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William Brinson Photography

It’s nearly lunch time so I’m certain you’ll enjoy getting lost in the delicious world of William Brinson — what a talented photographer! I first heard about Brinson only a few days ago on Friday and the moment I clicked over to his website I knew I’d feature him here. Brinson is a SCAD grad (not surprising given his ability) and he lives and works in New York City (Chelsea) with his wife. From food to still life and travel, his photos have a way of transporting you making even the smallest, often overlooked pleasure in life feel so grand and worthy of a notice — or in his case, a fully styled photograph! Lunch out with friends, a feather, a glass cloche over a few crackers… when a photographer has the ability to give me a new perspective I call that mission accomplished! I don’t know about you, but since I started to really take notice of food photography I see meal time in a new, more exciting, light. I paid less attention to the curve of a fork or the seeds in fruit before and so photographers like Brinson have greatly inspired the meals that I prepare and even those I enjoy at some of my favorite restaurants.

I enjoy Brinson’s perspective, use of color and pattern, and particularly how he plays with light giving his photographs a genuine mood — you almost feel like you’re there. I think it’s harder and takes a considerable amout of skill to shoot objects and give them life, don’t you?

To see more, you’ll need to visit his complete portfolio online right here.

(images: William Brinson Photography)

Posted in inspiration on March 31, 2009
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NEW: Freshlyblended & Lara Cameron Journals

Hello, it’s so nice to be back blogging again today. I had such a terrific long weekend but the moment I got up this morning I couldn’t wait to get back to blogging because I have such a great line up for you this week to enjoy. :) First up, Nicole and Lara contacted me this morning about their limited edition journals, a collaborative project by Nicole at Freshlyblended and the lovely Lara Cameron at Ink & Spindle — a great team! The illustrations of Lara Cameron are hand silkscreened onto 100% organic fabric and the book interior displays a custom bookplate and an Italian cotton ribbon book marker from Angela Liguori at Carta Inc. in Boston.

Please note: Once these journals are sold out that’s it — so get ‘em while they’re hot!

(images from freshlyblended)

Posted in stationery on March 31, 2009

Happy Weekend!

I’d love to wish everyone a very happy weekend! I am heading out now for the weekend as I’ll be traveling a bit but I’ll meet you back on Monday or Tuesday (at the latest) for another week of good things to share and discuss. I also plan to write a little more on the topic of creativity next Thursday in case you’ve been wondering whether or not I’ll bring back the series… more on that later. Here are some lovely links to keep you busy until I’m back March 31.

:: Subscribe to Real Living magazine if you have some extra cash, it’s an Australia decorating magazine to die for!

:: Make some new friends or post a topic you’d like some advice on over in the Kindred forums.

:: If you love Orla Kiely designs this site will take your breath away. Great sales too! Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

:: Delicious books from Finland.

:: Fashion to die for at Gorman, including some organic finds.

:: Put this in your shopping cart and eat it: baked goods and marshmallows from Whimsy and Spice, the photo above gives you a teaser of what you could be enjoying this weekend. I ordered my goodies that should be arriving today. (nom, nom, nom.)

:: Anne stocked her Etsy store, Enna, due to an overwhelming number of requests generated from her home tour.

And finally something I’m pretty exciting about…

:: Look for me in the April 17, 2009 issue of Family Circle magazine (it looks like this) where they asked a bunch of designers and decorators for simple decor tips, the article is called 50 Under $50 and appears on pages 22-29. I am honored to be included alongside Celerie Kemble, Thom Filicia, Nate Berkus, Kim Myles, Cat Wei and John Gidding to name a few.

See you later, happy trails! - Holly

(photo: william brinson for whimsy & spice)

Posted in uncategorized on March 27, 2009

How Much For This Room?

Ready to fall in love with a newly designed bedroom in San Francisco? Of course you are! This week’s How Much For This Room? shines the spotlight once again on Christiana Coop who co-owns Hygge & West and ferm LIVING. She also co-authors a blog called Clever Spaces. If you recall, her kitchen was featured here on March 6th. She also helped produced this informative and adorable DIY video with 10 tips on how to wallpaper.

What inspired the design of this room? The design was actually inspired by the paint color (Benjamin Moore, Iron Mountain). I’d seen this color is several places and completely fell in love with it – it is so warm, rich and sophisticated, I think. I also wanted to wallpaper an accent wall in my bedroom so we could make a little how to video; we just uploaded it yesterday! The one white accent wall allowed for the other three walls to be dark (I think doing all four walls in a dark color would have created a bit of a cave feel which I wanted to avoid). I went with a white pattern so it would really pop against the darker walls. I also thought the more masculine wall color would be a nice contrast to the more feminine gold floral design. So… The design idea definitely started with the walls! I’d also recently found a fantastic pair of vintage wall lamps that I knew would be perfect for above my bed. I’d already had the furniture and ended up switching around some floor rugs between rooms and brought the red/shaggier rug into the room to add more coziness. – Christiana Coop

At what point in the design did you know when to quit? You seem to have a knack at editing well… “As far as editing, for this room, I knew that I wanted the focus to be on the walls and the vintage lamps so I kept the bedding simple. I also have a few necklaces that I really love, so thought I’d display them them a bit more like art and be able to see them everyday. I’d considered adding a piece of art between the lamps and a mirror above the desk, but it started to feel too cluttered and distracting so I let those ideas go. I think my key to editing is to make sure each piece is either functional or something that makes me really happy to see. If not, what is the point of keeping it around? I also have a natural tendency towards the more is more philosophy, so sometimes when I think the room is done, I look around and force myself to take one or two things away – kind of like Coco Chanel’s, “Before you walk out the door, take on thing off,” applied to interior design.” – Christiana Coop

Bedroom breakdown: Plant: $65, Basket (Area): $45, Bed and side tables (Room and Board): $2,600, Bedding (Anthropologie): $200, Throw blanket (Banana Republic): $150, Rug (Propeller): $1,200, Clock radio (Unica): $400, Jewelry knobs (Hygge & West): $45, Jewelry dishes and boxes: $300, Vintage wall sconces (The Perish Trust): $75, Stool (Area): $300, Console table (CB2): $350, 4 felt doilies (Eden & Eden): $150, Vintage mice candle stick (The Perish Trust): $50, Candle votive set (Hygge & West): $36, Daisy pillow (Hygge & West): $65, Devotion print (Rare Device): $15, A Little Birdy Told Me print (Samantha Hahn): Gift, Bamboo blinds: $200, Collage art (Egg & The Urban Mercantile): $150, Hello There chair (The Magazine): $300, 2 rolls Fairy Flower wallpaper (ferm LIVING): $115 per roll/$230 and 1 can of paint (Benjamin Moore, Iron Mountain): $60.

Grand Total: $6,986. USD

Lovely! Thank you Christiana for taking us into your cozy and elegant bedroom — that gray looks gorgeous with the crisp white trim and eye catching gold and white wallpaper. Very nice touch, I’m sure this room will inspire lots of Iron Mountain gray bedrooms out there in blogland! :) Thanks again!

(images from christiana coop)

Posted in bedroom on March 27, 2009

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