School may be out for the summer, but I offer a geometry lesson - shapes in black and white . . . 

"Contrasting with reclaimed barn-wood floors, sliding panels made of raw porcelain, silicone and Plexiglas by artist Margaret Boozer separate the dining room from the kitchen and bedrooms."
Apartment in the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C.
Interior design by Darryl Carter.
Photography by Gordon Beall.
"A Fresh Start" by Elle Decor Staff.
Metropolitan Home (January 2009).

"The white door leads to a pantry."
Interior design by Darryl Carter.
Darryl Carter's renovation of his parents' kitchen in Potomac, Maryland.
Photography by Erik Johnson.
"Family Style" by Elle Decor Staff.

"Designer Nancy Braithwaite relied on linearity and strong simple colors like black, beige, and gray to create a spa-like tranquility in this home office."
Photography by Melanie Acevedo.
Veranda (March 2011).

" 'Smooth surfaces, straight edges, sharp curves, polished materials, right angles, clarity and order.' That's how architect Robert Mallet-Stevens described this 1920s villa, which he conceived for fashion designer Paul Poiret. Construction halted when the couturier ran out of funds, but screen siren Elvire Popesco bought the place and hired architect Paul Boyer to finish it."
Property in Mezy-Sur-Seine, France.
Photo courtesy of Patrice Besse via Architectural Digest.
"On the Market: February 2013" written by Amanda Friedman.
Architectural Digest (February 2013).

“Stairs and floors painted Benjamin Moore White Dove; and walls painted Pratt & Lambert Silver Lining. Painting by Jong Mok Lee.”
Alabama home.
Interior design by Betsy Brown, Betsy Brown Interiors.
Photography by Don Freeman.
Neutrals Are Crisp” by Frances Schultz.
House Beautiful (September 2007).

"The master bath is sheathed in slate floor tiles, and the towels are by Olatz."
Michel Botbol and Arthur Krystofiak's home in Brookhaven Hamlet, New York
Renovation by architect Calvert Wright.
Photography by Roger Davies.
"A Barn Rescued and Reborn" by Cynthia Kling.
Elle Decor (May 2010).

"A guest bath is sheathed in Bisazza tile; the sink is by Kohler, and the shower and sink fittings are by Waterworks."
Six-story townhouse in Manhattan.
Interior design by Delphine Krakoff, Pamplemousse Design Inc.
Gut renovation by Oliver Cope Architect.
Photography by Bjorn Wallander.
Text by David Colman.
"Uncommon Vision" produced by Robert Rufino.

"Drop-leaf table from Wertz Brothers in Los Angeles, lamp from Laurin Copen Antiques in Bridgehampton. Striped rug, Dash and Albert. Custom tester bed by Robert Fooshee."
"A Long Island house that draws inspiration from the sea."
Interior design by Ruthie Sommers.
Photography by Don Freeman.
"Water Color" by Frances Schultz.
House Beautiful (June 2007).

"A pair of Cassina’s Cab chairs by Mario Bellini in white leather and the bold graphics of a black-and-white abstract painting complement the warm white walls and bleached walnut floors."
Kelly Wearstler's beach house in Malibu.
Interior design by Kelly Wearstler.
Photography by Francois Halard.
Metropolitan Home (November 2009).

"French silhouettes of children" hang on a guest bedroom wall.
Interior design by Ken Fulk.
Photography by Francesco Lagnese.
House Beautiful (June 2011)

Untitled, Kara Walker, 1996. (Ink-wash drawing.)
I saw this work by Kara Walker at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond) over the holiday weekend.
"The large 1996 ink-wash drawing, "Untitled," shows what most likely is a house servant about to smother her owner with a pillow. Another woman in the scene, the man's wife, perhaps, stands in the hallway watching with one hand to her mouth. The artist says she imagined the protagonist — a house slave, daughter, or both — as a hero and villain in a 'mercy killing' met with surprise and tacit approval. [Artist Kara] Walker, who is black and grew up in Atlanta, is known for her disturbing cut-out silhouettes, often inspired by Southern romance tales and slave narratives, which typically address issues of race, gender, sexuality and violence. . . . Adding her work to the permanent [Virginia Museum of Fine Arts] museum collection has been a longstanding goal, says John Ravenal, the curator of modern and contemporary art. 'I don't expect any controversy really. In some of her works there is much more overt sexuality or violence. But this represents her interests,' Ravenal says. 'It's a particularly bold piece in terms of the contrast between the black, white and gray. And it makes direct reference to her cut paper [works], but it's a framed drawing.' "
Photo credit: Style Weekly.
Style Weekly (April 9, 2013).

"In a Houston house with Georgian bones and siren allure, the drama begins in a foyer swathed in Phillip Jeffries’s Lacquered Walls in Eyeliner — a long-lasting vinyl that mimics lacquer and 'fools everyone,' says interior designer Rob Southern. For theatrical contrast, the shield-back English hall chairs are painted Benjamin Moore’s White Dove."
Interior design by Rob Southern.
Photography by Victoria Pearson.

"Linen for Louis XV-style chair, Lewis and Sheron. Painting, Marie-Cécile Aptel. Photos, Mark Shaw. All rooms, Benjamin Moore Floral White."
Mimi Williams's high-rise apartment in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood.
Interior design by Mimi Williams, Mimi Williams Interiors.
Photography by Mali-Azima.

"A collapsible fireman's ladder hooks onto the stainless-steel rail for easy access to the top shelves.  . . . Designer Mallory Marshall . . . keeps her mother's and grandmother's old Wedgwood and ironstone in the pantry."
"A rustic, windswept house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean."
Photography by Laura Moss.
House Beautiful (April 2006).

"A painting by Al Held is displayed behind a pair of Warren Platner chairs by Knoll." 
Living room of a six-story townhouse in Manhattan.
Interior design by Delphine Krakoff, Pamplemousse Design Inc.
Gut renovation by Oliver Cope Architect.
Photography by Bjorn Wallander.
Text by David Colman.
"Uncommon Vision" produced by Robert Rufino.
Architectural Digest (July 2013).

"Transom and clerestory windows maximize natural light in the nearly 25-foot-high front hall. The curved stairway and chandelier from Visual Comfort ease the linear elements."
“Dorset Two-Tier Chandelier with Torch Arm” by Visual Comfort from Circa Lighting.
Dutch Colonial home on Lake Washington (Seattle).
Architect: Paul Moon, Paul Moon Design.
Interior design by Susan Marinello, Susan Marinello Interiors.
Photography by John Granen.
Written by Amy Elbert.
"New Home With Comfortable Charm" produced by Linda Humphrey.

"In the front entry of a Southampton, New York, house decorated by Steven Gambrel, the “ice block” wall treatment was inspired by one found at George Washington’s historic home, Mount Vernon."
Photography by Eric Piasecki.
"A Hamptons Home Reborn" by Ingrid Abramovitch.
Elle Decor (January 2010).

"The master bedroom, the only room on the second floor, was angled so that the window across from the bed faces a Nantucket landmark - the 120-foot-high steeple, half a mile away, of the First Congregational Church. 'The steeple is lit up every night,' says the senior Jacobsen, 'and it's something nice to go to sleep with.' "
New house on Nantucket.
Architecture by Hugh Newell Jacobsen, F.A.I.A., Jacobsen Architecture.
Project architect: Simon Jacobsen, Associate A.I.A., Jacobsen Architecture.
Photography by Robert C. Lautman.
"Nantucket Reexamined" text by Gerald Clarke.

"For his series Jacks, now installed outside the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York, [sculptor Mel Kendrick] created a group of 11-foot-tall sculptures in black and white. The bottom half of each work is a giant block tunneled with holes. On top sits an oversize version of the titular game piece, seemingly (and impossibly) extracted from the base. To some, it's an engaging formal exercise; to the littlest art lovers, a place begging to be explored."
"Outside Perspective" by Laura Regensdorf.
Elle Decor.


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