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Black and White is always a powerful combination. Dare I say it: Black and White never goes out of style. About 15-18 years ago, when this San Lorenzo Village home had its interior done by Anton R Mendoza, the owner and designer envisioned a New York style brownstone house, complete with heavy wall paneling and spectacular moulding. The interior had high ceilings, and huge, vertical floor to ceiling windows. The space was the closest to a New York interior I had ever seen then or since.

The interior floor and walls were in Turkish Ivory limestone like the Saint Martins Lane Hotel in London by Philippe Starck. The bathrooms were in this pristine, white terrazzo I call White Linen, named after my Mom’s favorite perfume by Estee Lauder.

The slabs of fine grain terrazzo, having the particular size of 2mm, making it looks exactly like Thassos White from Greece, just costing a third of the original price of that marble variety.

The Kaufman White linen is then paired with Absolute black granite to border some areas, and cut into tiles for a checkerboard effect for other areas.

Just to prove my point: almost 20 years later, Anton R. Mendoza is renovating another home in 2021 and will be using the same color combination. Didn’t I mention how black and white never goes out of style?

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