I’ve had quite a break over Christmas and New Year but back now and kicking the year off with a project from one of my favourite designers… Mixing pattern, textures and materials are the key to Studio McGee’s designs, for example juxtaposing a leather sofa next to a linen sofa. A dark almost black buttoned […]
Another fabulous project from Studio Mcgee, contemporary meets traditional… What’s not to love about this space, a mix of contemporary pieces and traditional give it a modern look with a heritage nod. Textures are big with Studio McGee and if you look closely at the coffee table in image 5 you will see it has […]
Crib Creative If we want to make a personal good impression we will want to dress our best, this can also be said of the first impression one receives as they step inside our home… When someone visits our home for the first time, it gives them an impression of the person we are, it […]
Described as “Cape Cod meets West Indies”, another fabulous project by one of my favourite design companies. The exterior architecture of this new build leans towards Hamptons, however Black Band Design have also injected a tropical feel inspired by quote, the “vibrant waters of the Caribbean”. When planning a new build by oneself with no interior designer […]
1. Image via Mercer Interior The word, ‘boho’ may conjure up a riotous mix of colours and patterns, muddle these together in a messy but creative way and throw in some greenery and you may have the boho of the past. However, today boho can be far more chic, in fact…..’boho chic’. ‘Boho’ stems from the word […]
“Casual and sophisticated, modern and timeless, serene but colourful” is how the designer describes this relaxed, South Carolina home. The designers, Guest House Studio, have used varying shades of blue for this project, with paint, soft furnishing and artwork. Blue is ‘cool’ on the colour charts but can evoke a moody or calming affect when you […]
Peek inside a gorgeous cottage of blue and white with the addition of a few surprising colours. Designed by award winning interior designers and home builders, Cottage Company of Harbor Springs, this sweet home has the perfect balance of style for coast or country. Specialising in creating “beautiful, classic cottages where generations of families can […]
Breeze Giannasio is an interior designer to the stars and I literally have stars in my eyes when I see the transformations she makes to these Hollywood homes. I’ve been in love with the distinctive style of designer, Breeze Giannasio since I viewed a video of her transformation of Mila Kunis parents condo on Houzz. Breeze takes […]
Black and white is a powerful combination but how much is too much and how can it be softened to create a beautiful interior space…
Black and white looks fabulous because of the dramatic contrast, however, the combination of these two tones can be overpowering. Selecting the right furniture, lighting, tiles, carpets, rugs and fabrics can make the difference to creating a softer space, or going all out bold. Muted tones of grey introduced to a black and white bedroom can soften the overall look. Alternatively it can be used for a bold effect such as the hallway above.
If you follow ‘The Block’ (Australia), you may have recently seen Dan and Carleen feature black and white in their two art deco inspired bathrooms (below). Their first bathroom received criticism from the judges, however, the second bathroom was absolutely stunning and the space achieved the first 10 this season.
Above: Dan and Carleen’s first bathroom appears top heavy and not at all relaxing. In my eyes there is too many heavy blocks of black as in the bath, corner cabinet and the art deco inspired tiling on the shower. However, I did love the floor tiles and I am glad they continued the theme in their second bathroom but in a more subtle and stylish way.
Above: Carleen and Dan’s second bathroom shows a much more balanced space. The black and white theme doesn’t dominate. The beautiful floor tiles are balanced by the simplicity of the white subway tiles on the walls. The room was finished off with a narrow trim of black along the top of the tiles, typical of the art deco period. Modern, art deco was what they were trying to achieve and I feel they most definitely hit the mark here. If you compare the two spaces you will see what I mean about the softer use of black and white (2nd bathroom) versus the bolder look (first bathroom).
Above Black painted walls beside a white bookshelf and fire surround set the tone for this bold living room. A light grey (possibly silk) carpet, reflects light and softens the dark floorboards, brightening the overall look of this space – Image – Lisa Petrole Photography
Above: Black and white has always been a popular combination for bathrooms, but before you go all out, remember you will have to live with it a long time as bathrooms are expensive renovations – Image Olga Chetova
Above: A combination of a white table and black chairs with black and white cabinets gives this breakfast space a traditional look – Lisa Petrole Photography
Above: Black floor boards spiralling up a staircase make a grand entrance which is topped off by a simple but elegant black iron chandelier. Design by Crisp Architects
I hope these images have given you some inspiration on using black and white. I personally like this combination and used it in my bedroom last year but have found that I do tend to tire of it after a while, so do think carefully before you dive into using it so as not to make costly mistakes.
Have a fantastic week wherever you are in the world.
The geometric tiles on the floor in this studio are perfect for indoor/outdoor living and the pattern adds interest to the otherwise white interior.
“Garden studio’s, man caves, she sheds, tiny houses”, call them what you like, these small spaces detached from the main house are on trend and with some careful planning and a little designflair you can turn these rooms into creative outlets. Imagine your own little world where you can pursue a hobby, work from home, or simply relax, away from the hub and noise of the main house.
As I type this blog post, I am sitting in my new, garden studio, a place I had built to paint, sit, reflect, read, work on my blog or relax to music. Located off the back deck, it is the perfect “Zen” spot and I LOVE mine with a capital L. I have been waiting for this moment what seems like forever and although it seems a bit mean not sharing images in this post today, I have some finishing off to complete and a major window to be replaced (long story), meanwhile I thought it would be an idea to share some garden studio spaces that inspired me to embark upon my journey. I personally don’t like the words “she shed”, these outdoor rooms can be far more than a ‘shed’, and as far as I am concerned it is worth the extra money to have your building insulated and lined, this will take it from a shed like feeling to a room that can be multipurpose, a home office, studio or even an extra bedroom for guests. I have a friend who has built two of these small cottages in the grounds of her beach house with the idea of being able to have family stay without them having to spend up large on an extension on the main building. I might add, before you launch into building one yourself or having one built, you need to check your district council regulations. In New Zealand, as long as it is under 10 square metres and within the boundary restrictions and height restrictions, there is no need for a building permit which is a huge cost saver. I do advise you still employ the use a registered builder unless you are purchasing a kit-set and erecting it yourself. I made the mistake of not using a registered builder and sadly I ended up having to pay out extra money to fix the things that were not finished off properly. The studio I am sharing today inspired me to think “out of the box”with my own space. This back yard writers studio has been decorated Scandinavian style and kept simple with a white palette and grey and black accents. The interior design is by Andrea McLean Design Office.
Small spaces look larger if you use a light colour and white is the perfect background for an office or painting studio. Texture or pattern should be introduced into a white space, all white can be a little bland or cold.
Also remember that there are a myriad of whites that reflect all sorts of undertones. I chose Half Sea Fog by Resene for my own studio has the tiniest hint of grey yet it comes across as a warm white without any yellow tones.
A studio need not be bare of furniture or decorative pieces, trunks are a good way to be able to store items without it looking cluttered. If you don’t want to hang anything on the wall, propping artwork on a desk top or trunk or even on the floor against a wall is a simple solution and the art can be changed at any time If you want this room to double as an office, a trestle table is a good idea as you can always fold it against a wall if you need the space for unexpected guests to stay
Turning your book spines towards the back of your book shelf will solve the problem of colours ruining your white space. I have known people cover their books with white paper but this is obviously time consuming, however it will give you shelves a slick look
Keep desk items to a minimum, a plant makes a nice addition or a simple vase of fresh flowers
If you have the opportunity for your garden room to flow out onto a deck or patio then all the better. Decorate the outside space as you would an inside, keep the style flowing outdoors. If you have a deck then potted plants will soften the space. I love the idea of an outdoor rug which I hope to eventually get for my outdoor area
I hope you have enjoyed this lovely studio, I will share another one next week or maybe later this week and I can’t wait for you to see mine.
Recently I came across a beautiful Brisbane home whose interior has been designed by mother and daughter design duo, Verandah House. I was initially drawn to the image above as I love the black and white contrast and how beautifully the bookshelf has been styled.
Recently I’ve been helping out in a shop my son manages, Matt has a background in retail and visual merchandising and I was commenting on his beautiful window and table top displays. He said that he not only changes the window weekly, he also moves around objects in the shop to keep it fresh and interesting. I feel this attitude should also apply to our homes and I am a great believer in changing around objects by putting away some items and replacing them or moving things around from one room to another. I had a black and white theme going on in my bedroom last winter but have switched back to pale blue and white for summer. However I am seeing lots of inspiration from this Verandah House project and a few ideas to add to my bedroom when I bring out my black, grey and white check duvet again this winter.
3. Above: Stacking some books and arranging others upright, create balance to shelves. I love to see matching spines but it isn’t always possible. If you have many books you could organise them in the colours of their spines.
4. Above: In the vignette above the designers have used differing heights and repeated curves in the objects and vases they have used. The two pom poms on the wall are at different heights and if you take into account the object below, you can see a triangle forming. Triangles are often used in artwork, I myself try to make my flowers form a triangular shape on the canvas as it creates interest and balance.
5. Above: I am not personally a fan of antlers but these lights are perfect in this space which has a coastal/Asian influence about it
6. Above: Mixing textures, this space has a rustic feel in contrast to other rooms in the home
7. Above: A stunning mother of pearl shell light
8. Above: Shell necklaces and coral along with the vase and woven string bowl, make an interesting textural display. Obviously the pineapples are the perfect accompaniment to the artwork above
9. Above: Round tables make great dining tables as they are the most sociable shape. This heavy carved table could have been too much but the addition of the lighter, rattan chairs soften it and are perfect for this space. Don’t match your chairs with your table, buy the table you love or the chairs you love and then find that perfect accent piece/pieces.
10. Above: A feminine corner to a coastal style bedroom. Shutters are perfect for a coastal room and are fabulous to allow the air to filter through on a humid night.
11. Above: I love this folding wood and tin table, perfect for a coastal interior.
12. Above: A feminine vignette in the master bedroom
I hope you enjoyed the tour of this beautiful home, If you are based in Australia and interested in Verandah House for your personal project, please visit their website for contact details.