Looking for a little inspiration to kick start your week? Look no further than the portfolio of American photographer Erik Johnson. With clients like Real Simple, Lucky, The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living and more, you’ve no doubt spotted his work many times but perhaps never associated his name with it. Well now you will! And this is the whole reason why I like to highlight the many talented photographers out there who visually work their magic producing some of the best photos in some of our favorite publications. I also think that it is a bit unfortunate how little most know about the person behind the lens — we just assume the photos appear out of thin air I assume (I once never gave it much thought, sad to say) — but they don’t. Very often magazines hire on freelance photographers like Erik Johnson and this is the work that keeps these talented people afloat, able to do what they love: take pictures that give the viewer a emotional reaction. And this is what makes magazines come to life: gorgeous visuals. Imagine a design or decorating magazine without photographs, only text? Blah!
Please take a further look into Erik’s portfolio here. Highly inspirational work!
(images: erik johnson)
Well dear friends, it’s that time again… time to bid another week farewell and welcome the weekend with a really big high five. Woot! I have so much going on over the next few days that my head is spinning but I can’t wait to get started so I’m signing off for now. What do you have planned? Anything good? Try to fit in something nice for yourself, promise?
I’m having family over tomorrow and on Sunday, attending an outdoor festival with some friends of ours. I hope to squeeze in some “me” time on Sunday morning, I want to tackle my china cabinet and work on using my new watercolors (I was so inspired by Geninne’s videos I went out and purchased watercolors, paper and white ink, I have no clue what I’m doing but hey, it will be fun!). Today my husband and I made some delicious organic vegetable soup with fresh herbs so we’ll no doubt polish that off this weekend too since it suddenly feels quite cold outside (hat weather). I’m going to the bakery for fresh bread and pastries in the morning, a trip I love to take on days when we have guests coming by, and hitting the flea market bright and early too. There’s something about bakeries and flea markets on a Saturday morning, right? Yum. So that about sums up my weekend. Now it’s your turn, what will you do?
And remember: Next week, on Friday the 16th, I am hosting the annual calendar round up so if you’ve created a calendar for 2010, please submit yours to me via email (details here) by Monday. Thank you.
Have a great weekend, I’ll see you on Monday!
(image: sarah parrott, whom I wrote about today on real simple)
This is quite a neat concept, so illustrators take notice! Serge Belmans, the man behind Envelop, just launched an online print-on-demand platform based out of Belgium where independent illustrators can create, promote and sell high quality cotton basics to textile lovers worldwide. Collections currently include tabletop linens, kitchen products, aprons, bags and pillow covers. Here’s a peek at what’s currently available…
Currently, there are 45 designers represented including Alli Coate (US), Julia Pott (UK), Kerozen (FR), Bart Aalbers (NL), Gemma Correll (UK), Cosimo Piediscalzi (IT), Maxime Francout (CA) and Marie Blanchard (FR). Truly a global community creating together! I’m really happy to see this creative idea turn into a new platform for illustrators and wish Serge all the best with it!
This is one hot planter. I recently got word from Dominic D’Andrea and his wife that their company, Design Night, just introduced a gorgeous handmade ceramic planter and my gosh, it’s great! In fact, if I had outdoor space I’d be emailing Dominic right now asking for a white one, please. I’d love this on a patio. These limited-edition planters, called Nature, are intended for growing herbs and flowers. The opening at the top is able to hold plants that need to root deeper.
Opening like a blossom, the form allows each pocket to collect water,” Dominic says. He adds, “The planter is made using a complex six-part mold (compared to the typical two- to four-part mold) with seventeen post-molding cuts. Each piece is carefully cast, hand-finished and glazed in Portland, Oregon. Three holes on the bottom allow for drainage. The planter is suitable for indoor and outdoor use.” Oh wait. Did he say indoor use? Hmmmm…. Now my wheels are turning. This is just so sculptural, practical (especially for city folk like me), and completely beautiful… what do you think? (images: design night)
(images: design night)
I heard from interior designer Michelle Williams‘ publicist recently and wanted to share her portfolio in case you’ve not seen it before… Some of her rooms really caught my eye and well, something more. I’ll get to that in a moment. First, Michelle Williams Interiors has been featured in countless national publications including Marie Claire, InStyle.com and Renovation Style. She is based in Chicago where she lives and works transforming residential spaces. She really has that Domino aesthetic, don’t you think?
But now to what really inspired me to write about Michelle outside of her apparent talent. I felt inspired by her biography because I think many have the impression that most designers have been at it since birth and that if you haven’t why bother changing your career once you’ve hit your thirties and beyond? Easy. Because you can!
Part of her bio reads, “After Simmons College in Boston, Michelle moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a celebrity publicist. While she always felt a calling for interior design, it took a few years in the corporate world and encouragement from leading architects and designers to take the leap of faith. She moved back to Chicago and established a career in the design world.”
Very encouraging, I think! Imagine going from a celebrity publicist to an interior design, from L.A. to Chicago? That’s a leap! And now, fifteen years later, she has established herself as a go-to designer in Chicago and is doing quite well in her profession. I think these rooms show that talent and I’m so glad she trusted her gut and pursued her passion, clearly she has made the right choice. Let’s all give a high five to Michelle!
I guess the moral of the story is this: If you are really passionate about something you simply have to take the leap. So many successful woman did so and things worked out just fine. No fear! No fear! :) You. Can. Do. It. You risk more by not trying.
(images: michelle williams interiors)