The Decorative Darling Color Duo Of Black And White

Decorating with black and white sets the color combination bar.  The decorative darling color duo of black and white is as classic as it is sublime.

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Black and white is closely associated with another classic of note, the Oreo cookie.

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John Jacob Interiors

What does the classic Oreo cookie have in common with the decorative darling color duo of black and white?

They’re both utterly delicious!

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There are those who consider black and white to be nondescript, flat, and visually uninteresting.

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Who would dare refer to the legendary Coco Chanel black and white suit collection as nondescript, flat, and visually uninteresting.

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Domino – Photography by Meghan McNeer 

The pairing of black and white introduces a touch of luxury and classic elegance into a space.

Benjamin Johnston Design

Benjamin Johnston Design

Black and white is a neutral to some spaces, and to others it is a palette focal point.

Jill Shevlin Design

Jill Shevlin Design

This never boring, always on trend color pairing stands up well as a decorative chameleon- a color foundation in which to design and decorate upon.

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Estee Design

From classic traditional to modern to retro kitsch, black and white interiors, accessories and accents garner dramatic results in presentation.

Robert Kaner Interior Design

Robert Kaner Interior Design

James Dawson Interior Design

James Dawson Interior Design

I discovered a new level of cookie greatness over the Christmas holidays.

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The easy and delicious Oreo Cookie Truffle takes the three ingredient recipe of Oreo, cream cheese and white chocolate to a whole new level.

Distinctive.

Decadent.

Delicious.

Like its decorative darling color duo of black and white counterpart, it’s all in good taste.

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Be it together on a wall, chair, frame, fixture or in complementing contrast to each other in the space, the decorating darling color duo of black and white makes a classic color statement.

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Don’t Fear Using Color In Your Home Decor And Interior Design

Don’t fear using color in your home decor and interior design.

Color may possibly be the consummate element of design and decor.

The implementation of color develops and defines interior design devoid of monotony.

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With this title I feel as if I should have a cowbell, a drumstick and Christopher Walken asking for more cowbell.

In this case, cowbell is color, and current trends are asking for more of it.

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Color enhances a space with a positive energy.

First it draws the eye, then effortlessly offers the vision of how to introduce color to the space.

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Style at Home

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Color flows from walls, furnishings and accessories to envelope the space in comfort, warmth and beauty.

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House Beautiful

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Gorgeous, n’est–ce pas?

That’s the undeniable beauty and result of using color in your home decor and interior design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Boomers: The Age of Aquarius Aging At Home

Intelligence For Your Life factoids are entertaining and educational tidbits of information on everything from diet to affairs of the heart(physical and emotional).

I was especially interest in a particular segment I heard this week.

Baby boomers are those of us born between 1946 -1964.

It is estimated baby boomers have 40+ trillion dollars to bring to the economic table.

To further educate you on the numbers, Baby Boomer Magazine reports boomers have more discretionary income (wealth) than any other age group.

Boomers control 70% of the total net worth of American households, own 80% of all money in savings and loan associations, and account for 40% of total consumer demand.

Home furnishings and home improvement considerations for aging at home process is on the mind of baby boomers.

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Back to the Intelligence For Your Life factoid.

It really grabbed my attention when the subject of boomer style was addressed.

According to the factoid, styles will change to accommodate the tastes of baby boomers.

In regards to fashion:

Expect to see more flats, longer skirts, and stylish scarves for year round wearing.

Scarves are a hot fashion trend with boomers and the reason is fashionably obvious- a scarf covers a multitude of wrinkled sins on aging necks.

Plastic surgery proves a difficult option for the neck area, hence the stylish scarf.

boomer fashionAs I digested this interesting info, I took a quick mental roll call of some famous boomers besides Dave the Builder and yours truly.

Brad Pitt

Denzel Washington

Bill Gates

Cher

Good looking bunch, wouldn’t you say?

The boomer generation will not take growing old sitting down, turning down the music or looking nothing but fabulous in the process.

The age of Aquarius is aiming to be the age of active with attitude and agile ability.

Oprah Winfrey

Wolfgang Puck

Jody Foster

Madonna People Magazine

I would be remiss if I did not give thought to the influence and impact baby boomer consumers will have in the interior design and home accessories market.

Construction, kitchen and bath and appliance professionals are paying close attention to the concerns of aging boomers.

 

grab barBathroom fixtures such as grab bars and faucets offer decorative options, plainly stating the obvious message the new age of aging conveys.

Simply put, Institutional design need not apply for the job.

Every aspect of  home construction is taken into consideration in the aging process.

Aging stylishly is as important as aging gracefully to the boomer generation.

The look is as important as the form and the function.aging at home

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We all want to be stay at home boomers.

What I mean by that is we want to be able to live in our own homes that are built, remodeled, or modified to stylishly and comfortably accommodate our concerns and needs as we age.

Decorative interior task lighting, non-slip hardwood flooring, door levers and scaled down furnishings are some of the options being marketed to boomers as the trend dictates.

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As boomers scale down to smaller square footage homes, furniture size and placement becomes a factor.

Furniture designers are responding by reducing the length and width of sofas, end tables, and decorative accessories.

Speak loud boomers… they’re listening.

 

 

When You See An Image Of An Iconic Figure From The World Of Fashion, Cinema Or Music, Do You Think Interior Design?

Do you dream in color?

This is a popular question asked on the subject.

Color is such an influential and integral part of our decorated lives, and yes, I most definitely dream in color.

No big surprise as I write, source and see enough of it in my daily spin around the interior design world.

I happily refer to Chicago’s “Colour My World” as the theme song of my life.

It’s a colorful world we exist in, and thank goodness it is!

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I often wonder if when others dream or see something of particular interest or beauty if they see it in terms of decor.

When you see an image of an iconic figure from the world of fashion, film or music, do you think interior design?

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Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel

The house of style accessorizes the ultimate house of style, 31 rue Cambon, Mademoiselle Chanel’s famous Paris flat.

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The iconic mirrored staircase of 31 rue Cambon.

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Details are the cornerstone of style.

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Sarah Jessica Parker in Chanel

Pale pink paired with two color basics, the classic color combination of black and white and/or the color brown, brings to mind the chocolate, vanilla and strawberry color block of Neapolitan ice cream.

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47 Park Avenue

Pink never misses the opportunity to be the dazzling choice of color in both fashion and decor.

Ruard Veltman Architecture

Ruard Veltman Architecture

A stunning statement is automatically made when a space reflects the personality of the homeowner(s) through collections and personal mementos.

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Diane Bergeron Interiors

Diane Bergeron Interiors

Anna Mouglalis

 Anna Mouglalis in Chanel

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The strength of brown as the lead color of a space influences new traditional through rich lines, patinas and textures.

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The essential Johnny Cash

The man in black pairs well with the bath in dark accents.

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Farrah Fawcett 1976 swimsuit poster.  The best-selling pinup poster of all time.

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Imagine Living

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The voice – Smokey Robinson

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Smoky hues cast both the image and the feel of warmth, a sexy vibe some would say.

The design floor is wide open for interpretation and color implementation.

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Ann-Margret

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Brian J. McCarthy, Inc.

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Fashion and decor stand together in front of the mirror of good taste, classic color choices and timeless trends.

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James Dean

James Dean

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Dramatic, dark, and defiant to convention.  The common threads of the decor and design beautifully parallel the figure.

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Inspirational and iconic!  Remarkable figures capture our attention in the same way that classic design and decors influence our homes.

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Fine Paints of Europe

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Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor’s violet eye color was actually a stunning dark blue.  The eyes have it for sure.

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Eclectic Home

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Dreaming in Color,  Frank Sinatra

D Magazine

I thought it appropriate to include the gorgeous design of interior designer Roger Thomas, the genius behind the fabulous interior design of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas.

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Frank Sinatra ruled the Vegas strip as one of the most iconic entertainers in the town’s entertainment history.

The swank, swagger and style influence of Ol’ Blue Eyes is woven into the history, character, landscape, and design of Las Vegas.

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When you see an image of an iconic figure from the world of fashion, film or music, do you think interior design?

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Stepping Back To The Nineteenth Century Through Design And Decor By Way Of A Converted Presbytery

The nineteenth century lives on through character, color and design in the converted presbytery home of Muriel Dana. Featured in Campagne Decoration, the decor of this Normandy coast home reflects the fascination of a time gone by.

A self proclaimed decorator and bargain hunter, Muriel’s passion for furniture and objects of the nineteenth century swathe her home in a magnificent interpretation of romance, lace, and femininity.  Shades of pink frame the space flattering brown accents, and the French settee done ooh la la lovely in complementing aubergine.

Repairs were made to cracking walls, doors, and windows, allowing detail to authenticity in the ground floor reception rooms. The greens of both the Louis XVI cane chair with gold accents and velvet curtains draw the eye to the finish of the golden brown mud walls beneath the wainscot.  Two-tone walls, such as in this case, enrich the color palette.

A former upstairs Sunday school room was effortlessly converted to a  dressing room and bathroom.  A pine armoire serves two purposes,  practical storage and perfect complement to the hardwood floors. The six light gold gilt and crystal chandelier pales in beauty only to the claw foot tub and gold gilt drapery crown.

The undeniable hallmarks of French decor- gray(or is it grey), blue, white- Très bien!  The patina of the original mud walls allows an antique finish to be created summed up by two words, perfect imperfection.

Should I begin with the distressed beauty of the copper pot lined cupboard, the silverware cabinet door hardware and napkin holder, the embroidered sheets doing cuisine duty, or the gourmet feeling that French design and decor defines?It’s all so wonderfully French and so wonderfully good!

The upstairs master bedroom became the room Muriel had always dreamed of. Isn’t that exactly what a master bedroom should be?  Baroque influenced accents from whitewashed walls, golden cherubs, and lace panels exemplify the new meaning of the three r’s ~ romantic, refined, restful.

Like mother, like daughter~ a dream room is the wish Muriel granted her daughter Sophie. Decor choices of framed vintage prints, pink as far as the eye can see, a bed crown befitting a sleeping princess, and toile de Jouy are perfect for child’s play.

Taking a meal in the intimate dining room overlooking the gardens would certainly be a dining and visual treat. The deep patina of the gray(grey) wall showcases the rosewood decorative wall clock as a focal point. The chicken wire doors of the china cupboard, the highly decorative appliques and crown, and toile lined shelves epitomize European charm.

Home design and decor should express and reflect the essence of its owners. The homeowner’s passion for the furniture and accessories, reminiscent of the nineteenth century,  is uniquely displayed throughout the home.  Character and charm are two elements of great design, and are the calling card of this stunning home.

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images: Christophe Rouffio