Posts Tagged 'black'

Simply Chic.

After my visit to Paris earlier this month, I am on a chic streak. Unfortunately, maternity wear does not exude a very simple and chic vibe. But if I was able to fit into size 2 tapered jeans (with cool ankle zips and encrusted pointy toe heels), I would embrace this very chic and simple look. I found French women wearing minimal jewelry and adornment, and embracing their inner beauty as their sense of style. Sometimes, less is more.

simply chic french style

Photo: La Dolce Vita Blog

Black Paper Towel Roll. Whodathunkit?

I was strolling through Nordstrom on my weekly I Want This and This pretend online shopping trip {yes, I add everything to the cart. It’s a pretend moment}. Now, I do this with numerous online sites, whether shopping for my own clients homes, offices, airline tickets, or simply myself. It’s a fun way to wish. You should try it. But it’s even more fun to hit the Place Order button. Eeek! Anywho, while looking for a Michael Aram olive branch candle for a gift, I came across this Black Orchid paper towel holder.

Michael Aram Black paper towel holder and paper roll

Beautiful? Yes. Easy to use? Dunno. But, do you see what I see? A roll of black paper towels! What the… I ask myself, is that Photoshop? Is it? I could not find this paper in any kind of mixed word search online. Google, Yahoo, Yadayadayada. Anyone have a clue where I can find black paper towel rolls?

Must know NOW.

The Most Beautiful Stepladder. Ever.

So, I’m packing for a mini-ski vacation. I can not wait to snap on my boots and hot the slopes. I’m in the midst of packing bags, and I need my ski gear. Crap! It’s stashed up high in the dark upper region of the closet. Hm. No ladder. Chair might do. But this sleek and sexy step-ladder would surely do the trick. Designed by Karl Malmvall for Design House Stockholm, this black foldable ladder can easily slide between the fridge and the wall, or hang on a rack. Why hide it! At 4′ 4″ tall and only 2″ deep, it’s the perfect accessory for any urban condo closet. Now, how do I get that darn ski stuff down?

STEP LADDER BLACK

STEP LADDER BLACK

STEP LADDER BLACK

As Black as Light.

Earlier this year, I posted about black lights. A black lamp can be so sexy and sultry. Throw a little red scarf over it and you’ve got your own home movie. <wink> I featured an all black lamp in that last post but wanted to share a few more all black babies that would put anyone in the mood (your mood might be different than mine). And with Halloween approaching, let’s bring it down to a child’s level and rest one on a table near the front door to cast a moody glow over the massive heaping pile of Reese’s and Nestle candies. Trick or treat!

Sleek and sophisticated would work well with the Jazz table lamp by Vibia.

Sleek and sophisticated would work well with the Jazz table lamp by Vibia.

For you traditionalists with an edge, how about the Artermis Accent Black Crystal lamp and silk shade.

For you traditionalists with an edge, how about the Artermis Accent Black Crystal lamp and silk shade.

This is my all time favorite - deep, dark, different - a silhouette in good design, the Lights Up! Dasan Bronze table lamp with black silk glow shade has it all.

This is my all time favorite - deep, dark, different - a silhouette in good design, the Lights Up! Dasan Bronze table lamp with black silk glow shade has it all.

Tha glamourous in all of us would love the Velvet Table Lamp by Viso - a mirrored silver inside shade and suspended crystals add the right touch of bling to dress up anything.

Tha glamorous in all of us would love the Velvet Table Lamp by Viso - a mirrored silver inside shade and suspended crystals add the right touch of bling to dress up anything.

 

Mid-century and Mad Men have quite an influence on my taste and this Testa Lamp by Estudio Estiluz has the clean shape of a fine martini glass. Olives?

Mid-century and Mad Men have quite an influence on my taste and this Testa Lamp by Estudio Estiluz has the clean shape of a fine martini glass. Olives?

 

Try this one for Trick or Treat. It's all about simplicity and gracefulness with the SPun LIght by Flos.

Try this one for Trick or Treat. It's all about simplicity and gracefulness with the SPun LIght by Flos.

Easy on the wallet Ikea brings sultry and sleek to a new level - one that's great on your wallet.

Easy on the wallet Ikea brings sultry and sleek to a new level - one that's great on your wallet.

Why not put black in the kids room? Add any color and all of a sudden, they are all grown up with the Rabbit Lamp by Design Front.

Why not put black in the kids room? Add any color and all of a sudden, they are all grown up with the Rabbit Lamp by Design Front.

Not as large and soft as a drum shade of curved base, this Taq Table Lamp is a lesson in small space and restraint.

Not as large and soft as a drum shade of curved base, this Taq Table Lamp is a lesson in small space and restraint. HOwever big on fllexibility.

Black Light.

I’ve always been drawn to lighting fixtures that feature black materials. Like a black shade in a dimmed library or dining room, it creates a mood that can be both relaxing and somewhat sultry. Black shades block the sideways light and allow the light to permeate only the open ends, adding a warm glow and creating interesting shapes and ray’s across a room, wall or side table. I have a floor lamp in my living room with a dark drum shade that flanks the floor to ceiling fireplace wall and highlights an intimate corner. Voila!

The Napoli Bronze Wide Pendant Light is made of eye-catching interlocking ovals made of iron surround a cream linen shade that glows from within.

The Napoli Bronze Wide Pendant Light is made of eye-catching interlocking ovals made of iron surround a cream linen shade that glows from within.

A sleek glass cone that delivers direct and diffused ambient lighting like the Pinnacle Pendant would jazz up any bar or kitchen island.

A sleek glass cone that delivers direct and diffused ambient lighting like the Pinnacle Pendant would jazz up any bar or kitchen island. | Y Lighting

The Cubetto Ceiling LIght is discreet and so neat with the sheer black pressed cube lead crystal outside that is frosted on the inside.

The Cubetto Ceiling LIght is discreet and so neat with the sheer black pressed cube lead crystal outside that is frosted on the inside.

A chrome and black metal framework shade gracefully orbits a white glass diffuser in this out of this world Possini Euro pendant | Lamps Plus

A chrome and black metal framework shade gracefully orbits a white glass diffuser in this out of this world Possini Euro pendant | Lamps Plus

Jazz up your table with this tall black lacquered poly resin accent lamp | Y Lighting

Jazz up your table with this tall black lacquered poly resin accent lamp | Y Lighting

I have a crush on the low voltage 360° Roland Schneifer Ballfinger table lamp in high gloss black. | Velocity Art and Design

I have a crush on the low voltage 360° Roland Schneifer Ballfinger table lamp in high gloss black. | Velocity Art and Design

Every glamourous room could use the black shade with a mustard gold lining and antique brass iron body of the Hadley Floor Lamp

Every glamourous room could use the black shade with a mustard gold lining and antique brass iron body of the Hadley Floor Lamp

The double aluminum Mouille Style wall sconce brings a low key 60's vibe to the den or home office. | Urban Archaeology

The double aluminum Mouille Style wall sconce brings a low key 60's vibe to the den or home office. | Urban Archaeology

Lamps can be so much fun when you place cute animals under glossy black shades like Jonathan does here with his Horse Head Lamp. | Jonathan Adler

Lamps can be so much fun when you place cute animals under glossy black shades like Jonathan does here with his Horse Head Lamp. | Jonathan Adler


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