Get the Look: Minimalist Beach House

Summer is here and nothing says summer more than the fresh and neutral palette of whites, rattan, and wood. The room above is a perfect example. White walls with vaulted ceilings, a sandy-colored floor, clean lines and lots of natural texture

If you love the look above and would like to recreate some of the beachy, but modern, look for yourself, click the links below to get shopping. 

1. rattan chair | 2. pendant light | 3. cross base terrarium | 4. tree stump side table | 5. wood block sofa | 6. teak cube table | 7. driftwood branch 

A Minimalist Manifesto

Head over the Apartment Therapy to check out their article: A Minimalist Manifesto: How To Simplify Your Style at Home

10 Kitchens to Make You Fall In Love With Black Faucets

I'll admit, I'm a sucker for trends. Something new, something unexpected and I can't wait to get in on it. I also like continuity, especially when it comes to my home and those details that aren't practical (or financially responsible) to be changing with each new trend. Hardware, door handles, faucets, light fixtures all require a bit more commitment than say, the throw pillows on your sofa. You can see my dilemma.

However, the matte black trend in kitchen faucets and even cabinet hardware has more staying power. Why? Because black goes with everything! There's no need to fret over brushed chrome or even brass door handles not matching. The black can stand alone without clashing.

Below is some inspiration of black kitchen faucets.

 design: whiting architects | photo: sharyn cairns | via designlovers

photo: anna kern for skona hem | via remodalista 



Head over to Belivin' Design for some inspiration from 30 STUNNING SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN INTERIORS.


Eames Shell Chair: A Dining Room Love Affair

If you spend any time on Pinterest or any major home decor blogs, you'll have seen the Eames Shell Chair. Often.  I have these chairs in my own dining room.

via tumblr

They're modern yet timeless and play well with others. Not to mention, they rank well on the comfort scale! Below are some fantastic dining room examples of the chair used well. 

via RDuJour


B&W Abstract Art Round-up

One of the places that black and white really shines in all it's high contrast glory, is in abstract art. It can suit itself to almost any style and offers high impact. 

Below are some great pieces. However, with a little searching, there are so many options! 


20 B&W Bathrooms that Will Never Go Out of Style


Paint it Black

You may have noticed a theme in my recent posts... outdoors! It has definitely warmed up here in Texas and spending time outdoors is on the mind. Right now, my favorite outside space is my front porch. It's private, shaded and I can sip coffee and watch the kids play in the yard. Can't ask for much more than that, right?

A major focal point of any front porch or home exterior is the front door. If you want to make a statement, a black front door will do it! It's bold, modern and dramatic. Best of all, a little edgy. Below are some of my favorite raven-colored entrances.

(via Home Bunch)


Casita and Pool in Austin, TX

A family in Austin, TX turned their unremarkable backyard into a modern outdoor haven. The design included a pool and a small casita to provide additional living space. Inside, the casita features a kitchenette, sleeping loft, bathroom and a light-filled double-height living area.

This project sums up completely my current house goals. I especially appreciate the small pool to illustrate what is possible in a small or challenging yard space. 

Casita living room (love the ladder and light fixture!)

Bathroom (check out that tile!)

This is a gorgeous project and I encourage you to visit Dwell to read the full article and see all the photos. All photos by Andrea Calo.


B&W Outdoor Round-Up

In the previous post, I shared some gorgeous outdoor spaces. Wondering how to get a little of that look for yourself? Fortunately, black and white patio decor is still white hot this season and getting the look is surprisingly accessible. Whether your style is tailored, mid-century, or boho, there's a little something for everyone in this round-up.

1. tropez sofa $999 | 2. acapulco egg chair $249 | 3. iris planter and chevron stand $99 and up | 4. black diamond outdoor throw $30 on sale | 5. SALLADSKĂ…L watering can $16.99 | 6. SOMMAR 2017 rug $9.99 | 7. tablet sounds speaker $39.99 on sale | 8. basket planters $39.95 and up | 9. african mud cloth pillows $119 and up

The Great B&W Outdoors

It's that time of year again when every catalog and website displays swoon-worthy patios, deck, balconies, and gardens. Here's some inspiration to see how black and white can work for exterior spaces.

An outdoor rug and plenty of pillows make this patio so inviting. A great place to curl up and read a book.

An introduction

Hello and thanks for stopping my little part of the web. My name is Ash and I'm an interior design fanatic. More specifically, I have a love of black and white, high contrast and monochromatic rooms. I have a special fondness for Scandinavian design and a minimalist boho aesthetic. 

Soon, this blog will serve as a place for me to share some of my favorite black and white rooms, decor, and ideas, I hope you'll stop by from time to time and to check it out. 
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