Thursday, February 28, 2013

Instant Love at Peacock Pavilions


As I mentioned in the last post, I just returned from Morocco (with a short stay in Paris). It was an amazing experience. I went with my sister, Wendy, and part of our trip was a polaroid workshop with Jen and Amanda of Instant Love. There were eight other woman at the workshop as well. Loved them all. It was so nice to hang out with such an inspiring group of people. I'll be sharing more of our adventure next week.

We stayed at the Peacock Pavilions, owned by Maryam, author of Marrakech by Design and blog My Marrakech, and her husband Chris, an architect. The best hosts ever.  Here's some of our week at Peacock Pavilions....

One of the suites in the Atlas pavilion. 

The communal living room in the Atlas Pavilion. I loved this fireplace, and the chairs covered in vintage blankets.

This is a sample of our breakfasts every morning. I miss them so much. ;)

The ladies.

Henna and cocktail night. 


The Medina Pavilion, and yet another crush on a fireplace. 

Beautiful painted ceiling and pendant lights in a suite in the Medina Pavilion. 

Tiger, one of the many stray cats roaming around the property. Chris and Maryam collect strays ;) 


Some of my polaroids taken with my SX-70. 

I loved our stay. I definitely plan to go back, with my husband along next time. What do you think? Could this be a future destination for you? I'd love to know. 

As for the workshop, I highly recommend it, whether you're a pro photographer or newcomer. I thought it would be a fun way to introduce my sister to the world of polaroids, and photography for that matter, and it was. Jen and Amanda are great teachers and very easy to hang out with. No attitude, super helpful and hilarious. I miss them. 

I have so many images, so I'll post more on Flickr later this week. Back soon with another Morocco instalment!

janis
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Adventures

Hello everyone! Just got back last night and trying to get caught up. I thought I had kept up on emails, but apparently I didn't do that great of a job. Understatement, really. ;) Looking forward to checking in with your blogs...I've seen some great sneak peeks!

Working on a few posts about the last few weeks, so until then....



Now, back to those emails I mentioned. Have a great day!

janis
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Monday, February 11, 2013

I Could Live Here

Heirloom is a fantastic vegetarian restaurant here in Vancouver. It's located in an almost century old apartment block, and it's been freshened up by the team at Evoke International Design.  All art work was custom designed by them as well. The mix of vintage cabinets, modern chairs, old brick walls and beautiful tile, does it for me. It's one of those places that I could live in....










Do you ever walk into a restaurant or shop and imagine living in it? Think you could hang out in Heirloom? 

Have a good day!
janis



Friday, February 8, 2013

Home in the Mountains

I had the pleasure of shooting Trevor Linden's Whistler home for House and Home. For Canuck hockey fans, you'll know Trevor ;)  The interior was designed by Evoke International Design, and prop styling for this shoot was done by Maureen Willick.






Staircase envy. 





Love the mix of materials in this space. It's a modern spin on the mountain cabin.

Have a great weekend!
janis


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Compact and Cute

I hope your week's off to a good start! I'm leaving for Morocco today, and trying to get a few posts ready before I leave. 

First up is Megan Close' tiny, 1950's "bachelor" apartment, which is featured in the current issue of Style At Home.  Megan, who is the marketing and social media wiz at The Cross, has created a space that doesn't feel tiny, with lots of storage and a perfect little bed "nook". I shot this story with Megan and Stephanie Vogler (co-owner of the Cross). Take a peek... 

Megan built the headboard and tucked her bed into what would normally be used for a dining table. 


Her bed nook is separated from the living room by some funktified ikea drawers. I quite love that yellow dipped pillow. 






What do you think of Megan's apartment? Anything catching your eye?

That's it for today! I'll have a few more posts set up while I'm away. Now, I better get packing ;)  

janis



Friday, February 1, 2013

Spreading The Love with an Umbrella


Happy Friday! Hope you've all had a good week.

I've recently had the pleasure of being part of the The Love Umbrella Project. Thirteen community leaders were partnered with professional photographers to create an image, using at least one heart shaped umbrella, to show how love illuminates our community. 

It was such a fantastic experience. I was so happy to be paired up with the incredible women of Project Limelight. To use their words:

"At Project Limelight, we want to unleash the imagination, awaken curiosity and give children the opportunity to experience the magic of applause. We have set out to develop a program that offers youth living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside a safe place to build and artistic community."

Today is Day 1 of 13 days of sharing the images that were created. There will be an exhibition and silent auction, held in Vancouver, on February 14th. To see the first image and for more information, please check out The Love Umbrella Project.  Help spread the love!

Have a great weekend!
janis