Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
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Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

Inspiration: rooms with black

The other day online in The Oregonian, the Portland paper, in the home dec section (which is usually kind of a laugh) they had a link to some great pictures of black accents in decor.  Lots of lovely pictures featuring black casework, doors, and cabinetry.  I have stopped wearing a lot of black in the past year and a half, favoring grey, greige, tan and other neutrals, but I'm really liking the fresh, modern look of this black in decor.  See:

All photos from
The Hillside House modern bedroom
black french door  kitchen
Entry contemporary entry
KitchenLab traditional kitchen
Presidio heights apartment eclectic living room
Feldman Architecture modern home office
I love it!  Would you ever paint your banister or door frames black or use black accents in a white room?  It looks so fresh to me, and makes the colors pop!

Unfortunately/fortunately, I think we'll be moving again, and a lot of times in a bland new rental house you need small things you can do to make it look fun and unique.  Maybe some spots of black could do the trick!


  1. We had a tiny bathroom that we put slate tile in, painted everything wood black(doors included), and the wall a light gray. When we went to sell the house, everyone that came to look at it left a comment on how cool the bathroom was. Makes me want to do it again!:)

  2. love the top pic. aren't you a fan of wallpaper on the ceiling? i remember a few years ago architectural digest had a room with the wallpaper on the ceiling a mirror image of the custom carpeting-pink plaid. sounds too much but was so adorable for a little girls room!

  3. i love black accents and would paint my door and window frames black in a second if i wasn't renting. right now we have a lot of painted black furniture with white walls (bookcases, futon frame etc) i love it with a liberal use of red (or any other bright color!).

  4. I have black curtains, black leather couches, and a black coffee table. our walls are a brown but all the trim and everything is white, and some picture frames are black and some are white. Very drama drama!

  5. Our bedroom is purple and grey/silver, with black accents. I absolutely love black, although I think charcoal can be almost as good if you think black might be too harsh.

  6. My first apartment was in a college dorm, and the bedroom furniture was simple fake wood with black metal accents. I did all of my decor in black and white with accents of red - throw pillows, organizational boxes, a lamp, etc. I changed it up a year later to bright colors and lots of pink, but I never really loved it as much as my first design. I'd still like to have a room like that again someday, and I love the idea of trying out different "pop" colors like yellow or bright green.

  7. personally i just love the contrast. it looks so clean! <3

  8. greige. my favorite word today :)




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