Through the Lens.

I love finding new, fabulous sources for art- specifically modern photography that doesn’t cost 9 zillion dollars per print.  Meet Uplo, the brainchild of Patrick Cline you you all remember as the co-founder of Lonny Magazine alongside Michelle Adams.  An amazing photographer in his own right, Patrick created a way for both people like him AND those of us who are amateur shutterbugs to print, sell and share work easily.  Some images can be printed as large as 40″ x 60″ or even on plexi- which is my current favorite way to display photography (frameless, modern and GORGEOUS).  You can search away for a print for your own home or upload you shots, name your price and get commission on each sale! It’s a phenomenal source. It makes me want to start taking pictures again.

Nicole Cohen, the blogger behind Sketch 42 and a fabulous painter and photographer has a lot of work on there. I am LOVING her Lego Slim Aarons series to use in a kid’s room!!! Isn’t it genius???

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I also kinda of need to have this print by her. I just love the mood. Love the flamingos. Just LOVE.

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An amazing composition of brown and white horses (will I ever tire of horse photography??? Nope.)

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Another cool, moody shot for a glamorous space.

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Nicole Gibbons is also a design blogger and her pool series can be printed huge and would be awesome in a modern beach house!

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Barbara Bush’s NYC Apartment + Her Artist Boyfriend (He’s Good!)

Obviously my blog has nothing to do with politics (unless it’s related to Scandal or House of Cards, of course) but when I saw the cute NYC apartment of Barbara Bush via Vogue.com I wanted to share. To me her place feels like a great example of a personal home.  The items in her space all seem to have a story behind them- from a blanket found with her mom on an antiquing trip to a painting done of her cat by her former president father (which is kinda cute, right?) to African masks from her work on that continent.  This is a wonderful example of a space reflecting your life story, and the best bonus? She shares this townhouse with two other friends, each with their very own take on personal decor- check out all three apartments in the article!

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I am loving this giant cactus! It’s like a piece of sculpture and also reminds her of her home state of Texas.

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I die over that mantle, original to the apartment.  Also, let’s talk about how the grey violet wall color is kind of perfect for a modern yet feminine backdrop- for this look try Farrow & Ball’s Callaluna or Brassica!  The cross was bought on a trip to Peru and the photographs are of her favorite artists bought in New Orleans.

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Trend I Love: Old Portraits in Modern Interiors

I spent a nice day this weekend wandering through the Museum of Fine Art here in Boston (a must of you are visiting) and kept saying to Andrew how some of the gilt frames on the old works were nearly as stunning as the paintings.  I kept imagining what it would be like to have some of the massive, amazing old portraits in your home.  Which leads me here- to showcasing modern interiors utilizing old, antique portraits in them.  There is something so wonderful about the juxtaposition of the very old and very traditional withing a more modern setting.  I think in 2014 you’ll see people incorporate more traditional items into design, be it a small item or a large sofa. What do you think of this look?

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Artist Crush: Rosanne Olsen

This weekend I stopped into one of my favorite photography galleries, Iris Gallery, on Newbury Street and came face to face with a massive framed print that stopped me in my tracks by photographer Rosanne Olsen. How amazing is this?

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They also look great on the smaller, more affordable, scale too.

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I dream of having some large scale, modern photography in my house soon, and one of these might be an ideal option. I just love them.

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Still Life (With Shoes)

While flipping through some of the INSANELY bloated September issues (I’m looking at you, Vogue) I came across an ad that took my breath away.  The Valentino Fall campaign is striking with it’s richly colored and layered “still lives” that are akin to renaissance era paintings seen in a museum.  Juxtaposed with a single garment it is, well…. so much more artistic than so many campaigns we see.

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But something felt so familiar…. I could not help but think “I’ve seen this before…where was it?” And then after jogging my memory I remembered seeing these STUNNING images on photographer Conor Doherty’s site.  I think these would be pure insanity on a huge scale above a sofa.

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And having worked with him before, I can attest to the fact that he is not only immensely talented but incredibly sweet too.  And I know that he can’t help but feel that all to familiar feeling of flattery mixed with anger at seeing your work copied (he shot these years ago…) It’s happened to all of us. I’ve had my entire blog design copied inch by inch never mind lots of room designs.  And I have been on the other side of it too, when given an image of someone else’s work and being told “I want my room to look just like this.” Nothing is more insulting to a creative person than being told to copy someone else.  There is no point in hiring a designer to copy someone, you hire them to translate your wishes into something unique just for you (and just by them).

Being copied means that you’ve done something that resonates so strongly with someone that they want to create it themselves exactly as you did.  So it’s a mixed bag- your work is oddly validated but at the same time cheapened. But as I am constantly reminded, nothing is truly original in this world and we all take inspiration, cues and ideas from one another on a daily basis.  It’s the nature of the creative beast, I think.

But I digress, back to the art of photography.  I am so enamored with large scale photography and desperate to find something stunning for above my sofa, much like Conor’s images above. This pictures just confirm my desire!

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