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Tuesday
Feb052008

Henny van Belkom


Henny van Belkom began his career as an interior stylist, until he realized his passion was in photographing interiors: "Basically I'm enthusiastic, impulsive and a little restless: that's my nature. But when I look through the lens and focus on my subject, I find peace. The exposure time of the camera gives me space to enjoy the moment and the serenity enables me to create atmosphere in my pictures." I am finding peace in the photo above (LOVE that colour).

Tuesday
Feb052008

My ugly kitchen reborn

Note: Due to my painting escapades over the last 3 days, I am behind in my blog posts so this post is not about an architect or designer but about me. I should have my act together this afternoon.


I have a really ugly kitchen. Really. Ugly. And not only is it ugly but the layout is terrible and it's driving me nuts. I am not sure when I'll get around to renovating it so I realized when I was planning to paint the living room that I should just slap some crazy paint on the cabinets to make being in the kitchen a little more tolerable. Turns out I slapped some paint on the cabinets, the island and the backsplash. Not sure how feasible it was to paint tile but I guess I'll just have to be less messy when I cook. I've always wanted pink cabinets and since I now live alone, I figured what the hell. Except I realized Benjamin Moore doesn't make great pinks. I ended up with bubblegum pink. (It's actually called Springtime Bloom). I think I got the effect I was after anyway - a girly kitchen that brings a smile to my face when I see it. So hopefully it's obvious that the first group of photos includes a before on the left and an after on the right. (Note: I had nothing planned to decorate the new pink kitchen with so I ran around the house looking for "props", such as the piece of scrap fabric hanging on the stove as a tea towel, and the curtains are a piece of fabric folded over and clipped.)

Tuesday
Feb052008

Chiaroscuro


Husband and wife photographers Gentl & Hyers have a way with light that takes me back to the works of the Old Masters. Chiaroscuro, light and shade, positive and negative. The air is thick in their photos like treacle and colours have a tangible presence. It's like the photos are caught in amber or that the white light is thick like milk. Beautiful portfolio. Their black and white work is a must see.

Monday
Feb042008

Boutique getaways

I haven't been on a holiday in ages, but if I got the chance to stay in any hotel I wanted, I have no idea what style I'd prefer. Modern? Rustic? Themed? Glam? I came across a website called Boutique Getaways, which is a guide to some pretty stylish hotels located in several countries. These are some of my favourites - and apparently I prefer glam or rustic.

Monday
Feb042008

Eric Prokesh


Eric Prokesh "finds that borrowing from the past is crucial to his work - a deliberate decision that helps him make something new." Named as one of H&G's "50 Tastemakers" his portfolio covers French Classical to Mid-century Modern. The colours of these rooms are so beautiful, so fresh, the rooms themselves so luxe but simply elegant. Using colours not usually associated with the fine antiques he uses draws the eye to these lovely pieces.