Monday, July 18, 2011

Nineteen: Ikea

I've came across a fun photo shoot a little while ago entitled, "If I lived at Ikea". And it occurred to me that with all the bright colors and patterns, photographing the inside of an Ikea would be a fun adventure!

I did one smart thing, and that was going late on Saturday night. Two years ago when Matt & I were about to purchase our town home, we spent many weekend nights at Ikea looking for furniture/inspiration. We discovered that going late on Saturday (or Friday) nights was the best time to avoid the hoards of Ikea weekend shoppers.

Speaking of Ikea inspiration, I took a very similar picture to this one two years ago that gave us the idea for the colors we used for our downstairs' walls.

I must say that I was proud of myself for not buying a single thing. I had a few moments of weakness in the kitchen gadget area, but I succeeded in reasoning with myself that, no, I do not need another whisk.

I always like to look at the filler books on the shelves in the fake living rooms. Ikea sends us their furniture AND their literature!

I loved trying to find interesting patterns amongst all of the merchandise, which Ikea displays quite naturally.

While we already own a lot of Ikea stuff, I can't help but want more, especially their kitchens. If money was no object, I'd basically let Ikea come, tear down my kitchen, and rebuild it Swedish-style. Until then...I'll continue to wander Ikea on the weekend nights...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Rainy day self-portraits

I planned on running at the gym today, and then the heavens opened up (literally), dropping the temperature from 102 to 80 right around 5pm.

Running a half marathon under these conditions is, I know, a terrible experience. But running 3.2 miles in a downpour? Absolutely beautiful. And perfect.

I flew, got soaked, and nearly lost a contact. And even if I had been left half blind by the incident, it would have been well worth it.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Eighteen: Westheimer

The inner city of Houston has some really interesting, eclectic neighborhoods that have popped up over the decades and decades of life this city has bred. One particular area is the Westheimer/Montrose area, a neighborhood filled with restaurants, shops, and bars, most housed in old homes.

One narrow section of the Westheimer is an odd mixture of sketch...


and yuppie, all within a few blocks. There are tons of antique shops all mixed in with vintage clothing stores and fancy, expensive restaurants. It's a really fun area to explore, even if it's nearly 100 degrees outside!

I especially loved the antique shops. They're always photographic gold!

I'll say it again and again: I really don't enjoy living in Houston. It's a huge, sprawling concrete hell hole (especially in the summer!), and I can't wait to leave this city. However, every now and then, I discover more and more beauty tucked into corners of the city that I know I'll be sad to say goodbye to. This area of Houston is definitely one of them.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

More Seventeen: 4th of July Fireworks

Part of my deep 4th of July nostalgia lies in the tradition of fireworks. I grew up down the street from a country club that put on a full fireworks show every year, and watching it was part of what we did on the 4th of July.

And so, not only did I really want to see some fireworks this year, but I wanted to photograph them, something I've never done before. And I must say, it was magical. What interested me most about some of these photographs were the abstract shapes and lines that were captured with a 1/2 second exposure, shapes you wouldn't see with the naked eye. I love it.

I took well over a hundred photos and edited way too many. Here's a small yet large sampling of my favorites.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Seventeen: 4th of July

I apologize for the lateness (once again) of last week's post! I kind of cheated and took all my photos on Monday, July 4th, since, you know, it was July 4th! I unfortunately still haven't made my way through all of my photos, most of which are of fireworks. But don't worry. They are awesome. Photographing fireworks for the first time was amazing!

Earlier in the day, however, I went to my friend Jan's house where she hosted a good ole fashioned barbecue. Good food and times were had by all.

And because she's Canadian, she had to remind us all. :)

And her little boy is super cute and such a ham. He was loving his watermelon.

And here are a couple of firework photos I have edited thus far and found inspiring. Check back tomorrow for a whole lot more!