Hello Friends, it’s Leslie with Color Me Pretty and this time around I wanted to work with red, white and kraft paper brown for a simple and slightly nostalgic approach to the winter holidays. There are lots of vintage bottles, twine and old newspapers combined with apples, pine cones and a few berries. I hope you enjoy this series I made for you.
It is always nice to turn wrapping into a tiny design project – right? For the few gifts I choose to give, no matter how small, I love the creative challenge and the result of having a gift show care and attention. If you give yourself a little extra time it is amazing what you can use up from around your home – scrap papers, brown lunch bags, extra buttons, kitchen twine or whatever else you can find to add a little extra love to your gifts.
Holiday decorating can be so elegant when done with simple gestures that speak about what you love. Like a bowl of crunchy red apples waiting to be eaten or made into a pie. Lots of pie cones gathered from walks and sprinkled around the house. A few sprigs of berries or a small bunch of roses on the table. Whatever you love and whatever helps you settle into what the holidays mean for you. Of course some yummy smells from the kitchen are always good too!
I really hope you liked this collection and I will be back soon with one more holiday series, until then, all my best to you. – Leslie.
(images: leslie shewing)
Jo Kornstein is the co-owner of a boutique antiques store in northwest London called Howie & Belle and also a talented set designer who was recently profiled in British Vogue. I peeked at it recently at the Virgin store in our train station and was pleased and surprised to find that my friend Susannah also fancied this cozy home describing it as, “my dream home” and shared scanned images on her blog. Here’s a glimpse:
The photography is by Hugh Stewart, please look at his online portfolio because he will surely provide you with an ample dose of inspiration today. Here are some of the photos that he took of Jo’s home below as well, I like this space because it is lovingly curated and not so carefully edited — that wonderful “real life lived-in” charm is still very much part of this home. It feels cozy and inviting, evidently a place that Jo spent a good amount of time pulling together. I like how Vogue described it, “More Dash Than Cash“. How appropriate! I support this way of living very much… creative touches, recycling, upcycling, thoughtfully curating, yes — more dash than cash or as I’d say it, creative authentic living. And it’s also obvious that Jo is a set designer… her home feels like you’ve just walked onto a film set.
These authentic and welcoming homes are the best homes, aren’t they? Ones that reflect the heart and soul of the dweller, a home that feels and smells and matches the person/s living there so well that you’d walk in and say, “Oh this is so, you!”. Has anyone ever said that in your home? To me, it’s the perfect compliment.
(photography: hugh stewart for vogue uk)
Photographer Alan Jensen wrote me the kindest email today! It is so encouraging to hear from a photographer as most that I share on this site are ones that I spent hours finding — not the other way around. It feels good to have days when the most wonderful submission arrives — I didn’t have to work for it! :) Alan is an Australian photographer who recently relocated to nearby Amsterdam with his partner, Cath Conroy who is an equally talented photographer. Here is some of Alan’s work for Real Living magazine…
I’d love to receive more submissions from talented photographers, especially those who specialize in still life and interiors since highlighting their work is something that I enjoy doing as I don’t think photographers receive as much credit as they do for all the beautiful work we see in magazines that we usually credit the magazine itself. Behind the scenes you have so many talented people and I want to highlight them more and more for two reasons: I’m inspired by beautiful photography and learn from it and secondly, I want others to think more about what they see, study images (dissect them even), learn from them and also to acknowledge the person behind the glory shots as so many of those you find in magazines have portfolios online — just google them and see what you find!
Thank you Alan for writing to me (and Pia too!) and welcome to northern Europe!
(images: alan jensen photography)
Winter is magical with crystal trees and marshmallow hills as snowflakes fall to gently kiss your lips. Isn’t this a beautiful time of year? Here are a few photos of what winter means to me, a few of my own combined with those of my lovely Flickr friends. I hope you enjoy this composition of winter’s highlights.
“Wide, sparkling fields snow-vestured lie, beneath a blue, unshadowed sky; A glistening splendor crowns the woods and bosky, whistling solitudes; In hemlock glen and reedy mere, the tang of frost is sharp and clear; Life hath a jollity and zest, A poignancy made manifest; Laughter and courage have their way, at noontide of a winter’s day.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery.
(images linked to their sources above)
I know in some parts of the world it is starting to snow so perhaps if you are not so keen on cold weather then the photographs of Swedish photographer Anna Inghardt may inspire you since they show a side of white that is warming, sensitive and very light. But also a bit emotional, I couldn’t help but sense that perhaps there are good times mixed with heartache that Anna is trying to convey in her work.
You can view all of her photos in white here on Flickr where I found her and also over on her blog. Lindsey at Great Full Day also likes Anna — must be kismet as I think we found Anna at the same exact moment in space and time. :)
And if you are one who is wishing for snow then perhaps these photos will serve to intensify your longing… whet your appetite for a light dusting or a heavy fall that may eventually land in your little part of the world and surprise! warm your heart too.
My only hope is that someday Anna will sell her photos online. I want the kitty paws with the silver stars – her stripey cat is adorable. :)
(images: anna inghardt)