Authors at ADAC

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The authors of a number of the interior design books I've had the pleasure to preview are featured guests at Design ADAC, happening in April. Registration is now open and all events are free. Click on the links to read more.....

Landon Nordeman

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

I've written previously of the work from photographer Landon Nordeman and if you follow me on Instagram, you may remember a post from just about a year ago, when I attended a talk Landon gave on his process. Gallery owner Spalding Nix sponsored the event, held at a collective artist space on the 2nd floor of Ponce City Market (which is no longer but currently occupied by the savory Root Baking Co.) .....  And also to note, Landon and Spalding are old friends from their University of Virginia days.

Vanity Fair has posted photographs from inside their Oscar party .....  Of the 4 or 5 photographers featured, Landon's work immediately jumped out at me. Viewing his images took me right back to watching & listening to him explain the fundamentals of his method. In that discussion, Landon described some of the themes that tend to repeat in his photos .....  Shooting subjects from their backs; Capturing details to tell the story rather than concentrating on faces; And something signature to his look is lighting, Landon holds a separate flash in one hand and his camera in another to manipulate the light on a scene -- the effect is quite striking, creating a photograph that radiates deep, rich contrasting color.

I've selected some of my favorites (above & below) that speak to the influences I mentioned and are inspired within Landon's images.  And keep in mind, Landon was quick to point out when shooting these types of high profile/pressure events, there are only seconds to get these shots before the scene changes .....  I suggest really focusing in on the relationship between light & shadow and you'll start to understand/identify Landon's method of utilizing the flash at a varying angle (high, low, or from the side) from where he has positioned his camera lens.

*The last photo of Selma Blair is extraordinary!

Sarah Paulson, Zoƫ Kravitz, and Holland Taylor

Zoey Deutch

Selma Blair

Images Landon Nordeman / Vanity Fair

On The Market

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

This classic Brookhaven residence has just hit the market! The cherry on the top are the interiors, designed by Atlanta native and highly sought-after talent Miles Redd. House Beautiful featured the well appointed rooms in their February 2016 issue, with Miles sharing the design details selected for his clients, who happened to be his parents, Buddy and Sue Redd. Listing info here + I've written previously about Miles here.

From House Beautiful of the Dining Room pictured above:

"Redd brought in a breakfront to anchor the space and had it painted in one of his mother's favorite colors, an 18th century-inspired chalky green. A table skirt made from taffeta is a soft contrast to the mahogany ladder-back chairs."

""Mom is from Virginia," says Redd. "Her silver is collected, shared, and worshipped." Heirloom Tiffany & Co. silver and D. Porthault linens decorate the table."

Miles Redd photographed at his parent's home

*Peter Murdock Photography

Ray Booth

Monday, February 18, 2019

"Design of any kind begins with focused listening to elicit the who, what, and why of the given endeavor. The hope for beauty sufficient to capture and excite the imagination, and to not let it go, emerges more often than not from the intense conversations at the beginning of every undertaking." -- Ray Booth, Evocative Interiors

The work of the architecture & design firm McAlpine has been my subject of numerous blog posts, including the release of Poetry of Place, an all-encompassing text exploring the expert appeal of author Bobby McAlpine's residential masterpieces. Interior designer Ray Booth, a partner in McAlpine, steps into the spotlight and presents the very personal design process within his accomplished portfolio, a comprehensive guide that has culminated through the pages of his premiere hardcover book, Evocative Interiors. Booth's formal training as an architect serves as a touchstone, providing a unique design point of view throughout the 12 client commissions featured, a mix of city, coastal and country locales.

"To be afforded the luxury of forming and fine-tuning every aspect of a home, inside and out, to the last detail and nuance, uniquely for those who will inhabit it fully every day is a designer's ultimate challenge and happiest responsibility. Therein lies the possibility of realizing the evocative ideal - a home instilled with a reflection of the heart, made manifest in the surroundings." -- Ray Booth, Evocative Interiors

*Join Ray Booth for a Brunch & Book Signing February 23, as part of the Thomasville Antiques Show -- info here

January Covers

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

November Covers

Thursday, November 8, 2018

  • Keep your eye on the Instagram feed of Homes & Gardens for an inspiring mix of modern style and sophisticated European living

  • Read more from Marie Claire's in-depth feature on cover girl Gwyneth Paltrow

  • Watch a flip through video for a sampling of the forward thinking design you can expect in Elle Decoration's November issue
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