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Black and white interiors never go out of style. This simple color palette can take a room from casual to classic, adding a touch of sophistication and luxury to any space.

Mary McDonald in Veranda

This living room by interior designer Mary McDonald infuses bits of gold and pink in this black and white space. The little pops of color spice up the room.


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I read this article on Sunday in the Telegraph, and I can’t stop thinking about it.

For 70 years, a Parisian flat was uninhabited, the rent faithfully paid. The owner, who moved to the South of France before World War II and never returned, died recently at age 91. When her estate managers opened the apartment, one said, “Entering the untouched, cobweb-filled flat in Paris’ 9th arrondissement was like stumbling into the castle of Sleeping Beauty, where time had stood still since 1900.”

The find that’s being touted in the news is the romantic Boldini painting of the owner’s actress grandmother, which sold at auction for 2.1 million pounds.

But I have to wonder…am I the only one who’d rather have the flat? I mean, look at it:

The whole story: Parisian flat containing €2.1 million painting lay untouched for 70 years

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As a young renter in New York City, I don’t have a lot of freedom (or discretionary income or storage) to redesign my apartment every season. Instead, I flag pages in the latest Domino or bookmark Style Saves the World for my mental wishlist. But lately I’ve been living vicariously through my parents, who have leveled their old cookie-cutter rancher to create a custom dream home — hand-constructed and designed by them.

Being a green-leaning gal, I’m always sending my Mom links to the latest on reclaimed wood flooring, alternative backsplashes, or forward-thinking granite countertop alternatives. But when I saw these recycled glass curtains from Bedrock Industries, I fell in love:

The windows in my dark, ground-floor apartment wouldn’t do these structural “curtains” justice (or afford me much privacy), but my parents will have a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows in their great room — all looking out on the back 40 acres.

There are colorful, pop-arty curtains that might please the palette-pushing folks, but the simple white rectangles, both big and small, feel serene, and the striation adds some unique texture. As standalone screens, they might be a nice addition to other rooms and help carry the glass aesthetic throughout the house.

Needless to say, Mom just got the link. She’s an art glass fanatic already so I don’t think she’ll need much convincing.

Do you use — or reuse — glass in any interesting ways in your home? Any ideas to share with my mom?

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