For a little while now I’ve been thinking about the phrase, “Do happy people live in black houses?”, which is a silly question, but I feel like there’s something there. A lot of people connotate the color black with darkness or death, while some of us (myself included) think of things that are sleek and contemporary. So when you have a home that’s painted black, it seems a bit out of the norm, at least from an American perspective. But that’s part of why I love this house by Marc Koehler, called the Ijburg House. It might be black but it’s got such amazing textures on it and it’s huge windows make it feel open and completely inviting. It almost looks more like a monument than a house, or a large sculpture that people just happen to live in. But when you look inside you can see there’s tons of storage and counter space, it seems like a perfect place for a family of creatives to occupy. I’d totally live in this house in a heartbeat.