Yes, that’s really the best title I could come up with. Considering this is, what, the 37th time I’ve posted about white floors, it’s getting hard to keep the language fresh!

white floor, fruit crates
From Kjerstis Lykke (via Remodelista)

This photo is giving me allllllll kind of ideas. Like…isn’t that exactly what I should do with my fruit crates? And don’t I have an antique mirror sitting around that I can paint white? And why doesn’t my sofa have ticking-stripe cushions on it?

white floor, bird poster
From Elle Decoration UK
Photo by Petra Bindel // Styling by Emma Persson Lagerberg (via emmas designblogg)

I know it’s hard to look past the fact that the Eames LCW is assembled incorrectly (argh!), but goodness, this room is pretty. It’s also making me miss having something to play music on that isn’t an iPod dock. I still have all of my records and CDs (okay, and my cassettes…shut up), but they’re all stored out of sight and converted to MP3. Sad.

B&B Italia
From B&B Italia

Fantasy time, I know. Who designed that lamp, by the way? It’s like David Weeks meets Serge Mouille meets Gino Sarfatti by way of Gio Ponti.

ETA: The lamp is by Gunther Lambert, and is available in the US through the Conran Shop. (Thanks, JF!)

Florence kitchen
Caterina House in Florence, Italy by b-arch (via Remodelista)

I can’t even. I mean…shamone. Is this not the most amazingly perfect kitchen you’ve ever seen in your entire life? I love the diagonal floorboards (which are probably an exposed subfloor), and that poured-concrete countertop/cabinet base/backsplash. Poured concrete anything is so deceptively simple looking. Oh, and that island!

Geez. If our kitchen looked this nice, I’d let Evan keep an amp in there, just to add ambiance.

After some consternation and consideration, I decided to go ahead and paint the trim in the bedroom black, too. I’ll take some photos later (I left my camera at my mother’s house!), but here are a few photos of other mostly Victorian-era houses with black walls and black trim that are really inspiring me right now.

You know, inspiring me to paint my whole house black.

Graham Atkins Hughes 2

Graham Atkins Hughes 3

Graham Atkins Hughes 4

Graham Atkins Hughes 1

These photos are all of interiors photographer Graham Atkins Hughes’ own home, Location78. I know. I knoooooooooow. Seriously, right? Dying. (Thank you, Jo in NZ, for bringing these photos to my attention!)

ligne roset

I’ve posted this old print ad for Ligne Roset before, and I still love the room. I love those blue shoes, too.

Gemma Ahern 1

Gemma Ahern 2

All of these photos are of Gemma Ahern’s apartment outside of London. There was a great sneak peek of Gemma’s home on Design*Sponge last year, as well as a piece in the New York Times. I know this is gray rather than black (I’m fairly certain it’s Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe), but it’s close enough. Love.

AB Chao bedroom

Last but nowhere near least (though not Victorian), this is my painting hero AB Chao’s bedroom. She also used F&B’s Down Pipe. It’s amazing to compare the before and after photos—I mean, can you even believe this is the same room?

Photo by Nishi F. Saimaru, Karuizawa, Japan, Summer 1979 // Via Yoko Ono’s Flickr

And a message from Yoko Ono:

Dear Friends,

Today, October 9th, I will relight IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Iceland in memory of my late husband John Lennon.

Please ask all your friends to join us by Tweeting your wishes to IMAGINE PEACE TOWER.

You can do this by coming to where you can also watch the lighting live with us at 8pm in Reykjavík = 9pm in UK = 4pm in NY= 1pm in LA = 5am in Japan.

Tell all your friends.
Spread the word!

Let’s Tweet a million wishes for Peace for John’s birthday!

I hope the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will give light to the strong wishes of World Peace from all corners of the planet and give encouragement, inspiration and a sense of solidarity in a world now filled with fear and confusion. Let us come together to realise a peaceful world.


If you are in New York City tonight, you can attend a free screening in Central Park of LennoNYC, a documentary about the years John spent living there. Details about the event can be found here.

I have a real thing for wood chevron and herringbone floors, especially the slightly-battered, wide-plank ones you see in pictures of perfect old French apartments.

All four of the above photos are from B&B Italia. I could move in there tomorrow, no problem.

This is in Holly’s new apartment in Hannover, Germany, which she’s been blogging about over at Haus Maus.

Photo by Tia Borgsmidt. There’s a whole lot to like here aside from the herringbone floors—like those Poul Kjaerholm chairs!

From Sköna Hem.

Photo by Per Ranung.

What’s better than wood herringbone floors? Wood herringbone floors stained black. Via sfgirlbybay (I don’t know the original source, sorry—if you know, please tell me!).

Interior by Joseph Dirand Architecture. I really love the color variation in the chevron!

I saved the best (and most predictable!) room for last: Jenna Lyons’s bathroom, as seen in Domino. Interior by Levenson McDavid Architects. Ahhhhhh.

Chevron parquet by Atelier des Granges, who are welcome to come to my house anytime and install floors just like this.

Photo by Petra Niemeier

It’s Friday, I’m exhausted, everything I’ve been working on this week has been rejected, and I think my throat is feeling kind of funny and on the edge of becoming something sickish. In other words, I need to cheer myself up with some black and white interiors and objects that I’ve been hoarding photos of for inspiration.

From Ancient + Modern, via h p n f r h p y a c d n s

Candy Black design studio, via emmas designblogg

Triangle tea towel from Bookhou, via Remodelista

Y House by NOW Architecture, Helsinki

From Light Locations

Nubby Twiglet’s office

I need to take a small break from talking about my job (it’s been a looooooong week) and think about music for a bit. Album openers, specifically. I’ve always been a full album kind of gal more than one who goes for individual songs or singles (I’ve never used the “shuffle” setting on my iPod!), and there’s just something about a great opening track that’s so inspiring. The opener sets the stage for the rest of the album, fills you with anticipation, and lets you know what kind of listening experience you’re in for.

Not the album version, of course, but “Plainsong” is always my favorite concert opener for the Cure as well.

The Cure, “Plainsong”
Opening track from Disintegration (1989)

Embedding disabled, so go here to watch the incredible video, directed by Derek Jarman.

The Smiths, “The Queen is Dead”
Opening track from The Queen is Dead (1986)

Michael Jackson, “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough”
Opening track from Off the Wall (1979)

The Psychedelic Furs, “India”
Opening track from The Psychedelic Furs (1980)

The Clash, “London Calling”
Opening track from London Calling (1979)

This pairing with clips from 2001: A Space Odyssey works quite well!

Joy Division, “Disorder”
Opening track from Unknown Pleasures (1979)

The Beatles, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
Opening track from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

N.W.A., “Straight Outta Compton”
Opening track from Straight Outta Compton (1988)

Prince, “Let’s Go Crazy”
Opening track from Purple Rain (1984)

Lou Reed, “Vicious”
Opening track from Transformer (1972)

Okay, that’s my top ten (in no particular order!). I always have a touch of regret after I name favorites of any kind, because five minutes later I remember a bunch of amazing things I forgot and get all crazy and mad at myself wishing I would have picked those other things instead and what if I can’t sleep tonight because my list is wrong and how can I ever repent for not getting it exactly right and what is wrong with me for leaving off so much awesome stuff (deep breath), but you know what? I’m just going to call this Good Enough and let it stand as-is.

Your turn! What are your favorite album openers?

I am feeling this in a deep, deep way right now. Sometimes you just have to let go of the quest for uniqueness in favor of (a) getting it DONE, and (b) doing a good job that will please the client. And that’s a-okay.

Please discuss.

(From Startup Quote, via the inimitable Nubby Twiglet.)

My friend Dave and his wife Susan (and their soft-coated Wheaten Terriers, Tristram and Sally) live on the outskirts of Philadelphia in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania. I’ve known Dave for about ten years now, and, to date, he’s the only person I know who can outdo me when it comes to general anguish over lack of perfection. I think he may own more chairs than I do, too.

Dave, an architect, has been renovating his house for over a decade now. He’s done so in a way that is not only respectful to the original design of the house, but to the land that surrounds it and to the furnishings within. I asked him if he’d be willing to do a little visual tour, and he generously agreed.

With no further ado, here’s Dave’s long-winded, overwrought narrative (he told me to say that!).

Modern in the Country

Had someone told me it would be almost twelve years to get 1800 sq. ft. and just under 2 acres almost just the way I want it I would have told them they were crazy! Well it is just about as finished as it ever will be so with some friendly persuasion from Anna, I have been convinced to post this progress report for the kind readers of her amazing blog.

I think I can remember the days when we first moved in that I still had about half the energy of Anna and Evan, those were the days when a lot more seemed to get accomplished in a weekend than it does now and the sun setting had little or no affect on your considering stopping a half completed project. Despite this spiraling work slowdown over the years, more than our share of unexpected disasters and the reality of everything taking seven times as long as you intend and costing a minimum of five times as much, here is a tour of the black house in the country.

The house was built in the early 1950’s by New Hope, PA, abstract artist Adolphe Blondheim as his studio and home. Its flat roof, abundance of glass and low-slung profile must have looked quite out of place in such a rural location in the early 1950’s. Originally, the house was designed as a two bedroom, one bath house with a large, 12-foot ceiling, north-facing painting studio. Over the years, and through the work of several subsequent owners, the house has been modified and added to. Unfortunately, from evidence we have uncovered, a majority of the original details have been lost, such as the studio plan, the earliest kitchen layout and most of the steel sash windows. It has through all of its transformations managed to maintain the overall feel and basic character it must have had when it was first built. Like the prior owners, including half of a 1960’s British pop duo, we have completed several updates, all as much as possible in keeping with the character of the original house. Paint color is BM #2135-10 with a custom color for the trim to match the roof coping.

What continues to strike me even after a dozen years in this house is how you are affected by the strength of the relationship between the exterior and the interior and the natural light. What it does do without you thinking about it is put a lot more emphasis on the condition and care of the landscape than you ever had imagined. You spend quite a bit more time tending to the upkeep of the yard and the plantings that are visible and therefore right in your living room year round. As you enter at the front door, the mass of the stacked bond full-wall, inside/outside fireplace anchors the living room and a wall of glass extends the space into the site. By highlighting the planes the walls create with a strong color palette, defining spaces with area rugs and by adding a wall of maple, panelized to mirror the proportions of the six windows opposite we have both given emphasis to the spaces crisp modern edges and warmed up the space. We have been careful with our furnishing selections throughout the house to include a few traditional and antique pieces such as the leather Chesterfield and 18th century oak captain’s box end table to act as counterpoints to emphasize the modern classics like the Chippendale chair by Robert Venturi, four Knoll Hat Trick chairs and a Knoll Face Off table by Frank Gehry. Yellow Bubble club chairs by Philippe Starck and a Frank Gehry Torque table are on the patio.

When we bought this house, we knew immediately there would be a dining room addition sometime in our future. There existed an awkward neither/nor space just barely large enough for a small table and an odd butcher block counter that extended half into the living room. These two areas were the only spaces to entertain or to sit have a meal. When the addition was added, the goal was to blend it as invisibly as we could with the house by using as many existing proportions, materials and elements as possible. We were limited to the size room we could add by the courtyard on the east, the existing kitchen window on the west and by a 60 year old, 20 inch diameter white pine tree on the north that we had no intentions of cutting down. Here we also incorporated glass, maple and strong planes of color to strengthen the visual connection of this space to the rest of the house. The table is a Le Corbusier LC-6 surrounded by six Philippe Starck Costes Chairs. Walls are BM #HC 105 (as is 90% of all of the trim in the house) BM #2131-30 and BM #HC-26.

We currently have the house arranged as two bedrooms and the third bedroom being used as a television room and den. The original painting studio was renovated by the previous owners to be a master bedroom with addition of a master bath and a large walk-in closet. The 12 ft. ceiling give enough space for both monumental pieces of art as well as making room for hanging art stacked. The large amount of glass makes the placement of pieces a real challenge. As a result, large blank wall in the walk in closet has even been pressed into duty as a place to put a collection of smaller special pieces. The 12 ft tall built-in shelves also created a challenge but in the end make for a great place for my larger-than-it-should-be collection of character toys. The high windows eliminate the need for any window treatments and since they are north facing maximizes the light they provide. We are fortunate to live near a well-known auction gallery that twice a year features a outstanding mid-century modern auction and have acquired several pieces there over the years. The travertine-topped walnut dresser and bed stands are Paul McCobb and were purchased there. The bent wood chairs, four in all, were also found at a local auction and all four were a mere $14! Nowhere near the deals Anna regularly gets but not bad! Wall color is BM #OC-57.

We currently use what was originally the second bedroom as a den/TV room although you will not see a black box! I really dislike a television taking over a room (a TV mounted over a fireplace especially sends me to the mat with apologies in advance to anyone reading this that may have such an arrangement!) and we were fortunate enough to have millwork to hide one already in this room. This room has natural cedar wainscoting that has become an art ledge of a series of block print cards from an artist friend of ours that we have been fortunate enough to receive each Christmas for the past 15 or so years. The Knoll Power Play chair and ottoman are by Frank Gehry. The walls are BM #1585.

All photographs are © Matt Wargo. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Thanks, Dave!