Are you familiar with the work of American pro photographer Philip Ficks? I first discovered him back when I was writing for Cookie magazine, but he has also appeared in other publications like Real Simple and has shot for clients that I love like Hable Construction as well. His still life work is my favorite, you can see some of what I like below but you’ll need to visit his portfolio online to access all of his beautiful photographs for your viewing pleasure today. :)
Philip Ficks was raised in Cincinnati and studied painting and then went on to study graphic design at Parsons. In New York, he worked as an art director for 10 years, most recently at Real Simple. While working with so many photographers over the years, he felt drawn to their work and realized his own unique ability to express his vision and creativity through this medium so he transitioned from art director to photographer. Great story, isn’t it? He currently lives and works in Brooklyn and works with a diverse group of clients ranging from editorial to advertising and commercial.
I love stories like these… people changing directions and trying new careers and finding success. It’s lovely and definitely flattens the old school way of thinking — studying something and sticking to it for life no matter how much you’d prefer to be doing something else! Why bother? Transition and move forward! Those of us who have done this are happier for it, this is a fact!
(images: philip ficks)
Would you like to tour the fabulous Moooi in Amsterdam with me today? I was recently there and asked permission to shoot some photos for decor8 and they were happy to welcome me and so I did my thing — snap, snap, snap!
I have always had this great love affair with the white paper chandelier ever since first spotting it five years ago and I’m still absolutely lusting for it after all of this time. I saw an XXL version as I walked into Moooi and laughed as I imagined a scenario where my husband would come home one afternoon and see it hanging in our entryway — I can picture his face! I can’t imagine owning a space large enough to fit the massive version of the paper chandelier, but I can definitely see using the “normal” size chandy over my dining room table or in the entry of my new home so I will contact their German agent soon to see if the price tag is even close to something that I can afford. I don’t know though… Here it is in the entry of the store as I walked in. Isn’t it lovely?
I also love the lolita table lamps, you can see a white one in the photo directly above — it reminds me of a little hat with delicate trimwork… it is such a precious light and I like that it also comes in gray as a pendant because I think that would look lovely in a kitchen, don’t you? I currently have the Clusterlamp in my kitchen but I’m thinking of moving it to the guest bathroom once I move… When I look at Moooi lighting I think I could fill my entire home only with their lighting and live happily ever after! I was counting over the weekend, in my new home I need to buy 13 pendants. Can you imagine? THIRTEEN. This is because we have 6 rooms plus a kitchen, 2 baths a hall and an entry room plus two enclosed winter gardens (they are like 3 season glass enclosed porches). I hope that I win the lottery soon.
Did you enjoy this little Moooi visit with me today? I hope that you did. I shot this store on a very rainy Wednesday when no one was around so I had the place to myself. I wanted to photograph more close ups of products but I felt I would have overstayed my welcome so I took these snaps above and got going… I ended up in a charming little corner cafe eating apple cake and sipping tea as the rain poured — it was quite a romantic little afternoon!
Visiting London? Moooi is set to open the doors of its first permanent showroom & UK headquarters in London on September 16th over at Portobello Dock!
(images: Holly Becker for decor8)
I just spotted the sweetest fabrics on Etsy by Aunt June, some patterns feature the most darling little hand sketched boats. How cute is this?
Lauren Hunt of Aunt June is currently a featured seller over at Etsy — she designs and prints many fabrics that those who make things would delight in owning and transforming into all kinds of pretty handmade goodies. She also has another shop, And Your Name Is, where she designs fabric with your name on it that can become totes, clothing, pillows, anything! My favorite pattern, in addition to the boats, is the gorgeous feather print in gray and white. Lovely!
Psst: Lauren makes totes and she blogs too!
(images: lauren hunt)
Here I am wishing wonderful you a great weekend! Thank you for visiting me on decor8 this week, your visits and comments mean so much to me and as I’m on some serious deadlines right now with the book and the only breaks I have are when I read your sweet notes on my site or in my inbox. So thank you for being such good friends. :) I’m currently working on a special section in the book that I know you will find helpful but I’m so, so busy with Decorate right now that I feel this such a wacky mix of emotions currently! Right now I want to finish up and see the final product and then, show you because I’m a blogger — I want to show and tell NOW not in months to come! ha ha! There are so many details and bits that I am holding back on because I simply cannot tell you now but when I can, I have many lovely stories from what I learned doing this project, who I met, all of it!
What will you do this weekend? I’ll be at a flea market in the morning and then going out with my friend for a few hours, but then I need to write more and start working on the e-course materials for the next class. I also need to get some estimates for movers, we are hiring out (you get to a certain age where it no longer works to call your friends to help you — they either all have bad backs now or kids, LOL, sigh – aging!) so we have to hire a moving company to basically move us around the corner but hey, I just want to get packed and get out at this point because I am so ready to move into our new home.
See you on Monday and have a very nice and hopefully relaxing weekend!
(Images: Dit, a place we ate at in Den Bosch recently with our lovely friends.)
What girl doesn’t dream of owning D. Porthault linens? It seems like a very city girl thing to have, especially in New York and London, where I seem to see them in bedrooms the most. In fact, one of my dear friends just spent over $1,000 on linens for her bed and I must say, I was a bit green because I could never imagine spending that much on sheets but then again, I was raised differently than she was — my parents were not into luxury brands so I never gave them much of a thought.
To me, luxury goods were part of someone else’s world, not mine, and I was okay with that. But after seeing her amazing sheets and spending the night in her flat (she dressed my bed in them as well), I began thinking that perhaps the luxury world does not have to belong to the rich and fabulous, perhaps I could hit a D. Porthault tag sale in London or New York in the near future or maybe buy one or two nice things vs. an entire collection, just to have some of the luxx in my life. Though I must admit, I’ve never spent $200 on a bath towel so I think I’d need a very strong cocktail to get the courage!
D. Porthault is a luxury brand made in France using the finest materials, designed by the D. Porthault team in Paris. It’s a very exclusive brand, the Rolls Royce of linens. That makes them very expensive, you can expect to pay around $200 for a 56″ x 48″ bath towel or $150 for a slightly smaller one measuring around 31″ x 51″. Not for the budget minded shopper. But there is a place for luxury items, we need them in the world, and so I support the luxury market because a little Chanel, Tiffany and D. Porthault goes a very long way!
Are you a D. Porthault fan? Do you own or are you like me, a secret admirer? I would love to own the Bouquet Eclate towels for my new guest bathroom or the lovely pink Coeurs towels OR (I know, right?) the yellow Mimosa pattern. For the bed, I adore nearly all of the patterns shown here, they are so feminine and the sheets themselves feel like heaven to slip between.
So tell me, do you buy luxury goods? If so, what do you buy and why? How much money would you spend on luxury items for yourself or for your home?
(images: D. Porthault)