Celerie Kemble: Black & White


For serious, y’all, go get it. It’s so good and chock full of so many ways to use the most basic color combo to make rooms look spectacular. In fact, I have abandoned all ideas previously conjured about my new apartment after reading this book cover to cover last night! It’s amazing to see the variety of styles that can be created using a black and white base- glam to country and everything in between. And of course, a dash of color here and there looks even MORE special when set against a monochromatic background!  There is just something so soothing about a restrained palette- after a day filled with paint colors, fabric swatches and patterns I think I would fare best in a space free of ALL that!

With this kind of color palette it’s all about mixing textures! My components for a FABULOUS black and white based room are:

leather + distressed wood + marble + greek key + natural horn + brass/metal + velvet and tufting +sisal + linen + green plants + animal print/hide + black lacquered wood antiques + lucite or glass + skeepskin or flokati + mirror + GREAT ART= FABULOUS.


  1. I’m getting it. I saw your link was to Amazon, but check out prices for books on Overstock too, usually a few bucks cheaper and if you get their coupons it free shipping.

  2. Lindsey in I are sitting in our hotel room in Texas and just saw this post… wanted to thank you for your nice words and enthusiasm. Scary amount of work goes into a book, so to hear it appreciated makes whatever we’re going to do today worth it too! Love your blog. xo, C & L

  3. Hi

    This palette is what I have going on in my loft, and I love it.
    Would you mind listing the source for the black and gold console? I love it!!

    Thanks much

  4. Love the black and white rooms and how you combined various textural elements with them. It is such a great look and the pieces you picked out are fabulous. No matter what type of room or what your personal decorating style is, you are bound to find a piece that suits you! Have a fantastic day xoxo

  5. Curled up with this book a few days ago, while sipping a cup of Mint Hot Chocolate, and literally found heaven. I fell in love with nearly every image! Agreed. Go get it!!

  6. Love hearing a glowing review of a design book from someone like you…makes it so easy to find the best books!! Thank you. Can’t wait to receive it. I’m dying over that kitchen. And the color palette you’ve put together is probably my favotite at the moment. :)

  7. Had the pleasure and privilege of meeting the amazing Celerie here in Houston at an event at the Houston Design Center this week. So enjoyable! She is such a lovely, down-to-earth, fun, and easy-going person. Those qualities certainly come across in her fantastic designs. Pre-ordered the book, which arrived 11/01, and have yet to put it down!

  8. YES. So much yes! This book is my BIBLE. I randomly happened upon it at the bookstore about 2 weeks ago and it’s the most “me” design book I’ve ever found. I LOVE it. I never want it to leave my side.

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