Dark & Light

I am currently reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and one of the things I love about it is the description of a magical circus rendered completely in only black and white. Black and white striped tents, monochromatic costumes and even only bright white fire. I think I have probably posted 10 times about black and white, but why not one more? I just love the most basic color combo to death- it always looks chic whether in a room or in an outfit. It’s making me a little regretful of my choice to do a navy sofa… but I change my mind all the time! :)

(my current favorite J.Crew scarf)

All via Pinterest


  1. I absolutely LOVED that book! And love all the gorgeous photos. My favorites are the black and white striped bathroom and the galley kitchen with all of the black and white photos on the walls. Great post, Erin, as always!

  2. Erin, please site sources! Use google reverse image or tin eye to find the designers of the above, instead of just using a default Pinterest citation. I know Steven Gambrel (photo 15) would like to be properly cited here.

  3. No worries! Black and white never gets old! I think I just decided what to do with my master bedroom! Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Note to self, Kindle that Book! I can’t wait to read… and LOVE those images – blk + wht = heaven in my eyes.

    Thanks for starting my day off with ultimate beauty

    Have a great day!

  5. i’m reading it right now too! i’m obsessed with the descriptions of EVERYTHING. so good.
    also, i’m about to repin basically every one of your pictures from today.
    LOVE black and white (and gray and cream :))

  6. I just read that book too! I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts… I loved the descriptions but felt like it went on forever. Love the black and white images though!

  7. Loved that book the imagery was so good. I’ve actually spent time thinking about how this book will look when they turn it into a movie (they have to don’t you think?). Because I don’t think they will even be able to scratch the surface on what it looked like in your mind.

  8. I have read that book two times already! I love it. I will someday do a bathroom in black and white stripes :)

  9. I will have to check this book out. I just finishedhunger games (I know I am way behind!)and I am dying to read the other two but I am 51st on the waiting list for catching fire at the library, grrrr! This just might have to tie me over until its my turn at the library.


  10. Hi Erin, I knew very little about the world of blogging until I decided maybe I would try my hand at it and take a peak at a few. Well, your blog was one of the very first ones I came across and I was immediately smitten. I love how genuine and transparent you are in your postings, as well as the lovely photos that you include. I get your postings daily on google reader and I am a subscriber as well. I would love it if you would take a look at my blog and give me any feedback that you think will benefit me in my pursuits to become a more relavent blogger. All the best to you and your family!

  11. I just finished that book about 2 weeks ago! I LOVED all the black & white and the story was good too! One of my faves =)

  12. These are all great images and the book is soo amazing, however while pinterest is great for finding images for personal use or bogging I do think that the author needs to find out the true designer/blogger/photographer behind the actual photo. #14 photo is the work of Kerrisdale Design and I believe that she deserves credit for the work she has done.

    You may know or not know the actual sources behind all the pinterst images becuase the person before you hasn’t repinned it propererly, so in your case it’s really not your fault.
    Thanks for sharing this book with all of us!

  13. Love black and white, and was thrilled you included an image of my work Erin {image#14, photography by Janis Nicolay, featured in Canadian House and Home magazine Condos Lofts & Apartments 2010}. I have to say though, I would love to have seen all the images linked rather than just “from pinterest”. I know I love discovering new designers and blogs through your wonderful posts and without links thats not possible!


  14. I LOVE that bathroom with the black walls and insanely gorgeous white mirror. I really love black walls. I’ve heard good things about The Night Cirucus, putting it on my to-read list! How cool would it be if they make it into a movie, with amazing black and white set design?

  15. I just did my daughter’s bedroom in all black and white (yes zebra rug – required for tweens!) anyway – she changes her favorite color just about yearly – so I figured it was the easiest (cheapest) way to do it just swap out all the “pops” of color on accent stuff for the new favorite.

    I do have that book on my “to read” list…the NYTimes panned it – but everyone who reads it seems to love it.

  16. I’m tempted to post each and every one of those pictures to pinterest…a bit obsessed with the black and white! Loves.

  17. Oh Erin, no regrets that you chose a navy sofa! It’s going to be absolutely amazing!!! Amazing! I know what you mean though…black and white is (almost) always right.

    Love the new design of your blog by the way!

  18. Though I love black and white, I think a navy sofa is so hot! I am in the process of launching a curtain line and my favorite print is a bold navy Suzani.

  19. I read that book a few months ago and totally loved it! And right on about the classic timelessness of B&W – not just in clothes or furniture but also in photography and film. :D

  20. I would love if you would go back and add the sources for the photos (as others have mentioned). I can’t feel good about repinning without the source and I’d love to see the context of a couple of the images from their original source. The pin will normally have the source above the top right corner of the photo. Thanks for the great compilation!

  21. Erin please go back to this post and properly credit the designers/photographers/sites you’ve used images from. You have the work of some big designers posted with NO credit to them. I personally think this is a big blogging no no and would guess that legally there are issues here.I think its the responsibility of bloggers to only use photos with the sources correctly cited. No different than turning in a paper in university with the proper citations for books etc.

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