I grew up in a very modern house with white walls, no curtains and decorative glass and antique silverware on display in our open living room. At the time, it was very different from any other Swedish household in the 80’s and 90’s. My friends probably thought we were crazy but for my creative mind, it was very peaceful. Today, white walls and clean open spaces are very common in Sweden and the rest of Scandinavia.

Since I paint with such bright colors, I had been itching to go back to white to calm my mind, and when other people celebrate with parties and nice dinners on New Years Eve, I decided to paint our dining room white. My mom was kind enough to help me as Casey was out of town. We had a blast and when we weren’t painting hard, we were laughing hard.

It felt so good to paint over the yellow tinted “Cottage White” by Behr with “Decorative White.”

The main reason for the repaint is to better highlight the paintings when I take photos of them. The yellowish tint will slightly affect the color of the painting as the light bounces in the room and off the painting. So having a white background will help me better showcase my art.

So instead of this..

It now looks like this!

I absolutely love it. It feels so calming to me. I can’t wait to paint the rest of the house, and first up is my very own studio! Pictures to come later this week.