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Luis Albuquerque Photography

I spotted Luis Albuquerque Photography over at Danielle’s post this morning about deep blues so I did a little digging to see what I could find out about this talented Toronto-based photographer. You know me and my still life photography fascination! My goal is that by highlighting the work of professional photographers from time to time I am helping to contribute to a greater good – namely to celebrate and honor their profession and encourage the purchasing of magazines, newspapers and books where their work is largely found. The print world is their bread and butter! Luis Albuquerque, a native of Portugal, resides in Toronto where he has been working as a commercial photographer for ten years. One of his clients is House & Home magazine where you may have seen it work already.

Luis Albuquerque Photography

Luis Albuquerque Photography

Luis Albuquerque Photography

I love all the mini vignettes, they make me dream of rooms to decorate! So tell me, which of these three themes that I’ve pulled together spark your fancy? For me, the pastel imagery of course but the vintage grouping is a very closer runner up. Both satisfy my need for modern and vintage, soft and light, while also a bit rustic and cozy with a dash of childhood curiosity which I sometimes feel like I still have in many ways despite being all grown up. I also adore that office space because seeing bolts of fabric and bins of wrapping paper make me feel right at home. I could sit at that desk and have a ball with all those pretty things, you too?

So tell me… what grouping above do you connect to and why?

(photography: Luis Albuquerque Photography)

Posted in inspiration on June 26, 2009
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Namolio & Crochet Bedspeads…

I came across this photo a moment ago and connected with it on so many levels. Okay, obviously the giant doily throw caught my eye (you know me and my doily obsession) but the bench overlooking the Engish countryside…sublime. I want to be sitting there at this very moment gazing out over those homes and hills cuddled under the chunky and soft wool throw.

namolio

namolio

And speaking of a lush throw, you can purchase this one and others from an etsy shop in the UK called Namolio. I found a beautiful wool gray blanket with a tiny crochet trim for those of you not feeling the doily look. It’s sold here and shown above. I see Anna over at Door Sixteen liking that one.


Living Etc

And while we’re at it, I’m still trying to find this bedspread if anyone has leads, please let me know. I’ve been looking since at least last Fall, and all I could find is that the one shown in the Living Etc bedroom above is from Designers Guild London and they’re no longer available. :*(

Danielle's Bedroom - Style Files

Seeing Danielle’s new bedroom the other day over at The Style Files renewed my determination to locate a similar spread. I emailed her about this gorgeous bedspread shown above but unfortunately for me it’s vintage and one-of-a-kind. Plus I’m not looking for the star pattern without fringe, I’m hoping for a fringe and a flower pattern (I don’t have cats so the fringe won’t be a problem). I love how Danielle has her bedspread pattern (star) and her pendant (star) coordinate perfectly. She’s so talented and I love when someone pays such close attention to the details. Love it!

(images linked to their sources above)


Posted in Arts + Crafts, bedroom on June 26, 2009

Musical Thursday

Can I just say that writing Musical Thursday feels almost odd today given that Michael Jackson has died? I haven’t been a devoted fan in many years but I once was and still recall running around my bedroom listening to my Off The Wall vinyl on my little orange and white record player… you know the kind that you could close like a little suitcase? I remember the day my mother and father took me out to buy it, I couldn’t believe it and how the music made me so happy — dancing around like a little jumping bean in my bedroom. “Get on the floor, and dance with me…” That disco sound was new to my ears, it was 1980 and I was so little. Though his life changed a lot over the years, no one can deny how much his music influenced the world and changed the face of music forever. And you certainly can’t deny his innovation and talent – the man was no copycat but a trendmaker – a genuine creator of the next wave. I think it’s sad that fame got the best of him and his health and though after Beat It I started to feel disconnected to his music, I still think there was undeniable magic in the early years that I will never forget. Me, Off The Wall (She’s Out Of My Life…. what a song – what lyrics) and my little orange record player.

Musical Thursday: Room Eleven

The set where the next Room Eleven was shot by Berlin Productions.

Musical Thursday: Room Eleven

Room Eleven on Tour in Berlin.

Musical Thursday: Room Eleven

Room Eleven shooting their Early Morning video in the Netherlands where they are from.

So what am I listening to this week? I’ve been playing Pokerface by Lady Gaga a lot, I think with all the stupid tech problems I had I just needed to zone out and listen to lyrics that don’t allow me to think. If I dedicate myself to a project I can block out emotion and surroundings quite well. Music helps with that, especially pop music because it’s superfical and fluffy. I think I listened to Rihanna, Good Girl Gone Bad, like 3 times today alone. I listened to Lady Sovereign, Public Warning, a few times too. It was one of those weeks let me tell you. But it’s nearly over and though I still have a lot of rebuilding to do on this blog but the light is showing at the end of the tunnel so I’m over the initial frustration & even anger I felt for those who let me down on the technical side not abiding by our terms of service. It’s upsetting when you pay people a lot of money and trust them to take good care of your data only to find out that they “accidentially deleted” 400 posts and 1,800 comments! But now that I’m starting to feel better about things, I’m chilling with a cup of Lavender Earl Grey, listening to the frogs sing in the pond outside of my window and have Room Eleven playing softly to a flickering candle in the window. It’s nice.

Room Eleven is my suggested band of the week. Dutch band, jazzy smooth, lovely. I’m listening to “One of these days” right now which seems absolutely fitting… And check this out. My cutie friend Enna came across Sia’s tour bus in Hannover recently. If you are a Sia fan like Enna and I are, you’d understand the excitement I guess. But this is such a cool random find.

And to Michael Jackson all I can say is that you truly were larger than life and I’ll never forget the impact you had on my childhood, all the first crushes I skated with to your songs, and the way I felt as I danced with my friends at my slumber parties to your music. Few leave such an impact on the world as you have.

(image: room eleven)

Posted in uncategorized on June 25, 2009

Inspiration From Retrovilla

I just heard about Retrovilla in Denmark a few moments ago from a comment left by the sweet Christine (thanks, C!) and my heart is beating double time! All this delicious color and pattern, these fun rooms full of life and personality, it’s all so lived in and welcoming. The lady behind Retrovilla is 27-year-old Mette Helena Rasmussen, a painter and home stylist, who works independently for clients and for such magazines as BoligLIV, Bo Better, Food & Housing and ROM123 while studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Imagine hiring her to help you spruce up your space? If you lived in Denmark, you could!

Retrovilla

Retrovilla

Retrovilla

Retrovilla

Retrovilla

Mette also has a knack for playhouse design which melts my heart – how sweet and what a fun profession to renovate playhouses for little ones. She even recycles vintage furniture for children and shows her work here and sells vintage wallpaper through the Liebe shop (email liebe.susan AT gmail.com if you are interested in any of these papers).

(images: Retrovilla but taken by Tia Borgsmidt)

Posted in inspiration on June 25, 2009

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