PENDLETON’S PORTLAND COLLECTION

I am already obsessed with a city I have never visited and now they dub this crazy creative collaboration between Pendleton and a team of young forward designers after it and I have fallen even deeper.  I am a long time Pendleton fan and I have been following their collaborations for a while, wishing that I would have thought of it. It’s in a word–cool.  Yes, cool. Taking the iconic blanket and Navajo motifs and re-interpreting into a high fashion collection? This is beyond inspired. They did such an excellent job on the presentation–the photographs by Chris Hornbecker are so crystal clear and the lighting just hits the perfect pitch of not too bright, a little moody without taking away from the clothes. The styling is simple and effortless and this model seems like the embodiment of American beauty. Amazing. How cute would I look with one of those sweaters and my new moccasin’s?

URSUS MARITIMUS

I post this image with the thought, ‘How will I ever top this?‘.  For years I have posted cute in the form of smiling pigs, mini cows, ponies and donks, fantastic Frenchies, owls in knit caps, baby pygmy hippo’s and the list goes on, but a newborn polar bear?  It’s unthinkable to unleash such cuteness at 12:00 a.m. Pacific time but I’m doing it.  I am throwing caution to the wind and hoping that this has solidified myself as the preeminent authority on cute animals. The only unfortunate thing is I do not know the photographer of this image, which is probably for the best because anyone that was able to get this close to a baby polar bear is someone that I would want to stalk and well that wouldn’t be good now would it? I found out Via KPriss in the comments this isn’t real, but trust me it doesn’t stop it from being undeniably cute and creative, it’s a doll from talented artist Tatiana Scalozub. A doll?!  The talent that abounds out there in the world always amazes me, Ms. Scalozub’s polar bear still may take 1st prize for cute.

STUDIO INSPIRATION::NO.01

I have a tough time with indecision.  I am an individual of the hem and haw variety.  It’s a near miracle that I make it out of a grocery store, so many choices, so little time. I would like to say that once I finally make a decision I stand by it steadfast and strong, nope that is not the case either.  Many times I will then succumb to bouts of buyer’s remorse. If it was hard reading this, try living with me or better yet, try being me, it’s exhausting.  
A dear friend of mine, an inspiring interior designer, decided to take the bull by the horns and take on the daunting task of working with me on my studio makeover.  My other foible?  I like to have control.  This is not going to be easy breezy.  Her first call to action was for me to put together tears of offices I like.  This is my black version, I am working on the white as well.  It seems to me from these photo’s that I want to specifically own a vintage style drafting stool (it is featured in nearly every image above). The floors in Fig.01 are so magnificent (as is the photograph) which obviously I won’t be  able to accomplish with carpet in a rental but that tear will definitely be staying with me for when I own a house, that room slays me. I have been looking at Ballard’s ‘Original Home Office’ in black. It seems very functional and not too steep budget wise, but is it too Pottery Barn circa 1990?  I’m not crazy about the rubbed edges, thoughts? I also like the idea of a project desk over a regular desk since I do a lot of cutting, packing and taping in my business (yes, I live a highly glamorous life, don’t be jealous).

Fig. 01 by douglas friedman, Fig. 02 via le voyage creatif, Fig. 03 via emma’s design blogg, Fig. 04 via lotta agaton, Fig. 05 by douglas friedman

MMXI::SIX

This whole ‘roll’ was a disaster.  I shot this outside the front door of my friend Adam’s house. Ad and his amazing wife Mrs. Adam had just remodeled their home, they decided to throw a celebratory party and I offered to shoot the unveiling.  I promptly got to work, barely ate and may or may not have had a glass of champagne on an empty stomach, the sugars may or may not have impaired my judgment and made me a little tipsy (I was so nervous, it was my first real shoot).  When I got home every photo was either underexposed or with a red or blue color cast.  I was horrified (no exaggeration).  Yes, I was looking at the LCD screen, but it was dark, I thought everything was ‘ok’. I tried to attempt to edit on multiple occasions but looking at the images made my stomach butterfly up.  I mentioned earlier how I hate to fail (like there are people out there that love to?), well this was a big failure.  Just take a gander at my ‘before’, brace yourself.  I feel like coming back to this folder of photo’s and even attempting to edit one was an accomplishment.  I sent Ad and his lovely wife the above image with the note, ‘sorry it took me two years to get this to you…’.  The lesson I learned?  It’s not a good idea to drink even the bittiest bit of champagne and shoot, but it is totally fine to have a glass of vino and edit, in fact I encourage it.

JUNIPER BOOKS

Can you hear that? It’s only my heart pitter pattering so hard I can barely take a breath.  That’s the reaction that ensues when I peruse Juniper Books.  If you are not aware of these fine proprietor’s perhaps I should enlighten you to what services this clever company offers.  Juniper books has created a niche in the interior design world as the doyenne’s of everything library.  Need all your trashy novels recovered in embossed leather with 22k gold detail? No, you are a vegan I forgot, no worries Juniper Books can create faux leather covers for you. What’s that you say?  You want the look but you don’t own a book?  No problem, they will design a library for you, it can be for aesthetics only (how dreadfully dull) or they can create via favorite topic (much better). A lot of the paper cover projects could probably be accomplished yourself with some sweat and ingenuity but if you have the budget why not hire the experts?
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