I can’t write about Gretel and not at least point you to the stunning online portfolio of photographer Claudia Uribe Touri who took the photos for the Gretel online shop. Claudia is an award-winning photographer based in Miami with a stunning array of work ranging from architecture to food and still-life so if you have a moment please do yourself the favor a spend a few moments browsing her online galleries…
Claudia is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and has been shooting professionally for over 15 years for high profile clients like Wallpaper, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Absolut Vodka and Swarovski. She also has shot some beautiful books, like A la Carte, that you can view here on the Barnes & Noble website. (images: claudia uribe touri)
I’m so impressed by the number of talented interiors photographers out there — and so glad that we have them, especially when I look at vintage issues of American magazines from the mid century — yikes! The style was so completely different back then, and photography seemed a lot more technical than creative and these days it’s the combination of both that make a photographer stand out. I noticed recently that Danielle at the Style Files showed the work of pro photographer Morten Holtum in Denmark and I got lost in his online portfolio — what a master he is!
I love the use of a neutral palette, and yes I know — I love white… but these spaces all feel very cozy and certainly not at as clinical as white can sometimes come across. I think the secret to using a lot of white in the home is to combine lots of old and new materials and lots of texture — suede, leather, embossed materials, canvas, cotton, velvet for a relaxed vibe but also to use different tons of white – mixing in some cream along with natural wood is how white can make a space feel inviting and cozy.
Gorgeous! These photos make me want to redecorate — must be spring fever because all I can think about lately is decorating, organizing and thorough cleaning. Wait, that’s what I think about all of the time, right! :) But even more so in March and April each year… what about you?
(images: morten holtum)
I read about the best new online shop today on Daily Candy called Gretel. Have you seen it? For those of you who haven’t, you’re in for a real treat. The website design and product photography is gorgeous, very sophisticated, fresh and young but beyond that, they have some of the most beautiful selections in a single shop, it’s lovingly curated and just fantastic. Gretel was founded last year by British interior stylist Abby Kellett who clearly had an eye for modern design.
I also like their store windows,”Just as a store changes its window displays, every season we will present our products in a new light. Welcome to Gretel’s Windows.”
(Photography: Claudia Uribe Touri)
Remember how I told you that I custom ordered two Wood & Wool Stools from the Netherlands recently? Well they arrived today! The colors, pattern, even the little hearts and the paint on the stools is perfect — 100% according to my specifications. Ingrid I could kiss you! xo
Ingrid made the perfect stools for me and I can’t wait to use them in my home. She ships worldwide so if you want your own contact her — Wood & Wool Stools for all! (image: wood & wool stools)
Would you like to see some furniture from Berlin today? Known for being edgy and innovative, there is always something interesting to find when you’re visiting Berlin and furniture designer Mariusz Malecki of Studio Ziben is one such interesting find. I was in contact with Mariusz recently and he shared some photos of his work and I’d like to show them here because it’s fascinating to see what is going on in small design studios in different parts of the world — don’t you think?
These pieces are oak and MDF and show a great deal of wit and creativity. My favorite piece is the Louis&Louis because it’s a cabinet split into two and I find this so creative and very interesting! I also like the Yoko rocking chair, it looks very comfortable and has a great silhouette. Studio Ziben has a studio in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg in case you are visiting, you should look him up and drop in to view these pieces in person! And if you see anything that you like, you may contact him directly.
(images: studio ziben)