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James Merrell {Photographer}

James Merrell, who is represented by Judith Miller Inc., is an amazing London-based photographer that you already know without even knowing. How do you know Merrell? His work has appeared all over, I instantly recognized it the moment I scanned his online portfolio — it’s been viewed in the pages of Anthropologie and Brocade Home catalogs, Elle Decor, LivingEtc, Target, you name it. The man is genius.

Most don’t bother to pay attention to image credits in books and magazines but I encourage everyone to do so because the imagery we see is such a huge draw to why we embrace certain publications and without them, we’d all be lost.


I was reading a book over the weekend, Life’s Little Pleasures: A Perfect Day (also our book of the week) and noticed his name in the photography credits and decided to look him up. So glad I did.

(all photos from judith miller inc photographed by james merrell)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, walls on May 05, 2008

Decorative Country Living

I discovered this great online store via All Things Bright & Beautiful and The Inspired Room, it’s called Decorative Country Living. I really like the product shots on their website and so I thought I’d share them here today.


I’m pulling together my inspiration boards for our new apartment this week so when I get them somewhat organized I’ll post them here for you to see. I’m not sure if I’m going to use a board or a journal since I need something I can pack in my luggage and a large book may work better. I have this vision of translating my exact style into my home because one rarely has a chance to start from scratch so why not use it as an opportunity to really connect with my own space?

One thing I definitely want in my new place includes linen, white twinkle lights and a pretty mirror to string them on. I also want to do more of my own DIY projects and do more work by hand. I can’t wait to hang wallpaper in the entry way, and purchase a really comfortable sofa. Of course, I’ll be mixing in vintage with modern, but I don’t want it overly pretty or country, I want to bring in some edge appeal through accessories that are modern and clean, urban, grown up, and again, uniquely my own vision. I’d like to find some silk scarves and make pillows. And I want to challenge myself and go ‘there’ as far as color is concerned.

Because our new apartment is a second home I plan to take one of my readers advice and go a little crazy — do all the things there that I cannot do currently due to space issues and the fact that we rent our house over here – no wallpaper and such. I have so many ideas that I cannot wait to share and work on, I can hardly wait until August.

(images from decorative country living)

Posted in furniture, walls on May 05, 2008

Art of Lily Pang Studio

Lily Pang is a full-time artist and a new mother with a lovely and affordable ($15 range) body of work for sale at Dawanda. Lily was born in China, studied in America, and now she’s based in Singapore where she just opened her Dawanda shop a few months ago — already she has a growing group of devoted fans. Clearly you can see why…


Her palette is dreamy and her images are soft, some resembling batik art and just so happen to be the ones that I really like. It’s interesting to see an artist translate a batik scarf into a painting as Lily mentions doing for one of her paintings. Some of her pieces begin as ink drawings and then are completed digitally when she cleans it up and adds color, others are acrylic paintings from start to finish. She also accepts commissions so if you are interested you may contact her via her blog.

(images from lily pang)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on May 02, 2008

A Fanciful Twist

Vanessa Valencia from A Fanciful Twist just added some new prints to her shop, you may really like them…


I enjoy the bright colors and how well she’s photographed her new prints in her home, gives you a great idea as to how they’d look in your own space. Great work, Vanessa!

(image from a fanciful twist)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on April 30, 2008

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Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

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