Thursday, April 26, 2012

whites for spring

PHOTOS:  1., 4., 7., 11. unknown,  2. pinterest,  3. tiny white daisies,  5. petit pouailler,  
6. house of alexandra,  8. wish flowers,  9. national geographic, 10. not my beautiful house

Saturday, April 21, 2012

for the love of: Black Rooms

Black  rooms  continue  to  dominate  the  design  world  these  days !  
Whether it's black wallpaper, paint, lacquer, or a combination,
black   rooms   are   everywhere !

What's   so   great   about   them ?
Designers swear by black as a great neutral...against which any color,  not to mention artwork,  looks fantastic.   Words that come to mind when you think of black rooms?   How about  "neutral"... "dramatic" ... "glamorous" ... "classic"... "chic" ... "bold" ...  read on for designers'   praise   for   black   walls !

This library by Jeffery Bilhuber is stunning...
the chair and ottoman really make the space! 

There seem to be lots of black libraries in particular ...

Black lacquer is the most fantastic, I think...the above space was created with 
" 100  coats  of  custom  lacquer."

Carleton  Varney   recommends   Benjamin   Moore's
"EBONY  KING"    2132-20:    There's  this  thing  called  glamour  that's in short supply these days, but   Dorothy   Draper   had   it.    When I first saw her office in the 1960s, it was done in black lacquer with white woodwork, a white desk, and black patent leather on the conference chairs.  she had spotlights in each corner and when she presented fabrics, they really popped  against all that black."

Sherwin   Williams'    "IRON  ORE"    SW7069   and
"TRICORN    BLACK"    SW 6258  are  also  recommended  colors.

Robert  Brown  recommends  a gray-black with a hint of warmth,
Sherwin   Williams'      "SEALSKIN"      SW7675.    "I painted a traditional paneled library in this dark charcoal gray, with a hint of brown and green.  We mixed it as a marine enamel -- typically used on boats -- so  it  really  shines  when  the  light  hits  it  and  makes  the  room  feel  bigger.   If you just did it in a nice flat finish it would be heavy, somber, too much for the space.  But this is stimulating."

Celerie Kemble's recent book
offers  great  inspiration  for  decorating  with  black.

Jay  Jeffers   recommends  a  deep  charcoal,   Benjamin  Moore's
"CHEATING   HEART"   1617.     "If you had told me three years ago that I was going to be using gray in every project I'd have said, 'No way.'  But the switch for me was realizing how versatile it could be.  You can start with this soft, charcoal gray and then bring in any accent tone -- apricot, chartreuse, yellow, blue.  To me, that's modern, because people change their minds about color all of the time." 

Above paint color is   Benjamin  Moore's    "BLACK"    2132-10

"I  can't  tell  you  how  many  times  I've  used  this.
It's a very good formula, which I'm not sure I should reveal -- Benjamin Moore deck enamel brown  mixed  half - and - half  with deck enamel black.    The  shine  reflects  the  light,  so  it  doesn't  seem  like  a  dark  room.   Try it with white trim and a touch of pink."  - William  Hodgins    Benjamin   Moore   deck   enamel
"RICH   BROWN"   60    +    "BLACK"    C-112-80

If you're looking for a black with no blue,   Home   Depot's   chalkboard   paint
is  recommended  as  a  flat,  true - black  with  a  nice  matte  finish
(whether you write on it or not!)

Eric   Cohler     likes    Martha    Stewart    Living's
FRANCESCA "    (above)     MSL279 :
"If you get out of bed in the middle of the night, you don't know where things begin and end. That's what black does.  It gives you a sense of infinity.
It's    the    foil    that    allows    art    to    float    like    sculpture.
And this black reads as brown or purple or blue or black,
depending on how the light hits it.  It's never static."

"Black   is   dramatic   and   daring.   It has that forbidden quality, which is irresistible. I think of sexy black negligees and fast black cars. A room painted black is a place where you can tell secrets. The semigloss finish gives it an edge, like patent leather, and makes everything pop. You have to be very confident to use black, and that kind of confidence is very attractive."   -Nancy Boszhardt 

If you've seen any of  Jeff  Lewis'  shows  on  Bravo,  you  know  he  uses  a  lot  of  black.    Lately it seems he won't do a room without it or, at least, a dark, charcoal gray.    Lewis  seems  to  favor  black  trim,  shelves,  cabinets,  etc.  over  black  walls;   he  almost  doesn't  do  a  non-dark  trim.   (At least he has Zoila to do his dusting!)  
(By  Jeff  Lewis:  above,   office  from  'Interior  Therapy' 
below,   House  Beautiful's  2010  Kitchen  of  the  Year)

Betsy  Brown  recommends  Pratt  and  Lambert's   "WENDIGO"   33-18,
"This is really, really dark, almost black.  It's not a color that introduces anything -- you're barely aware of it at all, you just see what's in the room."

Another  recommended  charcoal  gray  is  Martin  Senour's  "NEWSPRINT"

Chad   Eisner   likes   Pratt   and   Lambert's    "DEEP  CHARCOAL"    25-18:
"This is a soft black, inherently elegant with a bit of mystery as well, 
and    it    will    work    with    any    palette    in    any    room."

There certainly is no lack of drama with black...and almost any color looks good against it (the brighter the better, which fits well with all of the neon brights of today) along with a dose of white.  So, what are you waiting for?!

*NOTE:  Unless  specifically  linked  to  a  photo, 

PHOTOS: 1. song of style,  2. the aestate,  3., 8. architectural digest,  4., 9., 11., 12., 18. unknown, 
5., 6., 15. elle decor,  7. decor pad, 10. belle vivir,  13. the house home,  14.,
16.,  17. house beautiful,  19. spooky home,  20. shelterness 
QUOTES :  House Beautiful Magazine

R E L A T E D     P O S T S :

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More  Black  Rooms  +  Black  Paint  Colors

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Paris Shopping: Montmartre

I   love   Montmartre   for   itself   alone... 
but lately it's become an interesting  shopping  destination in addition to all of its other charms!   A good  place  to  begin  a  shopping  trip  here  is  at  the
Place  Saint - Pierre.  With the Sacré-Coeur and its maze of steps in front of you, and the city of Paris behind you, turn to you right.

Within  a  matter  of  steps  you'll  arrive  at  Marché  Saint - Pierre,
a  block - long  fabric  market  (see  my  " Paris  Favorites "  post  on  it  here) !  It's fun and there are many great deals to be had ... try to go when you have time to go through it all!  Beginning  where Place Saint-Pierre meets  rue  Seveste,  continue East/right and you'll come to the large  Tissus  Reine  (a 5-story fabric extravaganza!)  at  3 - 5  Place  Saint - Pierre.

 On the left-hand corner you'll see  (the store)  Marché Saint-Pierre  a 2, rue Charles  Nodier.   Another huge, 6-story fabric merchant, this store sits at the top of rue Livingstone,  the  street  that  is  fabric  and  trim  and  nothing  but!   My favorites were the  Moline  stores,  at  2,  4,  and  6  rue  Livingstone,  across the street from one another.  Imagine what you might create for yourself, your home....the possibilities are endless!

Upon finishing at the Marché St-Pierre -- or, if you prefer to skip it --  you'll turn left  (still facing the Sacré-Coeur from Place Saint-Pierre)  and head down
rue  Tardieu,  passing the Funiculaire on your right.  
Start with  Belle  de  Jour  at  7, rue Tardieu,  a boutique (also the name of a famous Catherine Deneuve film)  specializing in  vintage  and  antique  perfume  bottles, atomizers  and  the  like  . . . truly  a  one - of - a - kind  shop !
Don't miss  Pylones,  also at  7, rue Tardieu.  You'll enjoy this nutty boutique full of colorful whatnots, whether you stop in or just view the window display!

Looking ahead, the intersection of rue des Trois Frères and rue Chappe, 
 rue  Tardieu  becomes  rue  Yvonne-le-Tac.   Pass the school on your left, and you'll see La  Boutique  des  Anges,  selling all-things-angels, to your right.  

Down rue Yvonne-le-Tac you'll find   Pages  50 - 70,  and  Carré  d'Artistes
at numbers 15  and 16.    Pages  50 - 70  offers a variety of unique, 
quality pieces originating from the 1950s to the 1980s.   
The furnishings, accessories and objets-d'art here are worth your while!
Carré  d'Artistes  sells affordable, original art by local artists.

Don't  miss   La   Chaise   Longue
at the intersection of rue Yvonne-le-Tac and rue des Martyrs, no. 91.
You'll enjoy their mix of quirky, humorous home decor and accessories!
Turn  left  onto  rue  des  Martyrs   and you'll see   neo.t   on your right (no. 89),
a boutique for serious tea drinkers offering over 150 varieties of tea from China, Taiwan, Japan, and India.   On your left will be   Antoine  et  Lili,   as well as boutique   Maje   (at 90 and 92)  and  Les  Petites  Stock.   The   word  "stock"  essentially  means  "outlet,"  and  discounts;  usually on clothing from seasons past.  These are all over the city (although less centrally-located) so keep an eye out!

  If, by now, you've seen most of what you'd hoped to in Montmartre, consider spending the rest of your day ambling down the  rue  des  Martyrs.
A    New  York  Times    article   about   the    rue   des   Martyrs   provides  an  interesting  itinerary  with  noteworthy  landmarks  for  many  blocks  to  come,  into  the  9th arrondissement  and  other  areas  as well.

Either  way,  you  can't  miss!    Continue  your  tour  of  Montmartre  by  turning  right  onto   rue   des   Abbessess,   to  discover  ba+sh   on  your  left  (1,  bis),  a fairly recent addition to the much sought-after "every day" clothing, much of which is constructed of natural cottons and silks.  

4,  rue  des  Abbesses  includes  both  Claudie  Pierlot  and
Zen   Ethic   --  one  of  my  favorites !  --  to   your   right.
Don't  miss   Au   Levain   d'Antan    (no.  6)   next  door;
this   bakery   scored   the   "  best  baguette  in  Paris  "   in   2011 !
In  fact,  the   baguettes   winning   this   prestigious   award   in   recent   years
have   come   overwhelmingly   from   this   quarter.

Upon  your  left  you'll  notice   rue   Houdon,   which  Ts  into  the 
rue  des  Abbesses,  across  the  street  from  Au  Levain  d'Antan.
Cosi  Loti,  at  no.   21   rue   Houdon,   is  a  popular  shop  for  decorative  +  home  accessories,  and   La  Petite  Maroquinerie  (no.  16)  sells unique, often handmade change purses and bags.     Farther  down  the  street  is   Paperdolls,   (no.  5),   a  unique  " concept - store "  boutique  representing  multiple,  smaller  fashion,  jewelry  and  home  designers'  wares.      Since  opening   in  1997  Colette   --  the  original   "concept  store" -- has  spawned  countless  similar  incarnations.     Paperdolls  gets  nice  reviews,  however,  and  its  original  decoration  alone  is  worth  a  look!    Afterwards,  at  this  point,  you're  on  your  own!    Pick  up  a  sandwich  or  other  goodies  at  the  bakery,  wander  up  to   Place    des  Abbesses,   the   rue   Lepic,   or  any  other  of  the  charming,  intimate  streets  curving  throughout  this  little  jewel  of  a  neighborhood.
Final  note :  if  you  happen  to  be  heading  this  way,  stop  by  
(near  the  intersection  of  rue  de  Paradis).    These  fantastic,  one-of-a-kind  bags  are  models  from  seasons  past,  and  savings are 30% to 60%.   (I'd  seen  one  of  their  bags  at  Le  Bon  Marché   in  2010  and  dreamed  about  it  for  two  years . . . so,  imagine  finding  it  again !! . . . alas,  I'd  already  blown  my  budget.)    This   store   is   absolutely  worth  a  visit !  (Métro :   Poisonnière)   -  E  N  J  O  Y  !!

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