Paint your walls black – I’m seeing a lot of very dark walls all over Pinterest and it seems it’s a trend. I’ve been been embracing it for a while. I must admit, I started in our previous home with just a partial wall painted black in our dining room. For years everyone has been talking me out of painting walls black. Paint is the answer to every design dilemma. If you don’t like something, paint it white, (our stone fireplace), or if you’re feeling bold, go dark, like we did.
Our current home was built in 1900 and the garage was added probably during the 1970’s. It’s actually in our backyard which means it needs to look good. I had all kinds of big ideas which involved new barn like vertical siding, a new door and adding a window so it would look more like a guest house than a garage. But then one weekend we said, “What if we just painted it black?” So an afternoon and $100 in paint and it looks so much better. It even improves our view from the kitchen.
Painting a chalkboard wall is the easiest thing you can do to add a little black paint. If you don’t want an entire wall, you could paint an end cabinet or a narrow wall. It’s great for lists and birthday messages. When I get tired of looking at the messy eraser marks, I just give it a quick fresh coat of chalkboard paint and we start all over again.
We used Benjamin Moore Graphite in the master bedroom, our son’s room and a tiny powder bathroom. The walls, moulding and doors are all painted in graphite. Our black and white photographs by Surf photographer Tom Servais have never looked better. In California, we had them on white walls, but they look so much more dramatic on black.
I love how natural wood and bright colors look on black walls. To see lots more ideas check out my Pinterest boards: Black, Dark and Moody, Black & White and Black, White, Wood & Sometimes Denim.
Ever since I discovered how easy and inexpensive it was to use the Engineer prints from Staples I keep trying to come up with reasons to use them. My kids are 18 and 14 so I kind of feel like we’ve done everything for Father’s Day…twice. But using engineer prints for wrapping paper was super easy and new, at least for us. You can upload photos from home to the staples website and have them shipped to you or select your store and pick them up a few hours later.
I chose photos from a recent trip we took to France and one from a trip to Amelia Island, Florida when the kids were little. Amelia Island is one of our favorite spots and we have so many wonderful memories. He’ll love the packages even before he opens them. I purposely selected photos that were from the back. I love photos taken this way and when I came across two photos from vacations that had a similar quality…I knew these were the ones. The two prints were less than $5 and we just tied orange curling ribbon and used orange washi tape, his favorite color.
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The other day I was passing through my friend’s mud room and I couldn’t help but notice all of their boots. There’s just something about things in large numbers and in perfect order. She has five beautiful girls and all of them, including their mom ride horses. We took their riding boots and lined them up in front of a door at the Carriage Barn at Waveny. She’s going to enlarge it and give it to her husband as a father’s day present. I love photos that tell a story.
I think what I love about black and white photography is that it gives everything a timeless feel to it. I mean Oreos look the same now as they did in 1912 and same with my husbands shoes all lined up in the closet against the black wall. I was in the process of making Oreo shakes after school and decided to snap a photo…and then another and then a quick shot of the wall in our bedroom and the closet…because in black & white…it looks so neat and tidy.
The other day I was walking along Fifth Avenue and noticed the Banana Republic store at 16th & 5th. Inside was a large open space with two floors, gorgeous architectural details, warm wood and black and white marble floors…I could not help but wonder about the original occupant of this beautiful space. What was it before it was a Banana Republic? The store clerks did not mind one bit that I was taking photographs and as I left actually thanked me for coming in. No, thank you!