I could look at Laurie Frankel’s photographs all day, and well… I nearly spent an hour on her site last night enjoying each and every delicious bite from her portfolio. The way she sees the world is so interesting to me, I love the portraits that she takes of children and all the cute poses she gets them in, and of course I like her food photography because it makes me hungry, and her still life photos interest me because I delight in looking at all the little bits that were perfectly styled that she then experted photographed. Would you like to see a few of my favorites from her portfolio? First, I’ll start off with my absolute fave. This one…
Why? Because I had hot pink wheels on my white skates growing up. I don’t know what these are exactly, but mine were called Zinger and I cleaned them after every single roller skating session. I loved my pink wheels so much that I had to keep them looking brand new at all times. I was constantly in the pro shop and hanging out with the cute skate guards asking them if they could look at my wheels, rotate them, oil the ball bearings, yeah I was a crazy girl – crazy for boys and roller skating so I made sure I learned about every single part of my skates so I could impress them. This photo takes me back to couples skating, shoot the duck, and “the next skate will be an all skate” he he, I love it. I started at 4-years-old and was a speed skater (I was quite competitive and won a lot of races!) by the time I was 11 or 12. Do you have roller skating memories? I could write an entire post on this, what a riot! I digress… Back to pretty photos.
Leslie is quite an accomplished and talented lady with clients that include Pottery Barn, Nestle and DreamWorks, to name only a few, so I’m certain you will really enjoy her website today because she’s quite an inspiration!
(images: Laurie Frankel)
I’ve long thought that one of the best gifts to give a new home owner is an original painting (or drawing) of their home. It’s even nice for a new shop owner. Don’t you think this is so sweet and personal? Someday when I decide to dig deep into my pockets and purchase a nest of my own, I’d love to have an artist like James Keniston pull something together for me. I love this San Francisco home in pink, and since some of us can only dream of living in a painted lady then it’s beautiful as a print to display in our non-pink home. :)
James earned his Bachelors degree in Fine Art from the Bath Spa University in England but has since relocated to Orange, California where he works as a painter in addition to other artistic pursuits like photography, video and sculpture. You can learn more about his work here on his website and you can purchase some of these lovely homes to adorn your walls right here. He also maintains a fine blog called Artist’s Journey.
(images: james keniston)
I just love the art of paper crafts, don’t you? It all started for me when I first picked up my pair of scissors as a little girl and started making paper dolls with my mother. Though I never grew up to become an accomplished artist or rock star crafter, I do take pride in my crafty creations. I love the experience of learning and doing and in the end, that great feeling of accomplishment once a project is complete. I always admire those who are super detail-oriented because that’s one thing I’m not when it comes to paper crafts, I usually do not spend hours laboring on a single project — I like to create and move on to something different due to my relatively short attention span and overflowing curiosity. I admire those who have the patience to perfect a single design, no matter how much time it takes, it’s inspiring because I lack the gene called extreme patience.
Denise Sharp, owner of Studio d.Sharp, is a visual artist with a fine arts degree in both printmaking and sculpture and seems to possess the gene that I lack. She makes and seems to perfect so many lovely things, collecting ideas and items then pulling them together to form something lovely to sell in her small specialty shop online under the same name. Her Eiffel Tower boxes are magical (Marry Me!) and I especially enjoy the buckle and ribbon technique used to secure and embellish a pretty gift – what a fantastic idea that I want to try making at home myself because I could easily commit to that given that it appears to be a pretty quick project to pull together. Have you ever tried it?
(image: studio d.Sharp)
Are glass table lamps all the rage or what? I’m not talking about stained glass, more like clear or brightly hued solids… I’m seeing them everywhere lately, from boutiques to stores like TJMaxx and IKEA. I like how light and airy they appear, don’t you? I had a pair of clear glass lamps on my bedside tables a few years ago and gave them both to my mother – she loves them – and the best thing about clear glass is that they match any decor or color scheme, something she loves since she’s always changing her bedding! I also like clear glass because it’s colorless so you can move it to any room and it will work. Of course, not all glass table lamps are created equal, some come in colors too. Here’s a round up of nearly 20 glass table lamps in all shapes, sizes, colors and prices so in case you’re on the hunt for one you may not need to look any further!
d. Aqua Glass lamp $45, e. Zak table lamp $199, f. Simon Pearce Hartland lamp $495, g. Trumpette lamp $895, h. Glass Candlestick lamp $99, i. Briana glass table lamp $139, j. Gourd table lamp $179 and k. Bacchus table lamp $169-199.
o. Jonsbo Egby lamp $20 available in green, pink or clear and p. Ljusas Uvas in black or red $40.
(images linked to sources above)