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John Dummer Photography

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.

John Dummer Photography

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.

John Dummer Photography

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.

Stunning!

(images: john dummer photography)

Posted in inspiration on October 07, 2009

Stylist Marieke van Proosdij

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…

Stylist Marieke van Proosdij

Stylist Marieke van Proosdij

Stylist Marieke van Proosdij

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)

Posted in inspiration on October 06, 2009

Lorena Arance Photography

Oh my, oh my… Lorena Arance Photography is simply delightful! I found her shop for the first time a few moments when I took the time to read her Flickr profile and good golly it’s gorgeous.

Lorena Arance Photography

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)

Posted in inspiration on October 06, 2009

Pilgrim Lee

Have you heard of Pilgrim Lee, illustrator and designer, from Australia? She is a freelance graphic designer who studied visual communications at the University of South Australia and who is inspired by folk art, 60s design, fashion, textiles and music. Someday, she’s love to open her own diner and write a children’s book. I enjoy her blog, Draw! Pilgrim, and enjoyed peeking into her home recently on Flickr. Here’s a few views for you that I especially liked since I think it shows her fun loving nature and love of color and pattern.

Pilgrim Lee

Pilgrim Lee

I think it takes a lot of courage to just go with the flow and decorate exactly how you like, not following trends or giving in to what your friends or family may like. It’s hard to not be a crown follower sometimes, and Pilgrim seems to enjoy setting herself apart from the ‘norms’ out there and I think this is what makes her aesthetic so charming and fun. When it comes to decorating and your home, shouldn’t it be a true reflection of self (and your family)?

Dare to be different, right!?

(images: pilgrim lee)

Posted in inspiration on October 02, 2009

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