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Lizette Bell Photography

Lizette Bell is an Australian photographer that I recently came across via lovely Lucy and I like her work and think that you will too. Lizette’s diverse portfolio features two of my favorites: still life product shots and interior photography. You can also find fashion and portrait work too — here is just a peek into her portfolio pages.

Lizette Bell Photography

Lizette Bell Photography

The pale green with cream looks very nice, I imagine it would be a new and interesting palette for winter if you felt like going off the path a bit and trying something new amidst all the pine green and white we typically find during this time of year. I think the pale green, along with gray and cream and soft caramel could be a really warm and rustic palette.

Next, look at the photo above the two green/cream images… What do you think? I like the assemblage of natural wonders set against a white background. I’m not sure if that is a fireplace mantle or a rugged table, but it is very nice to just stare at for a moment… it gives a sense of relaxation, a feeling of rest mixed with curiosity, if that even makes sense? To me, it does. ;) I like to examine all of the details, for instance notice the 3 books with two pages facing outwards, one with only the spine. Perhaps the stylist and photographer thought that having all three blue spines showing would give a weighted affect to the left side of the image, causing lack of balance or maybe it would create a focal point in the wrong place? With the pages turned outwards, their grain and color speaks to the tall vase, which creates a sense of balance but also allows the eye to travel.

It’s so interesting to consider these things when you’re looking at the work of a photographer and important if you want to learn for your own work or even when it comes to decorating or creating stylish vignettes in your home — be curious, ask why, take notes, pay attention to the details. One warning though… be careful not to get into the habit of collecting hundreds of images without really asking yourself WHY you like the photo, what in it speaks to you, what you can learn from it to apply in your own lifestyle, etc. When I started asking myself real questions like that, I got so much more out of the photos I found in some of my favorite publications and it really helps you to train your eye and fine tune your sense of style. :)

To see more of Lizette’s work, please visit her website. It’s a nice way to begin the week!

(photos: Lizette Bell Photography)

Posted in inspiration on October 26, 2009

Raúl Martins: Interior Design

Nuevo Estilo Magazine, or “New Style” in English, is a design magazine out of Spain that also has a website where they share some beautiful rooms and decorating tips, all in Spanish of course. This particular home in Madrid is one such home and it was flawlessly pulled together by interior designer Raúl Martins. I love how purple and yellow were used to brighten up an otherwise neutral palette, don’t you?

Raúl Martins

Raúl Martins

And of course, the neutrals here aren’t completely flat and boring, but there is texture and a variety of materials used to make this space cozy and warm. This is such a good way to bring to life a room that may be a bit blah in your own home. Introduce two complementary colors (colors directly opposite of one another on the color wheel) to your neutral palette and see what beautiful things can result. Complementary colors are useful when you want to make a point: when you want something to really stand out.

Lovely work by Raúl Martins… and I cannot seem to locate a website for this talented designer so if you know, please comment with the link below!

(images Nuevo Estilo Magazine)

Posted in Color Inspiration, inspiration on October 22, 2009

Jennifer Davick Photography

Ready to slip into la la land together and drool at some truly remarkable photography shot in some fantastic spaces and places? I am… There is nothing I like more sometimes than to simply peer into the life of someone else and examine all the little details of a shot to see what went where, why, and also to consider how the colors relate, why they were chosen, etc. Jennifer Davick, who specializes in photographing food, is based in Birmingham, Alabama and she’s able to take you by the hand and lead you into some very special places (and moods) because she captures so much emotion through lighting, subject, depth… that it’s hard to not feel inspired by her work. See for yourself…

Jennifer Davick Photography

What I love about the images I’ve selected to share from her portfolio above: the colors! Soft yet vibrant, that peach and green looks so fresh and I love the orchids on the porch along with the sweet”heart” swing. They look like this typical laid back country look that I admire a lot and though living in a city, I still work to achieve a laid back feel in my home because it has an impact on my life — when I’m at ease everything naturally unfolds for me. I also like laid back living at home because it so closely matches my own personality.

Jennifer Davick Photography

So now I have a more personal question for you… do you think your home is laid back with a little pile here and there? Or would you define your home as being very organized and buttoned up – everything perfectly in place and looking like a magazine home? Or is your home a big chaotic mess that you feel ashamed about? Have you ever tried photographing your own home to see what it really looks like? I know, sounds strange. But I suggest doing it. Clean your rooms, make the bed and such, and then pretend you are a photographer and go through each room with your camera, shooting in natural daylight (no flash). Upload the photos and take a critical look at each nook, each room, and see what can be moved, improved, stored, fixed, etc. This is a fun exercise and worth taking the time to do.

You can even pull together a binder with your photos – store your notes and even your during and after photos there as you complete your rooms. When you photograph something you notice the details. That is why the photos you see of rooms in magazines look so perfect. The photographer takes the photo and they look at the picture on their computer (especially if they are shooting tethered) to see what’s what. They mostly are looking at the technical stuff, while the stylist and others involved in the project are looking at the actual shot from a creative perspective – what could be altered, moved, etc. to make the photo look even better.

Maybe those vases on that mantle instead, and that tea towel can be moved over to that table and off of the kitchen counter, etc. Once all of this combing and processing has been accomplished, the end result is the magazine photo that you drool over. And even then, sometimes color editing and other image editing is done to perfect the actual shot – perhaps the color correction is needed. That is called, “magazine perfect” and what we think is just another “normal” home that we don’t have. Well, it’s not. And then we swing open our door at night to our shaggy apartment thinking What The Heck Is My Problem, feeling insecure about our homes because they don’t look like a magazine image.

So remember… one way to help you to achieve a more pulled together home, or perhaps a neater “laid back” home, is to photograph your space as I’ve mentioned and go in with a critical eye to examine what needs help. Style a fireplace mantle and photograph it. Don’t like it? Style it again. And again, and again…. Then once you you really like it – well, it’s done and you can move on to another area of your home. Take inspiration from other rooms that you love — arrange things in a way that you liked from the home of another person — it’s not copying — your objects and colors will no doubt be very different. But it can be helpful to train your eye in the beginning as you start to take more interest in the details of styling and how it’s done. Gosh, I could go on and on about this, I’m passionate about the whole art of making something look beautiful. :) Wow! Looking at the work of Jennifer Davick gave me a lot to talk about, didn’t it? :)

(images: jennifer davick photography)

Posted in inspiration on October 21, 2009

Si Lolita Parfum

I felt intrigued when my husband called me into his office today to share a video that he thought I’d really love. I wasn’t sure what it would be. But did my eyes widen when he shared not one, but two videos for Si Lolita parfum. You can watch them along with me if you’d like. But first, please view the “making of” the video here and then afterwards, watch the final video that is the advertisement running on tv currently in France.

Si Lolita

It is the new Si Lolita parfum and I just love the whole handmade feel — so many models built and intricately painted, flea markets sourced for inspiration that the designers relied upon… Oh it’s just so magical. I wish the behind-the-scenes footage lasted a wee bit longer, I would have loved to have learned more about the production. :) It’s Dali meets Coraline meets Tim Burton. So, so magical. Enjoy!

(images: si lolita)

Posted in inspiration on October 15, 2009

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