Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A classic: White house, black shutters

I have been reading about a trend for shutter-free houses in both new houses and renovations – perhaps a way to make a house look more streamlined and modern.  However, I have a love for shutters. I have a fondness for black shutters in particular, combined with a white house. There is something so classic and American about it – no matter what the architectural style (although a classic white Georgian with black shutters always appeals).

When walking my dog last summer, I passed by this house, which was on the market. The interiors were in need of an update so I did not post the listing, but the exterior has always been one of my favorites in Atlanta.

White houses with black shutters are found all over Atlanta, and all over the web. So, here is an ode to the classic style, with images pulled from a variety of sources, including my own personal collection of pictures snapped on dog walks, pictures I put on Instagram, as well as images found on Pinterest. Enjoy!

An interesting black and white house that I took on my iphone in the spring.

A classic Stan Dixon designed house that I featured on my blog last year. (Click here to see full post).

A beautiful 1921 Neel Reid house that was on a tour of homes last year. I felt so lucky to get to see the interior!

I snapped this picture and posted it on Instagram last year, and now I see it all over Pinterest too.

This house was on the Cathedral Tour of Homes a few years ago, and has been pinned countless times because of its classic beauty and the appeal of the black and white color scheme. Image by Emily Followill.

Another classic Atlanta estate, it was one of the most expensive real estate listings on the market for years.  It is best known as the former home of Robert Woodruff, the legendary past president and chairman of the Coca-Cola Company, and the man who built the company into one of the world’s biggest business empires.

A renovated Colonial, the setting is as magnificent as the house.

A favorite found on Pinterest last year, it was re-pinned hundreds of times.

When using black shutters, the crisper the white the better, in my humble opinion. I love the rounded windows on the main floor, and the shutters that match the shape of the windows.

A beautiful fall scene with a classic New England white house and black shutters.

Another Pinterest find, this appears to be a newer house but the classic proportions and style make it a classic.

A pretty New England scene. This gets me in the mood for the holidays! It’s interesting that the chimney is in the middle of the house. Found on Pinterest.

One of the favorite holiday images that gets pinned every year.  I have a fondness for houses with the door on the side, and it makes the architecture so efficient for a smaller house.

A classic Dallas house found on Pinterest, with the black and white color scheme.

Another one of my favorite Atlanta houses, this too was on the Cathedral Tour of Homes several years ago. Photo by Emily Followill.

This is one of my favorite house images, found on Pinterest – the proportions for this house are beautiful, as are the materials used. The peacock blue door adds the perfect modern twist to classic.

Do you see many classic white houses with black shutters in your area?  There were many in Connecticut, where I lived as a teenager. And, as you can see in this post, this classic color scheme is very popular in Atlanta too.

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  1. This reminds me of my childhood in Massachusetts, not too many where I live now I New Mexico. Thanks for the memories.

  2. I agree with you Holly. Most homes look bare to me without shutters! These are gorgeous examples with the black and white palette!

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  3. danke für die tollen ansichten!!! liebe grüße und eine schöne woche wünscht angie aus deutschland

  4. I'm with you, Holly! I LOVE this classic look....beautiful post today!

  5. I love every single one of these homes. There is something so classic about white houses, especially with black shutters. You are lucky to live in an area where there are so many photo-worthy homes. I've always liked the pics you snap and share while out on your walks.

  6. Gorgeous post, made by day, and made me super excited about decorating for the holidays. I also wanted to let you know that I bought a Hipsi belt after you mentioned them last year, and then I bought one in every color. It is the only belt I wear these days, and it is so versatile and pretty. Thank you for your blog.

  7. My favorite - nothing like the classic sophistication of a white house with black shutters…gorgeous!

  8. WOW! These houses are so BEAUTIFUL!! I was really unexpectedly bowled over by these pics. Love the black and white on these architecturally fabulous homes.

  9. Like milk and cookies!!! It pleases!! franki

  10. All so pretty, I love a classic white clapboard home with black shutters, it is a timeless classic. I agree with you in that I love shutters,, they give a home a certain charm......every single example you showed was gorgeous. I love the smaller one elegantly decked out of Christmas, what a charmer!

  11. When all else fails, white with black shutters will always work. I don't think there is a style of house that can go wrong with it.


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