{inspiration: back to black}

. . . had all but abandoned black {in the home, but not the closet} long ago, believing it to be a little overwhelming and sombre for bright and sunny rooms -- and yet -- have recently become enchanted by its bold elegance and dramatic charm . . .

{images: 1 - photography by eric piasecki for martha stewart living, text by this is glamorous; 2 - marie claire maison via absolutely beautiful things; 3 - petra bindel via desire to inspire, extensive photo-editing by this is glamorous; 4 - tom scheerer; 5 - angus fergusson via desire to inspire; 6 - michael bargo's manhattan apartment, photography by douglas friedman for domino magazine; 7 - laura resen; 8 - chloë sevigny by the selby; 9 - via bloomacious; 10 - julia steger photographed by maciek kobielski; 11 - photography by annie schlechter for domino magazine}

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Blogger Ms. B said...

Oh I just love that shoe cabinet! Every girl should be able to display her shoes that way. Such a simple but happy thing!



July 22, 2009  
Blogger Mademoisselle Chic said...

i love the black shoe closet! :)

July 22, 2009  
Anonymous Mary Beth said...

I don't find black the LEAST bit depressing. I find it comforting and calm and sturdy and strong. My home decor is Black and Wood. It is Timeless. It doesn't say "80's Teal" or "70's Avacado". The trim here is black...the cabinets are black...the beds are black....and I'm a redhead and I fit right in!

July 22, 2009  
Blogger Draffin Bears said...

I love all the black especially the doors in pic. 6 and that last little cabinet is lovely.

July 22, 2009  
Blogger Joanna said...

I really like how the sleek black of the dresser is juxtaposed with the girly floral wallpaper behind it. Very unexpected.

July 22, 2009  
Blogger A Life More Fabulous said...

I've been fixated on black at the moment too! I have been thinking of painting my entrance hall black - and just having a gold framed mirror as an accent.

July 22, 2009  
Blogger CopyStrands said...

I decorate with black. It all started with a vintage black chair and I built my home around it. Love it!

July 22, 2009  
Blogger Deb said...

I'm in love with the bit of drama that black can add to a room...

July 22, 2009  
Anonymous felicityXOX said...

Fabulous post! I think that black is the new white and we'll be seeing it a lot in the next few years - esp in photography styles in fashion and still life as well:-)

I have to laugh Ive been having a black and white morning this morning - having been wandering through Anne Fontaine

July 22, 2009  
Anonymous Candi said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos. Black and gold are my favorite!

July 22, 2009  
Blogger vicki archer said...

Love this decorating on the dark side - fab, xv.

July 22, 2009  
Blogger Brigadeiro said...

So striking! :)

July 22, 2009  
Blogger Carol Ann said...

Yes black is a colour...I love it, I wear it, my condo wears it...all the doors in my condo are black...(all walls, trim and ceilings are shaker beige) any day now my kitchen cupboards are going black...Benjamin Moore 2133-10 Onyx (semi-gloss) is my go to black....Great post, Regards, CAM

July 22, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE this post. You chose the best imagery to sell the point. I'm in love. Well done!

[Saving photo of double dutch doors for future inspiration. Merci!]


July 22, 2009  
Blogger Diane James Home said...

It takes a confident designer to use black in home decor and your pictures are great inspiration! We used black vases in our new Fall/Winter 2009 collection and people are loving the designs... black is back!

July 22, 2009  
Blogger Jaime said...

Lovely post- I especially enjoy the shoe "rack" cabinet.

July 22, 2009  
Blogger captivate me. said...

the black makes the space look surprisingly less cluttered. I love how they used black to pain the inside of the cabinets. Genius!!

July 22, 2009  
Blogger Jaime said...

Lovely post- I especially enjoy the shoe "rack" cabinet.

July 22, 2009  
Blogger Tracy Elaine said...

I like the way a dark floor or a dark wall grounds a pale white room. Jenna Lyons (J.Crew) makes great use of black in her home.

July 22, 2009  
Blogger SimplyGrove said...

Love this post!! The black is amazing!!! xx

July 22, 2009  
Blogger chickdowntown.com Sara Jayne said...

I love all of these shots! It's like shabby chic mixed with some urban edge. The shoe display is absolutely adorable, and a great idea, too!

July 22, 2009  
Anonymous Jill Seidner Interior Design said...

Great post! I love black - especially when it's a beautiful high gloss black painted door or as a piece of furniture or other accent. I've been saving blog posts on the subject for future project inspirations. Will save this one, too!

July 22, 2009  
Blogger ticklishfromadistance said...

Love it!

July 22, 2009  
Blogger Kathryn said...

I love how this look is both edgy and whimsical - I wear a lot of black but rarely think to decorate with it, but it works so well!

July 22, 2009  
Blogger Blair said...

Oh, wow! What an absolutely divine post! Love the worn black cabinet shoe storage in the third image!

July 22, 2009  
Blogger Daniella said...

Ahhh... love the black decor! Almost as much as white, lol. Great post!

July 22, 2009  
Blogger Sarah Klassen said...

Oh, dear me! Those doors...and the knobs. I adore them. Lovely post!

*Have a wonderful day!

July 22, 2009  
Anonymous Marni said...

An inspired post. The images are glamorous and rich, but totally accessible. Love.

July 22, 2009  
Anonymous FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

So true! Until more recently, I couldn't have even imagined using black in my house but now I can't get enough. Dark walls are driving me crazy right now. In a good way.

July 22, 2009  
Blogger Kristen Sara said...

All of these pictures are amazingly beautiful... I love black!

July 22, 2009  
Anonymous Connie said...

Black normally scares me with how overpowering it can be, but these images totally change my mind. Those black doors are fab & who can resist a cabinet of shoes?

July 22, 2009  
Blogger vintage simple said...

yes, it's so true... i've tended to shy away from black, but it is creeping back into design -- with a vengeance. and it looks great when well done. i love the images you chose; sometimes it can be a little too stark but these all are great. thanks for sharing!

July 23, 2009  
Blogger Dallas Shaw said...

i just fell in love. the black doors are amazing


July 23, 2009  
Blogger The Lil Bee said...

When done right, I absolutely love black as a design element. Black walls=awesome. Black leather couch=not so awesome. That black dresser at bottom is exquisite...would love that as the centerpiece in my one-day walk-in closet. It's going to make Carrie Bradshaw's look like a crawl space. Le sigh...

July 23, 2009  
Blogger Mimi said...

Ooooooh....Just love every single one of these pictures! Really. Wish I had the nerve to paint my doors black..why can't i just do it?

July 23, 2009  
Blogger Pink Wallpaper said...

i love those shoes in that glass cabinet and the dutch doors!!

July 23, 2009  
Blogger i.d. said...

I love the idea of painting a wall black, how beautiful!

July 23, 2009  
Blogger Melissa said...

gorgeous photos!

July 23, 2009  
Anonymous the paris apartment said...

Black is back! Didn't Dorothy Draper use a lot of it? The shoe cabinet is brilliant, sure beats shoeboxes and polaroids!

July 23, 2009  
Blogger Trixy said...

Black is beautiful!

July 23, 2009  
Blogger Miss Muller said...

i love the shoes !

July 24, 2009  
Blogger Catherine said...

My mother always told me, "Every room needs an element of black. It grounds the space."

I never break this decorating room.

July 24, 2009  
Blogger Plush Palate said...

Absolutely stunning! This really speaks to my aesthetic! I am a huge fan of the glamor, mystery and drama brings in both fashion and interiors! I think I'll be looking at these images for a long time to come.

Thanks :)

July 24, 2009  
Anonymous ABC Dragoo said...


I have been praising the song of black for quite some time. I am dying to do my next kitchen with antiqued black cabinets.

I am thrilled to see someone else sees the beauty in black. Love, love love the dark walls!

July 24, 2009  
Anonymous maureenlynne said...

ooohh...i love the last image with the black chest of drawers and the pink sofa....now i have to paint something in black.. :)

July 25, 2009  
Blogger Mélanie said...

Love to use black into decoration. For me it is a brightful color

July 25, 2009  
Blogger Her name was Lola said...

I'm swooning over that gorgeous showcase of shoes! What a fabulous idea.

Thanks for the inspiration.


July 25, 2009  
Blogger Lisa said...

omg @ that shoe cabinet! I want it! soo perfect!

Love your blog!

July 26, 2009  
Anonymous amanda said...

oh, i LOVE this post! thanks, it is great! so many lovely photos.

July 27, 2009  
Blogger Joanna Goddard said...

beautiful! what a lovely idea! i would never think of black. xo

July 27, 2009  
Anonymous Nay-k said...

oh, i love the shoe closet!!!!

August 06, 2009  

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