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The elegance of black window frames and white walls

Recently, I have been experimenting a lot with with the use of black and dark greys on walls. The results are a topic of an entire blog, but what I have learnt is that it can be a very difficult look to live with and pull off, especially if a room doesn’t have a lot of natural light. If you are interested in moving away from the safe (aka boring) white-on-white look  and shaking things up then try painting your window frames dark.

Crisp white walls with contrasting black window frames can make an otherwise monochromic room look stunning. I am particularly enamoured with the contemporary edge of black industrial metal frames. It is a technique I am going to use for an office refurbishment project on which I am currently working.


The offices of fashion label Becksöndergaard, via The Style Files


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The home of fashion designers Keld Mikkelsen and Marianne Brandi, via A Thouch of Luxe


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The Maison Rika guesthouse in Amsterdam, via We Heart


Villa Amelie, St Barts via Saint Barts Villas


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“You can’t run away from who you are”: the Copenhagen home of Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen

Today I bring you the Copenhagen home of fashion designers, Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen, the duo behind Day Birger et Mikkelsen. Since its first appearance in the December 2012 edition of Lonny magazine it has made the rounds of my interior blogs and pinterest boards. It is not difficult to see why. The interior of this 19th century house is decorated with restraint and taste. It is layered and teases the senses, yet still understated and minimal.

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I love its classic elegance. There is nothing trendy or overtly fashionable, yet still feels modern and interesting. The room, I think, works best is the living room which mixes vintage, contemporary and antiques including a Beni Ourain carpet, an array of silk cushions, huge pot plant, empty gold frames stacked onto of the original fireplace and the iconic mid-century three-arm floor lamp by Serve Mouille while in the corner Keld’s collection of guitars are on display.

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The other to-die-for features are the gorgeous oak floor boards inlaid in the Versailles pattern and stained in a matt black, as well as the white walls with black detailed windows.

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If it were mine I couldn’t help adding a few more bold splashes of colour like a canary yellow chair. Nevertheless, there is a certain calm elegance about the monochrome  scheme. As owner Marianne Brandi says, “You can’t run away from who you are. This home is representative of us”.

Do you like it the way it is or do you want to razz it up a little?

Lonny Magazine December 2012

Photography Gaelle Le Boulicaut

[22 February 2013. I was contacted by the photographer today and asked to remove the photographs from the site, which  I have naturally done. You can still see this amazing house by going by looking at Lonny Magazine, December 2012 available free online here.]



Going over to the dark side: black and dark grey bathrooms

Inspired by all those lovely dark walls which are appearing ever-abundantly in interiors magazines and blogs, I took a leap of fatith late last year and painted my bathroom in Porter’s Paints’ Toy Solider, a dark dark grey. The colour is gorgeous and I really wanted it to work as bathrooms all too often are bland and uninspiring. But it doesn’t.

It has taken me a while to figure out why. I did so by looking at all the dark walled bathrooms I like, many of which are pictured below and came up with the answer and the solution. What do you think?

via girl of istanbul

via bijou and boheme

Paul Raeside via desire to inspire

vía house to home

Melaine Acevedo

via home colours

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Abigail Ahern (does it again) via carrie can

Like stark white walls, dark ones are a stunning backdrop and require bold splashes of colour, contrasting texture and accessorising to look amazing. Yet, in the examples above the rooms are all minimal. What makes the rooms are the details: the sunflower yellow chair, the vintage mirrors, the wooden stools and herringbone floor, ornate sconces, antique marble vanities and hardware, the metal vintage standalone baths, geometric wood-panelled walls, chandeliers and  glossy paint.

I can’t renovate and want to keep the room minimal and the solution to achieve the dark effect came to me the other day. It is radical and beautiful! So the bathroom is being changed this week. I can’t wait to show you. In the meantime, can you guess what I am doing?

Hallway contrasts

Can’t get this picture out of my head.

Love all the contrasting unexpected elements: feminine and the masculine, dark doors and white walls, the upright umbrellas on one side of the bookshelf and luxurious springs on the other, the old codices with modern magazines, black and white and unexpected splash of colour, but most of all the the brass cross and playfully provocative  photograph.

Douglas Friedman Photography

Roman and Williams E4th St Loft, NY

Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch are the design duo behind New York based firm Roman Williams. Profiled here is their refurbishment of a loft in East 4th Street using their own furnishings, collectibles, vintage and salvaged pieces.

I am enamoured with the library: a stand alone room with french doors on two sides and ceiling to floor bookshelves on the other. Now, there’s a place I could send vast amounts of time.

It’s currently on the market. Their asking price $3.5m. Nevertheless the agent describes that the “layout’s probably not ideal”. Looks pretty fine to me.

Photos by Douglas Friedman and Ditte Isager via Sanctuary