Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Best of the rest...



photographer christine bauer...

When I first discovered Instagram, I was instantly hooked-addicted even. I've since trained myself to limit snatches of the immense global talent out there to twice, okay maybe three or four, times a day! What's so completely engaging about it, apart from the visual imagery, is the self-tailored community you become a part of. Like minded people from all over the world who produce pictures with a common link to your own; pictures you love or simply pictures you just wish you'd made yourself! Which brings me to today's post.

If you haven't seen this lady's stunning work on-line or in print already, I'd love to introduce you to the hugely talented German photographer and stylist, Christine Bauer. Yes, not only can she take the most beautiful shots, but style them too-this is one seriously inspiring woman.

Tell us a little about yourself Christine:

'For 15 years I have worked as a stylist until I decided to switch sides to stand behind the camera. Now I am working for 12 years as a photographer and it was the best decision I ever made! It's helpful to have that styling background, I realised this many times.
I am living in Munich in a quiet 73 qm flat with white wooden floors, old windows and a big tree in front of my living room. I am working mostly for magazines and do a lot of home stories, which I shoot in advance and sell all over the world. The second part is still life photography and I love to do flowers and decoration. This and next year I am working on my first book, it's about Munich interiors, so I am running around to look for lovely locations and shoot and shoot and shoot.

In Winter I am more working on my desk, doing retouching of endless Summer shootings. I got addicted to Instagram, for me it's a new way to communicate with people with the same passion and style and since then I stopped looking at blogs. Not at any time before I thought that I would ever share my private life with other unknown people, show my home or share my sadness regarding losing my lovely dog Luna...but I got so many loving and supporting mails and comments, I was really touched and it definitely helped me a great deal. There are so many people in this world (seems like 80% of them are in Australia!) who feel a need for beauty and to express themselves through a picture, or enjoy what other people see in their countries. This is so gorgeous and inspiring!
I also got inspired by my daily life, by simply opening up my eyes, being aware of what's happening around me. I always was a detail person-instagramers appreciate this which is lovely.'


I'm eagerly awaiting Christine's book and will review it here as soon as it is published. We hope to work together on a little project over here in the UK soon, fingers crossed! For more inspiring pictures, enjoy Christine's beautiful Instagram stream and portfolio.

Thank you so much for such a heartfelt post Christine. It has been a pleasure getting to know you in this quite amazing world wide web!!


Living At Home

Landlust

Christine's DIY lamps and Llamas Valley



Brigitte
Living & More

Landlust and Llamas Valley

Llamas Valley

Llamas Valley



            christine bauer on instagram






Wednesday, 23 October 2013

a visit to...woonbeurs, amsterdam, part 2




Woonbeurs...part 2

On my last post I featured some shots from the very inspiring VT Wonen barn at Woonbeurs, so today I'd like to share some pictures from the rest of the fair with you. As with all trade fairs and exhibitions, a huge amount of thought goes into stand design and display. I put together a stand with 7 roomsets for the Ideal Home Show in 2002 and spent a solid month, working 16 hour days to pull everything together, so I really appreciate the work put in by all the magazines and exhibitors at Woonbeurs.

Each stand had its own theme, decorated and accessorised in the magazine's signature style. Interior Designers, stylists and architects were also on hand for pre-booked complimentary consultations in the 'Architectenplein' pods-brilliant! And I have to comment on the food available at Woonbeurs. I'm afraid to say it puts our bog-standard trade fair offerings well and truly to shame. VT Wonen had an on-site bakery and cafe; we indulged in the most incredible salad and open top sandwiches I have ever tasted (couldn't resist a couple of pics below!); a dedicated chocolate and coffee cafe-divine; amazing juices and smoothies...the list goes on. Take plenty of cash-it will be worth it ;-)

The show is split into 3 different, but inter-connecting halls and easily do-able in a day, but don't make the same mistake as I did and just fly in-fly out (having said that, if a day trip is your only option, the RAI centre is a few stops on the train from the airport and only costs 2 euros one way-you really can't go wrong). After the show, it's just a 10 minute tram ride into the city. As everyone knows, you need at least 3 days to discover the numerous museums, sights, cafes, restaurants and one-off shops that are unique to Amsterdam. It's a compact city and a pleasure to walk around, with street cafe culture on almost every corner. So if you plan to visit Woonbeurs next year, make sure you incorporate a few extra days to get a real feel for the Dutch capital.

There's a list of the magazines who took part in the show below, along with the Instagram link from the show. Enjoy!

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woonbeurs, amsterdam, caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog

woonbeurs, amsterdam, caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog

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woonbeurs, amsterdam, caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog

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Our lunch!!!

woonbeurs, amsterdam, caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog

woonbeurs, amsterdam, caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog


If you see a picture of your stand or products here and would like me to add your link, please just let me
know! For some inspiring daily reads, check out the following great Dutch titles:

101woonideeen
ariadne at home
vt wonen
more than classic
eigen huis & interieur
home and garden
seasons

The hugely talented stylist and blogger Desiree of vosges paris has posted about her favourite parts of the show and has also put together an invaluable design city guide amsterdam next-a must for all design lovers.

And just to finish off this longer-than-average post: a HUGE thank you to Pip McCormac of  RED Magazine on-line for including me in his Top Interior Design Blogs, along with just the greatest list of design bloggers out there-I feel very honoured and it has made my week !!

Friday, 18 October 2013

a visit to...woonbeurs, amsterdam




woonbeurs... vt wonen barn

I think it was 1996 when I first laid eyes on what was to become my all time favourite magazine-VT Wonen. The Dutch just have that certain something when it comes to decorating and styling their homes. A quirky mix of Scandinavian  clean and simple, with a dose of ethnic and vintage thrown in for good measure. I just love everything about their sense of style.

A couple of weekends ago, I threw caution to the wind and jumped on a flight for the last day of Woonbeurs in Amsterdam. Technically speaking it's an interiors trade fair, but with the huge added bonus of featuring stands from Holland's top interior magazines. Today I'd love to share with you my snaps from the VT Wonen Barn-my first and favourite stop. They showcased designers, craftsman and artists at work on the ground floor, along with a bakery and cafe, a vintage style barber's shop and an upstairs potting shed. It was fun, inventive and inspiring.

If you get the chance to visit Amsterdam next year and love interiors, then co-ordinate your trip  with Woonbeurs 2014.

woonbeurs, amsterdam, vt wonen, caroline davis interiors stylist, trend daily blog

woonbeurs, amsterdam, vt wonen, caroline davis interiors stylist, trend daily blog

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woonbeurs, amsterdam, vt wonen, caroline davis interiors stylist, trend daily blog

woonbeurs, amsterdam, vt wonen, caroline davis interiors stylist, trend daily blog

woonbeurs, amsterdam, vt wonen, caroline davis interiors stylist, trend daily blog

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woonbeurs, amsterdam, vt wonen, caroline davis interiors stylist, trend daily blog

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woonbeurs, amsterdam, vt wonen, caroline davis interiors stylist, trend daily blog

woonbeurs, amsterdam, vt wonen, caroline davis interiors stylist, trend daily blog

woonbeurs, amsterdam, vt wonen, caroline davis interiors stylist, trend daily blog

woonbeurs, amsterdam, vt wonen, caroline davis interiors stylist, trend daily blog

woonbeurs, amsterdam, vt wonen, caroline davis interiors stylist, trend daily blog




Thursday, 10 October 2013