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getting fresh – amy merrick

Amy Merrick's beautiful floral styling with vintage wallpaper.If you know me, you know that one of my first loves is flowers. This was first instilled in me by my mother. From a very young age I was her gardening sidekick. We would be outside for hours, digging, planting, picking, pruning. Our daily dog walks would be with spades and pruners – bringing plants, flowers, and branches back from the wild. I knew every flower and plant by name, both common and latin, domesticated and wild alike. Side by side we would make wreaths and arrangements, mine always a smaller version of hers.

…and it continued. Decades later we moved from San Francisco to a flower farm in Vermont where my mother’s hobby (obsession) became her trade. The digging, planting, picking, pruning continued and brought flower markets, flower stores, and the world of floral design, where I worked for many years. If you know me, you know that for me, flowers are a way of life.

You also know, that the ordinary just won’t do. I seek the unusual, the obscure, the extraordinary. And extraordinary Amy Merrick is.

Amy Merrick's floral design, warm pinks, oranges, and purples.Amy Merrick's floral design fruit and flowers.

Amy Merrick's floral design, wedding bouquet with fruit.She is a floral designer and stylist in Brooklyn, NY, and her work is sublime. And I don’t even use that word. Her flower pairings, her mix of textures, her choice of flowers, the mood, and oh yes, the color. Simply perfect.

She was most recently published styling for Kinfolk Magazine, for whom she created the exceptional, nostalgic, moody, feminine scenes (seen throughout) with floral fabric backdrops. These are so very… yes.

Amy Merrick's floral design, tropical bridal bouquet.

Amy Merrick's floral design, apricot hues arrangement.

Amy Merrick's floral design and styling, moody plums and violets.

Amy Merrick's floral design, lavender roses and ranunculus.

Amy Merrick's floral design and styling with vintage wallpaper.

Amy Merrick's floral design, antique blues and apricots.Thank you, Amy Merrick, you are so very, very good.

For a peak inside her work and her process, read her blog here. All images courtesy of Amy Merrick.





welcome winter

First and foremost this is beautiful… but also the perfect harbinger of winter …And what a great idea to freeze spoons – it would be a great idea for a cocktail party!

Image via Deborah McLean.




she hit pause

A little moody, a little nostalgic, and a little naughty. I love these images from She Hit Pause Studios. Photographer Matt Schwartz captures his version of the pin-up girl in these raw and scratchy, yet dreamy and wistful polaroids. His work is described as walking into a memory. All of these images and more are available from She Hit Pause Studios, commissioned work and unique wedding photography are also offered.



paper garden

I have been holding on to these images, waiting until sufficient time has passed from my last post about Karin Nussbaumer, so that I can add some more of her work without seeming like I am a fanatic… let’s just say I seem to be a pretty big fan.

I’m not sure exactly what it is about her work that I like so much, perhaps because her photographic series’ can seem to have such different tenors – take for instance, the dark, exotic brooding of cinema oriental versus the whimsical, storybook notions of de slaapzaal and, that which I have shown here, papergarden.

I know that I love the handmade, crafty, fantastical worlds which she creates and the surreal mixtures which they inspire – like fashion and construction paper. I think it is her sense of everyday make-believe which draws me in, that lingering memory from childhood of bunnies and bears and secret gardens. But I also think, upon deeper pondering, that the moods are not so divergent after all. There is a frankness to all of her work, and perhaps a little darkness – stark yet coy expositions of secret worlds. Yes, I think even the bunnies and the bears…




mid-century madmenism, um, modernism

The set design and styling of Mad Men are so perfectly executed that I couldn’t even intersperse these images with words… not even my own words. Yes, I feel that the styling of the set, the characters, and these images are so strong that they speak for themselves.

That being said, the visual world which exists in Mad Men, whether in the offices of Sterling Cooper, the home of Don Draper, or the apartments and venues which lie between, is a beautiful mix of mid-century modernism, abstract art, and the accoutrements of the muted and chauvinistic archetypes which inhabit it.

Take a moment to listen to how Set Decorator Amy Wells and Production Designer Dan Bishop approach the set design as visual storytelling and a frame of reference for the series…




urban treehouse

I am really inspired by the design and styling of the urban treehouse collection from Pinecone Hill. Though they are not normally my cup of tea, I love this minimalist and natural departure from the florals and scalloped edged matelassés… and the wood and industrial elements are fabulous!




cinema oriental

Karin Nussbaumer Photography, Set Design, and Styling

Karin Nussbaumer Photography, Set Design, and Styling

Karin Nussbaumer Photography, Set Design, and Styling

Karin Nussbaumer Photography, Set Design, and Styling
The artful whimsy of photographer Karin Nussbaumer‘s styling and set design is so inspiring to me. In her series cinema oriental the colors are so dark and seductive. There is a foreboding which is, itself, very appealing. It makes me want to make my own fantastical worlds out of paper and fabric.

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