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Black And White Rooms

Why did I write a post about Black and White rooms on a blog called Color Sizzle?

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You all know that I’m crazy for color.  Black and white is achromatic — meaning void of color — so what gives?  Well, I’m always moved by color, but I also love contrast. Sometimes, it’s the contrast in a room that speaks louder than anything else.  And a black and white ‘color’ scheme creates the most powerful contrast of all.

black and white room


black room with white sofa


Black and white is not only visually striking, but it’s also a classic look {think Art Deco} that has real staying power {like Modern Glam}.  Black and white is tried and true when other trends have come and gone.

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Another plus with this achromatic ‘color’ scheme is that you can add any other color or pattern to it, and it always works.  That’s good news for those ADD types {like myself} who get bored easily and want to change things up a bit.

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black curtains in white room


black white and gray bedroom


black and white bedroom

Although, there is no real color with the Black and White combination, this duo offers a ton of energy, {from the contrast} balance, and the presence of perfect harmony…sort of like Ebony and Ivory…and maybe that’s the next best thing to color.

Celebrate Winter!

With all of the snow that some of you have been getting lately, I’m so excited to give a bit of winter decorating advice on Family Circle.com this month!

It’s no secret that I’m definitely passionate about color, but I’m also crazy about snow –the white stuff!  I love big blizzards, a good snowball fight and snow tubing, but what I love most is just watching the snow fall from the sky.  I’m continually amazed at how snowflakes appear underneath a microscope {and sometimes without one} — like little, flowers made from ice crystals.  I mean, how does God do that?

We just had our first major snowstorm of the year.  I enjoyed walking around my neighborhood taking pictures and taking in the scenery.

In the Family Circle article, you’ll find suggestions from several designers on how to brighten up your space this winter.  Among them:  new accessories, flowers and a different furniture layout.  All wonderful ideas, but my advice — Embrace The Season — means something a little different.  It means enjoying winter for what it is, instead of making it feel like something else.

I shared my tradition of making paper snowflakes with my kids.  Although they are older now and would rather be text messaging, I managed to bribe them into making a few this year {above}.  This is a great project for younger kids, especially when they’re home from school on snow days.

I also like to display treasured ‘cold weather’ finds such as my vintage skis that I found on eBay…

…and here is our Snow Buddy who hangs around all winter long.  Well, actually he’s my Buddy {my husband doesn’t like him very much}.

I’m truly convinced that the best way to brighten up winter days is to celebrate them.  Let It Snow!

Christmas 2010: Blue and White


I know…Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet, but the Holiday Season begins in about a month.  Blue is on-trend again this year.  This time, it’s beautiful sky blues and royal blues being paired with winter white.

I just received the most beautiful holiday catalog from RSH, and I wanted to share their gorgeous photos with you.  Plenty of blue and white eye-candy for Christmas and beyond!

Such beautiful images!

Fab 4th of July Ideas

To celebrate Independence Day, I’m offering my first ever Porter House Designs Printables!

You can use these ‘Interstate July 4 Signs’ as cupcake toppers, straw tags or any other idea you come up with.  These Printables are FREE and you can download them HERE. Below are some other great Red, White and Blue ideas from around the web.  Enjoy the Celebration!

Retro Party Decor from Etsy

Ideas and Guidelines for Designing with the American Flag by ShelterPop

Sweet Treats from Martha Stewart

Snack Bowls from Plum Party