The more I read portfolios, the more amazing people I’m discovering today. I’ve spent so much time this afternoon reading – it’s exciting to find so many wonderfully talented people out there and here in Europe there are tons that I am just learning about. Though I love receive submissions via email, I make sure I don’t only post what is being sent to me, rather I’m blogging about things I’m doing the legwork to find on my own because there are so many artists and designers who are shy and do not write to me (or any blog or magazine) so if I didn’t do all of this digging I may not come upon them otherwise. Like for instance, interior and food stylist Yvonne Bakker.
I’d not heard of Yvonne before as her work has been in magazines that I don’t regularly read (though now that I’m in Germany I want to subscribe to VT Wonen for sure!) but I’m so glad her name popped up because I’d like to talk about her for just a moment if you don’t mind. :) She lives in the Netherlands and has been working as a stylist for quite some time now, her portfolio includes VT Wonen, Eigen Huis & Interieur, Elle Wonen, At Home and more. Because of her diverse clients, her work spans a rather broad range of styles from classic interiors to country, modern and eclectic.
Don’t you want to run home and redecorate your entire flat now? It’s so motivating to see beautiful spaces that are full of creative ideas, isn’t it? And we owe it to stylists like Yvonne for giving us their inspiring, artistic impressions and bringing all of these creative ways of enhancing a space to us through the pages of some of our favorite magazines.
(photography: John Dummer)
After writing about Dutch stylist/textile designer Marieke van Proosdij yesterday, I heard from her and she told me that photographer John Dummer shot the rooms in her home so of course I had to check out this other amazing talent from the Netherlands. I’d not heard of him before so I was surprised and pleased to come across his portfolio and I know that you’ll enjoy browsing it today as well.
Food, stills, people, travel, interiors… it’s all there and each photo captivates and draws you in. I’m drawn to a photographer who can present what is real but also give you an element of fantasy and help you to flex your imagination of what also could be. John’s photos do this so, so well. It’s really an art.
I’ve chosen these 6 images to share with you (please click on them to enlarge for details) because all have a real mood to them that feels cozy and welcoming but not styled to absolute perfection, there is a casual elegance here that feels lived in and loved. The tea and blankets, the worn hardwood floors, wallpaper that doesn’t continue over the door or onto the rest of the wall (love this!), and those transom windows… I dream of having transom windows in the house that exists in my mind…
Do you recall when I shared with you the bed & breakfast, Bed of Flowers, owned by Floriene Bosch, also in the Netherlands near the border of Germany? Well that amazing B&B was photographed by John too.
(images: john dummer photography)
Wait until you see this whimsical apartment! First of all, Miss Michelle is such a sweetheart, she is always sharing links with me and I appreciate this so, so much! Today she sent over a link to the portfolio of Pimpelwit, stylist/textile designer Marieke van Proosdij, in the Netherlands I was like, can I get a what what!? This rocks! And after doing a little digging, I learned that Marieke is from Den Hague and does freelance styling work for magazines like VT Wonen. Nice! Here’s a glimpse of her lovely apartment below… Pay careful attention to all the little details…
Don’t you dig that lampshade? Currently living in Amsterdam, Marieke is a genuine talent whose work really inspires and motivates me today. Maybe she’ll do the same for you, too. You can view some of her prop designs on her blog and Flickr stream. Have fun!
(images: John Dummer)
I want to hop on a train to Spain and hang out with this lady for the day to see if some of her mojo rubs off on me because she is a goddess with a camera. Check out these photographs, all available for sale in her online shop (yay!) and make sure you visit her blog, Serendipity, too.
Psst: Watermarks do not appear in the photography when you order them, just in case you’re wondering…
(images: lorena arance photography)