I love the work of North Carolina-based photographer Marisa Kestel. Her "moment in time" images are evocative and moving. Kestel seems deeply sensitive to the context of each image; when you fill your space with her work, you'll enjoy imagining all of the stories surrounding the photos. Top to bottom: "He belonged to an older time"; "Terrazza in Salo"; "Train to nowhere."
See many more original, fine art photographs and purchase prints at Kestel's shop, brandMOJO Images. Let me know which images are your favorites...I'm having trouble narrowing down my selections!
Personal note: We met Marisa when we commissioned a custom dining table from her husband, Scott, an amazing artisan and purveyor of industrial and primitive furnishings. He does everything by hand, using reclaimed or salvaged materials. Our table was made using well-preserved, old barnwood and we were thrilled with the end result. Like Marisa, Scott has a keen eye for detail and timeless beauty. Such a talented pair.
Top: Set of four handblown, recycled glass plates (tinted with sepia for a hint of color). $35 at Sundance. Bottom: Set of six raw-edged table napkins made from vintage (but never used!) French "metis" fabric (a linen-cotton blend). $36 at Lapomme.
An artful display of Japanese soup bowls (about $4 each from Kamei in San Francisco). Photo: Aya Brackett.
Sending peaceful and warm wishes to the people of Japan at this time of devastation, sadness, fear, and unrest.
1. Search Etsy.com for "Japan relief" or "Japanese disaster relief" to find vendors donating a portion of the purchase price on many beautiful handcrafted goods and housewares.
2. Visit BrandMojo Images and purchase one of Marisa Kestel's stunning photographs. She will donate 10% of her profits to Animal Refuge Kansai, a non-profit working hard to rescue displaced animals in Japan.
3. Make an online donation via the Japan Society (link via Muji, a wonderful Japanese gifts and supplies superstore).
"One of the distinctive Hays Town characteristics is a house that seems to rise out of the landscape." -Architecture Bayou Style
Louisiana architect A. Hays Town (1903-2005) was prolific and influential. His distinctive style blended French, Spanish, and Creole influences and he often consulted on the interiors of the homes he designed. Hays was among the first architects to use recylced materials (often gathering them himself) and sometimes suggested complementary dog breeds for his homes! I love the overhang on this wraparound porch and the setting (old oaks, Spanish moss, gravel drive) seems ripe for all kinds of stories and adventures.
I love this antique settee from Jayson Home & Garden. This fetching piece has been reupholstered with a vintage-style crewel fabric and reminds me of something my grandmother would have had in her Florida apartment.
I'll readily admit that I can't resist a neutral, open foyer. This one is pared down, spacious, and ready to be filled with visitors. I'm guessing that this home, like most, has a non-fiction state when it's not being photographed (think toys and shoes on the steps, handbags and groceries by the front door, and so on). I love the family photos in the phone nook—special touches in a minimalist space. What do you think? (Photo: Pieter Estersohn; Designer: Amelia Handegan). Fun fact: This Carolina home has river views from the front door!
Designer Suzanne Dimma found this charming old corner sink for her guest bath at a yard sale. Nice find! The ledge that tops off the subway tile gives her the opportunity to create fun, new vignettes all the time (photo: Rob Fiocca).
Above: What a bright idea! Mirrors behind these great looking lamps give even more light to the room. I'm loving the navy walls with the all-white bedding ensemble....a nice canvas for sweet little flower arrangements on the nightstands or a splash of color on the bed when the mood strikes. And guess what? The pillows are from Ikea then trimmed in lace for a custom look (photo: Teri Lyn Fisher). See more of this home in Rue issue #2 here (starting on page 258).