Thursday, 11 September 2014

outdoor living

Outdoor living is a temporary series on the blog that contains stylish outdoor living areas and sometimes al fresco table settings. It's about celebrating the season of summer!
With the fashion week season in full swing it seems fitting to share the beautiful outdoor living area of the L.A. home of fashion photographer Marino Testino. His 1930s Hollywood Hills home was featured in Vogue US in March 2012. The house tour was also a fashion editorial featuring model Natalia Vodianova lensed by Testino himself. The original of the above photo included Vodianova but some cropped versions have been circling cyberspace, and I happen to like those better. They draw the attention to these red and white sun lounge covers instead of the garments worn by the model. They also highlight the lamps, the black window frames, and the décor. By the way, Testino decorated his own home without any help of an interior designer. He has used the opportunity when on shooting locations to collect all kinds of items and art, and he found the graphic covers in Ibiza.
photo credit:
Mario Testino for Vogue US, March 2012 (top image is a cropped version via Tumblr)

6 comments:

  1. He has a good eye for pretty combinations! By the way, the bright plant in the vase (forgot its name) could be a nostalgic touch: these plants are common in Lima's parks or used as hedge shrubs.

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    1. Good point, Inga, about the plant, which I also don't know the name of. In the article he says that the house reminded him of a Peruvian house when he first saw it.

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  2. Lisa, can you please reserve one of those sunbeds for me. I am on the way...

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  3. I like the fact that he decorated the house himself. I remember that editorial and the beautiful artwork all over the place. And I like the simplistic, elegant architecture of the house too.

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    1. I have always had a soft spot for a Spanish style house like this one. They just seem so timeless.

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