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Black & White (and a Bit in Between) Book Give-A-Way!!

I had the honor for working with New York designer extraordinaire, Celerie Kemble, and her oh-so-cute assistant, Lindsey Herod (who is from Texas), on a project here in Houston. I quickly became a big fan of the Kemble clan!! I own her first book and got a signed copy of her newest one, which I will forever cherish!

Celerie's second book Black and White (and a Bit in Between) is definitely a must-have. Known for her own eclectic interiors filled with lots of color, it was interesting to see how she played off just two -- BLACK AND WHITE.

The book is divided into chapters, each speaking to different design rules and how to achieve them. The book is not only her work but also includes work she admires from her peers.  I loved all I learned, and I felt she was gracious in sharing such great tips!! In this chapter, Celerie talks about how to design a room if it is to hinge on one attention-getting object.  She calls these items "soloists" --love the name!! "The intense graphic pattern of the art centered over the tufted sofa is grounded by the dark framing of black doors, pillows, and a pair of chairs in Carole Katleman and Daniel Cueva's living room design," states Celerie.

Collections are often so hard to hang in an uncluttered look!! I fell in love with the composition of this colletion over the bedroom designed by Nannette Brown. Turns out Celerie has had this photo pinned over her desk for inspiration for years!! There are also tips and many examples of mixing different sizes and styles of art or collections.

With the trends of the classic white Carerra marble in full swing, Celerie's photo gallery speaking on how to combine whites, grays, and blacks was great! She not only comments on blending your porcelain tubs, sinks, etc. with the marble, but also follows up with tips on accessorizing the bath!! The antique map with the geometric paper is a great mix in this bathroom designed by yes, her!!!!

I was so happy to see to so many well-done design styles mixed in the book -- this definitely has something for everyone. Of course, I love the antique paneling and a peek of the plastered walls above-- heavenly!!

She has a entire section on paints and paint treatments... not a "how-to" but a "what can" be done.  She even goes into sharing her favorite white, gray, and black paint colors, along the differences between paint sheens.

This full of glamour hand-painted metallic stripe in a powder was chosen to distract from the architectural element of missing moldings and a plain ceiling!!


A firm believer in playing off different sheens as well as colors, this high gloss black and white really make a statement!! Rather than a lacquer product, a great paint to try is Fine Paints of Europe

This kitchen (designed by Wende Cohen) starts the wonderful "Kitchen and Bath" section. Being the most used places in the home, these spaces deserve much consideration.  Celerie feels that hard-wearing, durable, and easy to clean black and white is also a great shortcut to creating a mood in places that don't always allow room for lots of atmosphere-establishing "extras".

The art of collecting "using minor moments to make major statements" is always tricky.  Chapter 7 is filled with tricks and tips on how to mix them all in a well thought out so-so chic manor!!


"An Antique mirror in a narrow entryway doubles the perception of space and light" is Celerie's philosophy! Being from New York, I would think she is an expert on opening up spaces! The walls could be wallpaper but also look like a hand-done combing effect. Always love how the grommets and the old frame on this mirror work in a contemporay setting.

The book even discusses the best black and white tile, slab, and marble options!! It gives names, pros and cons of each, price points, and even tips on keeping each surface clean. Thanks, Celerie!! Loved this section!!

Cheers Celerie for putting together such a beautiful book with so much great information it in! I am a big fan!! Order a copy online or at your local bookstore. You can also see more of her work at .

How to win!!--Like Celerie on facebook here. Then go back to our blog and leave a comment on what your favorite use for black or white is.

Congratulations to Lisa Heston of Houston for winning Kirsten's origional piece of art!! Have a great week!!  xo  Leslie

Thank you so much Arti, author of Color Outside the Lines Blog-- He is an amazing New York Designer and has some of the prettiest posts ever with such great inspirational photos and ideas! If you haven't visited him, check him out here.

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Hi! I liked Celerie on FB for a chance to win the beautiful book. I think every room needs something black in it to help ground the space. I most like to use black and white together for art and accessories.

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren T.

I liked Celerie on FB. I like black and white in each space. nice white trim and mouldings and a small black accessory or an accent chair with black.

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColleen Price

Oh my gosh!! What a beautiful work!! What a talented designer Celerie Kemble is! I am so glad to share her work today!!! I love every single picture here! I am sure her book is just gorgeous!!

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGreet

I love Celerie Kemble, what talent! I love using black frames with white mats to frame any artwork and create a gallery wall.
thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen Borba


The last picture on this blog entry was literally my inspiration for my dining room that you plastered for me and my buffet that you painted (there is actually still a copy of the picture in the drawer). LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!! I can not remember where the picture came from originally, but it was so amazing to see it again on your blog! AMAZING! I am definitely going to have to add that book to my collection! XXOO, Nathalie

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternathalie

First of all, thank you for all your lovely posts. I have loved Celerie Kemble's work ever since I saw her (years ago) on an episode of Designer Living by the amazing Sheila Bridges. Also, her recent work with Miriam Ellner. Ms. Kemble is truly an artist in the world of design. Would love to win the book and have started following her page via mine! As to the use of white or black? We just finished doing a very light cream & tan Venetian Plaster framed by glossy black trim and crown molding. The wood flooring was stained in a deep ebony -- it has completely turned around my views on black. Thanks again! :)

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRegina

Thank you for sharing such extraordinary talent & style! I liked Kemble on FB. The juxtaposition of black & white in a home is sophisticated & timeless. Whether its a freshly painted white exterior on a southern home with traditional black shutters or alternating black & white diamond pattern flooring, the two colors compliment the structures they inhabit without overtaking them. A well made black lamp shade is like a little black dress that can go with any style, in any room & I never tire of it.

March 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStormy

I liked Celerie Kemble on FB...however I just LOVE that first image of Carole Katleman and Daniel Cueva's living room!! It truly speaks to me. Perfection! If your post is just a sampling of what to expect from the book it must be a treasure!! When I get a moment to breath I am still planning to send you some pictures of my space! Hugs and thanks for all you share!!

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

Hello Leslie,
If the contest is still going on, I would like to say that I always love a classic black and white checkerboard floor, done in tile, marble or wood. I liked Kemble Interiors also. Just want to add how much I enjoy your posts on facebook and your blog, and am really hoping you offer some classes in the future :)

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue

Kitchen large or small it does not matter, because what is important is the kitchen can function properly. The main requirement of the kitchen is cooking, storing, preparing food. If this already exist all the small kitchen that was already good. In terms of practicality sometimes a small kitchen can also be very practical, because a large kitchen sometimes even less efficient, in the sense of the cooking and preparing food to be more complicated.

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