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Bathrooms are a natural fit for a white palette.
Have something more formal in mind? Imagine tone-on-tone ivory draperies or wallpaper.
Bathrooms are a natural fit for a
white palette. Pair glossy porcelain fixtures with classics like white subway tiles or Carrara marble (a milky stone with pale gray veining). Island Stone’s Spindrift Marble line features Carrara that’s cut
into slices the size and shape of river rocks and installed in sheets instead of slabs or tiles. “It’s a natural shape whose curves add a playful, eye-catching aesthetic,” says spokesman Jeff Nibler.
To create a connection between the interior and the outdoors, keep the white vibe going in the garden. English writer Vita Sackville-West designed her iconic White Garden at Kent’s Sissinghurst Castle in the 1920s. It’s still a mecca for gardeners.
There, the silvery blooms of Pyrus salicifolia, a willowy pear commonly called Pendula, create a living veil for the statue of the Virgin, while parchment-like
Mme Alfred Carriere roses dispense their perfume as they climb the side of a house. Light and lacy Ammi majus—Bishop’s weed—billows like clouds in a summer sky. The bluish foliage and cones of the thistle Eryngium giganteum—Miss Willmot’s Ghost—are hauntingly romantic.
“A white garden is lovely by moon- light,” says Danilo Maffei, a Kennett Square-based landscape designer. He suggests planting bulbs, flowers, shrubs and trees that provide an evolving tableau of white, from the first snowdrops of early spring to Nagoya kale’s fancy white ruffles, which remain crisp through fall.
In deep shade, variegated white foliage is a natural counterpoint to green, add- ing mystery and allure to plots. Creamy caladium unfurl heart-shaped leaves. Flowering fruit trees usher in spring with a profusion of ethereal blossoms that float on the breeze like confetti in a parade.
“White is cooling even on the hottest day,” says Maffei. “It’s peaceful—the way a garden should make you feel.”o
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sprING 2019

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