Home | Interior Inspiration | Black & White

At once bold and minimal, I find something so soothing about a black and white interior.  When limiting a room’s palette to two colors, pattern doesn’t become so overwhelming. Plus, there’s something both modern, but at the same time, timeless about that color combo.

Currently, I’m in the process of painting all my Malm Ikea furniture white.  My poor bookshelves are a bit beat up and could use a face lift, so they’re in the process of going from scratched up brown to glossy white. My hope is that, by keeping the core of my rooms neutral, I can have fun with art, my photography and decor, and change things up when I get bored, without worrying about everything matching.

Here are a few black and white inspirational images:

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**all images via Pinterest**

 

Interior Inspiration | Pillow Talk

One home decor tip I come across regularly on the design blogs suggests that a quick way to update a living room is to change the throw pillows. Yes, compared to buying, say, an entirely new couch and spending $1,000+, changing out my throw pillows sounds like a more realistic suggestion.  Except when I actually started pricing throw pillows.  How is it that I can buy a bed pillow for less than some throw pillow COVERS that don’t even include a pillow insert???  I mean, I’ve seen beautiful throw pillows for upwards of $150 a piece.  That’s a serious investment for a pillow.
Not willing to throw down serious dollars for an 18″ X 18″ envelope of fabric?  Totally understandable.  Thankfully, there are budget friendly options.  West Elm and Ikea sell pillow inserts for relatively cheap, and shops like Society6 sell the pillow covers for a reasonable $25-32.  Below, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite throw pillows at multiple price points:
7. Speckled Hair-on-Hide Pillow via Gilt Home Collection ($95)

Interior Inspiration | Faux Taxidermy

I found a bit of decor-related inspiration recently while out for a burger with friends.  “Bare” with me:  there’s an adorable growing chain of restaurants in the tri-state area called Bareburger.  Their food is, when not exotic, all-natural, organic, and locally sourced, and they have some of the most amazing hand cut french fries I’ve ever had.  At their Astoria location (the first in the franchise), they also have these adorable faux-taxidermy patterned paper-mache bear heads.  They’re really quite adorable, which you can see on the wall in the photo below:

image via the Bareburger website

image via the Bareburger website

If real taxidermy is your thing, be sure to check out this HILARIOUS post over at The Bloggess.  Personally, I can’t really see myself with any actual dead animal heads hanging from my walls, so these are a super whimsical alternative, courtesy of The Faux Taxidermy Loft:

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1. The Yellowstone in Black & Gold ($105)

2. The Nile in Yellow ($125)

3. The Alberta in White & Bronze ($100)

4. The Savannah in Mint & Gold ($125)

5. The Serengeti in White ($125)

How do you feel about these vibrant conversation pieces?  Let me know in the comments!

Fine Art Friday | coniLab

Looking to spruce up your digs in the New Year? I’m a fan of clean, sleek design and bold  typography, so I’m really feeling these three prints by coniLab on Etsy:Fine Art Friday: coniLab
 
1.  do what you love / love what you do set of two prints ($40)  I can see this print combo making a great gift for someone launching their own business or embarking on a new chapter in their career/education.
2.  turn the page screenprint ($25)  Perfect for my fellow bibliophiles.
3.  two of hearts screenprint ($25)  This would be PERFECT for any of my many married friends celebrating anniversaries this year, or for any of my engaged friends, for that matter, who will be getting hitched this year.
Doing any redecorating this month?  Tell me all about it in the comments!

Interior Inspiration | Office Envy | Bobbi Brown’s Soho Headquarters Got a Makeover

image via NYMag

image via NYMag

One of my favorite things: Wendy Goodman’s Design Hunting email blasts via New York Magazine.  Goodman has an amazing eye for spaces that inspire and access to some of the most beautifully designed rooms in New York.  I love flipping through her slide shows.

This week, her write up was on John Eaton’s redesign of Bobbi Brown‘s Soho headquarters.  Eaton is the company’s design director by title, and apparently interior design is one of his many talents.  I’m really digging the multiple media walls (above), and the thirties banker’s desk with brown leather writing surface. I also feel like I kind of need a “Keep Calm and Wear Lipstick” print STAT.

In company president Maureen Case’s office, I’m seriously coveting the black-and-white photographs of the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, and Gertrude Stein (among others), by Horst P. Horst and Cecil Beaton (see below).  Also, absolutely envying her view through those amazing huge leaded windows.  The lamp is lovely, but there’s NOTHING like TONS of natural light.

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image via NYMag

Be sure to check out the rest of the pictures, plus pics of many other enviable spaces, in Wendy Goodman‘s Design Hunting newsletter page on New York Magazine.

Fine Art Friday | Get the look! Tamara de Lempicka’s The Straw Hat, 1930

image via Strand

image via Strand

I’m almost finished Ellis Avery’s The Last Nude, a literary fiction/historical fiction piece that imagines the relationship between soft-cubist/art deco painter Tamara de Lempicka and Rafaela, a model that appeared in several of her paintings, like The Dream (1927):

The subjects in her work are GORGEOUS, VOLUPTUOUS, HEALTHY ladies, and discovering de Lempicka’s other works has me super inspired.  Here’s how to get the look from one of my favorite of de Lempicka’s pieces, The Straw Hat (1930):

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1    NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave ($26)

2    Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Coral Oasis ($22)

3   August Accessories Paper Braid Floppy Sun Hat ($22.80)

4    Clo Intimo’s Ombre Lace bra via Anthropologie ($40)

5    Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll ($30)

6    Givenchy’s Magic Kajal Eye Pencil ($24)

7   Joie’s Eleanor Silk Top via Bloomingdales ($198)

More by Tamara de Lempicka:  (image source)

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Fine Art Friday | Belafonte (Illustrations by Emma Leonard)

So I was on etsy this past Monday, just having a lazy Memorial Day, and stumbled upon the work of Emma Leonard…and I am digging her aesthetic so hard.  Her prints are just lovely!  Check out a few of my favorite:

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2.  Drawn From Fashion, 2011

3. About a Girl, 2010

4. Linen and Lace, 2011

The next time I buy art, I am absolutely splurging on one of her prints.  The detail is phenomenal!  Check her out on Etsy, at her blog, or her website.