Romantic White Bedroom Decor Ideas for French Nordic Design Style & Health Update

If just thinking about Romantic White Bedroom Decor Ideas for French Nordic Design Style calms your senses, eases you into thoughts of purity and maybe even whisks you away to an atmosphere with billowy clouds, you’re in the right place, friend.

My French Nordic cottage style bedroom is a retreat with painted furniture (BM Revere Pewter), white oak flooring, rustic alder doors, and a reclaimed pine Stikwood statement wall. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – Romantic White Bedroom Decor Ideas for French Nordic Design Style As well as a Health Update.

Romantic White Bedroom Decor Ideas for French Nordic Design Style

Because I think I could contemplate decorating with white all day, and *ahem* sometimes, I do. This isn’t a passing trend for me. Indeed, I have had a love affair with white since feathering my first nest.

My French Nordic cottage style bedroom is a retreat with painted furniture (BM Revere Pewter), white oak flooring, rustic alder doors, and a reclaimed pine Stikwood statement wall. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – Romantic White Bedroom Decor Ideas for French Nordic Design Style As well as a Health Update.

Just Paint it White

I have gone shopping for vintage and cast-offs my entire life, and when I discovered the power of white paint for my treasures in the early ’90s, it was all over.

My French Nordic cottage style bedroom is a retreat with painted furniture (BM Revere Pewter), white oak flooring, rustic alder doors, and a reclaimed pine Stikwood statement wall. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – Romantic White Bedroom Decor Ideas for French Nordic Design Style As well as a Health Update.

A paintbrush in my hand dripping with white paint is the GOAT! If I go a period of time without transforming some forlorn treasure, oh the joy that returns to me when the dry paintbrush spell ends!

My French Nordic cottage style bedroom is a retreat with painted furniture (BM Revere Pewter), white oak flooring, rustic alder doors, and a reclaimed pine Stikwood statement wall. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio

Someday I will devote an entire post to things around my house I painted white. It won’t be quite as dramatic now since we parted with more than half of our furniture and decor with our last move, and most of it was vintage and white.

Onward with white bedroom decor ideas. Then I’m sharing a health update.

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Lovely New White Sheets

First things first. I just bought beautiful new sheets this week, and I cannot believe how inexpensive yet luxurious feeling they are. If you need sheets for any bed in the house, order these soft (and destined to get softer) linen blend sheets (55% linen, 45% cotton) from Chip and Joanna’s line at Target immediately.

Linen Blend Sheet Set with Hem Stitch - Hearth & Handâ„¢ with Magnolia - image 2 of 2
Linen Blend Sheets by Hearth & Hand (color is cream but they look white to me!)

I mean, have you priced linen sheets? Apparently the thread count on these is 100…does that deter you? Because I stopped looking at those thread count numbers and started trusting hand feel.

Linen Blend Sheet Set with Hem Stitch - Hearth & Handâ„¢ with Magnolia - image 1 of 2
Linen Blend Sheets

Vintage Stripe Sheets

While browsing Target (where I spied at least 5 moms hiding in the Magnolia aisle with coffee, devouring social media and not even shopping! Ha!), this ticking stripe sheet set by Hearth and Hand was also calling my name and is beautiful in person.

Humor quote about women running errands on Hello Lovely Studio.
Linen Blend Sheet Set with Hem Stitch - Hearth & Handâ„¢ with Magnolia - image 3 of 3
Hearth & Hand

I’m not sure why “sour cream/pebble” was chosen as the unfortunate color description…sour and rock hard are not descriptive terms I would pair with snuggly soft linen bedding.

If you’re listening, Magnolia, yer word girl is available (and would call this Cloud/Fawn).

Beautiful Pine Cone Hill Bedding

Wainscott Matelassé Reversible Coverlet
Pine Cone Hill Wainscott Reversible Coverlet
Wainscott Matelassé Reversible Coverlet
Wainscott Reversible Coverlet

You’ll Love This Treasure Trove of Decor!

I have organized some cost conscious, romantic, French inspired bedroom decor ideas RIGHT HERE in my little shop on Amazon!

Even when you decide on a romantic white bedroom decor scheme, there are still so many directions to go, and one size never fits all.

There’s white and unfussy, rustic and white, feminine and white, vintage style white, shabby chic white, modern French white, and the list goes on!

Lush Decor White Ruffle Bedspread. #bedroomdecor #bedding #romanticbedroom #shabbychic

Romantic Feminine Ruffle Coverlet

I have a little crush on this bedspread and may throw it in my cart for a guest room – the price for the 3 piece set will rock yer sox, foxy!!!!

Lush Decor White Ruffle Bedspread. #bedroomdecor #bedding #romanticbedroom #shabbychic
Lush Decor White Ruffle Bedspread. #bedroomdecor #bedding #romanticbedroom #shabbychic

Another Neutral Bedding Option

Ooooh, the grey could work…

Grey Quilted Coverlet

I have a light grey quilted coverlet like this (couldn’t find the exact one online) at the end of our bed, and the hue works so well with white and a maybe the warmth of a quietly gold pillow.

Felicity Quilt Set Laura Ashley - image 1 of 1
Light Grey Quilt Set (Laura Ashley)

Bedroom Bench Idea

French Inspired Affordable Headboard

Pretty Lamps for a White Bedroom

White Lantern Pendant

Is it just me with the growling stomach, or does this remind you as well of scrumptious vanilla ice cream???

Rustic Accessories for a White Bedroom

White Whimsical Pillow

Side Tables for a White Bedroom

Wildcard for a White Bedroom

I have this rustic industrial basket in our bedroom and use it for a variety of purposes. Sometimes laundry will get thrown in it, and sometimes I will fill it with fairy lights and white tissue poufs to transform a mood. There is just nothing like WHITE for elevating the everyday, and white can often benefit from airy contrast. How much airier can you get?

Beyond White Bedroom Decor

I need to give you a wee update on my health because I know you care, and I remain ever grateful for your prayers. (If you’re new to the blog, I’m in the throes of a Crohn’s disease flareup…it’s an inflammatory GI condition I have lived with for 35 years.)

I’m having good days and bad days and being gentle with myself.

My master bathroom - Hello Lovely Studio.

Healing takes time, and it will soon be a year since I had surgery.

Hallelujah, my hair stopped falling out!!! Daily clumps of hair in the shower is a side effect that happens for me after anesthesia, and last time, it continued every day for 2 years (hence, the “weave years” of 2013-2016).

Losing hair is not that huge a deal except it is a daily reminder things are not yet back to normal.

Serene and sunny white bedroom in Arizona with board and batten panel wall and sliding modern barn door. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio

Signs of Healing

I have slowly been adding more grams of fat to my daily diet and practicing relaxation techniques while eating since tension is not your friend when you can’t seem to break down fat and absorb nutrients.

Serene and sunny white bedroom in Arizona with board and batten panel wall and sliding modern barn door. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio

Before I had GB surgery, I could tolerate almost no fat at all, and I am now consuming 20-25 grams daily, with manageable discomfort and pain.

My serene Nordic French style bedroom with Benjamin Moore White walls and Stikwood accent wall. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio

Discipline is Essential

A typical low-fat diet for most adults involves 50 grams daily, and I’m a little person so I think that progress is worth noting. I’ll tell you right now if you have weight to lose, my current food choices would be the way to do it.

Serene bathroom with knotty alder wood door. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio

If I want to eat avacado (my favorite food ever), I can only have 1/4 of a small one over the course of a day even though it is good fat. (Nibbling a quarter of an avacado over the course of a day? My life is not as pathetic as it sounds since I eat other things and am proooooobably past the constant obsessing stage.)

So now, I throw an avacado in the Vitamix with a can of Northern beans and the juice of one lime. I can eat 1/4 of that delicious dip (which is a minty green guacamole poser) and feel grateful!

My serene Nordic French style bedroom with Benjamin Moore White walls and Stikwood accent wall. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio

Thank goodness carbs cause weight gain, because I rely on bread, pasta and other white foods most of you are trying to avoid right now!

My serene Nordic French style bedroom with Benjamin Moore White walls and Stikwood accent wall. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio

Appetites

Crohn’s disease is challenging, yet I am fortunate to be blessed with healthy appetites for food and life. If I didn’t have this longstanding love affair with food, I can imagine developing an unhealthy relationship with it, resenting it for the daily pain, struggle, and sacrifices.

Knotty alder door to my closet with vintage dresser and stenciled mirror - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio

I consider such appetites to be divine gifts–hidden gifts others may overlook or even wish away.

My European country rustic farmhouse bedroom with Stikwood planked wall - Hello Lovely Studio.

Surely there are such under the radar gifts sustaining you in mysterious ways as well.

My master bedroom with white oak hardwood flooring and rustic alder doors - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio

Seeing

Seeing is still everything for me right now on my spiritual and health journeys.

My serene Nordic French style bedroom with Benjamin Moore White walls and Stikwood accent wall. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio

It’s not rose-colored glasses for which I reach…those spectacles get scuffed up and misplaced all the time. It’s not even silver linings imagining either.

The seeing comes from quiet consent offered in solitude when I open to Presence. It’s there I meet the radiant gaze of mercy.

I didn’t always have this desire to see.

The thing is, seeing happens when I stay awake and daily put on a new mind instead of all that armor I’d prefer to wear.

What I am seeing lately is that more often than not, my journey involves a relentless returning, returning, returning, returning to the Source with a heart cracked open.

My master bedroom with European country style, Stikwood accent wall, and bronze Parisian gate lamps - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio

Longing

Would you say our culture is preoccupied with GETTING THERE? Like the ultimate goal is to proclaim “look at me…all this forward motion, and I have ARRIVED.”

There’s this longing to move toward a treasure or a measure of perfection on the horizon.

Longing belongs.

A mix of whites in my timelessly tranquil kitchen with European country decor, Viatera Minuet quartz, and Belgian linen - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio

Returning

Yet just now, I’m leaning into the beauty of all the wondrous RETURNS like the prodigal or the tide. 10,000 missteps, 10,000 returns, 10,000 opportunities to gain a bit more humility, a bit more compassion.

The thing about those encounters when we humbly return after failure?

They are holy.

They change us.

We rise by lifting others - inspirational quote on Hello Lovely Studio.

What sort of rich mystery and infinite Grace would welcome 10,000 returns from a child prone to wander, prone to fall asleep, and prone to perpetually settle for less than the real thing?

Michele in pointe shoes - Hello Lovely Studio.
Photo: Jody Stella for Hello Lovely Studio.

I’m only just beginning to see how profoundly radiant this Mystery glimmers.

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Swedish Wood Electric Candelabra
Evergreen Bucket
Courtney Lamp Base
Capri Blue Candle in Mercury Glass
Flameless Candles & Remote
Antiqued Brass Candlesticks
Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
White Ruffle Spread + Shams
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
Helmsley Bronze Door Hardware
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Gertrude Wood Bench
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
San Jose Handleset for Front Door
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
Oak Laminate Flooring
Knotty Alder Interior Door
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Louis Ghost Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
Rustic Wood Candleholders
French Linen Dining Chair
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
PARIS Framed Print
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
Tulip Style Modern Round Dining Table
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
Faux Bois Candleholders
Grainstripe Pillow
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute Area Rug
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
Belgian Linen Sofa
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Polished Carrara Subway Tile
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Round Woven Placemat Set
Antiqued Sunburst Mirror
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Boheme Madera Bench
Round Marble Side Table
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Wicker Patio Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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8 Comments

  1. Connie
    August 22, 2019 / 11:12 am

    What a truly lovely post! As an admired and “owner” of an all white bedroom, I completely am in agreement with the beauty they hold.

    Though my health issue is different than yours, I have lived with it for the past 26 years. We learn to “live” rather than wallowing to the “what ifs” and the “I can’t….”. For me there were the years of so many unknowns, so many questions of “Why? Why? Why?”. But ultimately my searching with God’s help brought me to a place of pretty good health. You have learned that as well, I know. You see the world as it is, and take all the best from it, rather than spending time in the gutter of “if only…..” and “I wish things were different….”

    The things we’ve learned from our adversities often would never have been something we’d have studied or researched were it not for our own trials. And because of that education, we have helped many others.

    Your own story has led you to a most lovely place indeed….one you share with each of us daily through your beautiful posts full of wonderful words and delightful images….and hope, for those who are still in the throes of their initial search for healing.

    May God guide you daily ….and thank you for being there for so many of us.

    • Michele
      Author
      August 22, 2019 / 8:25 pm

      Thank you for such kind, tender, thoughtful words of lifegiving truth. Thinking of you and any battles you face and wishing you comfort and blessing. I love having you here, friend.

  2. Marilyn Lesniak
    August 28, 2019 / 9:57 am

    Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

    • Michele
      Author
      August 28, 2019 / 12:06 pm

      Thanks so much for hosting and pinning, Marilyn. 🙂

  3. katherines corner
    August 28, 2019 / 1:09 pm

    Michele, I wish we lived closer. You have no idea how much I want to give you a hug and dance with you in your kitchen to the happy song. I apologize sincerely for not being aware of your Chrons. When I read that you have been living with it for 35 years, I just nodded my head because I’ve been living with my illnesses for a long time too. Michelle, I think you can agree with me…we are not our illness, we are not our disease, we do not let illness define us. I know how difficult Chrons is. I worked in gastroenterology for many years. Please continue to be the bright light you are and know you are always stronger than you think you can be.
    Okay now about your beautiful bedroom…I love it all as you know, I’ve commented about it before. It feels light and airy and the perfect place to begin and end a day. Biggest hugs my bloggy friend.

    P.S. I keep forgetting to mention the ballet shoes and their significance. I wanted to take ballet classes when I was a young girl and into my teens but it was always out of reach. My father was very strict and he thought ballet classes were a ridiculous waste of time and money. I needed to spend time working on academical things. Anyway….. I love the idea of pointe shoes and how they signify strength, discipline, and passion.

    • Michele
      Author
      August 28, 2019 / 7:23 pm

      You’re so kind and tender, Katherine. You totally get it. That’s a good point you are making about not letting it define us…especially since a lot of creatives and artists like me can easily get hung up on identity! My identity as a child of God (with a made up mind…hahahaha) is the important one for me. So interesting that you worked in gastroenterology! I’m tough like those ballerinas on pointe, and I have a history I can point to that shows I keep dancing over obstacles. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I’d live to see our youngest start school. Then later, I wondered if I’d see the boys graduate. They are 27 and 24 now, and I’m so grateful. Thank you for the hugs and warmth – reflecting it all back on you and hoping you are well in spite of illness. 🙂

  4. August 29, 2019 / 1:35 pm

    Thank you for sharing all of the gorgeous design inspo and for being candid about your health struggles. I also have dealt with chronic bowel disorders since I was a teenager. Having Lupus, Lyme, and MS obviously affects my GI health. I have relapsing/remitting periods of bowel paralysis and obstruction where I have to be on liquid diets for weeks at at time. I developed SIBO as well and that is probably the worst thing I deal with now along with Mast Cell Activation disorder which has to do with histimine overload. I have learned what my food triggers are, and even some “safe” foods are triggers if I eat too much of them. Food and diet is a full time job for me, but I am so much better than I was and I have learned how to cook filling meals and snacks with extensive food allergy diet after many years of trial and error.

    So thankful for beautiful people like you who continue to create and inspire through the struggle.

    Blessings to you Michelle!

    Oh, I am happy to feature you at today’s TFT party!https://followtheyellowbrickhome.com/sweet-eye-candy-and-tasty-recipes-at-thursday-favorite-things/

    • Michele
      Author
      August 29, 2019 / 5:42 pm

      We really ARE sisters, aren’t we? Oh my word. What a journey has been yours – and so much of it I can relate to. I am going to google a few of those terms you mentioned and always have a listening ear if ever need or want to share more. These struggles have surely made us cherish home more than the average homebody, yes? Home needs to be restful and orderly and unfussy because there is nothing uncomplicated about a life with chronic illnesses. And oh how faith prospers me in valley times! My cells are counting on me to be faithful and lean into every healing balm God has provided. And yet I keep messing it all up and going to sleep and leaning on my own resources which are never in my best interest. Thank you for the vulnerable sharing and for joining me. You’re doing such a fabulous job with or without assorted diagnoses – and I honor you more and more as we become acquainted, Amber. Love to you and thank you for the feature – I’ll be over soon! 🙂

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