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The Real Deal Mosaic Photography

Or, what the Pro did

In the last couple of weeks, Christine and I scrambled to put together some mosaic installation photos for New Ravenna’s new catalog that had to go to the printers right now so we could feature it at Coverings, the big trade show where we catch up with all our dealer partners. See The Beverly Hillbillies do Installation Photography for that story. Thank goodness we finally got a pro photographer down from Philly to do some shooting for the next draft of the catalog. Here’s what Paul Rider did for our “Solid Ovals” design:

Solid Ovals in Calacatta Tia and Nero Marquina (New Ravenna Mosaics)

He didn’t like my pillows from Roses, so we used my assistant’s dog instead:

Solid Ovals hand crafted mosaic floor in Calacatta Tia and Nero Marquina (New Ravenna Mosaics)


Nice, huh? In addition to photos that were needed for the catalog, Christine and I also shopped for my kitchen shoot. I published a “before” photo in the last post, and one reader requested to see what my kitchen looked like after it had it’s glamorous mosaic back-splash installed and was pimped and propped and photographed. Hell, I wanted to see what my kitchen looked like. So here it is:

Ikebana backsplash shown in Lagos Gold honed and Verde Luna, Topaz Onyx, Travertine Noce polished (New Ravenna Mosaics)

I have to admit that I think it looks pretty sexy…

Ikebana backsplash shown in Lagos Gold honed and Verde Luna, Topaz Onyx, Travertine Noce polished (New Ravenna Mosaics)

Details: I LOVE my French Range. It’s a La Canche, and you can see them here. I like it because: a. it cooks like a dream and b. even though it’s got traditional detailing, the all stainless version works in my modern home. Oh and c. they’re still sort of unusual to see.

Ikebana backsplash shown in Lagos Gold honed and Verde Luna, Topaz Onyx, Travertine Noce polished (New Ravenna Mosaics)

The concrete counter tops are from a company called Pretty Hard, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Architects making concrete counter-tops, do I need to say more?

Ikebana backsplash shown in Lagos Gold honed and Verde Luna, Topaz Onyx, Travertine Noce polished (New Ravenna Mosaics)

Check out this drain board that is molded like a topographical study:

Paul Anater from the wonderful blog Kitchen and Residential Design visited one day and suggested that we tip some of the pine needles in reddish brown, which was a brilliant idea–subtly tying the back splash into the cabinet palette:

Ikebana backsplash shown in Lagos Gold honed and Verde Luna, Topaz Onyx, Travertine Noce polished (New Ravenna Mosaics)

These moodier photos are mine…Christine and I had practiced propping the week before Paul came down, and I snapped them at night with my boyfriend’s camera (thank you Dave). The actual stone in the background is Lagos Gold, a Portuguese limestone, and the color falls somewhere between the first set of photos and these. Paul, our handsome photographer, might just kill me for publishing his photos before he’s tweaked the color but… Hey, check out the sangria set–yep–Roses, $15 bucks.

The inspiration for this back splash (design name: Ikebana) is an old Japanese print which James Duncan turned into a mosaic for our Synergy collection (thank you James). The beauty of this design is that even though it’s based upon pine branches, the slightly abstracted needles also resemble sea creatures. Perfect for my beach house which is surrounded by Lob-lolly pines.



9 Responses to “The Real Deal Mosaic Photography”

  1. La_Kamika says:

    Wow, that floor looks like the sky and your back splash is gorgeous! Patti and Ryan would love it!

  2. THAT. Is a stunningly elegant kitchen. I love it!

  3. Paul Anater says:

    Wow that kitchen looks fantastic. I remember having that conversation with you about the red-tipped Ikebana and it really turned out well. You have a beautiful kitchen and it fits your home and you perfectly.

  4. Sara Baldwin says:

    Thanks guys! Perhaps you can imagine my relief at finally having my kitchen finished after living without a back splash for two years–and that was after three years of construction! the cobbler's children and everything…

  5. I love everything going on in your kitchen, especially the backsplash!!

  6. The back splash turned out great. Sexy indeed!

  7. Okay, that's totally gorgeous. (I like the dog in the photo too!) :)

    Wonderful!

  8. LT says:

    I stumbled upon your blog from a facebook friend who liked your band, and from that page to here. Your blog is really interesting and your work is awesome. Keep it up!

    PS: That kitchen looks amazing!

  9. Sara Baldwin says:

    Thanks Kelly and LT, you guys are very generous! And I'm so honored that someone actually liked our band:)

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New Ravenna Mosaics founder and Creative Director, Owner, Sara Baldwin Design, Bass guitar player, Envisioner, Appreciator of the Sublime and Ridiculous.

 

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