one night, I sit down and try to figure out what all of my favorite rooms have in common.









Clearly, all of the spaces I’ve been drawn to lately have crisp white walls. This weekend, I’m throwing a painting party with all my girlfriends and covering up the color in my living room with a fresh, clean, white.

What websites inspire you to design?

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