Guest Picks: The Decorator's Little Black Book
Hi! I live in New Orleans, but work everywhere as a stylist, interior decorator, designer of boutique events, and as a freelance writer. I write the blog The Visual Vamp.
Hi! I live in New Orleans, but work everywhere as a stylist, interior decorator,... More
Every decor maven has go-to staples and a little bag of tricks to draw from when a room needs a revamp or update. Much like going to the closet and reaching for that little black dress or going to your little black book to call on the tried and true, this ideabook is about the just-right black piece for your decor wardrobe. — Valorie from The Visual Vamp
Here's some inspiration of how great adding black to any room can look. Nicole Cohen of Sketch 42 decorated her master bedroom with accents of black. Check out the products I chose for you, and follow Nicole's lead to perhaps use some of her ideas in any room in the house.
Missoni Fabric Pentagonal Pouf - $99.99
Shoppers stormed the doors and crashed the Target website to shop Missoni. This spiffy black and white beauty was still available at the time this ideabook was created.
Riding Boots Umbrella Stand - $79.95
Check out this witty umbrella stand! LOVE it in black, but it also comes in white. Place it in your entry hall for an instant update. Talk about fashion meeting decor! It would also look smashing with a huge bouquet of flowers.
Noir Extravaganza Cutlery Set - $26
Black silverware! The color is sleek and modern and the pattern is classic and baroque. True it's plastic, but it can be washed and re-used and a complete service for four is under $30. Add this to your everyday dishes or use it at a special party for some little black dress glam.
Glidden No Drip Paint - $17.97
I see your red door and I want to paint it black! The hottest DIY project is to paint all your doors, inside and out, black. This is a new no-drip paint that makes the job so much easier.
Wishbone Black Wood Y Chair - $191.99
The wishbone chair is a favorite of high-end designers. Try it on in black for a new version of this timeless classic. Great as a dining chair or maybe one for a desk chair. Super lines and super comfy.
Jet Black Taffeta Drapes - $69
Now if Holly Golightly had to whip up a dress from drapes a la Scarlett O'Hara, here's hoping she would have these chic black drapes to work with! You haven't lived until you try black drapes.
Ceramic Books - Black Set of 8 - $159.60
These ceramic books are the ultimate little black books. They are sold in a set of eight, four large and four small. Keep a couple for yourself and give the rest away as gifts. Use them as bookends, or just something pretty to display on a tabletop.
Black Cowhide Rug - $350
We've all had white cowhide rugs, so how about trying an all black one? It's super chic, super durable and easy to keep clean. Throw one on a table. Really.
Pair of Barbara Cosgrove Foo Dogs Table Lamps - $599
Just change the shades to black on these adorable Foo dog lamps. And they're on sale now. I will always love Foo dogs!
Black Drum Lamp Shade from Lite Source - $28.80
Black drum lamp shades are something every decorator should have in their little black book of tricks. Keep a few around when you need to make a quick and chic change.
Black Herringbone Zigzag Afghan Throw - $34.99
For some reason this has been the year of the chevron print, whether in fabric, on pillows or on a rug. This black and white zigzag throw is just the thing to add some pi(zig)zazz to your couch or to the end of a bed. I would love this for Christmas — in case anyone who loves me is reading this.
Antique Black Demilune Console Table - $249
This classic demilune table would be great in the entry, or take a pair of them for useful nightstands.
Zuo Modern Vive Console Table - $329.99
This sleek console table with romantic lines would make a nifty little desk for your iPad.
Black and White Union Jack Pillow - CAD 23
Here's a black and white twist on the classic graphic design of the Union Jack. Toss in a couple for edge.
Black Art Mobile by Atomic Mobiles - $120
Take down that fugly overhead light, and hang this mobile instead!
Black Paintings - $747.50
Get this book and be inspired. Maybe if you are artfully inclined you can make your own all black painting.
No. 10, 1963 Print by Mark Rothko - $64.99
This iconic poster of a painting by Mark Rothko adds just the right amount of black for elegance and drama.
Gramercy Sofa, Charcoal - $779
Charcoal is the softer, kissing cousin of black. I love this sofa for adding some glam to a room.
1000 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set - $69.99
Black sheets: naughty or nice? Add glam, elegance and, yes, sexy to your bed!
Wrap Travel Diary - $59
And of course we all need a little black book to jot down all our ideas and measurements. This beautiful journal comes with a tie to wrap it all up. It would keep things like swatches and cards from getting loose. You can have it monogrammed too.
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