Saturday, May 05, 2012

Celerie Kemble Delivers In "Black & White"

Celerie Kemble, daughter of acclaimed Palm Beach interior designer Mimi McMakin, has recently published a book titled “Black & White (and a bit in between): Timeless Interiors, Dramatic Accents and Stylish Collections.” I liked the book because it's fascinating seeing a focus on just black and white and I liked the advice Kemble gives.

In the book she answers the question: Why Black & White? She responds that Black & White is elegant, versatile, practical, inclusive and classic.  Recently we saw "The Third Man" on TMC.  Talk about classic.  Made in 1949, it's delicious in black & white.

Recently she spoke at the Mint Museum Auxiliary in Charlotte as the guest speaker for its annual Room to Bloom Decorative Arts Symposium fundraiser on April 25 at a private country club. She was quoted as saying:
  • We shouldn’t strive for perfection in our homes, there is beauty in things that are worn and imperfect. (This surely applies to people, too)
  • A home should reflect the person who lives in it. When you go into someone’s house, you should leave feeling you know them better just by the way their home was decorated.
  • Rules of proportion and scale shouldn’t be broken, but other than that, every decorating rule can be broken to suit what you like and what works best for your home. One interior design rule she loves to break is having a large rug with a smaller rug on top, although technically rugs on tops of rugs are a design no-no. (Writing or poetry works the same way.  Know the rules then break them.)
  • Have an area where your children can play freely, but also teach them to respect the rest of the house. Instead of getting rid of all your nice things until your children get older, teach them to appreciate and respect beautiful things.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/05/05/3216776/tips-from-a-top-interior-designer.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/05/05/3216776/tips-from-a-top-interior-designer.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/05/05/3216776/tips-from-a-top-interior-designer.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/05/05/3216776/tips-from-a-top-interior-designer.html#storylink=cpy
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