August 16, 2010

Back to Basics

When things get hectic and life feels crazy, what do you do? You strip the stress, you break to breathe, and you vow not to let the frenzy frazzle your frame of mind.
The same can be said about the spaces in which we live. There's something profoundly perfect about a place of purity and unadulterated good taste, where thoughts can be cleared, worry put to rest, and when all is said and done, where simplicity trumps stimulation.
What better way to create this kind of domestic calm than with the most perfect color palette of them all? When black meets white the design stars align in flawless formation -- a match made in heaven, a soul-mate kind of love, a palate cleanse to rock your world (no pun intended).
But it begs the age old questions -- are black and white colors in their own right or the lack there of? What do you say? Scientists and artists tend to disagree.
Regardless, I yearn for a little 'back to basics' bliss in my life these days. Deadlines loom, to-do lists never end, and anticipation is so high I can hardly breathe. So shall we vow to slow down together and remember to pause to play every now and again as the days continue to unfold...?

*images via simply seductive, shelter pop, and maire claire maison, elle decor

14 comments:

Kristin said...

Just lovely!!! xo

♥Simply Seductive said...

Lovely, lovely post, Crystal.

Thank you for the link love!

Linda, xoxo

Laura Trevey said...

Love the simplicity of black and white...

Maggie May said...

something in the air right now- i posted about anxiety yesterday and now online i've come across four separate posts on it in some form. thanks for the relax.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

I hear ya, sister! Make sure you take some time to chill, you deserve it.

P.S. These black and white spaces are so effortlessly chic and classic.

Annette Piper said...

Another gorgeous selection!

alexkeller said...

i live in tucson, az, where everything is brown. so i'm really want to get away from that when i redo the master bath. i'm thinking carerra marble, dark wood cabinets, white walls... but not sure about the floor.

Stephanie Sabbe said...

I love white, although I just covered my living room walls in kelly green. It's taking some getting used to.

The Inside Stoop said...

i couldnt agree with you more. i'm currently in the process of cleaning out my apartment. took all the art off the walls to clean the frames, and now that i see the bare walls, i dont want to put the art back up. loving the uncluttered space.


lindsey
www.insidestoop.com

hilaryinspired said...

Beautiful writing and lovely images, Crystal. Keep your head up and your heart calm...September is going to be incredible!

Design Actually said...

The chandelier in the first photo is stunning! I'm loving the simplicity of these images...

Anna Liesemeyer said...

I absolutely love the white wood floors. stunning!

Breakfast At Toast said...

I love it. Then again, it resembles my apartment right now. B&W basics with nothing on the walls.

Does this mean I'm done? I don't think so...

stacey kelly said...

definitely colors in their own right! a black and white combo can make for a stunning room. these are gorgeous pics.

xx

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