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If you missed part I of my Behind the Scenes on our Arabian Days project for Rue Magazine, then head here!  Today I am excited to share some never before seen shots by the one and only (yes, cheesy I know, but true) Jose VillaJose has a way. That should be his tagline, not that he needs one, but if he did, that could be it.  He just has a way. A way to capture a fleeting second in time with more beauty and grace than most.  A way to take a small texture or perfect petal and transform it into pure emotion.  A way to make us all want to pause and absorb ourselves into the magical lands he creates on film.

Now onto the images.  First, I promised you more Caleb the camel…

Texture and material was paramount here.  From delicate wooden-petaled blooms to ratttan and alabaster vases, we’re getting lost in every bit.

The lounge area for just feeling the breezes blow by… Love how the pillow pattern meshes effortlessly with my hand drawn pattern for the menus, totally unplanned!

Raspberry Peonies, Kangaroo Paw and Alium stalks combine in a curious way, especially against the alabaster vessels.  A small detail I know but I can’t get over the impact of that tarnished chain wrapped around the vase,  incredible.

We created napkin rings painted in shades of gold on papyrus.  Menus, were hand painted in bright white against the straw tones of the paper.  Perhaps our most favorite detail; rugged stoneware dishes adjacent to the sleek gold flatware.  Stunning.

Photography- Jose Villa :: Wardrobe & Decor- Canvas & Canopy :: Beauty – Team Hair & Makeup :: Floral Design – La Partie Events :: Stationery – Momental Designs :: Production Coordination – Be Inspired PR :: Wardrobe provided by Bona Drag :: Couch Rental -  YEAH! rentals :: Peacock chair -  Pow Wow Vintage Rentals

Hope you have enjoyed a peek into this project and whatever little moment inspires you, take it and run.  Paint a wall, head to the flower market, make some pretty for yourself.  XO


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Happy to report we are up and running here at the Momental Studio, aka, the power is back!  I spent part of my morning watching national news of the devastation in parts of New Jersey, Vermont and beyond.  I cannot help but feel lucky as so many are suffering so much.  Our small blip in electricity seems miniscule.   Just the same, thank you to everyone for being so kind and patient for the past few days!

As promised I am thrilled to share a special project with you.  One that, when I look at each image I am transported to a magical place with warm sand and salty air.  A place where daylight dinner party turns a small group into instant friends who chat into the wee hours.  Cortnie from Canvas and Canopy Events messaged me privately on twitter months ago after seeing this invitation design.  She asked if I wanted to get involved with a project.  No details were shared at the time but Cortnie and I have a common artful affinity for visual details so I did not hesitate in saying YES!

Soon I learned that the shoot was intended for Rue Magazine and before I knew it, I was diving into creating painted paper pieces on authentic papyrus!  Cortnie and the Rue team had their hands full finding Caleb the camel, but I am so thrilled they did.  Isn’t he just gorgeous?

Cortnie traveled to Jordan earlier this year and returned with loads of inspiration from her trips to spice markets, archaeological sites and beyond.  Here is a bit of the inspiration I was sent to inspire the stationery design.

A peek at the pieces I created using a new hand drawn pattern of triangles and swirls…

Check back later this week for more on the table design, lounge in the sand and more Caleb of course!

Photography- Jose Villa :: Wardrobe & Decor- Canvas & Canopy :: Beauty – Team Hair & Makeup :: Floral Design – La Partie Events :: Stationery – Momental Designs :: Production Coordination – Be Inspired PR :: Wardrobe provided by Bona Drag


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