Jessica from Black.White.Yellow Discusses Design

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We were so excited to interview Jessica of Black.White.Yellow. Jessica is no ordinary design blogger, she is also an architect! Therefore, she has a unique point of view and as you can see, she is inspired by black, white, and yellow hues.

LAMPS PLUS: What was the inspiration behind your blog, Black.White.Yellow?

JESSICA: I started {Black.White.Yellow} in 2007 when there was far fewer design blogs, no Pinterest, and it was more challenging to share and find inspiration. I wanted a place to share my projects and designs as well as things that I find inspiring.

Modern Black Bedroom

LAMPS PLUS: What makes you love the hues black, white, and yellow so much?

JESSICA: I have ALWAYS loved the crisp contrast of black and white. The combination is so modern and clean. One day it occurred to me how often the color yellow appeared in images and designs that I liked, almost always in small doses and in combination with black and white. I love a bright pop of color to add a focal point to a clean black and white palette.

Modern White Kitchen

LAMPS PLUS: Being an architect, how do you differentiate your content compared to other design blogs?

JESSICA: I try to include inspiration from all sectors of design: architecture, interiors, art, fashion, and nature. I honestly don't intentionally make an attempt to distinguish the content of my blog, but we all have our unique perspective and put our own spin on things.

LAMPS PLUS: You went to school in New Orleans, but now live in Los Angeles. What do you love most about Southern California architecture and design?

JESSICA: I absolutely love the indoor/outdoor living aspect of Los Angeles.

Modern Home in Venice

LAMPS PLUS: What is your favorite home in Los Angeles?

JESSICA: One of my favorites is definitely the Stahl House, or Case Study House #22, designed by Pierre Koenig. It is such a perfect example of minimalist, modern architecture so perfectly suited for LA.

Stahl House by Pierre Koenig

LAMPS PLUS: What is one trend that you wish would go away and one trend that you would like to last forever?

JESSICA: I LOVE real flowers and try to have fresh flowers in my house as often as possible. Floral inspired graphics are good, but generally speaking I'm not a fan of floral prints that are popular right now.

I have really embraced this neon pink trend and I kind of really don't want it to go away! It looks good with black, white, and yellow too!

Neon Pink Accessories

LAMPS PLUS: What are 3 tips for making your house a home?


  • Personal items: Incorporate personal items. It doesn't matter if the items are new or old (a combination is best), but they should be things that make you happy.
  • Art: Display art. It's easy to find great affordable art these days.
  • Texture: Include a mix of textures and materials.

LAMPS PLUS: How do you create dramatic lighting in a home?

JESSICA: It's important to strategically place lighting throughout your home and make sure it's the right intensity for the area.

LAMPS PLUS: What are your favorite architectural light fixtures from Lamps Plus?


Jonathan Adler Floor Lamp at Lamps Plus

Jonathan Adler Black and Brass Antwerp Floor Lamp

I love the lines and shapes of this lamp, so modern yet timeless.

Jonathan Adler Chandelier at Lamps Plus

Jonathan Adler Meurice Collection 30-Light Nickel Chandelier (no longer available)

I really love a modern take on Hollywood Regency, this chandelier would look good in so many rooms.

Clear Globe Pendant Light at Lamps Plus

LBL Isla Clear with Satin Nickel Pendant Light

I also love clean and simple designs. Several of these pendant lamps would look great hanging together.

Thanks Jessica!

Images: Courtesy of Black.White.Yellow, Ehrlich Architects, Arch Daily

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  • i've been a fan of "black.white.yellow" since i discovered blogs and (started my own) way back in teh dark ages of 2007. how great to get to know the person behind the blog a bit better.

  • Hi Christian - thanks for the comment and nice words! We enjoy reading your blog as well. Readers should check out the recent posts on his "Legends of La Cienega" walking tour. Thanks again!

Jessica from Black.White.Yellow Discusses Design