Saturday, March 13, 2010

What's your idea of a perfect home?


First I have to say, so much for my "staying in touch" post....10 days ago. I've had back to back shoots (yeah! work is picking up again!), so it's been kind of bonkers. I must learn how to multi-task.

Back to this post....
My idea of a "perfect home" is a place that can be calming and comforting. I'm not a minimal person, but I like a bit of order. Mid-century modern mixed with travel souvenirs, vintage bits, art work, and piles of magazines and books, pretty much sums up our home.  I see loads of homes in my line of work, and I love it when the home reflects the homeowner's personality. The book, Home (pictured above), is all about , well, Home. Stafford Cliff interviews 50 well known people, such as Donna Hay, Lulu Guinness and Eva Zeisel, and asks them what their homes mean to them. Loved it.

Late last year, I photographed two very different homes for this month's issue of House and Home magazine. Both homes were winners (along with 4 other homes) of House and Home's annual Design Contest. One home was kind of a "glamorous" traditional style, while the other was more mid-century modern. As I've already mentioned, I lean towards mid-century modern. What style do you lean towards? I'd love to know (I am a bit of a snoop)!

I adored this home, and the family that lives there were pretty great too. Click here to read more.


This next home was quite traditional, but with a bit of a girlie glamorous side to it. The dogs thoroughly enjoyed the shoot.


One last thing...
A big thank you to Ulla, of Lu Prints, for these sweet owl print coasters. I recently worked with Ulla, and her dog Fin, on a shoot about Ulla and her beautiful work. She makes the best veggie sandwiches too ;)


38 comments:

Heather Cameron said...

sure, her sandwich is good, but is the bread made from scratch!! hee hee. I'm an ass.

Cristin said...

Wish you lived closer... I would have you shoot some of my projects! Interiors are had to shoot.

xo,
cristin

Heather Cameron said...

opps, it was pointed out that I forgot the premise of the post. My perfect home would be down a quiet country lane, with horses grazing in a meadow and chickens running free.
A large verandah, an old house. The inside would be a modern version of country - lots of white and hits of colour. Bare wood floors, art on all the walls, plank ceilings. Modern country meets girly asian.

Pooch Morning Glory said...

i dont really know what kind of style i like best. as long as i can be surrounded by my random things that i love... rocks, things from my travels, books, and colour... im happy.
have a great sunday
~laura

koralee said...

I love your friend Heather...she makes me snicker!
I adore both homes..but pick door number 2 to live in..it would suit me to a T.
Your work is amazing! xo

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Janis
Love that second home.. and the sofa is incredible...great photos... particularly the puppies!! Have a great weekend xx Julie

Pinecone Camp said...

That's the spirit, Heather! Get well soon! Bring me some bread when you feel better ;)

Cristin, interiors can definitely be tricky that's for sure. Lighting is key!

Koralee and Julie, Alia (homeowner of 2nd home) would be very happy to hear that you like her home. The dogs too!

deanna said...

I pretty much have my perfect home, close to all the urban amenities, but also the mountains and the beach. could be a little bigger - but not TOO big.
hands down mod ;)

flo said...

If I could choice the ideal house... It's would be one not very big, not small, just the dimension pour us and friends with a big, big kitchen, and a biautiful "grenier", a large escalier in wood (I love the noise of my small girl with theirs friends when they run, speak there), a garden with flower everywhere in the grass...
Actually, we live in a house we love (just the kitchen and the "garden" are too small) but I think that the best biautiful house for us is our family, out love, fun... Our house is like us and it's the most important like the word "Home" of the book with a heart...

Emilie said...

Hi Janis,
i'm really flattered by your comment on the crochet along blog. Your blog is so beautiful and your photos are just esthetically perfect! I'v just added you as a favorite :)
have a nice sunday

ps: i don't know if you can read French but i can send you the instructions to do the amigurumi if you want to ;)

briannelee said...

I love a more traditional look. Those dogs are soooo cute!

mise said...

French country, I guess, is the nearest to what I go for, with hints of mad colour, but what I'd like is this: I'd like to see fabulous homes like those you feature here with two sets of photos each, one set taken by any old person, and the second set taken by you, so that we could see how much the contribution of the photographer is to making lovely homes look so great.

Living It At Home said...

I enjoyed looking at your interior photo's. You have the "dream" job! I love looking at homes and their interiors. I can't get enough of all the house magazines out there!

I have always loved taking photo's and just recently got a semi-pro camera and have been loving it. I love to use my photo's on my blog.

I would like to invite you to stop by my blog, Living It At Home, and check it out! Thanks!

~jamilyn

jan said...

i'm so all over the place when it comes to my idea of a perfect home. i'm so afraid of committing to a certain look/style as i get so bored so easily. must be all this flashing of images all day long. i think i may have adult blogger ocd - if there is such a thing.....

i do like this home though, nice a clean, sleek, uncluttered. i wish i was more uncluttered...

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I love Tudor houses with bronze casement windows.
And turrets!

Jennifer@NicoleJaneHome said...

The mid-century home is fresh and inviting, but I'm a bit of a glam junkie! You had me at "mirrored side table".

dahlhaus said...

I'm a mid-century modern kind of gal, must say. My first 'foray' into this love was when my dad took me along to buy a desk for my room at 14- it was a teak desk, but the person selling it was also selling a whole bedroom set. Wistfully I asked if I could have the whole set- bed, dresser, side-table, wardrobe and desk, unfortunately he decided I didn't have enough room for it all. I admit, it would have been a bit much all in one room, but I was hooked...
Glad to hear you were shooting Ulla's work! I love her Owl prints too!

Gigi said...

Your photos are gorgeous. I have to say that first. Just wonderful, because whenever I see your shots I really, truly get that people actually, like, live in the houses you shoot! So refreshing. What I mean to say is that your photos seem to celebrate the lives lived in the houses as much as the structures and furnishings themselves.

I'd lean toward the mid-century house, too. My husband calls my aesthetic something like industrial barn chic, which I think is pretty funny, but he's mostly right!

Show us more of your work whenever you can. It's such a treat.

xo Gigi

DUTA said...

I don't like wooden ceilings and floors. I do like light coloured walls and that's the case in both homes. Wall colour is of great importance to me, light colour makes room space look larger and it doesn't "steal" the show from the beautiful pieces of furniture.

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

What lovely homes! I did lean toward midcentury, until I bought a 100-year-old house with gorgeous traditional details. I am fine mixing styles, but I find myself thinking 'would my house like this?" when I am looking at furniture. But color and art and books are musts, and it is amazing how different your house can look from when you bought it, once you make it yours.

And ps - I love what Gigi said - "your photos seem to celebrate the lives lived in the houses as much as the structures and furnishings themselves." I feel that, too, and that is one of the reasons I do love your photographs, too.

Umatji said...

beautiful pics - I must admit I think I prefer the first home as well. My ideal home would be an old old stone place in the bush and then oodles of odd bits and oodles of books. I have the books and some of the odd bits worked out but we compromised on the home so we could get the block we wanted - what do you do - hoome or block - can't do both we found!

Miss B said...

What a beautiful blog and the photo's are stunning!

Pinecone Camp said...

This is fun! I'm thoroughly enjoying learning a little more about all of you. Thanks for your sweet compliments as well. It really is fun shooting homes and working with so many different people.

Amy said...

Wow, what a great question... I use to think my perfect home was something modern and neutral, but really I think my perfect home is something very classic and simple. I love just coming home and knowing that everything is calm and put away- it just makes everything else seem ok.

xoxo
Amy

Melissa Blake said...

A perfect home to me is a place where you feel safe and loved!

c and d said...

as always - gorgeous shots! oh, my dream home...i visit it at least once a day in my mind *sigh. i'm definitely a house no.1 gal. in my dream home i see the ocean (floor to ceiling windows - actually a door that opens right to the outdoors). big fan of blurring inside and out and i'm with heather on lots of white with splashes of colours and natural materials..and the bottom floor would be open floor plan, pretty much with the idea that it's one extended kitchen...

Ally @ FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

What a thoughtful post and the photography is fantastic. My style changes with my mood - which makes it very hard to decorate! :) Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. It's very nice to meet you!

Vanessa said...

What a gorgeous home and beautiful photography!! I love the little girl's bedding!

Dandelion and Grey said...

What a beautiful home! My ideal home would be an old white farmhouse surrounded by rolling hills. We were lucky enough to get married at a place such as this & I'd love to own something similar one day! xo

PinkPanthress said...

Maybe I'm misunderstanding your question... anyway, here goes...

My fave home, I don't really have a fave style, just give me a 120m² building with an oriel-window each in the kitchen & sitting-room, a small backyard, too, and 1 Month to decorate it & put my personal stuff in it... that's it! ;)

But when it comes to Architectural Styles, I tend to like the Ottoman-Islamic & Art Nouveau!
In Istanbul they stil have a lot of old wooden houses from the ottoman-period with bay-windows & mashraabiyah styled doors inside.

kate / tinywarbler said...

great shots janis-those dogs are priceless! you already know my fave style in houses, we have such similar tastes!

Kitty M said...

Stunning homes and what a gorgeous picture of the two little dogs! Hope you are well and happy weekend xxx

kimberj said...

We've recently redone our whole home on a shoestring budget in mid century modern. We were finally able to ditch all the hand me downs (yes most were antiques) without hurting anyone's feelings after 29 years. I'm so excited and we both feel at home. I think the best part was the hunt and the biggest find was an Eames Herman Miller lounge chair from 1953 in pristine shape for a steal. It has the original black leather and the rosewood looks factory fresh. I also have a thing for the Broyhill Brasilia line.

Christina said...

these are such lovely photos. your work is amazing, as always.
: )

The Zhush said...

oh my goodness! That home is so perfect! That arch and those built ins...all of it. Thanks for sharing!

erica@ moth design+luxe life said...

Love these two homes they're both equally stunning. Although I think I'd rather live in the second... I'd even take the dogs too. Lovely blog! xo Erica

http://moth-design.blogspot.com/

kcn said...

Well, I love house number one!! I have to say, the lighting in both shoots is impeccable...who's your helper?
x kcn

Pinecone Camp said...

Ahh, kcn you were a huge help! The lighting is spectacular. Merci!