It is officially the end of October - which means it is that much closer to my favorite holiday: Halloween. In preparation here is a round-up of home goods that work especially well for this spooktacular month- but can also be incorporated into your space through out the year because black & white is timeless. Beginning with home accessories, which at the moment I can't get enough of- the Vintage Vogue Rain tray by Charolette Cannon is my new current obsession. Simple, modern, three sizes to choose from, and a pinch feminine, it is great for use in any room of the house. The Vintage Vogue Rain tray pairs well the Bean coffee table by McCollin Bryan. Although scagliola, the coffee table looks like buffed black marble. Now, instead of the predictable geometric Moroccan black and white shag rug, give the Aldana rug a try (it also comes in a burnt orange color!) For task lighting the gold dipped lamp also from Anthropologie is a more affordable option for those that enjoy a mid-century aesthetic. And, I could not do a black & white round-up without including pillows and a sofa! The Citizenry has so many beautiful pillows, it's hard not purchasing more than a few at a time. For the sofa (or arm chair) the butter leather with black legs Rondo sofa by Lucky Kurrein for Molinari is craftsmanship at its best.
Can hardly believe it is already (almost!) Halloween. Rather than focus on home accessories and decorations- architecture with a pinch of macabre art is the focus of this post. From black façade's, real American ghost towns, to a vernacular of architecture destined to be haunted, these structures will get you in the Halloween spirit. Black façade's are here to stay despite their current trend status. Although mainly depicted on modern & contemporary architecture, Victorian and Mid-Century architecture with black façades are just as alluring. Regarding Victorian architecture, have you ever wondered why this vernacular of architecture is most commonly associated with the ghastly and gruesome? From real life to Hollywood produced horrors, Victorian architecture seems to be the perfect backdrop and, Art Historian Sarah Burns might have the answer to why. Ghost towns are a real thing across the globe. I have visited a few in the states, and even if they are technically not haunted, there is something unsettling in abandoned towns or neighborhoods (hello Detroit). Finally, the art history lover in me couldn’t resist the Getty’s latest post on Illuminated Manuscripts that highlight how death and meditations on death were a daily presence during the Middle Ages through the Medieval periods. BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Black Accents whether in art, architecture, textiles, fashion, or interior design are my favorite. I have an inclination towards the bold pop black adds to its surroundings, and if it incorporates a geometric or minimalist twist, even better. Here is my round-up of current favorite black accents: 1. Love this modern interior photographed by Heidi Lerkenfeldt that showcases a variety of black accents from furniture, textiles, and a lamp. 2. The furniture object with some monochromatic punch in the Brooklyn home of Hannelore Knuts & Nicolas Provost. 3. Eames wire chair with a black leather "bikini" cushion. Perfect. 4. A black & white rug from House Doctor that features a geometric print (clearly I am a sucker for this design aesthetic). 5. Jean-Christophe Aumas' multihued Paris apartment. A perfect example to go bold and dark with wall color. The dark paint shown is from Dulux Valentine. 6. Black & white hand-woven rugs made in Sardinia and designed by Carollna Mells. Woven in the pibiones technique that creates a raised effect. 7. The black accent featured on the Cappellini Bac chair designed by Jasper Morrison offers a nice contrast to the light wood frame.