Not So Basic Black & White

“Color is everything, but black and white is more.”- Dominic Rouse

There’s nothing bland, basic, or boring about black and white. From wardrobe essentials and interior design accents to photography, movies, and words on a printed page, the combination of black and white can speak volumes and evoke beautiful yet simple inspiration in many forms. As of late, I have found myself drawn to a more soothing, neutral palate of black, white, and ‘greige‘ (the ever-ethereal marriage of gray and beige) in everything from decorating to dressing. Black and white can easily fill the void when you need to ground your outfit or make a statement with a decorative object or patterned pillow. I’ve rounded up a few fun ideas for creative inspiration, gifting, or something unique to elevate your everyday experience or soothe your soul.

My favorite flatware makes an impact on your tabletop.
One of my favorite finds this year is Santa Barbara-based Shop KMJ. With six signature shirt styles, owner Kate McHale Jensen brilliantly “reworks, reconstructs, and revives vintage men’s shirts, reimagining them for women.” Choose a shirt from her extensive collection, or send your own to be lovingly reinvented.
Elegantly understated packaging and sophisticated, nuanced flavors mark one of my favorite Pinot Noir discoveries, Atelier. Crafted by female winemaker Ondine Chattan,Atelier is our uncompromising dedication to the artistry of winemaking and the studio of land and cellar.”
I’m a sucker for a cute sneaker any day of the week, especially when it comes to the New Balance 327.
To the market, on the boat, or at the beach, this tote will take you where you want to go.
Oddly essential in Northern California this winter- the perfect lightweight cashmere glove.
OMG! It’s a La Ligne jean! I love the structure, but with a subtle stretch.
These simple linen napkins are perfect for a casual dinner at home or a backyard brunch. They come in over 50 color and stripe variations. Best shop on Amazon for table linens.
I’m trying to embrace this whole “over-the-shoulder/belt bag” trend, especially for travel. I think this darling Dior can convince me.
I love the detail on these ruffled marble bowls– perfect on your coffee table, bedside table, or next to the kitchen sink for rings.
Readers are a must, but I am tired of losing $100 pairs so frequently. Ryan Simkhai has become my go-to with so many styles and colors!
Every spring requires a refresh of white denim- my favorites are Levi’s, Madewell, and La Ligne.
I don’t know why I continue to be surprised by Amazon, but I am. I never want to take away from local, independent boutiques, but this Rag & Bone workhorse can be hard to find. The lines, pocket detail, and notched collar lend themselves to a year-round (at least in Northern California) staple.

“To see in color is a delight for the eye, but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.”

— Andri Cauldwell



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