Black and white chic

 

12th May 2014

Chanel was a famous fan of that chicest of palettes – black and white – which is as fresh and elegant as it was when she introduced it to the world. You can dress it up or have a more relaxed look – it’s totally up to you – it’ll look wonderfully chic either way. Here’s some inspiration so you can see what I mean and I also have a whole board dedicated to using black and white in your home over on Pinterest if you’re interested.

Black and white chic

Amalfi inspired dining nook

 

6th May 2014

As promised in my last post, here’s a space I have designed based on the classic view of the Amalfi Coast below.

Amalfi inspired dining nook with built-in banquette seating designed and illustrated in pen and ink with watercolour by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living

 

While the colour palette of the image has been an obvious influence on the design, it’s also the sense of the Amalfi Coast that I also wanted to capture. I’ve chosen a very light palette against which the blue can really stand out with white walls and a white painted floor as well as a white linen banquette (treated with stain guard of course!). It’s that idea of brightness and intensity which makes this space feel summery while the slightly greyed wood of the dining table balances it out and stops it feeling too blindingly white.

When I think of Italy I imagine great food and lots of time spent around the table enjoying it with family and friends. The layout of a dining space with a built-in banquette is to me just the most welcoming and convivial layout. Doesn’t it just invite you to sit and stay awhile?