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What’s black and white…

by habituallychic

01 . 31 . 10

Someone recently told me that they asked a child, “what’s black and white and read all over?” and they had no idea. I guess kids don’t read the newspaper these days. For some reason, I thought about that story when I saw this black and white papered entry. Probably because I also can’t answer the question of who designed it or where it’s from. Some of the motifs are similar to things I’ve seen at the Neue Galerie so it might be Austrian or German or who knows, maybe it’s in California. If anyone can identify it, please let us know. Until then, I’ll be reading the news on the internet like the kids!

Photos by François Halard

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  1. Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself January 31, 2010 | 3:52 pm

    I just said “Woah!” out loud when I saw that staircase… so gorgeous. And I love the color blue in the last photos. I really love it all. Great find!


  2. Lindsay January 31, 2010 | 4:24 pm

    Love the photos with the white, black and blues…dreamy!

  3. Kelly Muys Wood January 31, 2010 | 6:14 pm

    I’m working on a really similar color scheme in my Master Bedroom ( http://tearinguphouses.blogspot.com/2010/01/before-progress-historic-house-by-water_27.html ). We’re painting it Antique Gray and layering it with dark woods and heavy black and white fabrics.

    These photos provide tons of inspiration!


  4. Café Naïveté January 31, 2010 | 8:11 pm

    Wow.. I really love the stairs, creates a great contrast in the space

  5. Modern Traditionalist January 31, 2010 | 9:47 pm

    The staircase is breathtaking!

  6. Dandy January 31, 2010 | 11:05 pm

    Definitely inspired by or a refurbishment of a Weiner Werkstatte interior. Either way, it is very well done. Thank you for posting it. It looks a lot like Josef Hoffman’s work.

  7. magnaverde February 1, 2010 | 1:23 am

    OK, I think we can definitely rule out California. Wherever it is, it’s wonderful. I love the fluid grace of the stairs behind the rigid, portcullis-like railings of the arch.

  8. Cashon&Co February 1, 2010 | 2:37 am

    great photos and great post.

  9. Karena February 1, 2010 | 5:01 am

    Love this color palette! Great look!
    Heather thank you for sharing!!

  10. Agoura Antique Mart February 1, 2010 | 6:16 am

    Gorgeous! I love black accents! Glad I found your blog. Off to browse. Maria

  11. jones February 1, 2010 | 11:39 am

    The dining room chairs are gorgeous. Mary

  12. Dweller-Carly February 1, 2010 | 2:45 pm

    I’m loving the black and white combined with the blue chairs. Looks so elegant but colorful.

  13. SogniSorrisi February 1, 2010 | 3:33 pm

    Love that door and that dining room – how great are those blue chairs?!

  14. Paper + Ink Studio February 1, 2010 | 4:08 pm

    oooh – i love these photos! they just inspired me to design something black + white – thanks for the inspiration!!

  15. Elizabeth February 1, 2010 | 4:33 pm

    Beautiful! Thank you for posting. Don’t know Francois Halard but will look for more of his work.

  16. Beautiful Habitat February 1, 2010 | 5:01 pm

    There are so many wonderful aspects to each room that I don’t know where to begin – the staircase, the door, the cabinetry in the dining room… all just stunning.

  17. The Muddy Dog February 1, 2010 | 5:23 pm

    Every room should have a little black!

  18. Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors February 1, 2010 | 6:18 pm

    Heather, I think it maybe one of twp. Austrian/ Klimt (ms) Or William Morris?! What I do know it is such a delight to finally see a beautiful home done in black, white and BLUE. Terribly refreshing & quite chic.
    Great post.

  19. Kathysue February 2, 2010 | 2:42 pm

    Love black and white,it is a mainstay in my home. That stair case is amazing. Kathysue

  20. loftandcottage February 2, 2010 | 4:04 pm

    That first picture with the wallpapered entry is fabulous! It made me think of the awesome black and white wallpaper in Sarah Richardson’s guest room: http://www.sarahrichardsondesign.com/portfolio/project/sarahs-house2/guest-suite1. I would love to really go to town with bold black and white and pops of color.

  21. Laura Newman February 6, 2010 | 3:27 pm

    Wow! This is striking, chic..beautiful! I absolutely love the black door and the staircase. I could live here, no doubt.

  22. theKcloset February 17, 2010 | 6:02 pm

    Love the photos of the staircase, great blog! My firt time visiting – I will add you to my following list.