We went antiquing today in Zimmerman and Elk River. Dan worked from a coffee shop while I walked around town and visited the cute shops up there. I couldn’t decide which photo to post. I only took 5 photos from my camera and I think the two above nicely complement each other. It becomes a stronger composition to put them side by side.
The past week opened me to a whole new world of upcycling furniture. I’ve been wanting to include antiques to the furnitures we already own in our “new” old house. I started with Craigslist then I stumbled in a charming vintage store (Mama’s Happy on Grand) in Saint Paul full of upcycled furniture and chalk paint to refresh old pieces.
Although shabby chic looks lovely, I prefer a different type of decor (but probably in the same family, I honestly don’t know) and I think Darryl Carter’s New Traditional concept describes it most: “unusual pairing of the modern with antique.” I like to blend the modern with traditional design without sacrificing comfort and functionality. My aim for the interior design of our new home is a charming new traditional vibe.
Planning a home is helping me take better pictures. It is about choosing what to include and what NOT to include. I think photography, like interior design (and everything else in life), harmony is the key. It is carefully selecting different elements together that will produce a good and well balanced aesthetic effect.
“We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.” – Carson Mc Cullers