Friday, April 1, 2011

GUEST POST: Jaime Derringer from Design Milk

This week, we have the distinct pleasure to post an article written by Jaime Derringer, the fabulously chic and always design-forward force behind Design Milk and Design Milk's sister site, Dog Milk. Jaime's blogs cover everything that is new and fresh in the design world, from art and architecture to fashion and technology. Today Jaime shares with us her selection from Bobby Berk Home of her favorite in modern black and white home decor: elegant and never dull.

Check back often for more blog posts from esteemed members of our design community- posted the first of every month!


Last month, Capree talked all about color. She's good at that, but me -- not so much. I tend to gravitate toward the black and white. Although I admit that I need to work on accepting color into my life, I don't think there's anything wrong with sticking with a monochromatic palette. Just because you like it plain doesn't mean it needs to be bland, boring, stark, cold or blah.  

Here's an example of how you can keep your minimal color scheme (or lack of color scheme) and make it interesting. First, wood isn't a no-no in a black and white room. It adds warmth, which is why I like the Misewell Conrad table. Another way you can escape the Black and White blahs is to add contrasting patterns such as graphic pieces like the Narvik II and Kalmar I pillows from Rouge du Rhin and a more traditional damask Thomas Paul rug. The most important part of decorating your home is that you inject your personality into it -- and keep it fun.

2. Jack of Spades, Queen of Spades and King of Spades Wall Art ($48 Each)
3. Parrot Speakers ($1,600)
6. Damask Rug by Thomas Paul ($265 to $1,430)
8. Rillo Vases - Round and Bottle ($79 Each) 

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