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Winter Is…

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.

Winter Is...

Winter Is...

Left column top to bottom: Liz, decor8, Little Pink Studio, Pink Peony Photography, decor8.

Right column top to bottom: Life Love Paper, Simple Tess, Wynzia, K. Manghi, Kat Heyes and Craft & Creativity.

“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)

Posted in inspiration on December 08, 2009

Anna Inghardt Photography

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.

Anna Inghardt Photography

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. :)

Anna Inghardt Photography

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)

Posted in inspiration on December 04, 2009

Svenska Stylistgruppen

I read about Svenska Stylistgruppen today on the Creativity Channel and was so inspired by what I clicked on and then, fell in love with… all at first sight! It’s a group of stylists, which appears to be an agency, run by business partners Helene Holmstedt and Maria Malmström.

Svenska Stylistgruppen

Svenska Stylistgruppen

Svenska Stylistgruppen

Svenska Stylistgruppen

Svenska Stylistgruppen has a talented group of more than 30 stylists, mostly interiors but also food, products and such… and I found a few that I thought I’d share with you briefly. Their names are Viveka Gil, Helene Holmstedt, Ulrika Jidström, Ann Charlotte Ridderstolpe, Anncatrin Rosenqvist and Kerstin Söderlund — each of their names links to their portfolio so please take a peek. I selected images above from their portfolios, I like seeing them all together so I created virtual mood board mixing them together. I love the shots of lime, teal and lilac, don’t you?

(images: Svenska Stylistgruppen)

Posted in inspiration on December 03, 2009

Elle Interiör

There is so much inspiration packed in the pages of Elle Interiör Sweden but if you’re not lucky enough to have access to their issues the website is the next best thing. I find so many great links, ideas and trend reports there and I don’t even read Swedish… but it’s so visual and easy enough to navigate that you really don’t need to. Here are a few recent photographs in Elle Interiör, I like the colors in these photos and the gorgeous au natural wood trend that they are spotlighting…

Elle Interiör

Elle Interiör

When I think about it, how many decorating magazines do I really read anyway, even when they are in English? Sad to admit but it’s true, I skip most of the articles or trend reports but I do scan them and if the home or product is of someone I know then I’ll read it… otherwise not. Is it bad for a writer to admit this publicly? Should I feel ashamed of this? Well whether it is or not, there I’ve said it and it cannot be taken back: I only read text in design magazines by either a writer whom I know to be engaging, informative, conversational and/or witty (a few columns from Domino come to mind), or I just skim and drool at the photos and read the bylines and photo captions. I guess everyone is different though. But I will say this, there are exceptions — when Selvedge arrives, I gobble it down word-by-word. I read each article twice. It’s so well written and poetic in some ways, it’s a word fest and extremely informative…

(images: elle interior sweden)

Posted in Books + Magazines, inspiration on December 03, 2009

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Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

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