Design snapshot: White-on-white frieze

I never tire of white-on-white texture. This decorative cottage frieze of inverted pickets trimmed with narrow half rounds and dotted with center cutouts playfully marches to a rhythm of white eave brackets. Even in the fairly flat light of this photo, the varying depths of pattern read loud and clear. In stronger light, the interplay of their shadows would be even more tantalizing. The aging, slate, roof tiles seem to pick up on the white-washed palette with a dusted-white sheen of their own. This assemblage strikes me as worthy of Vilhelm Hammershoi's attention. If only.

by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast