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November 30, 2011

Seaside Chic…

.. is the title of our latest published work in Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine this month…
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.. pages 70 to 81.

“Charles took a leap of faith when he embarked on a huge renovation project to breathe vibrancy back into a much-loved but faded, late Victorian three-storey end terrace in Bangor, Co Down.”

So congratulations to Charles once again – especially for making it onto the cover too.

From Marie, Mandi & me.
www.homesinteriors.com

November 29, 2011

Shabby Chic Christmas

Filed under: Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 8:32 pm
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As we near the end of November, we finished our second Christmas home shoot for the 2012 publications – well ahead of schedule.

The nice thing about the current trend for Christmas styling, is that basically anything goes – be it cosy traditional, ultra modern or as in this case…
Christmas at Amanda and Keith McGuile's Victorian terrace which overlooks Bangor Marina in County Down.
.. shabby chic in pastel colours.
A huge amount of work always goes into getting a home ready for any magazine shoot; however, Christmas shoots always require that wee bit more… or in some cases, a lot more, especially if it’s being specifically set-up for just that one day.

So hats off to Amanda & Keith for all their hard work here – because they sure did a superb job. And even throughout the day, it was all hands-on board…
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.. which was great – because as they say: many hands make light work – and with the days being short, it was much appreciated. However, I think their little boy, Bailie, enjoyed the day the most – as it was like ‘Christmas had come early’ for him.
So he helped his mum decorate the tree…
Amanda McGuile with her son Bailey in their Victorian terrace which overlooks Bangor Marina in County Down at Christmas time.
.. and even helped Marie with the props…
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.. by eating a few of them 🙂

Seriously though, it was a lovely shoot – so would just like to say a big thanks – we will keep you posted – and in the meantime, a very Merry Christmas from Marie & me @ ampimage.com

November 20, 2011

Dark & Stormy

Filed under: Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 10:33 pm
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It was a while since we had an amp night on the town, so we made up for it at the weekend 🙂

Starting in our fave bar The Spaniard, where Stuart led us astray by suggesting Dark & Stormy cocktails…
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.. which sure went down well.

Ginger beer, loads of freshly squeezed lime, angostura bitters and Barbadian dark rum – very nice indeed!

Then it was on to Little Wing for pizzas.
It was fantastic for Belfast to have hosted the MTV awards event the other week – there were a load of A listers in town – and guess where Katy Perry happened to end up…
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.. yep, check out the flag above my head.

“Katy Perry was sitting right here.”

So Katey obviously has great taste too 🙂

November 17, 2011

Christmas comes early…

.. and it has already started for us, as we are now shooting homes for the 2012 Christmas issues.

Yesterday’s shoot was in a very stylish and unique County Down home…
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..with an eclectic mix of Scandi, modern and antiques.

Setting up a Xmas shoot from scratch can be pretty tough going in a day – so we sometimes spread it over 2 days, as it can also be very time consuming. Which is what we are doing with this one, because we are aware that every picture has the potential of either appearing on the cover or as a double page spread within the magazines. Which means every detail within each picture, needs to be checked and then re-checked on screen…
The sitting room in Seamus Sweeney's cottage near Holywood in County Down at Christmas.
.. until we are happy with the final result.

However, a wee glass of mulled wine helped us get into the spirit of things…
Seamus Sweeney's cottage near Holywood in County Down at Christmas.
.. and naturally it would have been a shame to waste it once the shots were taken 🙂

Anyway, of to a good start and some really nice images produced here today – but we are now looking for more Christmas homes to shoot – so if it is something you would be interested in, do let us know.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com

November 12, 2011

Family Festivities…

Filed under: Publish work — Ashley Morrison @ 8:57 pm
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.. is the title of our most recent work in the beautiful Christmas issue of Period Homes & Interiors magazine …

.. pages 72 to 80.

‘The Johnston’s family home, created from a 200-year-old stone cottage, comes into its own during the festive season’.

So congratulations to Libby & Peter once again – and a very Merry Christmas to you all from Dianne, Mandi & myself.
www.homesinteriors.com

November 7, 2011

Good Cheer.

Filed under: Publish work — Ashley Morrison @ 7:06 pm
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Is the title of one of 2 features we have in the Christmas issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine this month…
Pages 90 and 93 of the December 2011 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Sarah and Geoff Mitchell's Edwardian villa in the County Down town of Bangor at Christmas.
.. on pages 90 to 93 – featuring Sarah and Geoff Mitchell’s Edwardian villa in the County Down town of Bangor at Christmas.

“Sarah and Geoff Mitchell’s period home is bursting with festive spirit.”

And ‘Lessons Learnt’ being the other one…
Pages 144 to 147 in the December 2011 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Marie and Alan's 1950s cottage in Belfast at Christmas.
.. on pages 143 to 147 – featuring Marie & Alan’s 1950s cottage in Belfast at Christmas.

“Marie and Alan Scott’s home sparkles with cosy New-England style, perfect for laid-back Christmas celebrations.”

So a big thanks to everyone involved – good cheer indeed – and a very Merry Christmas to you all from Marie, Mandi & me @ampimage.com

Meant to Be…

.. is the title of our latest published work in the Christmas issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
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.. pages 86 to 94.

“As a young girl, Paula often admired a beautiful old house in her local County Down town – little did she know that one day, it would become her home whose wonderful interior has it’s own unique contemporary Christmas identity.”

So once again thanks to Paula for all her hard work – and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family from Marie, Mandi & myself.
www.homesinteriors.com

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