Sometimes you just can’t fight it when you are stuck in a bit of a rut design-wise. My groove for the past couple of months has been black and white mixed with grey/flax, with a smaller hit of some strong accent colour. But really — I am stuck on the strength of black and white mixed against neutral. It seems to feel timeless and up-to-date all at the same time, and I just can’t seem to shake myself into getting excited about doing walls of colour. It’s not that I don’t like a room painted a hue — it’s just, well, I am stuck in neutral. The good thing about working at House & Home is there is more than one person to shake you out of your comfort zone sooner or later — but until someone gets me into inky blue and persimmon, here is a rundown of some of the black/white and neutral products I was thinking about yesterday for my dream dining room. It’s all pretty simple, but that’s I think why I can’t stay away!
1. New “liquid” dishware from Portmeirion. I love the soft fluid shapes. Santa, are you listening?
4. Although I am not normally a placemat person, I would mix these simple bordered linen napkins with these pretty mats. Border Major Brown Napkins (left), Border Dove Napkins (middle), and Color Field Java Placemats (right), all from Dwell Studio.
5. Ikea’s Björkefall Candlesticks, $8. Love the new/old vibe of these — think they could look interesting running down the centre of the table — mixed with larger vases of blue hydrangea and the black candle sticks that Andrea Mills posted last week on her H&H Style Sleuth blog.