If only everything was so black and white… I have always loved black and white clothes but have really never been one for using black in a home. Come to think of it I don’t think I have ever had one black thing in any room I have lived in. Recently though I have been seeing the combination of black and white in a new light and can’t get enough of it. It’s clean and can be used to create a space that is modern but classic. It gives a crispness and pop to a room but still remains neutral. It can be paired with more earthy neutrals to create balance (my favorite idea). It looks great in either a graphic or painterly style and when planning a space that is both masculine and feminine it works. Grounding feminine details and vice versa. Of course, it is all in the way it is used. Here are a few images that I have been collecting in preparation for this post. More to come…
Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Model with jewelry image from Areille De Pinto lookbook; Room via Remodelista; Cake photo via The New York Times; Room via Lonny Magazine; Stack of bowls from Canvas; Model from Rachel Comey Spring 2011; Room via Remodelista; Virgina Johnson print; Wayne Pate print.
Chair wall art. A beautiful way to store chairs. Image taken at 1896 event space in Bushwick.
While on a short but sweet vacation in St. Thomas I did some snorkeling and was so in awe by the amazingly pure and vibrant colors that I started collecting images that I thought captured what I saw. The insanely bright blues, greens, yellows, reds, pinks, corals, oranges (and so on and so on)…. were that much more magnified by the fact that they were set against sandy neutrals. It wasn’t overwhelmingly bright or colorful at all because of the scale but instead the colors became accents against layers upon layers of neutrals. Before this I thought of the Caribbean as a place full of vibrant color and the most beautiful bluish green water, which it is, but seeing it in a different way was something worth mentioning. Right now, I would like my home, my clothes and my everyday to be like this.
Top to Bottom: Room from vtwonen; Electric Feathers dress, photo by Phillips De Pury; Room from vtwonen; Electric Feathers dress, photo by Phillips De Pury; Image from Marie Claire Maison; Room from Lonny Magazine; Dress from J. Crew via NY Magazine
How amazing are these colors?? The combination just makes me smile.
British Vogue, August issue
I recently attended a Little Flower School class at Saipua hosted by Nicolette Owens of Nicolette Camille and Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua. I have always been a huge admirer of Saipua and the style of flower design they and Nicolette Camille practice so when I heard about this flower school I was excited to try my hand at it. It was specifically a Peony class and truly it is hard to make anything other than beautiful with such an amazing flower. I had no idea though how many different varieties there were to love! My favorite are still the soft pink full feathery ones but a new one is the coral variety with bright golden yellow centers. The colors went from barely there pink to a deep red and all the shades in between. We also learned about the other flowers and leafy greens that complement such a feminine flower including eucalyptus, nigella, hellebores and this amazing small spider web like flower that I have forgotten the name of. When I took them home they didn’t last too long but while they stuck around they definitely made the days feel special.
Check out http://little-flower-school.blogspot.com/2010/07/peony-classes-revealed.html for more pictures and information on classes. A big thank you to a Little Flower School.
On the softer side of pattern mixing… Preppy stripes mixed with bohemian inspired patterns and small touches creates a visually interesting environment that really works. I love these two rooms and how they play with the idea, one through simply mixing different textiles and the other by playing with a mix of textiles, intricately crafted furniture (a pattern in itself) and small details. I think this works best if you collect things that you love over time. When you go to do a project like this you will have the ammunition you need to get started and can add and subtract as you like.
I love the bold geometric pattern mixing from Balenciaga’s 2011 Resort collection and this collection of chairs from Anthropologie. The shapes are classic but reinterpreting them in unexpected bold patterns makes them feel modern especially when they are thoughtfully paired together. This bedroom designed by Kathryn Ireland is a beautiful example of how layering patterns can work.