Jaime Willey wanted her home in Larchmont, New York, to have a distinct look (no surprise, given that she’s a designer), but she was equally determined to make it a relaxing place for her busy family. The answer was as clear as black-and-white — put it together in the most compelling way. Laid-back locales served as inspiration. “I’m into the simplicity of the designs in California, Oregon and Australia,” says Jaime. “When I find houses I love on Instagram, they’re inevitably from there.” The farmhouse (built in 1837) she and her husband, Stephen, had bought definitely needed serenity: “When we got the place, it had creaky floors, peeling siding and lights that turned on in the middle of the night. It felt haunted!” Once the bones were in good shape, Jaime juxtaposed neutral mash-ups with pale wood and sprinkled in hip finds — proving that monotone doesn’t have to be the least bit mundane.