black is beautiful..

in honor of m jackson i thought i would post some pictures of the black in my house. well that and someone asked to see more. while my kitchen is painted black, most of the wall space is tile. so only the tops of the walls above the cabinets and a little near the sink can be seen. BUT! my bathroom that kind of adjoins around the corner from the kitchen/slash hall is painted the same color. which is benjamin moore almost black. things to keep in mind while looking...we are renters, which is why there are some seriously ugly fixtures about. trust that i would change them if i could. ok, so below is the ceiling in my kitchen, fabulous isn't it? (track lighting-ugly fixture #1) from the kitchen thru to the dining room (note ugly fixture #2)-
here is the master bath...the yellow poster looks fresh in here...
greenery from my porch plants, fern and creeping jenny (holla!). and it's not easy cutting black paint against white glossy molding.

more from the bath. again with the shitty paint job. it looks much less noticeable in person i promise! oh and yes i DID use a semi gloss in the bathroom.view of one of the sinks in the bath. there is actually a vanity sink around the corner there, wierd layout for some reason. here is another dark paint...this is ralph lauren's forde abbey. this room is kind of non descript really. it's sort of in the middle of the house. its technically a large entry room or receiving room. our house has a circular layout. you walk in to this room and if you go through to the right you are in the dining room, keep moving right and you go through the kitchen, then turning left through the small hall into the master bedroom through to the main hall into the family/living room and right back into the entry room. its GREAT for feng shui and the flow of the house. no walls to stop anything. the fireplace is in the middle of the house, directly on the other side of this wall is the other side of the fireplace that is in our bedroom. anyway we use this room as sort of sitting room, play room, dance hall. the christmas tree is housed in here. and with 12 foot ceilings we have some pretty grand christmas trees!!

my dad built those shelves for me based on this pic here...they weigh a ton.

a slight improvement?

and i do mean slight. seems opening some windows and blaring the nasty rental overhead helped to warm up the photo a tad. the camera is still a piece and it needs to be destroyed. look how nothing is crisp and the lines are all blurry.

many of you awesome people left comments on my last attempt at photographing my house and while every single thing that was said is 100 percent accurate...i still think my skillz would improve vastly with the click of one of these....

who's buyin'?

is it ME or my camera??!

so last week when i cleaned the hizzy out of my house i decided to take some pics to share with all my decorator-y and designer-y blogger friends. to say, hey...i got some skillz too!! but apparently i don't. at least not in the lighting and photography department. or the styling...i mean look at the damn wrinkles on my new sofa!! it made me stylists do this kind of thing before a photo shoot. iron the sofa?!? if it looked like mine they sure would have.
i mean these pics were so bad i had to stop after just a few rooms. the blinds are half open half closed..what kind of proud picture taking decor blogger doesn't make the windows look cohesive? or turn on a light???

here's one with the better is it? nice spot light in my brain picture. and the couch looks terrible again...all yellow-y and wrinkly and lopsided.

no flash...

the corner looks all washed out. which in reality it isn't.

my daughter's bathroom and her artwork from when she was 2 lines the back of the sink. this is a little better in terms of photography, at least i think it is. i guess peonies make anything look better.

more bathroom...

so...before i go and do this again, do i need a better camera? a lesson in decorating and styling? a lesson in photography and lighting? or...or....what?? if the answer is camera, please let me know what you use or one you would like to use if you could. i think i may actually buy a camera in the next couple of months. b/c mine (2) SUCK ASS!!!
*disclaimer ...i live in a rental so i cannot change the dreadful blinds. too expensive! these windows are huge and the ceilings are 12 feet. and the rooms are impossibly small so i feel they need to be minimally dressed anyway.