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For the Boudoir: Kari Herer Photography

March 31, 2009

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Now that I have my own personal dressing room in which to lounge about and eat bonbons (the huz keeps calling it ‘our closet’ but he’ll learn the error of his ways soon enough) I’m on the lookout for feminine (not girly) design inspiration. The Peonies series from photographer Kari Herer fits the bill perfectly; if ever there were photographs that I could design a room around, these are the ones!

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I can’t get over how exquisite these photos are. The textural tone-on-tone details of the petals, the deep blue of the background: they are at once earthy and otherworldly, and they would be a perfect jumping off point for creating a sumptuous retreat. Can’t you just see the color palette of white and midnight blue with touches of soft pink and foliage green? I feel an inspiration board coming on—but it’ll have to wait until I finish packing all my possessions into boxes!

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P.S. Does anyone in the SF Bay Area want an antique pecan wood dining set? It’s yours free if you can figure out how to transport it! Email me: anne@annesage.com.

P.P.S. I apologize preemptively if I neglect to return your comments this week. I promise I’ll be my usual chatty self as soon as we’re settled in the new place!

P.P.P.S. Want a gorgeous Blissliving Home pillow for free? Try your luck here!

Utterly Awestruck: The Flashdance Wedding Photography

March 13, 2009

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This is not a wedding blog. And that’s probably for the best, because my love of other peoples’ wedding photos borders on obsession. I just can’t get enough of them; they’re my candy. And these images from The Flashdance are the perfect example of why.

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The photography arm of The Flashdance–a total wedding resource based in Los Angeles–consists of Jess and Whitney from Our Labor of Love, and Max Wanger, whose work I guarantee you’ve seen here. Weddings are a microcosm of the newlyweds’ universe, with each detail speaking volumes about their personalities and about what makes them unique as a couple. These photos so beautifully capture that.

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What’s more, the emotion that radiates from wedding photos captivates me. The smiles on this day are so happy, the eyes so full of love. Yes, we know there might be a million things happening behind the scenes to stress out the bride and groom (heaven knows there are more than a few shots of me running around like a crazy woman in my white dress) but in the end, the pendulum swings heavily in favour of utter joy.

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But more than anything else, I love looking at wedding photos because my wedding was one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had–think pancakes, a school bus, swing dancing, and a Civil War era fort–and I love seeing others having that much fun too. It’s so fascinating to me all the different ways that couples find to be playful together. It inspires me to keep that spirit of play alive all the time, even when there’s no camera watching.

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So tell me: what did you/would you do for fun at your wedding? More importantly, what are you doing for fun this weekend?

All images courtesy of The Flashdance. See tons more here–it’s like instant Prozac!

Photographer Lust: Sam McAdam

March 4, 2009

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I’m feeling stuck lately. You know what I mean: listless and bored, faced with an endless to-do list yet completely devoid of the energy and motivation required to tackle it. Maybe it’s the crummy weather, or maybe it’s just the March blahs. But whatever the reason, these images from photographer Sam McAdam have me convinced that a ‘working vacation’ will cure what ails me.

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I’d start out with some serious decompression time spent snuggled up in bed with a good book or two–or five. Okay, who am I kidding? I’d guiltlessly read ‘People’ and ‘Us Weekly’!

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I’d take the time to savour the little details that get lost in the shuffle of everyday life: the soft rub of a cozy blanket, the satisfaction of a tidy room, the crust on a freshly baked loaf of bread, the cool relief of a glass of ice water.

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I’d try my hand at some creative pursuits that have intrigued me for awhile; painting or photography perhaps. And I would try really hard not to judge the outcome.

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Suitably decompressed, I’d get down to the ‘working’ part of this vacation and start the novel I’ve been toying with in my head. A serene office sounds just the thing for getting the juices flowing, with a comfy couch at the ready for ‘inspiration naps’!

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It wouldn’t be much of a vacation without my sweetie there, so he’d get his own workspace. After a morning spent busily typing away, we’d meet in the garden for a leisurely lunch together.

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After awhile we would long for the company of good friends, so when the weekends rolled around I’d air out the guest bedrooms and welcome troupes of visitors. I just love the idea of putting a little chocolate on everyone’s pillows!

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Saturday garden parties would begin with a pancake brunch, progress to rousing games of capture the flag, and extend well past nightfall. Of course we’d pause at dusk to watch the fireflies.

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Sunday mornings would find us drinking fizzy mimosas and elderflower water and eating eggs off my finest china. After all, what good is a vacation if you don’t indulge a little?

All images courtesy of Sam McAdam.

You Learn New Things Everyday…

March 2, 2009

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For example, apparently lavender and orange make a stunning couple. Who knew?

Image Credit: Johnny Miller

Christmas in February: New Work from James Merrell!

February 4, 2009

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The only thrill that rivals happening upon a new photographer to love? Discovering that one of your favourite photographers has added more work to his portfolio! I’ve done my fair share of drooling over James Merrell, so imagine my delight when I learned via Humble Happenings that Merrell has given us a smorgasbord of gorgeous new images to sink our teeth into. Merrell beautifully captures color and pattern in a way that is at once glamorous and graceful, never garish.

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Don’t these wallpapers seem to have grown organically on the wall? Through another photographer’s lens they could easily commandeer the shot, but Merrell manages to respect their presence and personality without allowing them to overwhelm–even in the photo below, in which the wallpaper covers the ceiling! I would love to know who the stylist was for these vignettes…

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The colors in this scene captivate me. Yellows and corals, magentas and aquas, all set against a clean brilliant white: they make me want to catch a plane to the Caribbean! Of course, that’s not saying much given that everything makes me want to go on vacation these days…but you know
what I mean.

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Merrell is my undisputed master of creating that ‘Haunted Granny’ look. It’s a sense of being suspended in time, of objects gathered over decades and then suddenly abandoned. Details like a door left open, a bike haphazardly tossed aside, paint faded as though from exposure to the sun. The result is an interior that feels at once considered and casual.

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Even more Haunted Granny: this setting reminds me of the scary stories I used to torture myself with when I was a kid. I guarantee that if you were to look over your shoulder and out the window, you’d see a ghostly face staring back at you. Though the fright would be worth it if it meant having a chair that cool!

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What Haunted Granny’s roost would be complete without hordes of knickknacks and ephemera threatening to take over the house? Somehow everything seems worthy of collecting when placed under a glass dome.

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The amazing thing about Merrell’s photographs is that they always leave you wanting more. I love the industrial details of this bathroom: the laboratory stool, the chemist’s cabinet, the spare pendant light. But don’t you want to know what the tub and toilet look like?

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Same story here. A gorgeous kitchen island has me envying all that counter space, and a gas stove on wheels? Be still my heart! Yet so much has been left to the imagination too. What about the fridge and the sink? The room through the doorway on the left? It’s the mark of a great photographer when an image not only satisfies with what you do see, but inspires with what you don’t.

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And of course who could forget Rita Konig’s parlour as featured in Domino? Merrell recorded it so beautifully, and it relieves me to know that Domino will live on not only in the hearts of readers, but in the work of the visionary photographers who brought us such pleasure each month.

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All images courtesy of James Merrell.

Christmas in February: New Work from James Merrell!

February 4, 2009

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The only thrill that rivals happening upon a new photographer to love? Discovering that one of your favourite photographers has added more work to his portfolio! I’ve done my fair share of drooling over James Merrell, so imagine my delight when I learned via Humble Happenings that Merrell has given us a smorgasbord of gorgeous new images to sink our teeth into. Merrell beautifully captures color and pattern in a way that is at once glamorous and graceful, never garish.

200902040700.jpg

Don’t these wallpapers seem to have grown organically on the wall? Through another photographer’s lens they could easily commandeer the shot, but Merrell manages to respect their presence and personality without allowing them to overwhelm–even in the photo below, in which the wallpaper covers the ceiling! I would love to know who the stylist was for these vignettes…

200902040712.jpg

The colors in this scene captivate me. Yellows and corals, magentas and aquas, all set against a clean brilliant white: they make me want to catch a plane to the Caribbean! Of course, that’s not saying much given that everything makes me want to go on vacation these days…but you know
what I mean.

200902040657.jpg

Merrell is my undisputed master of creating that ‘Haunted Granny’ look. It’s a sense of being suspended in time, of objects gathered over decades and then suddenly abandoned. Details like a door left open, a bike haphazardly tossed aside, paint faded as though from exposure to the sun. The result is an interior that feels at once considered and casual.

200902040718.jpg

Even more Haunted Granny: this setting reminds me of the scary stories I used to torture myself with when I was a kid. I guarantee that if you were to look over your shoulder and out the window, you’d see a ghostly face staring back at you. Though the fright would be worth it if it meant having a chair that cool!

200902040714.jpg

What Haunted Granny’s roost would be complete without hordes of knickknacks and ephemera threatening to take over the house? Somehow everything seems worthy of collecting when placed under a glass dome.

200902040655.jpg

The amazing thing about Merrell’s photographs is that they always leave you wanting more. I love the industrial details of this bathroom: the laboratory stool, the chemist’s cabinet, the spare pendant light. But don’t you want to know what the tub and toilet look like?

200902040656.jpg

Same story here. A gorgeous kitchen island has me envying all that counter space, and a gas stove on wheels? Be still my heart! Yet so much has been left to the imagination too. What about the fridge and the sink? The room through the doorway on the left? It’s the mark of a great photographer when an image not only satisfies with what you do see, but inspires with what you don’t.

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And of course who could forget Rita Konig’s parlour as featured in Domino? Merrell recorded it so beautifully, and it relieves me to know that Domino will live on not only in the hearts of readers, but in the work of the visionary photographers who brought us such pleasure each month.

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All images courtesy of James Merrell.

Photographer Lust: James Tse

January 26, 2009

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Get a load of these gorgeous interiors as captured by the fabulous photographer James Tse! I love the texture in these shots, the way that the personalities of the natural materials really shine through. Every swirl of teakwood, every vein of marble, every pebble of leather: it’s a sensory smorgasbord in the best possible way!

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The pale, washed out tones of the room above have the potential to feel cold, but the textures of the stone behind the bed and the fuzzy, nubby rug really heat things up. And the sleek white Barcelona chairs and Saarinen table below are a terrific contrast to the earthy fireplace surround and burnished wood floor.

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What a wonderful photo gallery! It feels so exuberant, with the frames just taking over the whole wall. That giant leaf painting not only breaks up all the blacks and whites with its textural warmth, it also ties in beautifully with the wood floor.

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How fun are the animal touches in this vignette? I know we’ve seen antlers and fur throws everywhere this season, but this shot is a great example of how these playful details can punch up an otherwise straightforward space. The cow print on those slick metal chairs is sending me into fits of ecstasy, and check out the fabulous portrait in the background!

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Another charming mix of pieces. I’m always unsure of how to blend shades of black and white with wood tones, but it’s definitely doable when you stick with simple shapes as in the dining room below. The only opulent piece in the whole setting is that smidgen of chandelier; everything else is clean, graphic, bold.

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Another a great instance in which seemingly disparate elements are united by similar lines. The ethnic inlaid desk, the quirky lamp, and the thoroughly modern chair all have spindly, skinny legs. Do you think the connection is strong enough to make it work?

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Holy windows Batman! Don’t you want to bask in this light with a good book or a game of Scrabble? Painting the window frames white and the muntins black makes the windows the focal point of the room and accentuates how grand and expansive these beauties are. Genius!

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I had to throw this last image in for my mom. She’s a total rug nut—she literally has more antique Kilims than she has floor space to cover! I can just see her luxuriating in this deep tub, enjoying the sight of her beloved rug as much as she’s enjoying the bath itself. I can also see her when I come to visit, pounding down the bathroom door and asking, ‘Are you getting water all over my rug?’ Sorry mom, but you know you would!

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All images courtesy of James Tse. Oh, and I owe complete credit to the brilliant Roseland Greene for turning me on to Tse’s work.

Behind the Scenes: Fiona Fletcher and Hannah Read-Baldry

January 16, 2009

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Remember this incredible photo that I shared at Halloween? I recently received a message from photographer Fiona Fletcher, detailing the most wonderful backstory to the photo shoot : This was a series of images Woodland Fairies that I had wanted to shoot for a long time. I wanted to use vintage 80’s dresses I owned, so I chose the masks to correspond to each of the dresses. I then cast the models to also complement the character of each outfit…

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…With all this in place my friend and props stylist Hannah Read-Baldrey created the most beautiful wings and set the scene with wonderful styling in the forest for me!” Isn’t that just the coolest? I love knowing that the idea for these incredible images began with something as simple as a collection of vintage dresses from the 1980’s—and it’s such a breathtaking testament to the power of creative collaboration between two gifted artists. Fiona’s note lead me to the rest of her stunning portfolio; not only is she a fabulous photographer (see below!) but she’s also a world-renowned stylist who has worked with such talents as Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellen.

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And then of course there’s set designer and props stylist Hannah Read-Baldrey, whose work I have admired for so long (below). I’m thrilled to announce that Hannah just contacted me with the news that she has started her own blog! Hannah trained in theatre design and now works mainly in the fashion and lifestyle industries–be sure to check out her amazing shoot with Victoria Beckham! Her blog is a portfolio of recent projects, and I can’t wait to see more beautiful work as she continues to share with us in the future.

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It’s a funny thing: as a blogger it’s so easy to get lost in the images that we surround ourselves with everyday, and to forget about the people behind those images. So thank you to Fiona and Hannah for reaching out and sharing the story behind your work!

Image Credits: 1. Photography, Fiona Fletcher Styling, Hannah Read-Baldrey 2. Photography, Fiona Fletcher Styling, Hannah Read-Baldrey 3. Photography, Fiona Fletcher 4. Styling, Hannah Read-Baldrey

Photographer Lust: Jason Loucas

December 29, 2008

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I spent all last week gorging myself on Christmas chocolate. After the initial sugar high I’m in a total carb coma, so I’ll just load up your plate with these gorgeous interiors from photographer Jason Loucas. How fabulous is this all-white kitchen? I love the basket storage in the center island. And the china hutch below is kicking my salivary glands into overdrive.

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I’m such a sucker for anything that involves rough, homespun linen. Throw in painted brick walls, ceramic canisters, and a vintage Navy chair and I’m good to go!

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Couldn’t you just lounge in this bed all day long? Those oversized pillows are just right for propping yourself up while you read the fashion section and nibble on toast with jam (made from homemade brioche, of course!).

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I adore this setting for its studies in contrast, a clean white shell of a room provides the perfect backdrop for a glam zebra rug and an opulent chandelier. Plus that aubergine womb chair? Be still my heart!

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Speaking of purple, this living room seriously justifies my obsession with throw pillows. Layer upon layer of warm, welcoming neutrals—ranging from ecru to camel to espresso—and just a punch of cozy mauve? Yes please!

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These last two make me want to reach for a paint brush and a bucket of Benjamin Moore—anyone have tips on the best deep interior shade to get this effect? The drama of the pale weathered chair against the deep coal of the walls is simply stunning.

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It just doesn’t get better than this. A dinner setting that seems out of place and out of time—eternally gorgeous in shades of deepest black and sheerest white, and a table setting too pretty eat from. What a gorgeous New Years Eve party this would make!

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Okay, I’m off to gorge myself on my chocolate…have a lovely day everyone!

All images courtesy of Jason Loucas.

Photographer Lust: Jason Loucas

December 29, 2008

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I spent all last week gorging myself on Christmas chocolate. After the initial sugar high I’m in a total carb coma, so I’ll just load up your plate with these gorgeous interiors from photographer Jason Loucas. How fabulous is this all-white kitchen? I love the basket storage in the center island. And the china hutch below is kicking my salivary glands into overdrive.

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I’m such a sucker for anything that involves rough, homespun linen. Throw in painted brick walls, ceramic canisters, and a vintage Navy chair and I’m good to go!

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Couldn’t you just lounge in this bed all day long? Those oversized pillows are just right for propping yourself up while you read the fashion section and nibble on toast with jam (made from homemade brioche, of course!).

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I adore this setting for its studies in contrast, a clean white shell of a room provides the perfect backdrop for a glam zebra rug and an opulent chandelier. Plus that aubergine womb chair? Be still my heart!

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Speaking of purple, this living room seriously justifies my obsession with throw pillows. Layer upon layer of warm, welcoming neutrals—ranging from ecru to camel to espresso—and just a punch of cozy mauve? Yes please!

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These last two make me want to reach for a paint brush and a bucket of Benjamin Moore—anyone have tips on the best deep interior shade to get this effect? The drama of the pale weathered chair against the deep coal of the walls is simply stunning.

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It just doesn’t get better than this. A dinner setting that seems out of place and out of time—eternally gorgeous in shades of deepest black and sheerest white, and a table setting too pretty eat from. What a gorgeous New Years Eve party this would make!

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Okay, I’m off to gorge myself on my chocolate…have a lovely day everyone!

All images courtesy of Jason Loucas.