More from the Dark Side

Porter and I had been grappling with wall color choices recently (we had our one black wall, but needed to put our mark on some more poor rental surfaces). A suitable feminine peach? Perhaps a nice moss green? We tried the peach and nothing popped (too similar to the browns), so we scrapped the green concept before we started and went back to our old standby - Behr Beluga.  Now the apartment looks like a hybrid between The Royal Tenenbaums and Charlie Rose...and I love it.  (Will have Port photograph it properly later).


  1. This looks amazing. Can't imagine that your landlord will be thrilled, but it really does look terrific.

  2. I love your blog! I wish I could paint, my landlord would kill me.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Their rumored trendiness factor notwithstanding, I've always loved black-walled rooms and for the last 22 years, I've had at least one of them, sometimes more. One of the most handsome is the big, high-ceilinged room in Tissot's "Hide & Seek", which has all the timeless signifiers of the high-artistic UC life--Spanish screen, Chinese porcelain, Persian rugs, exotic animal skins tossed over tufted leather chairs, wicker stool, gilt gesso, & adorable (and probably spoiled) children--plus the hushed air of time standing still. The photos of your room have the same feel, except for the lack of kids & animal skins, although I wouldn't be surprised to find out that they're merely out of camera range. The animal skins, I mean.

    And as for the real-life practicalities of painting one's walls black--the annoyed landlord, the extra coat of primer when it's time to move--well, that's why I consider ny security deposit as good as lost on the day I move in. A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

    After all, if someone offered me $1000 to live in a place I didn't like for X number of years, I wouldn't take it, so why would I not do what I wanted to when it comes to decorating my place, simply so that could get my security deposit back? Are we mice or men?

  4. I love this so much! I reposted your apt. on my blog with credit - hope you don't mind. Royal Tenenbaums. Love it!

  5. The Royal Tenenbaums and Charlie Rose...

    it's wonderful!!!

    ps stephanie: paint first...worry about your landlord after ; )

  6. {Tara} says:

    Such a cabinet of curiosity! Love it!