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99% of the posts on this blog are published to inspire our readers. I'd say the other 1% are purely selfish posts that Jo and I post because we find something we adore and want to remember. This is one of those selfish posts. My twin sister sent me this home on Hus & Hem the other day and I went a little nuts. I am in love with the black exterior of this home. I've been thinking alot lately about what to do with the interior of my home, particularly the new addition we're adding, and haven't given alot of thought to the exterior. But after seeing these photos I WANT A BLACK HOUSE!!! The interior of this home is pretty fabulous too because it's black and white and that's what I'd like to do to mine, but with less of a modern/Swedish vibe and more industrial and ethnic bits thrown in.

P.S. My husband and I found 2 local architects that we'd LOVE to work with for the addition we're planning for the house but one is too busy and the other missed an appointment with us this week. I'm starting to worry we'll never find anyone so if anyone out there knows of an architect in Ottawa who is creative and likes to think a bit outside the box, please email me @ desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com. THANKS!!


Reader Comments (21)

I couldn't love the exterior any more! It really suits the linearity of it, too. Go for it!

8 Oct 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim in Jersey

really beautiful! Have a great weekend!

8 Oct 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDesign Elements

I love this too! I would kill for that metal exterior dining table. I also love the small pops of color in the public spaces and bathroom. The kids room also keep in balance with the rest of the house but they have tons of personality and color. What a great home.... when can I move in with the family?

8 Oct 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeggan

Love the black. My husband would veto it in an instant though. The dining chairs are awesome too.

8 Oct 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPearl

A black house is number one one my wish list.

I think I may totally make that metal table. It seriously isn't that hard. Thanks for showing off this house!!!

8 Oct 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe brick house

One day, I will a) own a house and b) paint it black. You just can't help staring at them... They're very inviting somehow.

8 Oct 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Elena

The exterior of this house is amazing! There is one exactly the same that went right up in my neighbourhood here in Toronto. It was part of an extension, and so this new black clad exterior it is attached to beautiful old reddish brick. It really made me re-think exteriors - I love it so much.

Huge fan of you two by the way...really. xo

8 Oct 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra

I see an industrial vibe on the inside; no ethnic influences, of course. And I thought grey was the new black?!

8 Oct 2010 | Unregistered Commenteroregonbird

wow. great inspiration. it looks like it might be a passive solar design too!

8 Oct 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpolish chick

always such great inspiration from you ladies!! happy weekend!

8 Oct 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Wow - very sleek and sophisticated...

8 Oct 2010 | Unregistered Commentermydesignchic

I really, really like this place too. I hope you find a good architect.

8 Oct 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrismod

My black extension is going up as we speak!! I am hoping it doesn't get too popular ( selfish of me, I know!) because there are none where I live and I have LOVED them since seeing one in New Zealand 5 years ago
It is SO exciting to see another gorgeous black house. I absolutely love it.

8 Oct 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Selfish is quite alright.

Have a fab weekend, you two!

Love this totally, every room and space..

8 Oct 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYpille

I've studied there (even Architecture :)) and still have friends who work in the design field in Ottawa .. I can ask them.. drop me a line (and let me know, whom you tried to work with.. ).. Nic

8 Oct 2010 | Unregistered Commenternic

Here in NZ we have alot of black timber contemporary homes. They always look stunning - grey concrete block is a good partner. I also love it when the garden tones in with silver highlights such as the native astelia.


9 Oct 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSammy

We have a black house with larch panel and white window frames. And I really love it! I have to blog about it sometimes.

In pic # 5 is that a horse-hide rug? Eek! Guess it is not a lot different from a cowhide but being a horse lover it would feel very creepy to me. Otherwise, very nice.

9 Oct 2010 | Unregistered Commentersqftfarm

I completely share your love!

15 Oct 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Marie


It is my house!

We have sold this house and built a new one, you can see more here on my blogg...

Have a nice day!


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