Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Doesn't Matter if it's Black or White....Revisited!

Since I've  been out of the loop for awhile, I thought I'd revisit a past post originally posted July 23, 2009 shortly after Michael Jackson's dead.  I'm posting it in honor of  Kathleen of Faded Charm's White Wednesday.  Does it sound arrogant of me to say it's one of my favorite posts?  I guess it's because of my love for white (with touches of black).  At the end of this post you'll find one of my most favorite black and white things, my beloved kitty Simba, who recently passed away and I so miss him.

Hope you enjoy the post and happy White Wednesday!

So with all the media coverage on the passing of Michael Jackson (may he rest in peace), I've been singing that song (though I really don't know the words) in my head. It started me thinking of how I love using Black and White in decorating. I sometimes throw color accents in the mix just for fun, but black and white is my main palate. I LOVE this (to my husbands dismay) as you can change it up so easily. Here are some examples . . .

I found these vintage B&W canisters at an occasional sale and they were very inexpensive. Pairing them up with white cups, glass and stainless makes a perfect compo. And guess what? No color!

Ooooh, this bell is so coool. Just the right amount of black metal showing through the chippy white paint.
This cupboard is a married piece. I purchased the top at an occasional sale and the bottom piece, originally a dresser, came from a thrift store. It works perfect for my white stoneware, and brown transferware. Okay, I guess brown is a color :)Love this B&W canvas my girlfriend made for me. It has Minneapolis landmarks and our salon name. No need for color!I have white sofas, but no worries they have slip covers! The window that's behind it is from an old church, which I absolutely love, and I'm lucky...I have two! The vintage shutter I think is simple yet impacting.I'd love to know the history of this B&W Cafe sign. I guess it's now just a part of Lani's Cafe!What can you do with a bird bath? Make it into a table of course! I've added a black scale and gauge. These flowers sitting in the McCoy pot are made from cut tin and faucet knobs I purchased at a sale. How clever!
This is my kitchen. Can you tell I like B&W? Maybe a little obvious!

Is it me, or is the European coffee grinder the cutest thing? Nothing gets better than B&W polka dots!Another great B&W canvas, this time with coffee words. The tube filled with coffee beans and the old scoop is the icing on the cake!Okay, I know, another sign. But if you know me from previous posts, I love signs! And the grayed wood is the perfect accent to the black letters and the white chipping paint. Magnifique!

How about some white on white? I found a pair of these motel chairs for a steal! And you know how I love grates . . .Okay, I guess this has a little color (yellow's a color isn't it?). Ha! But a little muted color is all good. Right? My manikan is one of my favorite things. Haven't named her yet, any suggestions?
Some B&W in a kitchen cupboard. And more fab polka dots!

How about putting some B&W outside on the Porch? I made this sign on an old board. It'll look great with my fan collection, once I put it up!

I even have a black and white cat! Ha! Is that obsessed?? I actually had two B&W ones, but one died :( (they looked like bookends--ha!). The other two of my three are gray and white, of course! I love my cats!

I'd love to hear your opinions. I'm I too blah? Do you like more color to your rooms? I heard people say they're tired of white/cream/black. Is that possible? And where do you think the trends are going to? What are your thoughts!

Be sure to visit Kathleen at Faded Charm for more White Wednesday Posts.

To see more of my JUNKMARKET posts and projects, click on the link on the side of my blog. 

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Marie said...

What a lovely post with wonderful things. I just love your kitchen. Awsome! Please have a great day.

Rebecca said...

I think you've got the lead on the new trend. My friend keeps telling me that black and white are going to be big-no more just white-looks like you're doing a fabulous job at it!

Jane said...

I didn't see this post the first time you posted it so I enjoyed the tour of your home. I absolutely love all of the black and white. You have such a talent for decorating with cool, vintage pieces and making them all work together so beautifully. I think my favorite pieces is the coffee grinder!

Tammy said...

Love this post! Your home is beautiful. I especially like the B/W canvas pieces you have! and those church windows are awesome!
Enjoy your blog!

Tammy :-)

Gracie's Cottage said...

I missed it the first time around so thanks for re-posting; it's vintalicious!

See you at Junk Bonanza...can't believe how soon we'll be there - gotta run!


Heaven's Walk said...

Hi Lanette! What an incredible kitchen, girl! I love all the black and white elements! Modern with vintage! I definitely think that the black/white combo is here to stay. It's timeless - and what easier way to decorate than that?? Amazing job! Have a happy WW!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I am so glad you reposted this. I enjoyed it! I too love Black and White....it is striking together!! and I love your mulit word signs!!

Decor To Adore said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet cat.

But I am happy that you reran this post. I had missed it the first time and it was truly worth viewing.

Curious Sofa said...

I will not ever tire of white! Mix it with black or cream or gray but give me white. Can't wait to see your booth at Junk Bonanza. My first time!

mizdarlin said...

OoohhI love our mannekin! I have a wire one that is currently a sweet shade of rust..needs to be painted, too, but I'm not sure..
If she was mine, I'd name your mannequin something French, perhaps Madeleine?

red.neck chic said...

AUGH!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your metal button chair!!! And you have TWO of them?!! Holy moly - I'm on my way to YOUR house! LOL

In my opinion - you can't have tooooo many signs - I'm just sayin'. The cafe sign needs to come live with me... right over the metal button chair. haha!

Raining men... THAT would be fun...

;-D Have a great morning!

Home Hinges said...

I love all of your pictures, especially the white & black kitchen and the subway art word signs. They have inspired my imagination and creative thoughts. April @ homehinges.com

Mindy said...

One of my favorite posts! Great stuff. And overwhelming. I'm going to have to look again and again so I can soak it all in. ~Mindy

Deb said...

Your home is just beautiful...I love your kitchen! Sorry about the loss of your sweet kitty too.

trash talk said...

B&W is my favorite duo in decorating too...great minds think alike. No it's not arrogant to have a fave post. Why not...I do1
Love the Casablanca chairs, but those bar stools...2die4!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I love this post. It's got me thinking about colours in my home.

I really enjoy having a tight colour palette to work with, as I see you! It means you don't need to faff about in shops and end up with too much of a messy mix.

I'm so pleased to have found your lovely blog. Will definitely be following! I'd love you to stop by mine if you're able.

Wendy said...

I love the cottage style. Love all your pics!


Christine @ sugarandtrash.com said...

black and white is so sharp, I love it!

Zane Wooder said...

I like your black and white cat. He probably helps make your black and white art come more to life. That's interesting to think about. Pets being part of art.

-Zane of ontario honey


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