Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Black Elements


I welcome black in my decor. Just as the colonials did in Singapore in their black and white houses. I can see a "planter's chair" somewhere in the bargain.

 And in the kitchen, I went for it. Though there were doubts out there.

 Three days left of work before the condo board shuts the door for the season to all contractors.

Too soon to take a bow. Give me another week.


YONKS said...

So close!

Watkin said...

The black doors are perfect.

La Dolfina said...

Oh I so agree with having black elements in your decor.
It grounds the space and is so elegant.
Love what you did in the kitchen too, so bold and chic.
In plain spaces one should definitely push the envelope a bit!!!
Very exciting, can't wait for the big reveal.

Tara Dillard said...

Was it Sister Parrish who said, 'Every room needs some black" ?

This is fun following your progress.


Francine Gardner said...

I love the black look, it means confidence, character and strong design.

Mark D. Ruffner said...

I like the black tile for your kitchen — I think it has the Palm Beach/Miami "look!"

Parnassus said...

The space is beginning to look really sharp. The black tiles appear both old-fashioned and modern at the same time. The gray-black-white background is so elegant and understated; I am looking forward to seeing the furnishings in place.
--Road to Parnassus

Anonymous said...

Good use of black there. It not only looks good, of itself, but more importantly it functions cleverly in 'rationalizing' the black aluminum framed sliding doors / window walls which are one of the 'architectural' settings least tractable features. With the added black features this 'modernist' anomaly (and the usual and pervasive unfortunate associations attached) are nicely neutralized and rendered a not-so-foreign element in the new conceptualization.

Anonymous said...

Think it was John Fowler who would put a matt black skirting board in his grand rooms; did he call it a bit of French?

Congrats on getting a quality job from your builders, did you project manage it yourself?



Mary Maki Rae said...

Bold - Beautiful move with the Black Tile - I can just see Copper and White Ironstone displayed next to it-!

Daniel James Shigo said...

I am liking more black myself these days. It's very grounding. I started with the piano and worked my way, like you, to the kitchen. Love that tile! Bravo!

helen tilston said...

Hello Paul

You have made much progress and I love you choices. Like your readers, I am anxious to see the final showing.

Good luck accomplishing all before the condo board plays hard ball.

Helen xx

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Paul:
Black is the new black as far as we are concerned. Never knowingly upstaged,never without interest and always with glamour.Your black touches are so very stylish, connecting the various elements of the apartment in a confident and bold sweep.

Black ties and tiaras never go out of fashion.....we await curtain up at the Opera Playa de Palma!!!!

Laurent said...

adorably incurably hilarious portrait in the first frame: I feel Chaplin, waiting to see if it explodes. Which of course it must, a gusher of less bleakness, more tropics, more light. When you are finished, would you mind sharing some pointers for the Piedmont?

Anonymous said...

I am praying you made it. Workmen can really push the deadline to the edge, and I'm on pins and needles waiting to read that you're settled. On a positive note, black is good. Very handsome.

Vittoria Gallacci said...

Can't wait too see all the pictures Paul! Btw I love the black sliding door, so chic and misterious.
Kisses from Lucca, today is a super shiny and sunny day!


Anonymous said...

Ciao Paul!

Complimenti, tutto sommato, un bellissimo lavoro di riforma.

Whenever you can swing some time, would you please tell about your choice of lighting for kitchen ceiling? Did you choose leds?

Complimenti ancora e in bocca al lupo!