Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A black and white farmhouse

This beautiful Shelter Island farmhouse by New York design firm Schappacher White is bright, fresh and the perfect remedy for the rather sluggish humidity we've been experiencing lately. It just looks cool, airy and the perfect retreat from a hot summer day. Crisp black and white is a strong theme carried throughout the home through elements ranging from the bold black and white stripes in the main living area, to a weathered black wooden rocking chair to a romantic black chandelier in dining area. Having this simple theme running through the whole space really lends a sense of continuity and flow, making it visually more relaxing despite the dramatic contrast.



These powerful black and white stripes pack alot of punch, yet are balanced with simple white walls and 'naked' windows, making the space still seem airy and fresh.




Pickled white floors (always a favourite Scandinavian trick)  soften the space but are balanced by strong black pieces.


A dramatic black chalkboard adds an element of fun and playfulness, the kitchen just seems instantly inviting and friendly.


The coziest little nook to spend the entire afternoon, pouring through a favourite new book and enjoying the summer breeze...


{All photos: Schappacher White via Desire to Inspire}


24 comments:

escapade said...
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Raru said...

Awesome space. Love everything here. Thank you for the inspiration.
xoxo,
raru

Brandi said...

Every single time I see this kitchen, I swoon. It's just so gorgeous. And I love how classy the black and white palette is.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Gorgeous farm house. So chic but yet still preserves it's integrity and casualness. The nook is where I'd want to be! Great post ~

Diana Mieczan said...

I love the colours...The living room and the kitchen is so stunning...White brings in the light and black really makes the whole space look special:)
Kisses sweetie

Charlotta Ward said...

Absolutely love black & white decor like this - the white lifts and the black anchors. The perfect marriage really.
Think that yes, the Scandi DNA plays a part here, and I do enjoy the clean & crisp lines of simplicity.

Lovely lovely dear friend.

x Charlotta

Lillian Chang said...

I love black-and-white everything!! That chalkboard is so amazing - I've always wanted on in the kitchen!! Such dramatic colors for a farmhouse - love it :)

avant garde said...

i love what just a little bit of black can do to ground a space. one would think it would make a space heavy or dark, but if done right, as in the images you showed, bits of black are completely fabulous!

Tillie said...

Beautiful. I want that kitchen!

SogniSorrisi said...

So lovely. I die of that nook and how cute is the TV under the stairs?

Daniella said...

Beautiful!

Leah said...

My kind of farmhouse!

Cara said...

I had a client once tell me that that is exactly what she was looking for... a black and white farmhouse...they ended up buying a Victorian house with no black and white :)

<3

Jammer said...

Oh I love this look - the dining room is my favorite!!

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caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

love, love, love black and white interiors. and clothing too! xo

manvi @ mochatini said...

i never tire of black and white stripes. i'd love a b/w striped rug. and that storage under the stairs, so clever isnt it? hope you are well.

C.J. said...

nice to see, I just received my white slip covered sofa, arm chair and ottoman a few days ago. I love it! My living room now is black and white with turquoise and apple green as complimenting colors. Looks great! Will post some pictures tomorrow. Take care.

Francine Gardner said...

Great space...feel so summary. I am partial to raindrums and loved seeing one in the space

wishful nals said...

love the chalkboard in the kitchen. i'm such a fan of that idea!

sanctuaryhome said...

I have had the photo of the nook in my files for a while now, thanks for showing the rest of the house. Gorgeous!

Style Attic said...

The fourth picture with the whitewashed/limed looking floors look soooo great. It's not a typical choice, so it's even more appealing! And that rocking chair...hello?! L-o-v-e it ALL :)

Jessica said...

This might be the most chic farmhouse I've ever seen!

Anna said...

I love the nook in the last photo!

Leigha said...

So much personality. I love it.

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