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I like black. While I love color too, there is something about black being basic, classic, elegant, and perhaps a basis for a neutral. Plus when used in a specific way, can become high contrast. It stands out. It is, of course, all the colors mixed together.

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Come on in. Nothing like high gloss black doors.

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Black kitchen cabinets: Classic, timeless.

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Yet contemporary too.

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Black exterior siding on a house.

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Some black with white contrast and pops of color.

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Black + White = Simplistic + Minimalistic.

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Black furniture: vintage chic.

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This black bathtub is the epitome of luxe.

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I am sure this black matte refrigerator would be a conversation piece in any kitchen.

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Graphic tiles with black.

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Natural wood “almost black” cabinetry.

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Black becomes very masculine in this bathroom.

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Black framed glass shower doors: chic.

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Coveting these black sconces.

{All images via my Pinterest boards}





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Lauren Conrad’s chic and colorful Beverly Hills penthouse was recently featured in InStyle magazine. Pictured above Lauren sits in her home office on a punchy orange tufted sofa and an area rug seen on the floor made from recycled silk saris.

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Continuing with puncy colors is a custom rounded banquette in her breakfast nook complemented by an Eero Saarinen table.

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Her high ceiling living room with graphics and a black and white theme is remiscent of an airy New York loft, which she wanted the room to have a feel for.

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To add visual interest to the living room, she added moulding and brick veneer, then had it white washed to look more aged!

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Her dark mirrored bar includes a black laquered ceiling.

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The dining room table and chairs are vintage complemented by a contemporary light fixture.

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A classic looking kitchen in all white with open shelves for stacking white dishes.

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And the grand finale! Her dressing room closet: A full walk-in wardrobe.

All images via InStyle





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Supermodel Karlie Kloss shares her first NYC apartment, located in the West Village, on a quiet street just a few blocks from the Hudson River. She enlisted interior designer Nate Berkus to help her create the chic look go her very first home.

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The goal was to create a look that reflects her style, in relating to fashion, to mix and match the same way she does with clothes.

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One of her favorite spots, she says, is the kitchen – where she has a passion for baking cookies. I love the multi-level / stairs to kitchen with the paned glass and tiny dining banquette.

All images via Vogue.com





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Spring is just around the corner and with that comes the crisp whites, the pretty yet vibrant colors, and the trends: florals are showing up in both fashion and interiors. Here are some great finds in you’re thinking of incorporating a little flower power into your home or wardrobe.

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Floral Pillow via Etsy

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Monogrammed Plate via Layla Grayce

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Regina Andrews Mod Floral Accent Table

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Rose Knob from Anthropologie

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Floral skirt from JCrew

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Coveted Louboutins

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Poppy Day wallhanging by Alexander McQueen for The Rug Co





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Mixing It Up!

Posted By Jill-LA | Sep 15, 2013 | No Comments | Category: Color, Decorating, Design Inspiration, Fashion, Trends

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In both interiors and fashion, sometimes it’s fun to break out of the norm and mix things up a bit, be it color or pattern or any mix of eclectic styles. These rooms evoke a balanced harmony despite a mix of colors and pattern – try mixing it up!

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{A bold graphic rug with a pattern toile bedding.}

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{A color combo seen in the area rug above.}

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{Mixing color: greens and greens, moss and emerald.}

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{All kinds of great color and pattern…and art.}

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{Mixing it up in fashion too, color and graphics.}

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{A mix of furnishings, area rug, and window treatment – creates a visual interest.}

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{A muted background with a splash of color.}

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{Adding an unexpected splash of color to an outfit.}

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{A shared girl’s bedroom with two distinct color and pattern palletes, that harmonize so well together.}

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{Bold colors that pair so well together.}

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{Even bolder.}

All images via Pinterest.





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Lamps Plus just released an online lookbook of their Color + Plus lighting collection (featuring a range of over 100 designer colors with custom-coordinated shades, bases, and finials). It was fun to be featured in the lookbook with several other designers, bloggers, and television personalities. To view the full lookbook, click here.

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My niece, Alyse, already has a favorite color: Purple! (And she’s just two year’s old, having been adamant about purple being her favorite color even before.) Coincidentally, I like purple too and my very first apartment was filled with purple accents (bedding, chairs, ottomans). So in honor of Alyse, here’s a little purple!

Deeply painted purple walls in this children’s playspace. {Image via Pinterest}

A purple lucite chair – just for kids. {Availabla via 5Rooms}

Putting the purple on the ceiling with wallpaper makes this closet ultra glam! {Image via Pinterest}

A high gloss painted built-in in a variant shade of purple. {Image via Pinterest}

I recently came across these purple leather trays. {Available here}

How fun is this purple outdoor cocktail chair and table set! {From Society Social}

Even purple carpet can be pretty! {Image via Pinterest}

Love this bathroom! And the lavendar wallpaper is a nice juxtapose! {Image via Pinterest}

Chic bedroom with purple upholstered walls! {Image via Pinterest, via Elle Decor}

Pretty purple painted accent wall in a dining room. {Image via Pinterest}

“Grapecicles” artwork featuring various shades of purple. {Available at ZGallerie}

A pretty entry in a soft shade of purple. {Image via Pinterest}

Taking purple from the ground up! {Image via Pinterest}

 A living room bathed in purple. {Image via Elle Decor}

And if you like purple enough – consider starting at the front door! {Image via Pinterest}

Whether you are two or twenty, thirty, forty – purple is a fun, eye-popping color!





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Color Blocking

Posted By Jill-LA | Oct 12, 2011 | 7 Comments | Category: Art, Color, Design Inspiration, Fashion

{original artwork by Jen Ramos of Cocoa & Hearts and Made by Girl}

I was out shopping the other day with a friend, when we came across these Kate Spade handbags (below) and noticed the use of color blocking, a trend I have seen making a comeback in fashion. I think it makes an interesting use in architecture, art, interiors, and fashion!

Loving this Kate Spade handbag!

When I see color blocking, I always think of the artist Mondrian.

The work of artist Piet Mondrian.

And also the work of Le Corbusier, which I blogged about before here.

A feature in modern architecure.

A crossover into fashion.

The Fall 2011 LookBook on ShopBop.com features an entire collection dedicated to color blocking.

I had also seen this shirt at ZARA.

And these ballerina flats, too.

Now I miss my Color Theory class I took year’s ago in design school!





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Pink + Yellow

Posted By Jill-LA | Aug 14, 2011 | 3 Comments | Category: Color, Decorating, Design Inspiration, Living Rooms

Pink + Yellow = love this color combo!

Originally featured on Apartment Therapy Los Angeles.

For more pics, view here.





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Color Punch!

Posted By Jill-LA | Jun 12, 2011 | 12 Comments | Category: Color, Design Inspiration, Fashion

Lately I have been seeing interiors (& fashion!) that are infused with punches of bright, bold colors – loving these bright and cheery colors!

Pops of color in these colorful kitchen cabinets!

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Pretty palette!

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I’ve noticed even neon is making a comeback!

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A glossy plum colored built-in bookshelf!

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And if you don’t want to go bold on the wall, consider a punch of color with accessories, like this purple area rug.

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Even the Victoria’s Secret models look hot in bright colors!

How could they not, right!?

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