Room Inspiration sometimes comes from a single piece of art

Friday, September 26, 2014

I just worked with one of my favorite designers, Enza Rico of Fig Interiors last week. We documented /captured one of her recent projects. When I first arrived to the location, she showed me the painting which inspired, and was the "jumping off point" for the  design style, colours and textures of the room to be. I loved the painting, and loved that she took this as her creative inspiration for meaningful room design.
She has just posted a blog about her process and experience here. You can see the before pictures there as well!
©photography by Stephani Buchman Photography design by Fig Interiors


©photography by Stephani Buchman Photography design by Fig Interiors
©photography by Stephani Buchman Photography design by Fig Interiors

©photography by Stephani Buchman Photography design by Fig Interiors

©photography by Stephani Buchman Photography design by Fig Interiors

©photography by Stephani Buchman Photography design by Fig Interiors

©photography by Stephani Buchman Photography design by Fig Interiors

©photography by Stephani Buchman Photography design by Fig Interiors

©photography by Stephani Buchman Photography design by Fig Interiors

©photography by Stephani Buchman Photography design by Fig Interiors


©photography by Stephani Buchman Photography design by Fig Interiors

White, peppered with wine, grey, and gold: A Century Home apointed wth Mid-century Design

Monday, June 9, 2014

Mhouse Inc.  aka Shirley Meisels recently called me to capture & document one of her most recent Toronto interior design projects.  I love it when Shirley calls, as it is always a joy to photograph her design. Take a look at the crisp and open arrangement of timeless pieces.

©stephani buchman photography Interior Design Mhouse Inc.

©stephani buchman photography Interior Design Mhouse Inc.

©stephani buchman photography Interior Design Mhouse Inc.

©stephani buchman photography Interior Design Mhouse Inc.

©stephani buchman photography Interior Design Mhouse Inc.

©stephani buchman photography Interior Design Mhouse Inc.

©stephani buchman photography Interior Design Mhouse Inc.

©stephani buchman photography Interior Design Mhouse Inc.

Elegant Design in beautiful Kleinberg by Biondi Decor

Monday, May 12, 2014

Last week I traveled to the beautiful Kleinburg, the land of Mansions, to photograph multiple views of an elegant bedroom design by Paula Biondi of Biondi Decor.

I don't mind the travel from Toronto when I get to see a different part of Ontario along the way. Plus the beautiful weather - finally - made the drive a pleasure! This is the second time that Paula and I have worked together, and our second visit to this house. The purpose of this visit was to document a newly designed area within this beautiful house.

When our work was done, we sat down for a nice chat with the client, with lemon cake -homemade by her that morning- and coffee. We are all mothers of multiple children, so the chat centered around children and their use of social media - a popular topic for all of us. I loved this small opportunity to stop, breath, and connect with my co-creatives.

Here are some of the images captured that day.

©stephani buchman photography Design by Biondi Decor

©stephani buchman photography Design by Biondi Decor

©stephani buchman photography Design by Biondi Decor

©stephani buchman photography Design by Biondi Decor
©stephani buchman photography Design by Biondi Decor

A multi-media artist working with silk, wood, leather, paint & space: Interior Designer Enza Ricco of Fig Interiors

Monday, March 24, 2014

Enza Ricco of Fig Interiors and I worked together when she hired me to photograph her interior design. She is one of the most creative minded and vision - focused designers with whom I have ever worked. She likes to express her deigned space, not just with an overall wide shots, but with images that focus on the materials she uses, the colours she combines, and the patterns she incorporates. She encouraged me to capture her design this way in two dimension. I loved finding new views and perspectives of the material as we explored the space. This experience leads me to describe Enza as a multimedia artist. Your four walls and house footprint are her blank canvas, which she then articulates with furniture, accessories of leather, silk, linen, wood; using vibrant colors to offset calming neutrals. All of this planned and organized using geometry and symmetry.

We added the vibrant paintings of Sarah Phelps to the wall after the shoot, and they add a tremendous energy to the space.
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Can you photograph a powder room?

Friday, February 7, 2014

I love this question - which was recently asked of me in a chat I had with a delightful person and up-and-coming designer, Jennyfer (you will always remember the y) Kenez. 

So, here is an example of a  few small Powder room Photos. The first image, had me yes, 'hugging the porcelain'  with only the dedication of getting the shot, and not  the benefit of drink to thank. It was so funny to see me in that position that Jodie Rosen had to tweet out a photo of me (this image might end up as a spam tag "I am sure this is you"). But this is what I do for your design and  getting the shot!  

And thankfully, once the shot is framed, I shoot with a remote that allows me to get up off the floor, and away from the toilet to capture the  final shot. 

And where is the camera? Well, that is removed via my "Photoshop Magic" after the shot is taken. The image below is particularly interesting because of the graphic wall paper. One would think that it is difficult to remove the camera and replace it with graphic wall paper like that, but the software I use is so sophisticated, it makes me look so. 
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© stephani buchman photography Design by Shirley Meiseles of Mhouseinc.com




© stephani buchman photography Design by Jodie Rosen Design
The image with the black wall and etched mirror is another situation where removing the camera seemed to be complicated because of the etching in the mirror. Yet, I removed it without a problem, matching the pattern of the etching over my camera with an eye for precision! 

And in the photo of the powder room by Jodie Rosen, we needed to include the artwork on the back wall which is reflected in the mirror as part of the display of the overall design.  I took this shot on an angle so the camera would not be reflected in the mirror. But the other challenge was that the air vent was just above the  chandelier and was not really part of the design. It needed to be removed so as not to distract attention from that top shelf lighting fixture. Done! No problemo!

Do you have a powder room that needs to be captured in photography? Let me know, and when you  post a comment below, receive 25% off the cost of your photography project!


Ali Budd Interiors: Yellow tulips in a dreamy breakfast room and 4 more...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I just worked with an Interior designer that you are going to want to know about! Ali Budd.

I photographed her latest reveal in late December 2013. She was so wonderful to work with. I really enjoyed hearing about the unique way that she works on a project. She ensures that the entire space is complete with all selected accessories & furniture before the client sees the space. The process is much like a interior design Show where the client is not permitted to see progress or the space until the final day and reveal of the transformation. This speaks to the full trust her clients have in her creative ability, and her knack for understanding the client's wants & needs.  
As you can find on the "about" page of her website:
"In 2010, Ali Budd Interiors was founded on a simple belief: the process of working with an interior designer can be improved. Instead of being dragged from one store to the next, having incomplete projects linger for months, or getting the dreaded “over budget” call, clients deserve an experience that’s easy, efficient – even a little exciting."

And look at the dreamy results of this process: 
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