Mondays, Maggie Muses: Artist Paolo Ventura

A few weeks ago I had posted about a visit to the shop Nonostante Marras in Milan, Italy. Along with the many things they sell in their boutique, they regularly feature local artists. Back in February I was introduced to artist/photographer Paolo Ventura. Boy, was I smitten.

This Italian born photographer creates scenes that are rich, dreamy and sometimes surreal. He does this by creating miniature sets into which he then places realistic dolls and props ~ then he photographs them. The result is part fantasy, part realism. They are captivating images that take you right into his nostalgic world.

His painstaking attention to detail is what makes them so charming. Ventura creates every detail from start to finish. He chooses the costumes (sometimes designing them himself), makes or sources the props and paints the dioramas. He also becomes part of the picture, putting himself in costumes and posing in front of the camera.

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Maggie Muses: re-souL mood boards

Let’s just jump right into this, shall we?  I love mood boards! I love looking at them.  I enjoy creating them. I really can’t get enough of them! To me they are a visual way of organizing my thoughts before I go into the full blown design mode. Every creative person has their own way of being inspired and their own process. Mine starts with mood boards. It’s my inspiration, my trend analysis, my research and my organization all rolled into a visual presentation.

This Fall’s re-souL’s brand collection of shoes started with, you might of guessed by now, a mood board. A couple of them, actually. The first one was created from images I found on-line. I usually keep them on my i-Pad using apps for creating boards. That way I can recall them at anytime, especially when away from the shop or office. My current favorite app is Morpholio Board. It allows you to save your boards, edit them, add text and add links to your pictures.

mood board

mood board 2

The second mood board was my color story. It was something that I had pinned up on the wall and spread out through my work space. Fabric swatches, a catalog tear sheet, some painted sketches, and one of my favorite necklaces I had picked up in Copenhagen several years ago. This became the color palette for the shoe collection as well as our FW14 look book.


 Thank you as always for stopping by, I wish you a productive and creative week!  ~ Maggie

 Image Credits

Margaret Howell SS14 Ad Campaign | Wellness for Joy | Schumacher | Instagram | Cy Twombly | Vogue Italia 1999 | Tamara Klimova | Fran Coca
 Adam Mork | Marie Claire Germany 1997 | Kelly Wearstler
re-souL / Legh Burns

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Pastel Styling

I enjoy looking at pictures of prop styling. I could look at them all day long.  How fun would it be to create pretty images for a living? I am definitely envious of Dietlind Wolf. Her blog documents amazing pictures of her work. A total feast for the eyes, you should really check it out, click here. Aren’t they beautiful?

I have also been enamored with pastel colors.  Don’t worry hubby, not planning on painting any walls pink. But a girl can dream, can’t she? So here are some shots of my favorite pastels and styling as of late.


Pastel desk styling via danish magazine Femina.


Gorgeous Easter table setting via stylist Dietland Wolf, via


Pastel dining setting for H&M, photographed by Mikkel Mortessen via Link Deco.


Tablelinen by Shilo Engelbrecht, photo by Sean Fennessy via the


The Babylon Tower Desk by Andreason & Leibel via Eigen Huis & Interieur.

To view more perfectly styled photography visit my Pinterest board here.

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Photographer Heidi Lerkenfeldt

I am the first one to admit that pretty pictures are an addiction for me. Curse you Pinterest! No. Not really. It’s the preferred addiction of choice. Anyway, reviewing my pins as of late, I noticed that a lot of my favorite images have the same feel.  After doing some further investigation I came upon, an agency dedicated to promoting still life photographers.  This is where I found Heidi Lerkenfeldt. Turns out, I have pinned many of her images onto my boards!

Heidi Lerkenfeldt is one of Still Stars’s stars, and rightly so.  Collaborating with companies such as Ferm Living and stylist Lotta Agaton, to name just a couple, her portfolio is impressive. Maybe it’s her Scandinavian esthetic that attracts me. Her use of light, color and minimalist composition all seem to create a peaceful mood. Whether she is photographing interiors, lifestyle, stills or food they all have the same beautiful tone which makes her work so appealing.

House and Hold, Heidi Lerkenfeldt

House and Hold

 Beck and Sondergard Studio, Heidi Lerkenfeldt

Beck and Sondergaard

Ferm Living, Heidi Lerkenfeldt

Ferm Living

Still Stars, Heidi Lerkenfeldt

Interior Still

Brugi, Heidi Lerkenfeldt

Macaroons by Brugi

Still life, Heidi Lerkenfeldt

Still Life Image

 Beck and Sondergard Studio, Heidi Lerkenfeldt

Beck and Sondergaard Studio

Modern, yet pretty don’t you think? All images property of Still Stars and Heidi Lerkenfeldt. To view more of Heidi Lerkenfeldt’s work click here and here.

Mondays, Maggie Muses: String Art

Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL.   I like to “muse” about things that inspire me.  Especially on Mondays.

“String art” or  “pin and thread art”  has it’s origins in the “curve stitch” which was invented by Mary Everest Boole at the end of the 19th century as a way to make mathematical ideas  more accessible to children.  In the 1960’s it became quite popular and people were able to create their own decorative arts through kits and books.  It has had a sort of resurgence as of late, and I really like way artists are reinventing this medium.

It all started when I saw this picture of Blair and Peter Stocker’s dining room in Apartment Therapy,  it was Vermeer’s “the Girl with the Pearl Earring” replicated in string! Ever since then, I was smitten and have noticed this art form popping up everywhere.  Here are some of my favorites.

Colossal string installation by Gabriel Dawe

Dominique Falla’s entry into 2011 Positive Posters competition


Kumi Yamashita “Mana” from the Constellation series.


Jose Romussi’s fanciful Dance series – Anna Pavlova

“Girl with the Pearl Earring” via Wise Craft

If you would like to recreate your own masterpiece, Mo Man Tai Shop sells Masterpieces Pattern Sheet so you can have your own string art creation too!