January 3, 2012

Black & White and a bit in between

Today's post borrows without returning its title from Celerie Kemble's 2011 book of the same name. While I am the first sing the praises of bright happy colors and rainbows and tie dye, on a day to day basic neutrals like b&w work best. Celerie's book and the images below show that there is nothing boring about the basics if you focus on textures and patterns and aren't afraid to show your legs (I'm looking at you clawfoot bathtubs).
Most of the stylish looks below were captured on the streets of this past fashion week in Paris, which goes to show even the most forward thinking fashionistas know when to pair things down. Need a little inspiration? Grab your boyfriends oversized white button down and pair it with black jeans and a leather jacket. Try wearing a white chunky knit sweater, like a fisherman sweater, with a black lace mini and boots. Slipcover a chair in a simple white linen cover with contrasting trim. Rehang photos in inexpensive b&w gallery frames. Change out your Anthropologie style floral rug for something more graphic like Ikea's striped favorite. 
There a million ways to make room for black & white and a bit in between.




Kristin Buckingham

Amanda Brooks



Mary McDonald

Aeirn Lauder's library

Thomas O'Brien in his studio


Emily Weiss of intothegloss.com



Mary McDonald


Thomas O'Brien




Windsor Smith

Mary McDonald


Thomas O'Brien

Mary McDonald

Rachel Zoe

Leighton Meester

Shala Monroque


Jenna Lyons bathroom

Thomas O'Brien

Reed & Delphine Krakoff living room




Thomas O'Brien


Gwyneth Paltrow's Hamptons kitchen

Thomas O'Brien



Pampelmousse Design in West Village, NYC

Thomas O'Brien


Michael Smith

Farrow & Ball colors



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