The Flower Recipe Book


Ever wish you could create the stunning arrangements you see prepared by a a stylist or professional florist? I discovered a wonderful book titled The Flower Recipe Book, that helps identify the critical elements need to create a beautiful arrangement. From the right vessel, to unique floral species, this beautifully illustrated book makes it easy. Not only are there step by step recipes to follow, but artists Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo share their tips of the trade from their SanFrancisco floral design company, Studio Choo. What a gift of experience ladies!

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Farrow and Ball’s Interior Color Forecast

Farrow and Ball has released its Trend Forecast for 2012. Some sophisticated combinations, many unexpected. Several suggested have a retro feel. Many with high contrast, and muted tones. I find trend predictions interesting for color inspiration and a source of understanding of influences in the world of design. Much like a fashion spread, although they can followed literally, often they are best used as a great visual resource to better understand how color effects a space. The play of light on the dark charcoal in the image below, provides a range of effect on the perceived depth of color. Much like the pairing of the bright hues of orange and yellow, and the balance and vibrancy, and how they behave in the room.

When choosing a paint color for your room, it is often hard to visualize just how a color will impact a space. Many samples on the wall, often still, does not project the end result. Yet, when we can see a color in an environment, it is often just the tool needed to visualize our own. Look to the experts, such as Farrow and Ball, for tried and tested successful combinations of glorious color. These images are beautifully styled, simple, and they tell the intended story with an understated voice.

Release of Trend 2012 from Farrow-Ball. Images sourced at Trendland.





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Scheltens and Abbenes

The creative duo of photographer Maurice Scheltens and visual artist Liesbeth Abbenes, are a powerful pair. Creating some of the most visually striking and recognizable imagery around, their photography and styling work can be seen on the pages of top publications for major design directed brands. Their work is planted firmly on a modernist foundation often “reducing the object to clean geometric lines, that will ultimately only exist as a two dimensional image.” A study in composition, resulting in an artful expression that draws the eye to a product line in an unconventional way. Void of environment, their stylistic approach focus’ on the object only, through a study of composition and form. I just love this work. It’s pure, simple and focused. Just the beauty of each subject uniquely revealed.

“Combining their distinct but partly overlapping fields of expertise, Scheltens & Abbenes create commissioned photographs for cultural institutions and large companies (Vitra, Hermes, COS and Yves Saint Laurent) and editorials for magazines (Fantastic Man, The Gentlewomen and New York Times Style magazine).”

All images and excerpts found at Scheltens & Abbenes.

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