I've had a long love affair with Mexico. Having traveled to nearly all of her corners, I've fallen in love many times over with the white sand beaches, dense jungles, spicy tacos, desolate deserts and colonial cities. So diverse... so beautiful.
I also adore design in Mexico. I love the wrought iron, the heavy woods, bright colors, the ceramics and antiques. Both simple and complex... it all just somehow works!
A chic hotel called La Belle Juliette recently opened its doors in the heart of Sain Germain des Prés, where the world of fashion meets Paris' most luxurious boutiques. I loved the eclectic mix of designs, from stacks of vintage books to new age photography, from velour chaises to luminescent wallpaper. Unfortunately, my room was just too messy to document, but here is a taste of the lounge areas.
I love finding objects in the environment to use in my shoots... nothing beats the simplicity and elegence of nature...
This was one of my favorites from a shoot I did with 'Flour Petals', a great new company that makes beautiful cakes and stunning flower arrangements for all occasions. Website is in the works, but you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
I remember Daniela, of Bella Signature Design, telling us of the difficulties that came up for them in driving from Seattle to create a table for this event. They couldn't bring their flowers up across the border and had to source them out here, being very short on time, it was quite stressful. But they pulled it off. Their table was bright and beautiful with unique details and stunning linens. Her inspiration given by the Grace Ormonde team was a 'cultural wedding', which was made even more perfect with Daniela's ‘modern lush’ design aesthetic.
Big thanks again to Reine for inviting us to shoot alongside her, which is always a fabulous day of learning and laughing.
This table was very different from the others. Moving over to the Fours Seasons, this was set up in front of the beautiful buddha in the lobby. Designed by Colin Upright, Jace was there to help with all the perfect flowery details. It was all very zen... even Grace said it was one of her favorites!