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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

On Trend: Black and White in Home Decor

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Black and white provides that bold graphic punch that never goes out of style. You can stick with strictly the two colors (well, technically, white is the absence of color and black is all of the colors, or I think I learned something like that in art class, but I digress … ), or you can add dashes of other colors. Bold orange, taxicab yellow, royal blue and turquoise are just a few favorites I like to use with black and white around my own home. Whatever you chose, here are ten picks of the combination at its best.

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Design Letters Letter T Teapot with Lid. The typography on these teapots was designed by Danish design icon Arne Jacobsen.

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Lights Up! Meridian Grande Pendant Lamp. This drum shade is the perfect blend of modern and floral.

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makelike 100 Things Wallpaper in Black and White. Made for doodle-lovers, these funky renderings include everything from geometric patterns to bananas.

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Kahler Omaggio Vase in Black. This vase is beautiful in its simplicity and provides a graphic base for colorful blooms.

602881_Era_Rocking_Chair_High_Tango_41599_1.jpgNormann Copenhagen Era Rocking Chair – High. This rocker has mid-century modern swagger and plenty of comfort. Use it in any room from the living room to the nursery.

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Heather Lins Home 3-D Art Pillow. 3-D glasses included!

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ferm LIVING Squares Blanket. Well, technically, I think they are trapezoids, which is even better. This is modern black and white at its coziest.

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Coalesse Emu Heaven Table. The wire pattern on this table base will add interesting texture and a beautiful silhouette to any room.

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Sin in Linen Pinup Shower Curtain. Racy and fun, these ladies will add a playful touch to a vintage modern black and white bath.

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Blu Dot Last Dinner Table. Two leaves are cleverly concealed underneath this spartan table so that you can expand it for a large gathering.

 

 

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Friday, October 31st, 2014

Happy Halloween!

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Here’s to a fun and safe evening this Halloween everyone!

Watching Claire and Phil from Modern Family arguing between scary insane asylum and “AwesomeLand” decorations this week got me thinking about Halloween decor. In my neighborhood it’s bananas — there are giant spiders scaling the houses, and webs, gravestones, walkers and skeletons all over yards and porches. People throw themselves into Halloween so much that it got me thinking of how to keep the fun spirit of the holiday alive year-round, in a way that’s not so scary. Here are some Halloween-inspired elements deconstructed and turned into playful decor.

1) Candy colors. These bright hues cheer up any room and add a big element of happy.

2) Skeletons. The mention of a skelton reminds me of a favorite David Sedaris story, where he buys his partner Hugh a full-size human skeleton model he’s been wanting, but deeply regrets his own generosity after Hugh hangs it in their bedroom. I’d use this soft skeleton shawl as a throw to add some personality to a room though!

Thomas Paul Shawl - Skeleton

3) Gourds. I love the organic look of gourds hanging from the trees, and spying my feathered friends enjoying them as a birdhouse or feeder. There’s a helpful DIY guide for making your own gourd birdhouse over at instructables.com

4) Orange. Call it persimmon, apricot, tangerine, or by some other mouth-watering name. It’s a color that enlivens a space. According to the interwebs, orange by any name is mentally stimulating and represents creativity and happiness.

"Baby" wallpaper by Aimee Wilder

5) Creepy dolls. Just kidding. This is whack. That thing’s going to come and get your while you sleep!

photo by Daniel Marbaix

Is any of your year-round decor inspired by Halloween? If so, please share it with us in the comments section.

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Find Jess from New Girl’s Childhood Wallpaper

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My DVR has been stacking up with the Zooey Deschanel show New Girl. I finally caught up this weekend. It’s basically stupid funny, which we can all use a little of now and then. Anyway, the flashback to her youth totally cracked me up. While fretting about an upcoming date with that guy who is known as “that guy who was a Mac on the Apple commercials who used to date Drew Barrymore,” Jess laments to her friend “everything I know about sex I know from Spencer and the Clinton impeachment trial.”

We flash back to Jess as a tween, glued to her portable radio and tantalized during the 1999 trials in her girlhood room.

Afraid she’s been busted by her mom, she hurls the radio and replies “Mom?!?!?!? I’m not listening to NPR!”

However, the plot is beside the point. The star of this scene is that fabulous wallpaper. It’s fun, flirty, floral, a little retro-yet modern, pink and orange…what else could you want in a fun and eclectic wallpaper for a girl’s room? It’s Momento by Amy Butler for Graham and Brown. Yeah. We got that. What’s amazing is that it’s totally groovy in a retro mid-modern dining room, lounge, hallway, what have you – super versatile:

Are there any stylish TV sets you’ve been admiring lately? I can’t think of any that have knocked my socks off since Mad Men began. I had high hopes for Pan Am but they don’t really compare.

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

DP in the News: Graham and Brown, Hygee & West and Aimee Wilder wallpaper on Glo

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A big thanks to Glo, a highly stylized women’s lifestyle destination from MSN, for including Julie Rothman for Hygee & West Daydream in Yellow Wallpaper, Graham and Brown Superfresco Scope Wallpaper and Aimee Wilder Clouds Wallpaper in their Up the Wall feature.

Glo features DP wallpaper

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Monday, November 15th, 2010

B*tch Stole My Wallpaper

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I was sitting around watching Fashion Police on E! the other night (I’m so glad Joan is back, speaking of, have you seen Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work? It’s EXCELLENT!). Anyway, once I got past all of those gold drapes, pictures of stars in outfits good and bad and hanging glass bubble, I noticed this fabulous wallpaper:

It’s Graham and Brown Barbara Hulanicki Viva Pattern Wallpaper, and it’s one of my favorite things we shill over here at Design Public. Here’s what it really looks like in all its glory, not what it looks like taken from a television screen with an iPhone camera!

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