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A husband's photography talent

We received a really sweet email the other day from a reader who wanted us to share her husband's talent with other DTI readers. Here's what she wrote:

I am Issa Feliciano from Pampanga, Philippines. My husband Paolo, has recently put up an online portfolio at I would like to share with you his work and hopefully, you can feature him on your site as well. Mostly he does furniture and interior design photography. Here in the Philippines, the province of Pampanga is a major exporting hub for everything furniture. Everything that you will see in his photos have been hand made in the Philippines, including most of the accessories. Pampanga, Philippines has really an abundance of talent and I hope through your blog, we can share this God-given gift with the world.

Paolo's photography is stunning, and a big thanks to Issa for wanting to share his work with us.



I was perusing Etsy last night and avoiding doing cleaning for more house showings when I came across some GORGEOUS pillows from Paco+Lupe. Not only are the pillows to die for but the shop, run by Celia Cruz, is from Montreal. Yay Canadian!!! So go check out her store, where she also sells cool bags and pretty quilts.


Michael Grimm

There's nothing grim about the portfolio of mega talented photographer Michael Grimm. Beautiful photographs, wonderful insight into the soul of a room and how to capture it. The light, the colour, the clarity of these images. I feel I can just walk through my monitor into these gorgeous rooms. Check out Michael's fabulous website here.


Retro and rehabilitating the 80s

When God was handing out taste most people say that the designers from the 80s were holding the door for the other decades to pass through first. I'm on a mission to rehabilitate this much maligned 10 years. Not everything was horrendous and as some of you have rightly pointed out good design will out. There are good ideas here, bright painted interiors of cupboards, painted floors, bold vibrant artwork and tasteful rooms that could be from the present. Try to ignore the ruffles and the dried flowers. I love the use of house plants from the 80s. Maybe if we start with that. Baby steps remember.

Images scanned from Better Homes and Gardens New Decorating Book, Editor Gerald M Knox, Meridith Corporation, Des Moines, Iowa, 1981.


Dog on a couch

Thanks to Zee of Homebug for her shout out to our 'dog on a piece of furniture' post. I said post but that should really be plural because it's becoming almost a regular feature here. So here's Zee's ADORABLE contribution: