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Several weeks ago I did a post on Black + White Interiors and the beauty of a crisp and simple palette for the interior. Today, I’m sharing how well a black + white palette transfers to the exterior as well.

 Kenneth Brown Designs

via Pinterest

via Decor Pad

 via Luxe 

via Studio McGee

The appeal of going with a black + white exterior, is that the focus becomes the architecture and/or the details (i.e. shutters, front door, hardware, plants, etc).

via Coats Homes

Above, a project I did in Texas. Before, the exterior was a bit busy but by painting the brick and trim white, it calms the eye and allows you to focus on the details.

 

Some of my favorites…

 

Happy Friday!

xoxo,

Shannon

OTTOMAN EMPIRE

Recently, I’ve been searching for an ottoman for one of my projects and came across some beautiful examples on incorporating one in your own home.

 

Amber Interiors

Habitually Chic

Kristen Panitch

One King’s Lane

Windsor Smith

Amber Interiors

Love all of these from One King’s Lane

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House of Turquoise 

I love using ottomans every chance I get for both interiors + exteriors — they have great versatility. You can use them as a coffee table, kick back and prop your feet up, or as extra seating.

Have a great Tuesday!

xoxo

~Shannon

 

 

CASA COOK

Happy Wednesday! Today, I’m sharing my latest hotel crush — Casa Cook in Rhodes, Greece. A boutique hotel designed by architect Vana Pernari and interior designer Annabell Kutucu. I can’t decide which I’m in love with more — the interior design of Casa Cook or the exterior design. Which is your favorite?

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

xoxo,

Shannon

Since my recent visit to Mallorca, I’m loving Black + White interiors more than ever! Below are some gorgeous ideas on how to mix these two fabulous colors.

via Casa Cook

via Sheela Levy

Black + White tile at Hotel Cort 

via House Seven

via Italian Bark

Some of my favorite black + white items

 

1. Sofa    2. Rug   3. Coffee Table   4. Moroccan Blanket   5. Sconce

6. Pillow

Happy Friday!

~ Shannon

Being back in Mexico I’m reminded of my long-time affection for the Equipale chair. It’s funky yet comfortable and when the leather fades a bit — looks incredible. Now, with the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles giving it so much attention, as well as places like Venice Beach and other cities along the California Coast, it’s had a rebirth and I’ve never seen it look so good! Below, are some gorgeous ideas on how to use this very cozy & versatile chair.

Ace Hotel Los Angeles

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Pinterest

 My Domaine

100 Layer Cake

 Leanne Ford Interiors

Have a wonderful Monday!

~ Shannon

Two years ago I had the pleasure to work with a client on a project along the coast of Central California. We landscaped the backyard first and then several months later worked on the front yard. Recently, my client was kind enough to send me updated photos on the project’s progress.

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BACKYARD BEFORE

BACKYARD AFTER

SEVERAL PLANTS I USED ON THIS PROJECT

 Have a wonderful Thursday!

~ Shannon

It’s always exciting to illustrate how a few uncomplicated changes can transform your home. Although we’ll still add a courtyard in front, I’ve been anxious to share this Austin project with you.

BEFORE

AFTER

1.PAINT + NEW PATHWAY

Since the original pathway was a bit narrow I really wanted to open it up to allow for more walking space. We then dressed it with ‘Silver Mist’ flagstone and added a decomposed pathway to the left. Eventually, we’ll add another pathway on the right leading towards a sitting area.

2.PLANTS

I chose plants with a lot of structure, and once established, are reasonably drought tolerant; plants like Dwarf Yaupon Holly, Nellie Stevens, Boxwood and Agave.

3.EXTERIOR SHUTTERS, NUMBERS + HARDWARE

Some of my favorite things to add to the exterior of a home are light fixtures, hardware and anything that will give it a bit of character. Here we added the address which will be lit at night, exterior shutters and beautiful light fixtures that will softly light the walkway to the front door.

 

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Because I’ve been working on this project since 2010, starting with the interior, it’s going to be really hard to let this one go. It’s been so much fun working with the clients, I wouldn’t mind if the project went another 7 years!

Next time — before & after photos of a landscape project along the California Coast.

  Cheers!

~ Shannon

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