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Paul Barbera + Where They Create

Paul Barbera is primarily an interiors photographer who travels for assignments and while on those adventures he makes it a point to look up artists and other creative types as he is inspired by how they live and work. His visual compilation of their environments on his site, Where They Create, is fantastic for the curious like me. This man needs a book deal so if you’re in publishing take note of his work because he’s pretty much the interior version of The Sartorialist. Don’t believe me? Here have a look… Then please go and have another look at his client work. You may hug me. It’s that stunning!

Paul Barbera

Paul Barbera

Paul Barbera

Paul Barbera

Paul Barbera

I particularly like his Where They Create project. It’s interesting to see spaces in Hong Kong and other faraway places and to see people using many of the tools that I use in my daily life here in Germany and that no doubt you use in your part of the world. There is this feeling of, “we are all in this together”, when I view those photos — they are just filled with mood and feeling but also there’s this connection. His portfolio is so diverse —  great range — something for all to enjoy. And the cupcakes, oh yes, we must not forget the cupcakes.

What a nice way to begin the weekend…

(images: paul barbera)

Posted in inspiration on March 26, 2010

Color Me Pretty

Hello Friends, it’s Leslie with Color Me Pretty and I am really happy to be back here! I just wrapped up a 7 week teaching assignment alongside Holly for Blogging Your Way which is why I’ve been missing. Now that the session has ended, I’m back with my column each month around this time to share more color inspirations with you. A big thanks to Holly and you all for having me back.

Color Me Pretty

This time around I am inspired by Spring-time and all the blooms available at the markets and with that, I opted for a pastel palette. There really is nothing like the soft yellows, pinks and lilac tones of early spring. I enjoyed combining these colors with a soft craft paper brown and some milky whites. Here are the results.

Color Me Pretty

It is a nice time of year to get inspired with cleaning out our work-spaces and our homes for the months ahead.  Sometimes a good “spring clean” can do decorating wonders as it clears our heads and helps us get a clearer vision for what we want in our lives. New ideas seem to flow when we have a fresh clean space. I like to get my craft supplies sorted and ready for new project ideas. My little mood-board got a spring makeover too as it reflects some of my new interests and ideas.

Color Me Pretty

I would love to hear any spring-cleaning or organizing tips you have. We all can use the inspiration! I hope you enjoyed this color story and I look forward to seeing you back here next month.

Color Me Pretty

Take care and hope you’ve enjoyed this view of spring today! xo, Leslie

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(photographs: leslie shewring)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Color Me Pretty on March 25, 2010

Claudia Uribe Touri Photography

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 Uribe Touri Photography

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)

Posted in inspiration on March 25, 2010

Photographer Morten Holtum

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!

Photographer Morten Holtum

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.

Photgrapher Morten Holtum

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)

Posted in inspiration on March 25, 2010

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