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Have you discovered the 1st Dibs Photo Archive yet? What an amazing resource. It’s a gallery of photos from some of the most accomplished interiors photographers in the world (including the likes of Tim Street-Porter and Paul Costello). But the best part is that you can click on any photo and ‘shop the look’ with a wide selection of pieces from 1st Dibs that are similar to those in the photo.

For example, remember this room in Domino (RIP) magazine?

Turquoise+bedroom+wallpaper+Domino

And here’s the accompanying 1st Dibs shopping list:

Because the photographers featured are world-class, you’ll recognize many of the photos from your favorite upscale shelter magazines. If, like me, you couldn’t get enough of Ellen Pompeo’s house in Elle Decor, for example, you’ll love this:

Here’s Pompeo’s living room, shot by Tim Street-Porter:

Ellen+pompeo+livingroom+elle+decor

And now the 1st Dibs version:

Ellen+pompeo+inspired+living+room

Of course, the catch is that all this 1st Dibs wondrousness obviously comes with a 1st Dibs price tag to match. So, even if you find everything you need to create your own celebrity living room, you still need to figure out how to pay for it! But, one step at a time, eh?

If I’m going to continue the theme of red-accented spaces, this unique house is the perfect place to stop next. It’s the home of portrait photographer, Emily McCall.

Why do I love this house? Because it intrigues me and is truly one-of-a-kind. For a start, you’d think a palette of black, white and red would be brash and in-your-face, but instead it’s quiet, almost monastic, but with a twist.

Great mix of textiles from Suzani to sackcloth to leather.

Any place that can combine a white bust with a Panton chair and look great is ok by me!

The bedrooms are like negatives of each other (how appropriate for a photographer!) Here’s the light and airy white bedroom, with a few graphic punches in the form of the pillow, lamp and quirky clock.

And here’s the black bedroom – a perfect foil for a vintage bus route sign….

…and a red velvet wingback chair! Genius. Makes me want to break out the black paint.

Thanks, Emily, for allowing me to post photos of your lovely home. Hope everyone else enjoys them as much as I did!

Check out Emily’s blog here.

If you’re in need of inspiration, you have to check out this mesmerizing photostream from New Zealand photography studio, Cuba Gallery. It is packed with images that are always evocative, sometimes moody, and occasionally even witty. There are lush forests draped with mist, soothing beaches, and thought-provoking urban compositions. All of them showcase Adobe Lightroom processing techniques. But it’s the retro still life images that I particularly love and, this being an interiors blog, I thought they were the most apt ones to post here.

Dip into the rest of the photostream for a visual treat!

You’ll recognize photographer Laura Resen‘s work from the pages of several interiors magazines. She counts among her clients the likes of Architectural Digest, Harpers Bazaar, Elle Decor, French Vogue, Living Etc, House Beautiful and Domino magazine. But, despite this stylish line-up, the homes she photographs all seem to share a key quality: they’re truly inviting.

Flooded with clear, natural daylight, the spaces in her pictures are both elegant and comfortable. There’s a restrained palette throughout her portfolio but attention to details such as texture ensures each photo is one you want to step into (and sit down and curl up in…)

It helps that Resen has worked with designers such as Thomas O’Brien, whose house in Bellport, Long Island ranks up there with one of my favorite interiors ever. (In fact, she collaborated with O’Brien on a book that just came out this year).

But, whether it’s cool white living rooms, effortlessly styled bedrooms or glorious sun-washed patios, this is one stunning portfolio. In fact, I had a hard time picking just a few images to post here.

There’s also a lesson to be learned from Resen’s still life photos. I was struck by the use of layers, particularly layers of objects in harmonious colors. The effect is not only beautiful, but can also be applied when styling a home to achieve that lived-in, inviting vibe. From layering whites…

To different blues…

To metallics…

To dramatic black…

And contrasting hues…

All in all, I encourage you to check out Laura Resen’s site for inspiration. You won’t be disappointed.

The portfolio of Australian interiors photographer, Sharyn Cairns, is a study in contrasts. Charcoal against white. Juicy red against deep blue. Fresh flowers against dilapidated walls. The result is quite stunning.

The first few shots below are a little moodier. I’ve never seen red, white and blue look quite so un-4th of July! That’s because the blue is more gray. I’d like to try this combination somewhere in the house but am not sure I could live with it every day.

Sharyn Cairns

Sharyn Cairns

Sharyn Cairns

Sharyn Cairns

The next few images are much brighter and lighter. I’d definitely find this much easier to live with. Just look at these cathedral ceilings with the chandelier.

Sharyn Cairns

I absolutely love this bedroom. That bedside cabinet is so stunning…

Sharyn Cairns

There’s nothing better than a chunky, grainy wooden dining table with white Eames chairs. The next dining room we have – this is what it should look like.

Sharyn Cairns

Check out Sharyn‘s portfolio for more.

When it comes to colors, my design aesthetic is lying somewhere, bruised and battered, in the no man’s land between cool neutrals and wild brights. Trying to accommodate both tastes is rather exhausting. But I’ve found some solace in the portfolio of photographer James Merrell, whose work shows brights being introduced into otherwise neutral spaces in some very surprising ways.

Take these mostly white (or black and white) spaces, for instance. A single yellow end-wall, or a bold-patterned chaise make them exciting, but there are still plenty of neutral areas to give your eyes a rest.

James Merrell

Taking your color directly from nature, or in this case a photographic wallpaper, instantly makes the look more restful and organic.

James Merrell

Ah, the power of purple. That lavender chair! That lilac dresser!

James Merrell

What an impact a single piece of art makes. Even more impactful is the use of a patterned wallpaper, in a single color, used on walls and ceiling in an otherwise simple room.

James Merrell

Even color-phobes can handle introducing color with their wardrobe. And, better still, this look requires everything else to be completely white! I like the picture wall too – we’ve all seen jewellery used as decor before, but here I like the way it’s intertwined with the art.

James Merrell

Last but definitely not least, who said moldings and wainscoting had to be all-white? The bright green here makes the neutral furniture pop and it can be changed back to snowy white with the flick of a paintbrush.

James Merrell

So, for others in my situation, I hope this gives you a few ideas and the courage to try more brights. And for the color aficionados among you, please do share your tips and tricks! How do you introduce color into your home?

All photos from Judith Miller Inc. Check out Merrell’s portfolio for more images – don’t worry, there are some lovely all-white rooms in there too!

There’s something magical about the combination of white, silver, wood and glass in an interior. The effect is both ethereal and grounded. I think it’s one of my favorite looks. So I was excited to discover British photographer Mark Scott‘s portfolio online, which captures this mix beautifully.

Mark Scott

Mark Scott

Mark Scott

Mark Scott

Mark Scott

Mark Scott

Mark Scott

Mark Scott

Mark Scott

Mark Scott

I also love his lifestyle photos, which have a very different vibe. They include some gorgeous outdoor dining tables (and you know I’m partial to garden dining rooms!), fit for an idyllic summer party.

Mark Scott

Mark Scott

Mark Scott

Mark Scott

All photos via Mark Scott’s web site.

The July issue of Elle Decoration UK features the home of Danish photographer, Ditte Isager. The apartment may be in New York, but you’d be forgiven for thinking it was in Denmark because the place is so light and fresh. What I loved about her place is the way it looks as though it has evolved over years.

Of course, since I can’t link to the magazine as it has no website (what is that??) I went off in search of Ditte’s portfolio. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Ditte Isager

Ditte has a way of capturing texture. The colors in her photos are very subtle, but the textures are the real stars. There’s an interior design lesson in there somewhere…

Ditte Isager

Ditte Isager

Elegant but unpredictable.

Ditte Isager

Who knew a pile of wood, some sticks and some leaves could look so great?

Ditte Isager

She also does beautiful travel photos – Alek this would be right up your street!

Ditte Isager

Ditte Isager

Ditte Isager

All photos by Ditte Isager, via Edge Reps.

As another day of freezing San Francisco fog closes, I’m wondering if it can really be summer everywhere else in the country. (That’s the downside of this city – but, not to worry, we get our own back in October when it’s flip flop weather again here). So I was heartily warmed to find these sunny pictures by photographer Penny Wincer. Doesn’t this look like the perfect way to spend an afternoon? Tea and cake by the sea…. (with adorable blue and white table settings to boot).

Beach scene 1

Beach scene 2

What I really love about these photos is that they’re so clean, vibrant and, well, present. By that I mean there’s no barrier between the viewer and the picture. I don’t feel as though I’m peeking at a fleeting, stolen moment. I feel like I could walk up and join the picnic.

Looking at some of Penny’s other work, you can see the same trait.

Color palette

These photos are a perfect study of color. Aren’t they absolutely mouthwatering? And you can see the honesty and simplicity in these shots too. We’re not being told to feel a certain way – we’re just enjoying the eye candy (at least, I am!).

bath

Bedroom and bathroom

Bedroom

lamp and bag

Teatime

And back to the cup of tea again…!

Photos via Era Management.

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