Monthly Archives: February 2011

Coming Soon- Decorating@Nibs

I thought it would be a fun challenge to do a collection of posts on decorating. Not whole room renovations mind you, but rather smaller, more manageable projects. First up will be a bunch of ideas for decorating fireplace mantels. So…check back as I’ll be posting a new mantel arrangement each week. I hope these will provide lots of inspiration.

(Styling & Photo- Martha B.)

Carole Lombard

“Personally, I resent being tagged ‘glamour girl.’ It’s such an absurd, extravagant label. It implies so much that I’m not.” – Actress Carole Lombard

(Vintage press photograph of Lombard from ebay)

Grab Bag- Cubby Organizer

Based on the design of organizers used in old hotels comes this perfectly scaled down version from Pottery Barn.

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Grab Bag- Leather Ballet Flats

Nibs Fashion Photo Shoot #4

I don’t know about you but I tend to dream big. Always have. Lately I’ve been thinking about what it would be like to photograph a cover and provide an accompanying article for British Vogue Magazine. I couldn’t resist giving it a try…even if it’s just for my own blog. And who knows? Maybe someday I’ll get a call from the editor at Vogue asking me to do it. Nibs readers will be the first to know. :)

Note: A special thanks to the Remedi for their kind gift of the dress.

Photographs & Layout- Martha B.

Styling- Martha B. & Margot K.

Hair, Makeup & Model- Hope G.

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Nibs Fashion Photo Shoots

~candid spaces~

A series of photographs showing home interiors and gardens as I found them. No effort was made in styling.

(Photo- Martha B.)

~candid spaces~

A series of photographs showing home interiors and gardens as I found them. No effort was made in styling.

(Photo- Martha B.)

~candid spaces~

A series of photographs showing home interiors and gardens as I found them. No effort was made in styling.

(Photo- Martha B.)

Collecting Vintage Press Photos

Original prints by photography legends can cost you thousands of dollars. But consider the purchase of a vintage press photograph. These pictures by the same renowned photographers were used in leading newspapers and magazines. They do show their age- marked on the front with cropping lines, folded corners, creases and often stamped on the back with dates & instructions. The good news is that they sell for $100- $1000. Check out the few I came across-

Born in New Zealand, photographer George Silk joined the Life Magazine staff in 1943 and remained until the publication folded in 1972. He would be named ‘Photographer of the Year’ four times by the National Press Photographers Association. In this shot, World War ll French troops move into the bombed out town of Castleforte in May 1944. (8 x 10 print, sold on ebay- $99.00)

W. Eugene Smith’s ‘Bataan Nurse Who Came Back’ was part of a larger article in the Christmas 1944 issue of Life Magazine. After the war, Smith wrote that many of his images of wounded G.I.s and the medical community were among his best work. (7 x 9 print, sold on ebay- $130.00)

Photojournalist Robert Capa covered five wars in eighteen years. In 1954, he was tragically killed by a land mine while on assignment in North Vietnam photographing French soldiers. This picture of a Sicilian offering an American G.I. some wine was for Illustrated Magazine in 1944. (7 x 9 print, sold on ebay- $577.00)

Included in the book ‘Family of Man’ is this portrait of wife and husband by Life Magazine photographer John Phillips. Phillips has been described as “…a master of lenses…” No argument here. ( 8 x 10 print, currently on ebay- $99.00)

Who hasn’t heard of fashion photographer Richard Avedon? He would spend a lifetime using his camera to redefine America’s concept of beauty and style. Here is his iconic picture of Jean Shrimpton in 1965. A later newspaper article stamped its usage on December 31, 1978.  (8 x 10 print, sold on ebay- $538.00)

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Jacques Henri Lartigue

American Snapshots

Early Photography- 1903

For The Love Of Polaroids

~candid spaces~

A series of photographs showing home interiors and gardens as I found them. No effort was made in styling.

(Photo- Martha B.)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day Series

Postcard From Italy