Neutral Territory

Text by Rachel Arroyo

It took nearly a year for homeowner Jamie Druke to repaint her living room, from a wall-to-wall green to a black-and-white color scheme. “The goal was to create a clean, timeless look that was both elegant [and] approachable,” says Druke, who is a frequent contributor to Dear Lillie Studio, a home and lifestyle blog and online shop. The pared down black-and- white palette lends a fresh perspective on tradition with black-painted wood beams providing a striking and unexpected counterpoint to the white walls. Marvin Ultimate French doors that slide rather than swing broadly into the living area present yet another twist on tradition while also preserving precious indoor space. To soften the overall design, Druke mixed in warm neutrals in the form of a patterned area rug and gold lighting fixtures. Antique-style furnishings combined with old family photographs and vintage hardbound books enhance the lived-in feel of the room for a look that’s timelessly inviting.

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Above: Kenwood Vintage Gold Four-Light Lantern Pendants, Bellacor,
Above: Marvin Ultimate Sliding French Doors with simulated divided lite and spacer bar, matte black hardware (can be ordered in pre-finished white or black interior),
Above: Chavanon Loveseat, Joss & Main,
Above: “Nightfall” black paint, Benjamin Moore,
Above: Beaumont Panel rug,
Above: Winged Chair in twill, Ballard Designs,
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