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23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

February 19, 2015

I’ve had the nicest exchange with photographer Brittany Ambridge this week, who was so pleased that I wanted to feature her on decor8. It’s always a delight when you write to someone looking to run a story about their work and they reply with such heartfelt words of thanks and are genuinely cooperative and nice. In fact, she updated her online portfolio just so I could share her latest so you are able to see some fresh views of gorgeous spaces she has shot from California to France. I also learned something quite interesting when speaking to Brittany…

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

First, she is the sole photographer for domino magazine since their relaunch and she shoots about 95% of it. Wow, right? She also retouches the photos herself, which is unusual in her industry. If that weren’t enough, she also works closely with Robert Leleux, the magazine’s newly appointed Editorial Director, on every shoot. When it comes to her work she revealed, “I take it from the initial idea, which is brainstormed with the edit team, to shooting, editing, retouching, all the way through to the color proofs for print. That’s never been done before in publishing to have a single person do all of that.” I believe that this is precisely why her work is so beautiful – because she sees it through from beginning to end and she doesn’t have a lot of hands involved in the process – so her work is seen by us in its purest most honest form – from her eye to the pages of the magazine. How nice.

Instead of just showing you some pretty pictures, I wanted to provide some decorating takeaway for you to enjoy. Also, all of the links to these homes are featured at the end of this post so please click around and enjoy yourself. And remember, all photos can be enlarged if you simply click on them and pinned however please ensure Brittany is credited along with domino when you pin (thank you!).

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

1. Happy, Bright Corners. A really great eating nook that feels very west coast with the blue tones, tile floor and greenery.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

2. Splashes of bold color and pattern. Plus, more of that great tile. Love the marble backsplash and the windows painted in bold blue. Open shelving is a wonderful way to open up a kitchen.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

3. Coastal photography and and a painting. Brings the beach to the abode. Also, it’s always a nice touch to lean a few photos against the wall using a painting as a mini shelf.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

4. Bold art and patterns against white. Always a good idea. Love the botanical prints (good use of symmetry to balance the room), and all of the Swedish throw pillows by Svenskt Tenn and the HAY trays on the coffee table. I loved my visit to their Stockholm shop – such a utopia of color.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

5. Bookcase as a focal point. Emily Henderson’s built in bookcase came out so nice, the lines are fun and unexpected and everything colorful stands out so nicely against white, right?

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

6. A relaxing, chic sleep space. I love the colors, so unexpected — and the patterns technically shouldn’t work together but they really, really do. Such a great lesson in mixing things up and decorating from the heart vs. always the head.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

7. A big, rustic kitchen. The tiled walls, the mega stove, open shelving, crisp white… The ceiling! The rug! It makes even the non-cook want to rattle some pots and pans and shouldn’t your kitchen inspire you to culinary greatness?

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

8. Greens. Just add greens to you space already. They are healthy, can be displayed in the most stylish vessels these days, and make a home feel very natural and cozy. Some plants and trees are very sculptural and serious (great for very modern minimalistic homes) whereas others can be very wild or wispy for the more eclectic or romantic at heart. The plants and flowers that you love the most are often a window into our decorating soul. At least according to me.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

9. Dark floors. I know everyone and their dog is into white floors or light wood floors but dark flooring can be just as gorgeous. It anchors a space (I love saying that, sounds so professional!) and feels warm and personal too. Dark floors can be very inviting, too.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

10. A well-styled mantle. This is such a great example of playing with color, pattern and decorative objects along with gorgeous artwork. You know how much I love flowers, so these sweet peas and dahlias really do it for me. And with flowers the great thing is that this week it’s dahlias and next week, it’s cherry blossoms – you can instantly change a mood with the purchase of a single bundle and a swap out of a vessel.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

11. A very sweet child’s room. Gosh what a darling space and a beautiful view to boot. Every kid should be so lucky.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

12. Bold prints. This is such a nice use of a bold print paired with a simple bench and lots of books and magazines stacked neatly below. That print really makes the corner come to life. Art is such a great way to instantly lift a space.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

13. Patterned backgrounds behind shelving. I don’t know if this is a wall or wallpaper, a wallpapered bookcase, or what really. But I love it. Why not add pattern to the back of a bookcase. You can do it with wallpaper, matte gift wrap, fabric, or if you just want to work with solids – paint it. But my goodness, experiment a little am I right? Fun stuff.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

14. Concrete floors. Aside from all of that natural light and the gorgeous window and views, I love this polished concreate floor which is perfect for homes set in warm, tropical climates. NOT Boston.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

15. All white styling. White books, white ceramics, a hint of nude. YES YES YES. I really love this. Most of those ceramics are from Astier de Villatte in Paris, a shop I actually worked in for the day a few years ago when I styled it for my book. What a dream come true for me to work with such beautiful things. I wanted to bring everything home with me but I escaped only with a journal, a few candles and a large ceramic fork for my wall. I ultimately want to own this many pieces from them though and style them beautifully like this in my home. Maybe when Aidan gets a little older!

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

16. Bold patterned wallpaper. Bedrooms can often be super boring and generic, can’t they? I mean, what options do we really have with furniture placement? A bedroom is unlike any other space. The bed is almost always in the middle of the largest wall, flanked by two end tables, two lights and maybe some art work above. The bed is always large and in charge so the focus is always on the bed. One of the best ways to change that up is to remove the headboard and go big and bold with wallpaper like this photo above. Then the bed is sort of an after thought and not the first thing you see upon entertaining, and sometimes that really nice if we’re not fussy about keep the bedding perfectly made and ironed or we don’t have the best looking headboard in the world.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

17. Mood boards. I know, we all hate the name but they are so practical for designers and so fun for creatives to share what’s on their mind in a very visual way. And a mood board makes such a statement, when composed, it becomes it’s own work of art and focal point. I love them in any room of the home though they tend to work best in the office where most creative ideas blossom.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

18. Newspaper-as-art. I never in my life thought of or saw this before and I’ve dealt with a ton of interiors during the past decade. This Kate Moss piece, framed, is lovely. I wish I knew more about it but it’s very cool framed like that above the fireplace, don’t you think?

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

19. Masks and mood boarding for kids. Okay, those masks on the animals sitting across the bed made me laugh out loud. I love the sense of humor here. But what caught my eye at first, aside from that gorgeous map, are the photos tapes to the wall. Such a great way to encourage your child to decorate and also share what they are inspired by at the moment in addition to pop stars and baby animal posters.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

20. String art. Be creative and unusual and do something whimsical like this string art by Berlin-based artist Nike Schroeder. This work was commissioned by stylist Emily Henderson and came out so pretty – I love the softness and splash of color. I’m sure it cost her a fortune, but it’s worth it when something like this literally makes the room.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

21. Splash of color and throws. This always works for me. If you put your finger over the painting and imagine the chairs sheepskin throw-free, well it’s not the same room. The power or texture and color!

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

22. Bold closet doors. This is the best. I can’t embellish here. If you are bold enough just make this happen on your closet doors somehow, someway.

23 Great Rooms By Photographer Brittany Ambridge for Domino

23. An organized work studio with style. We all need a place where we can create from an honest place while also finding our stuff! I really love how this artists’ studio is decorated. Makes me want to run in there and paint something which is exactly what a creative space should do – motivate you to get your hands busy!

Homes shown above are from the following lovely homeowners. Please click on each link to view their entire property. Chay Wike’s Hollywood Hills home, Austyn Zung’s SoHo apartment, Heather Taylor’s West Hollywood home, Ariel Ashe’s Greenwich Village townhouse, Sally King Benedict’s Atlanta home, Anne Ziegler’s Laurel Canyon home, Emily Henderson’s Los Angeles home, Andrea Krueger’s Paris apartment.

Thank you so much Brittany for allowing us a peek into your stunning world, your beautiful work and the homes of so many stylish people you’ve had the pleasure to work with. And a special thanks to domino magazine for sharing photography from previous issues with us, too.

(Images: Brittany Ambridge)






32 Comments

  • Reply Delphine Comte February 19, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Such good ideas of home decor!
    Brittany is an amazing photographer.

  • Reply Ann Marie Coolick February 19, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Beautiful selection of artwork. I love the small coastal painting and the cool tones in the bedroom abstract pieces. Soothing and not overdone. Nice job!

  • Reply annton February 19, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    All the images are amazing. I like how light and airy they come across. Number 7. though, completely knocked me of my feet. I can’t really tell what it is that amazes me so much and wants me to move within in a sec, but I love this kitchen!

  • Reply Andrew Bigwood February 19, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    From a photography/photographers perspective, Brittany has an interesting style in her interiors photography. I like the ‘front on’ elevational perspective she uses in most of what you’ve shown here. Very bright and fresh feel too!

    Great post!

  • Reply Traci February 19, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    These are all SO beautiful! I love the one about dark floors being inviting. I’d love to have dark wood floors in my house someday.

  • Reply Sue Schlabach 129twigandvine February 19, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Terribly inspiring. 2. 4. 17. etc….. Might need to make a wild animal mask this weekend.

  • Reply Heike February 19, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Dear Holly,
    this morning my son (he ist 8 years old now)and me were laying in bed until 10:30 looking through one of our favourite books:
    Lust auf Wohnen!
    He kept telling me what he likes and why and while looking at all those beautiful fotos we cuddled and enjoyed our day off.
    Thanks for all the inspiration you bring in our life!
    Heike

    • Reply decor8 February 19, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      @Heike – Oh how cute, thank you for sharing this with me. Give him a cuddle for me. xo

  • Reply Marian February 19, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Wow, I love all these bright, light, airy photos! Great style. I’m also loving pops of colour here and there that really stand out…might have to go home and paint my front door yellow tonight!! :)

    Great work Brittany!

  • Reply The Office Stylist February 19, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    I love the yellow door in the first picture! I’m a big fan of natural lighting and these spaces seem to have a lot! Also loving the built in storage!! Very modern looking!

    The Office Stylist

  • Reply Lilesadi February 19, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    We adore rooms number 5, 17 and 22! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  • Reply Melissa February 20, 2015 at 5:21 am

    The window painted in blue just grabbed me- so fun. (I’m afraid I wouldn’t keep my dishes organized enough to have them open space!)

    I’m loving the granite and “concrete” looking floors that I’m seeing more of. I didn’t even think of how cold they would be in the northern climate- good point!

  • Reply Mamagreen February 20, 2015 at 5:52 am

    #21 – Great design. The french windows allow the light to flood in and the lighter colour scheme allow those pops of colours to stand out. Placing the dining room furniture there is a great idea as it seems to meld outside and inside.

  • Reply Anna February 20, 2015 at 10:21 am

    This pictures are amazing <3

  • Reply Paperblooming Prints February 20, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    This home is absolutely beautiful! I love bright color scheme!

  • Reply Candice February 20, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    I am saving most of these images for my “book” .. I am waiting to buy a new home and it will need a bit of my touch .. which will include quite a lot of things included in your photos :)
    So I guess the house is in need of “our” touch :)

  • Reply Wrenaissance Art February 21, 2015 at 1:55 am

    How wonderful for Brittany to be the “house” photographer of a major magazine! Talk about a chance to create an aesthetic style to match the text.

    All the botanical/floral images is good to see–I hope it’s a trend.

    I also love that most of the interiors shown are “unisex”. The trend over the last few years for ultra-girly styling in home decor is so not my style! I believe in creating a space that is comfortable for both sexes in the household, and most of these rooms are welcoming to the man of the house as well as reflecting the lady’s tastes and interests.

  • Reply Cece February 22, 2015 at 3:59 am

    I love the Kilim rug in the kitchen. Looks so decorative. I have been looking for one. Any recommendations?

  • Reply Barbara Cortili February 22, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    As a fellow photographer,I found this article to be quite .Brittany’s photo work is quite charming and this house is absolutely lovely.Thank you for this beautiful article,Holly!

  • Reply Brittany Ambridge February 22, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Thank you Holly for the lovely post on my work! It’s fun to see the images you chose. Thanks to everyone for the sweet comments as well!

    Xo

  • Reply A Cornish Mum aka Stevie! February 23, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I am in love with that rustic kitchen! What fantastic light she manages to use for her pictures, it makes everything look so light and airy, yet still liveable! Beautiful!

  • Reply ANNE {Anne's Scribbles and Doodles} February 23, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    So much inspiration. I love the white rooms most.

  • Reply Linda&Lena February 23, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    So beautiful! I love the first picture the most, it feels like summer :) I want this door!
    Linda&Lena
    bauch-gefuehle.blogspot.de

  • Reply The Shelf Society February 23, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    What a talented photographer! Beautiful, inspiring images.

    Leah @ The Shelf Society

  • Reply Janell February 25, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Those red closet doors are amazing!

  • Reply Kelly February 26, 2015 at 1:26 am

    What lovely spaces! I adore that patterned wallpaper behind the bookcase – it would be a great way to freshen up a space for Spring. Also love that small studio office at the end – goes to show that even a small nook can be be so functional. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply b. February 26, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    that office space is a dream.

  • Reply Fiona McKinna February 26, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    I love everyone of these beautiful rooms:-)

  • Reply Julie Wylie March 1, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Love this post! I got some great ideas for my own home.

  • Reply Lena March 2, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Beautiful rooms – i love the pictures.

  • Reply smot kesato March 4, 2015 at 9:17 am

    good design, i like it especially number 18

  • Reply Nikki Syther March 5, 2015 at 3:37 am

    Definitely a few ideas to steal for my own house!

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