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Off Black & Shadow White

Following on from Peignoir and Worsted (i’ve stopped crying now btw) i’m going to give you a pre “final reveal” peep at how the living room at the Masonic Villas project is looking…. now it’s gone all monochrome on us. Please bear in mind, the room doesn’t have everything in it just yet. Still some pieces to arrive, lighting to fix, shelves to style and lots of artwork to hang. LOTS.

But I already love it.


Farrow & Ball’s Off Black and Shadow White have given this Victorian living room, bursting with original period features, a real contemporary, Scandinavian edge. Let’s take a look at how colour alone can transform a space.




After (with barely anything in it yet)

I want to live in this room.





See how this space has been completely transformed, without actually changing all that much?  Same furniture, same curtains, same layout-ish. With those Off Black walls, everything that sits in front of them just looks amazeballs.


Shadow White, one of Farrow and Ball’s new colours for 2016 was chosen for the woodwork, decorative detailing and ceiling. It was the obvious contrast for their Off Black. A soft white with very little undertone, more of an “aged”, more mature feel than a harsh white. Perfect.

And now onto some of the pieces that have made it back into the room….


The Corbusier chaise is now staying put. Our search for the perfect reading chair was not easy at all. I know… how hard can it be to find a high backed, black armchair (not velvet or leather)? I’ll tell you how. VERY! So the iconic Le Corbusier design is staying. For now.

The black iron watering can from by House Doctor will be put to great use in its new surroundings as this room is destined for greenery. It’s all about the plants people. There’s something about black and green that just makes my heart sing.


Talking of which…. This cool mid-century style planter in black, was from La Redoute for about £35 (now sold out). You can get similar ones from West Elm (for £149!!!) if you’re feeling a bit rich on payday. I loved the La Redoute one so much, I picked one up for myself while I still could. Although admittedly it does not look as good in my house as it does here. (I told you I wanted to live in this room).


Also from La Redoute (we did a huge order from them which you can read more about here), The Louka rug was the bargain of the century from La Redoute. We bagged it in their 40% off sale making this enormous 2x3m Berber style rug, £260. Originally we were going all out and splashing the cash on an authentic Beni Ourain number, but we couldn’t justify the £750 ish price tag, not when this beauty was ready and waiting. And we are both so glad we took a chance on it. It really is beautiful. Looks the real deal and worth every penny. It also enabled us to stretch our overall budget for other goodies.


Concrete side table anyone? Again, from La Redoute, from the outdoor furniture section actually. “Click”. In the basket at £50 with the 40% off. It’s heavy too! Really lovely textural contrast with the shaggy wool rug and velvet Connor sofa from


Yet another find from La Redoute. A heavy-weight throw with pompom fringing. One can never have too many throws and blankets (or pompoms) in a period property.


So we’re about 75% there. What do you think? I hope you love what we’ve done with this room so far. The next time you see it, it will be finished. But for now, I will end with some lovely feedback from the homeowner.

“It’s like a new house!  I can’t believe I live here – i keep walking up and down the stairs and through the lounge etc – very good for my step count!!”

Smiles for miles.







  1. Love it love it love it, Karen! As usual, you’ve really worked your magic here. Amazing how a few changes (especially paint) can make such a difference. Do you know what the plant in the gorgeous black planter is called? I want to live here too, will you share?

    • Ha. I will have to check with the homeowner first 🙂 And the plant, it’s an Ikea special. And thank you very much indeed!x

  2. It’s looks amazing Karen, I love it already too! I’ve been eyeing off that rug over the last few months, it’s a beauty! Wish I’d known about those planters. Doh! X

    • Thank you Ms Hall. Really glad you like! The rug really is amazing. Would have fooled me (if i’d not ordered it myself). And yeah the planters are great. Such a good size xx

  3. Off black and shadow white…perfect combination. I love those black walls. And you are so good at finding amazing interior accessories. Who knew you could get such an amazing haul from La Redoute. I seriously need to pay more attention. You should do a new monthly series called something like ‘favourite finds’. I’d love to see more of what you’re spotting.

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