I’ve always gravitated to the crisp, clean match-up of black and white. I absolutely love it in fashion, having talked about it in both this post and this one. It’s a pairing that I wear all the time, and probably would wear every day if I could! And now I find I’m gravitating to black and white kitchens, too. Maybe it’s having recently finished the renovation of this kitchen with touches of black that’s re-inspired my love for it. Or it could just be the fact that I’ve always loved it; I even decorated my first apartment in the combo. Whatever the reason, I’m definitely feeling an affinity for black and white kitchens these days!
|Perfection! Love the peacoat, the loafers, and the black skinnies.|
|A plain black cotton blouse with dark jeans and simple heels, yet, the combination is so much more than the sum of its parts!|
|Love the texture added with the leather pants. And the grey flats are adorable!|
|Perfectly “casual chic” Saturday wear!|
|The lace blouse is gorgeous and adds so much texture. And I love that she paired the outfit with white pumps – so unexpected!|
|Here Olivia Palermo adds a feathered bag for texture. Interest is also added with the zippers on the black skinny jeans and the ribbon choker.|
|Love the all-black suit with the Adidas kicks!|
|Yes, yes, yes! Perfection!|
|Simple. Classic. Perfect.|
|LOVE an oversized houndstooth! This blouse is TDF!|
|I fell IN LOVE with this blouse when it was on the show Gossip Girl! Literally searched for months but could never find it.|
|Even Princess Kate is a fan!|
|I bought these same pants at Zara last year. Needless to say, I love them!|
|Love the sweater! And how cute are the black and white shoes?!|
|Once a classic…|
|Always a classic!|
J. Crew (LOVING these- pretty sure they are going in my shopping cart!)
Is there anything crisper to wear than black and white? I know it can be argued that this is a non-seasonal look and as such, it can be worn all year, and I would agree. However, when it’s the middle of August and hot as Hades, we want everything we wear to at least appear crisp and fresh, right? Well, pairing black and white separates does the job! A classic and effortless combo, it is the epitome of chic. And a definite favorite of mine! I’ve talked about my love for black and white before, but because it is so timeless, I thought it was worth re-visiting!
My absolute favorite look for a house is a black front door and black shutters. When we painted the outside of our house a few years ago, we painted the outside of our front door black and I couldn’t be happier. Now my dilemma is the inside. I am seeing interior doors painted black more and more frequently, and I’m growing to like the trend. Designers love this trick for adding panache to simple, builder’s doors (mine) and several bloggers and friends of mine have done it. I’m torn though, as the inside of our front door is still wood/brown. Funny, because I used to subscribe to the design advice that “Every room needs something black,” and until recently, I had something black in most of the common areas. However, as I’ve gone lighter, and brighter and more pared down, I removed all the black as it was just feeling too heavy. I guess that’s why I hesitate to go with the black is I’m worried it will feel too heavy in the room now. I know I’m not going to paint all of the interior doors black (I don’t think that’s quite “me”) but I am toying with the idea of painting the interior of the front door. I’m torn between leaving it as is, painting it white, or painting it black. Usually when it comes to paint I’m of the “go ahead, it’s only paint!” team, but with black, it’s not quite that easy to go back! It is definitely more of a commitment!
I love the look of a black swimsuit. It doesn’t seem to matter what style, they always look classy. Ever notice that even when they are really sexy, they never look trashy? There is just something inherently elegant about black. I know some people love bright colors for summer, especially in swimwear, and I appreciate that, I do. It’s just not for me. I like the simplicity, the clean lines, the elegance.