Friday Yellow or the Fight Against Gloom

January GLOOM is upon us. When sunshine goes in hiding, do not despair. I recommend fighting it with lots of golds and yellows.

Fight the gloom…Photo courtesy


An elegant and classic walk-in closet dressed up with a bang, bathed in pure yellow light, infused in old world style. Lorenzo Castillo.

Downton Abby‘s Dining Area. Gloriously sunny and at its best in the morning light.

A stunning gold splashed staircase via Architectural Digest.

Yes, please!!! My mood is already perking up. Sofa designed by Arne Jacobsen.

A breathtaking design created by the famous designer Elsie de Wolf. Shown here: Villa Trianon

Designed by design’s Grande Dame, Elsie de Wolfe

Yellow building

I love how this yellow Madrid building pops out.

This spunky and inviting room was featured in Country Living magazine.

In the hope I have brightened your day, I bid you farewell until next time. May the force sun be with you!

Interiors Magazine? One word: Wow.

I had the pleasure of attending a panel hosted by Interiors Magazine editorial director Michael Wollaeger while at BLOGFEST 2012 . Guests included designer extraordinaire Miles Redd, architectural photography pioneer  Peter Aaron and style editor/blogger Marisa Marcantonio.

Back in my Boston area office,  I opened the June/July issue. My jaw dropped. I turned a few more pages.  No, this was not a dream! One word: Wow.

Reading through this magazine is like reading a beautiful Art book. One needs to savor images slowly, taking regular breaks in the process. The interiors are absolutely breathtaking, and the photographs are pure and transparent, showcasing the rooms perfectly, as if one were standing very still, taking in the space.

Here are five interiors in this issue that struck me as being powerful:

French Interior Designer Pierre Yovanovitch, who used to be a Fashion Design for Pierre Cardin,  created this lovely built in sitting area for a Parisian couple in their 17th arrondissement flat.
Designer Kevin Dumais created a textural, soothing and minimal look for this modern Nashville home. Dumais draws inspiration from the Seventies. I love how the oak library shelves and paneling contrast with the metal fireplace, the mohair sofa and clear coffee table.
Sitting area in the same house by Dumais. I love the blues and pale camels and the interplay between the architectural perspectives in the wall art and the geometric rug.
Capri kitchen by Architect Guilano Andrea Dell’Uva. White lime was applied to the ancient stone walls, creating depth and texture. I love the gigantic cut out of the  black windows against the zippy white and yellow. A brilliant composition.
Candace Cavanaugh designed this glamorous bedroom in San Francisco. The color scheme in this bedroom is very attractive and restful : citrine , black and greys. I like that this bedroom is not too grandiose, and maintains a sense of whimsy (ie: the bathing suit painting, unusual bergère and general textural interest of materials )

And finally, I’d like to post a WOW of my own selection, I’d love to share this gorgeous interior by Windsor Smith, one of my favorite designers:

Windsor Smith Interior. A master of balance, color, shape and texture.

My apologizes for taking mediocre photos of the Interiors Magazine photos: I hope this article entices you to check out their wonderful magazine, which exists in a paper and an online version!

A la prochaine!





Boy, Oh Boy, New Interior Design Photos Are In!

Last post, I discussed the process of working with a designer. But how does a designer showcase his/her work once a project is completed?

Interior Designers depend on good photographs to be able to show their hard work. We could not work without qualified and talented photographers. They are the window to our work! I personally tried to take my own interior design photos years ago when I started in this field, but I had to give up. My photos were frankly ugly and dark. They did NOT do me a service :-)

One of the most exhausting and rewarding part of our profession is getting those photos made. I say exhausting because photo sessions require a lot of work, involving staging the photos. One has to make sure no lampshade is crooked and no kleenex box has been forgotten on the window sill. Fabric on upholstery and pillows needs to look plumped up and not crumpled. The space has to  feel inviting and not too busy.

Last week was one of those weeks. After months and months of fine-tuning two rooms, making sure the client and designer were satisfied with the end result of the designs, I was ready to come in and shoot with my photographer, Boston based Dan Watkins.

On a sunny and unusually warm March day, we met on site to get started. I brought in props (flowers, vase, trays, throws, etc) and started prepping the rooms while Dan tested them for light. It is not unusual for use to move furniture around: dog beds and extraneous items need to be temporarily removed. Dan takes multiple shots with shades and curtains opened and closed so to photoshop the rooms later and edit sun spots, shading, light, window views.

Paying attention to so many little details is very trying. I get very tired and can’t wait to be done after 3 hours of constant vigilance. We wrap up and go for coffee. A week or so later, we agree on the right shot selections to edit. I am always overjoyed to see the results! All that hard work payed off!

Below are a few selections:

Media Room designed by Elza B. Design and photographed by Dan Watkins.


Media Room-Back detail of Wing Chair. Design by Elza B. Design, photo by Dan Watkins.

And another space:

Sitting Room designed by Elza B. Design and photographed by Dan Watkins.
Sitting Room designed by Elza B. Design and photographed by Dan Watkins.


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