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.

27 Responses to “Celerie Kemble: Black & White”

  1. Sherry says:

    Had mine on pre-order and received it last week. Best design book in a long time! Love it!

  2. She is one of my all time favorites…love her style!! xx

  3. Laura says:

    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.

  4. Katie*Belle says:

    These rooms are fantastic. I’m pretty much running out to get it!

  5. 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

  6. This book is fabulous..right up there with my all time favorite Mary McDonald!

  7. Lorna says:


    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

  8. That closet is HEAVEN!!! So dramatic yet chic and comfortable.

  9. Irene says:

    Beautiful!! thanks for the tip!

    Your blog is really amazing :)

  10. Cait says:

    Absolutely stunning! Cant wait to check it out.

  11. 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

  12. Jess says:

    I love the wallpaper in the second picture, and the wooden bar stand is gorgeous! <3 Jess

  13. need.that.zebra.rug.now.

  14. LifeLoveLuxe says:

    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!!

  15. whitney says:

    ohh I will go get this book, thanks for sharing. such a chic/easy color scheme.

  16. Neda says:

    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. :)

  17. Kate says:

    If I could have one room in my whole house it would be that kitchen…TDF

  18. Cecilia says:

    That closet is amazing! The book looks like a great piece to add to my library. Thanks! xo

  19. bevy says:

    the cover alone makes me want to buy the book!

  20. Jackie says:

    That looks so good, I can’t wait to add it to my collection!

  21. Heather says:

    That kitchen is awesome!

  22. Christine says:

    Can not wait to read this and add it to my coffee table!!

  23. Thanks for sharing! This is my favorite look and I can’t wait to check it out. Love your additions too!

  24. Davon Hatchett says:

    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!

  25. Krissy says:

    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.

  26. JEN RAMOS says:

    still wondering why i don’t have this book…hmmmmm looks awesome.

  27. [...] New design book to check out…see excerpts here…. [...]