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 http://kembleinteriors.com/ .
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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