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Black and White (and a Bit in Between): Timeless Interiors, Dramatic Accents, and Stylish Collections Hardcover – November 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307715981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307715982
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Hardcover eye candy….Highly compelling spaces that provide evidence of [Kemble’s] theory that ‘boundaries provide freedom.’” –The Dallas Morning News 

“In visits to more than 75 homes, Kemble reveals that this classic, timeless pairing is anything but limiting.” –San Francisco Chronicle, a Fall Home Décor book favorite

“Ms. Kemble's philosophy – and it's a brilliant one – is that maintaining a hard line with her recommended palette of black and white is not limiting in the least. It's actually liberating.…Through more than 350 photographs, Ms. Kemble takes readers inside jaw-dropping houses….The book does such a good job of shining light on the art of interior decorating, some readers may feel emboldened to forge ahead on their own, without a moment of hesitation.” –The Globe & Mail

About the Author

CELERIE KEMBLE is a principal in Kemble Interiors, a design firm cofounded by her mother, Mimi McMakin. Celerie has been featured in almost every major design magazine and has been listed for more than ten years in House Beautiful’s annual “Top Designers” list. She was chosen by Elle Decor as a top female designer in their first “Women in Design” issue. In 2010 she was selected by Benjamin Moore to appear as a home design expert in a national advertising campaign and she has been featured by J.Crew as a trendsetter and tastemaker.

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Customer Reviews

I really love this book full of great ideas and doable designs.
Fred Sargent
I saw Celerie Kemble on a TV show where she decorated several sample rooms and I just knew that my daughter would love this book!
Mary Frohn
The concepts were presented in this book as Black and White Decorating schemes.
Theresa Coombs

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ashby on November 16, 2011
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As a design enthusiast, and enamoured of black and white rooms for their crisp clarity and peacefulness, this book really attracted me. Most desirable of all, for me, are subtle neutrals with occasional pops or splashes of color... and they were there. These rooms are full of personal detail, collections, views, and the how-tos of melding the black, white, shades of gray and beige together, usually with tons of texture. Unlike many design books, these don't have a particular point of view, because they comprise the work of many designers. It's also interesting to view what makes a room interesting and work without recourse to color. Loved the book. Well written, too, which is important to me, and great photography.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Heitman on November 16, 2011
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At first, I was uninterested in this book because I am all about color in interior design, but my local bookstore had it in stock and I decided to flip through it one evening when I was browsing the shelves. I was shocked to find one great room after another. The thing about this book that interested me the most was all the different styles and methods used to make up these great interiors. Because Celerie Kembel included rooms by many different designers, the content was never boring or repetitive. Also, there ARE elements of color included, so I found many rooms that I would steal ideas from...something I couldn't forsee before I actually looked through the book. I would highly recommend this book...even if you aren't keen on black and white rooms. There's a little something for everyone in it!
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful By BeachBrights VINE VOICE on November 22, 2011
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By WorkingGirl on January 17, 2012
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I have both of Celerie's books and I feel the first one is FAR superior. This was lacking for me...don't get me wrong there are many beautiful rooms, but the book as a whole didn't "wow" me. I guess what I am saying is if you are interested in her designs / aesthetic then buy her 1st book - To Your Taste: Creating Modern Rooms with a Traditional Twist. It is fantastic!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jaime on December 27, 2011
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I am usually guilty of just looking at the pictures of the interiors, but I found myself not being able to put this book down because of the incredible read that it is! Celerie is a very talented Interior Designer and this is reflected in the beautiful photographs of her interiors. MUST BUY!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Coombs on March 22, 2013
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The concepts were presented in this book as Black and White Decorating schemes. These concepts in black and white were just as applicable to decorating with color.There also many good general design tips in here that would help or freshen the mind of a decorator. As an individual who was considering the possibilities of black and white in my home this was exact stone weight that I needed to JUMP to the Black and White decorating scheme in my home. The book is well written and the photos are excellent. This book can be read in about 4-hours but with each multiple reading you gain more and more education. Definitely a home library book for those interested in the history of decorating, design, black, white, and the combination, and gray spaces.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Cullerton on June 8, 2012
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I have many "decorating" books, and this one is now my very favorite! It is the first one that I have EVER read cover to cover, word for word. The author is very readable and she explains why things work through the use of many photos of rooms decorated by many different people. I am admittedly a fan of "black and white" myself, which is what drew me to the book in the first place---but absolutely anyone who has an interest in decorating their home and appreciates wonderful interiors will take away something from this book. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eing on August 4, 2013
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Beautifully illustrated, very informative, and filled with terrific ideas for anyone looking to redecorate or introduce new color choices.
This book will be in my decorating library not just a tabletop book.
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