Thursday, January 20, 2011

Black and White done RIGHT!!!

When I saw these two images in House Beautiful I almost gasped. Okay, maybe that is a bit dramatic, but I took time to absorb every little detail.
I love black and white and in my book this is black and white done tastefully……

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Designer Gideon Mendleson as seen in House Beautiful
There is nothing in this room that I would change, I could move right in and feel right at home.

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Designer Gideon Mendleson as seen in House Beautiful
This is such a clever way to display a mural by making separate panels and placing them in individual frames.  It adds so much interest to an already beautiful piece.

I just had to show these two beautiful images. If you would like to see the rest of the house be sure and go to the House Beautiful website.

There is something about black and white that always excites me and draws me in.

Do you have a color combination that always makes you stop in your tracks and makes you take pause?



“Enjoy the Process” Of:

Finding rooms in your favorite color combination!!

Kathysue

32 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

Very elegant rooms. I love the mural, too. I've never been much of a fan of black, but these pictures could make a convert out of me!

XO,
Jane

laxsupermom said...

Those rooms are beautiful! I especially love the second with the mural broken up between the frames. Orange and green are my stop-in-my-tracks color combination. Obviously it's a small dose combination, but it's so fresh and fun, I love it.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Wow, that staircase is gorgeous! I love so many color combinations - it would be like choosing a favorite child!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Both rooms are gorgeous and you use black and white in your home to perfection. I think your rooms should be in the magazine. Hugs, Marty

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I'm in the process of going B & W throughout my first floor so I love this post. The idea to separate the mural is genius. What a great way to fill a large expanse of wall.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

I love the use of the murals in the first room, it makes the room. Very pretty!

Cherie said...

I am going black and white in the guest bathroom so wish me luck! It all started with a darling black and white hook from Anthropologie that I spotted last weekend in Seattle (do a search on their website for B & W Hook). Now, I've selected a zig-zag black and white bathroom rug plus a couple of accessories to complement. Then, to drive my husband completely over the edge, I ordered framing for our plain builder-mirror from Mirrormates (with black/silver trim). I'm obviously 'in love' with black and white and decided to indulge that small bathroom that deserves some character!

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

I loved these images as well. And I love the stair runner and would never have thought to add the pop of green. Love it.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I like dark taupe and black, but I love black and white too. I've wondered about a mural (not that this house has a place for one). I get bored easily and I wonder if I could live with one. These are beautiful.

Casa Bella said...

Hello, I'm one of your newest followers. I came to your blog through Hamptontoes (the fabulous Lisa). Glad I did. Your blog is beautiful. I adore that first image!

Marcus Design said...

Gorgeous images Kathysue! And your very right, the black and white in these images are fantastic! I love a good black and white room, so classic and chic!
Nancy xo

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

Well, there's your mural, Kathy! I saved the picture with the framed mural as well... that's on stopped me in my tracks! Couldn't you use that idea in your entry instead of wallpapering the whole thing?

The Buzz said...

Too funny - I thought of you when I saw these pictures myself. Though it's sad Gideon doesn't have more of his beautiful interiors on his website...
xxoo

SHERRY HART said...

Kathysue..I loved that spread also...black and white but with a little cream to soften it!.

Designs By Pinky said...

My colors are almost like fall colors: rust, gold, tans etc. but I LOOOOVE using black accents! Pillows, rugs with black in them, pieces etc. ADORED the 2 pictures!!!!!! XO, Pinky

Tote said...

I love the black & white!

designchic said...

I'm obsessed with the dining room...perfection!!

vignette design said...

I love black and white too and that stair runner made my heart skip a beat!
I love also how you have touches of it in your home--now that I actually got a virtual tour, a la Dolfina! ~Delores

Stitchfork said...

Love the rug on the staircase! Enjoyed seeing pics of your home via Terri!
Cathy

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I've been catching up on all my mag subs. wasn't this just amazing! You need this runner in your house!
xo,
~R

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

I adore balck and white tto Kathy! Ihave been toying with the idea of adding a black and white floor to a couple of rooms in my home! It would go so perfectly with my MacKenzie Childs! These rooms are so elegant and warm...LOVE!

Of course you are drawn to them since you are the queen of black and white! I say you do it as well as anyone;)!

Heather said...

Black and white is classic, and I love it!

lvroftiques said...

Great images Kathysue! That first dining room took my breath away! And that stair runner is soo cool! I like to have a bit of black in every room. It's actually my favorote color (Or is it absence of color?)
I LOVED your house tour over at La Dolfina (Gorgeous girl!) Not only do we like so many of the same things, I think we look alike too! *winks* Vanna

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Kathysue, These rooms are so classy. Elegant , but not stuffy. Great post!
Thank you for your comment. Hahah! Those dand treadmills! Mine is in the living room , in front of the tv! I have been getting on that baby for 30 minutes everyday . Even when I go to the gym! I feel so much better!
Have a pretty day Kathysue!
Kristin

classic • casual • home said...

I am crazy about the black and white that you have done in your home (guest bath and porch). I am going black and white in my living room. Great images. Thanks.
Mary Ann

annie said...

My favorite combination is always black and white...these images are beautiful. As of late, I'm thinking of adding in some pink...this after seeing posts on Two Ellie.

Hamptontoes said...

If ever there was perfection using black and white in design, these would be the best examples...love them both...especially the second one (it's the animal print that gets me every time!) Thanks for your great comment on today's post...professional images are truly the only way to go!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Kathysue, I love your black and white examples, although I am surprised to hear myself say that!!! I'm usually a blue and white lover--put that on a magazine cover with a pop of pink or yellow in the photo and I will always buy it! My guest powder and master bath in my current home both came with intense black and white marble (too much and too much $$ to remove and replace right now) and it always makes me sad, but now I feel inspired to try to work with it, especially after scrolling through the photos of your own powder room! Thank you for your blog! Linda

quintessence said...

I absolutely adored these two features as well. I have always loved black and white done right- and these are 2 perfect examples! The first image reminds me a bit of Suzanne Rheinstein's fabulous New York apt. - just beautiful!

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

I always find I am very drawn to rooms using black and white but then when it comes to doing a room for myself I always forget this option and go right for color!

Glad you found my post this morning, I was headed over here to give up a head's up but you beat me to it! I think I would have a very hard time giving up my duvet, but it is a fun topic!

Janell

Marianne - Style For Living said...

Love the use of black and white when done right. The mural is fabulous!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Just beautiful the Black and White and sooo very elegant! I love how neat it looks and yet so fresh as well. I love the dining chairs, I think they're called Hepple White.
Anyway, thank you for sharing, I'd love to make a room black and white one day in my own house.

XOXO
FABBY