I’ve been highlighting photographers on decor8 for years and thought I’d start doing it again more frequently since, as I once said back in February 2008 (!!!), it’s so important to highlight the many talented people out there shooting because we all tend to take for granted that someone is behind the lens working hard to capture all of these beautiful moments, places and spaces that we’re drooling over in our favorite magazines and on sites like Pinterest. Jessica Sample, who shot the story I just shared about actress/singer songwriter Mía Maestro, deserved a post of her own on decor8 and to encourage you to visit her website where you can see an insane amount of beautiful, huge images in every imaginable category from portraits to lifestyle, fashion, hotels, interiors, kids, food, travel and even video work.
Jessica Sample is an award wining professional photographer with a degree in Photography from Brown University. She grew up in L.A. and is currently based there yet travels extensively for her work. In fact, long before becoming a working girl, Jessica traveled all over the world with her parents to destinations like Bhutan, Africa and Indonesia. Before she started shooting full-time, she was the Deputy Photo Editor at Travel + Leisure Magazine (the first mag I ever subscribed to when I was 15 years old!) in New York City and frequently shot their features. In addition to her online portfolio, you can follow her on her tumblr blog here.
I’m so glad that I came across this wonderful photographer, aren’t you? Thank god for the internet. And don’t you just adore the two portraits above, particularly the one with the vinyls and record player? Such a casual yet gorgeous shot. I’d love some photos taken of me like this – my goal for later this year in fact as I’ve invited my neighbor Christin Lange back to work with me again later in the Fall. She shot our newborn photos for Aidan, do you remember those? They were in my birth story? I’ve invited her back to do some mommy + me shots of us together now that he’s bigger. In fact, today he just turned 5-months-old and I really can’t believe it because days feel so long but the period of time seems so short. Must be a typical parent feeling, right?
(Photographer: Jessica Sample)
With the big FIFA World Cup 2014 starting later today with Argentina facing off against The Netherlands, I thought I’d share a rather lovely home I saw recently in Lonny magazine belonging to 36-year-old Mía Maestro, an actress, singer-songwriter and native of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her beachy residence in Venice, California is a 20th-century bungalow where, “Her prized possessions are treated less like things and more like family members”. Her interview on the Lonny site is very interesting so I encourage you to read it but the intro goes a little something like this, “Actress-musician Mia Maestro battled vampires in Twilight, writes songs in two languages, and conducts a tea ceremony worthy of a Chinese monk. Within minutes of arriving at Mia Maestro’s early-20th-century Venice, California, bungalow—where sun-dappled bougainvillea and an Arts and Crafts stained-glass window greet you at the door—it becomes abundantly clear that this actress, musician and Argentine native is much deeper than your average L.A. starlet.” Would you like to take a peek into her world?
If you’d like to watch her new song, Blue Eyed Sailer, I’ve embedded it below… You can see more on her music website here.
What do you think of Mia’s bungalow? Could you live here? And her music? Did you like it?
(Photographed by Jessica Sample)
I’ve blogged about this styling rock star before but Aussie stylist Jason Grant is the cat’s meow in styling at the moment so I must highlight him again. I heard about Mr. Grant a few years ago for the first time and have been a fan since – I really enjoyed his first book, A Place Called Home, and can hardly wait for his next one, Away At Home, to be published by Rizzoli which will drop this Fall and is a collaboration with photographer Lauren Bamford. I saw it already cover-to-cover and fell in love. In it, Jason talks about how to live everyday like you are on vacation with inspiration and tips for creating a relaxed boho-vibe at home and he provides much insight on a myriad of decorating ideas for creating your own private resort right in your home. Of course, after the babysitter comes to scoop up the children and whisk them away to the nearby playground (wink).
The above pics are a few that show his carefree beachside apartment in Sydney, as shown in Inside Out magazine.
I recently got to talk to Jason about what’s hot and what’s not, I thought you’d be interested in hearing what he has to say…
First, his 5 favorite things: 1: Favorite look: Relaxed, laidback and casual – nothing too over styled // 2: Favorite trend – nature // 3: Favorite object – something on your wish list // 4: Another favorite object – something you see everywhere at the moment – like yellow (still) – I love it // 5: Favorite miscellaneous - I love to decorate with timber combined with a pop of colour. I think this is my signature look.
Why do you like these five – what attracts you? I’m attracted to colour and nature, happy colours and interiors that reflect the owners personality.
What trends are you tired of? Replica furniture
What do you predict will be hot next? Anything Hawaiian-themed — but no more pineapples!!!
If you’re not familiar with Australian interiors and styling, then here are few spreads from magazines that he has worked for showing his styling work so you can catch a glimpse…
Jason is such an inspiration and I hope that you get to check out his work, buy his books and tap into this great talented guy.
Are you a Jason Grant fan? If so, why?
(images: inside out magazine, rizzoli books)
If you follow me on Pinterest, you may be curious as to why I’ve been madly pinning to my “Inspirations For Joss & Main” pinboard. Well… I’ve been selected to host a curated Joss & Main event on their site from July 8-15 and I’m feeding them imagery that inspires me at the moment, including colorways I’m really into, so that they can work their magic and pull together a sale full of items that decor8 readers will love. They’re using these images as their jumping off point…
I’ve not dome anything like this before so I’m curious to see how it goes. Also, the sale on their site in July will be a paid gig for me which helps with a new baby in the house plus I totally wanted to experiment a little with other revenue opps since I’m accepting less advertisers on decor8 because I want the best ads on my site going forward. I’ve grown tired of seeing billons of ads on blogs and I just want decor8 to have less than 10 at a time and eventually, my goal is to have less than 5 – then I can really hand pick them and work with my advertisers in creative ways. I’m branching out and moving things forward. Plus, I like to try new stuff and am open to partnering with companies that I believe in so I thought I’d give this Joss & Main thing a go-go. I honestly didn’t follow Joss & Main until they reached out to me, but after checking out their site and what they do, I think it could be a good partnership and since it’s only for a week I really have nothing to lose so why not?
Three above: the design files
Above are just some of my inspirations for Joss & Main. I thought they may inspire you too. To see more, visit my pinterest board HERE. (Images: linked above. Note: This post is NOT sponsored or paid for or anything sneaky.)