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Photographer Petra Bindel

It all started with this tear sheet of a super delicious dining room (my dream DR) and the search for its origin, and finally I landed upon the online portfolio of Swedish photographer Petra Bindel. Her work is stunning, she has done a lot for Elle Interiör Sweden which some of you may recognize right away.

Photographer Petra Bindel

My dream dining room shown above right. I already own some of these things, it’s just a matter of finding a new apartment with an adequate dining space and making it my own. I also love all the storage options, I could easily have a dining room/craft space in one with a dining table that doubles as a work table for sewing and crafting. This gives me ideas as I begin my new apartment search…

Photographer Petra Bindel

I’ve long wanted a framed butterfly, even more so now… I’m going to start looking for something like this in the near future. And don’t you just love the composition of things in this photo? The poodle reminds me of a vintage Avon perfume bottle on my grandmother’s dresser.

Photographer Petra Bindel

Here’s another glossy white table with mismatched seating in white and wood tones. Must be a Scandinavian thing, huh? I love it. I have a shelf like this one in my current eating nook, I should play around with it and add some new accessories to liven it up.

Photographer Petra Bindel

I haven’t stopped today long enough to eat, and this bun looks delightful. What really grabbed me in this image was the lighting and composition of the shot but also that backsplash tile. I long to someday have pretty tile like that in my kitchen. I’d love some vintage tiles from Belgium, Holland or Turkey, I seem to like their patterns best.

Photographer Petra Bindel

I have a Moroccan wedding quilt (vintage) just like this one but never in the world did I think to tack it to the wall over a sofa! I see lots of people use them on the floor but honestly, I can’t imagine doing that with mine. For now, it remains at the foot of my bed more for decorative purposes than functional ones.

Photographer Petra Bindel

I’m looking for a low lounge chair in wood or rattan for my living room, I can’t seem to find exactly what I want though so I’m in my second year now of searching. But I know once I find what I see in my mind’s eye I’ll be really, really happy and I’ll always keep it! That’s the beauty of getting something stuck in your head, if it stays stuck for a long time — you know you must have it. Then once you do find it you’ll treasure the possession above all other things for many years. It’s better to buy what you love than to settle for something you don’t for a quicker fix.

Photographer Petra Bindel

There are so many things about each of these rooms that speak to me, I don’t know where to begin really. I think in the end it really comes down to the feminine bits combined with the bolder pieces and all of the eclectic items thrown together to compose the perfect interior melody. That turquoise door is to die for, the shoe shelf, beaded chandelier, it’s also very amazing… and then you have a white glossy table again with wood chairs. I also love that black Swedish oven, those things are lovely – aren’t they? The bedroom with that lighting, ah – so welcoming. I like the casually tossed heels on that fluffy white rug. Nice touch. Now can I move in?

If you are interested in Petra’s work, she is represented by Susanne Björkman at Folio in Stockholm, her contact information is listed here.

(images: petra bindel/folio management/portfolio cph/elle interiör)

Posted in inspiration on July 22, 2009

Laurie Frankel Photography

I could look at Laurie Frankel’s photographs all day, and well… I nearly spent an hour on her site last night enjoying each and every delicious bite from her portfolio. The way she sees the world is so interesting to me, I love the portraits that she takes of children and all the cute poses she gets them in, and of course I like her food photography because it makes me hungry, and her still life photos interest me because I delight in looking at all the little bits that were perfectly styled that she then experted photographed. Would you like to see a few of my favorites from her portfolio? First, I’ll start off with my absolute fave. This one…

Laurie Frankel Photography

Why? Because I had hot pink wheels on my white skates growing up. I don’t know what these are exactly, but mine were called Zinger and I cleaned them after every single roller skating session. I loved my pink wheels so much that I had to keep them looking brand new at all times. I was constantly in the pro shop and hanging out with the cute skate guards asking them if they could look at my wheels, rotate them, oil the ball bearings, yeah I was a crazy girl – crazy for boys and roller skating so I made sure I learned about every single part of my skates so I could impress them. This photo takes me back to couples skating, shoot the duck, and “the next skate will be an all skate” he he, I love it. I started at 4-years-old and was a speed skater (I was quite competitive and won a lot of races!) by the time I was 11 or 12. Do you have roller skating memories? I could write an entire post on this, what a riot! I digress… Back to pretty photos.

Laurie Frankel Photography

Laurie Frankel Photography

Laurie Frankel Photography

Laurie Frankel Photography

Leslie is quite an accomplished and talented lady with clients that include Pottery Barn, Nestle and DreamWorks, to name only a few, so I’m certain you will really enjoy her website today because she’s quite an inspiration!

(images: Laurie Frankel)

Posted in inspiration on July 17, 2009

Inspired By Light Locations

If you are in the film/TV and photograpy industry you may know all about Light Locations, a location agency based in the UK launched by Sophie Hitchens eight years ago. They are well known in the business, some of their properties you may recognize from some of your favorite books and magazines, like LivingEtc who is a Light Locations client.

Light Locations

Simply put, you can lease a beautiful, inspiring lifestyle location to shoot a film, take photos for your fashion magazine, or style a shoot for your upcoming book and of course, you can select from a number of properties worldwide to do this – Sophie has the right connections and a beautiful website where you can browse her stylish portfolio of properties.

Light Locations

Light Locations

Light Locations

Light Locations

Light Locations

And of course, if you have a beautiful home, shop, workroom or other location that you think would be something Light Locations would have an interest in, you can submit it to Sophie as she is always scouting for new spaces. I’m thinking this works nicely for someone who lives in two places with one vacant a good amount of time each year, it’s a nice way to receive some income for when you’re not using your second home.

For me, this is all a very far off dream that may never be my reality but I’m still inspired to see such interesting spaces, admire the decor, and of course share all of this with those of you who just may be looking for their next location!

(images: light locations)

Posted in inspiration on July 14, 2009

Small Space With Big Attitude

It’s not always that inspiring to come across a space that is 3,000 square foot perched atop a mountain overlooking the Pacific is it? I mean, it’s lovely but not at all practical and if you don’t have the bank account for it, you may even find yourself depressed looking at such amazing abodes. That’s why I must share this gorgeous little city apartment in Sweden that was recently for sale and featured on the Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör website. They are part retail shop/cafe and part realtor located in Göteborg, Sweden.

Alvhemmakler

This particular flat is around 446 square feet and 1.5 rooms plus a bathroom and kitchen — as you can see from the floor plan below, there’s not much too it! And when it comes to features, well it’s in a building dated from 1935 so you don’t have ornate crown moldings, transom windows or original flooring, tile work, or soaring ceilings. But this apartment is designed so beautifully that you don’t even notice what it is lacking — it’s so gorgeous that I can’t stop looking at these photos! I’m so grateful that Freshome wrote about it recently or else I would have missed this completely. I spy lots of IKEA pieces, don’t you? So it appears to be a budget design, too!

Alvhemmakler

Alvhemmakler

Alvhemmakler

Alvhemmakler

Alvhemmakler

Alvhemmakler

Alvhemmakler

Alvhemmakler

Alvhemmakler

You don’t need a large space to have a beautiful one, this point is pretty clear here!

Warning: If you want to drool like a baby while getting your daily fix for inspiration, view all of the Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör properties here. I’m telling you, this agent has some gorgeous places for sale/recently sold — don’t say I didn’t warn you!

(images: Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör)

Posted in inspiration on July 13, 2009

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