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August 2, 2014

Victorian Vintage.

Is the title of our latest published work in the September 2014 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Pages 82 to 95 in the September 2014 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Keith and Amanda Cunningham's renovated double fronted mid terrace house in Belfast.
.. on pages 82 to 95 – featuring Keith and Amanda Cunningham’s renovated double fronted mid terrace house in Belfast.

“Amanda and Keith used vintage inspiration and shabby chic furniture to transform dingy workplace offices into a stunning forever family home in Belfast.”

Which we talked about here: Never work with children or animals – when we shot it.

Anyway, a massive 14 page spread which looks really stunning – so this is just a quick note to say a big thanks to everyone involved here – and congratulations to Keith and Amanda here…
Amanda Cunningham in the living room of her renovated double fronted mid terrace home in Belfast.
.. once again, for this time making it into this beautifully printed Irish glossy magazine.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

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April 21, 2014

All American Dream.

Set in beautiful New England countryside, Mary Ann and William Lewis have built their dream retirement home – and this was it…
Mary Ann and William Lewis' detached cedar shingle house near Hanover in New England.
.. which was the last of homes we shot, on this back to America trip – which I’ve talked about over the past few days.

The New England town of Hanover is home to historic Dartmouth College – one of only eight Ivy League Colleges in America. With its’ beautiful college buildings, squares and elegant townhouses, it is everyone’s idea of how an old American college town should be. So much so, that it clearly left a lasting impression on William Lewis and his college roommate when they were medical students at Dartmouth. ‘We promised ourselves that one day when we retired, we would both return to the area’ recalls William.

They never lost sight of their dream and eventually heard about a large site that had come on the market in what’s known as the Upper Valley overlooking the Connecticut River. Retirement was still a long way off but they felt it was too good an opportunity to miss and bought the land which had more than enough space to build two large homes.

When it eventually came time to design and build their dream home, having had lots of time to think about it, William and Mary Ann had a clear vision of how it should be. They enlisted the help of an Architect and good friend whose number one priority was to ensure that the exterior was in keeping with the location and insisted on materials commonly used in the area – namely cedar shingle.

And what a dream it was – as was the craic with friends on the veranda…
Mary Ann and William Lewis outside their detached cedar shingle house near Hanover in New England with friends.
.. which to me, really did sum up this All America Dream – and us wanting to stay on forever.

Inside was pretty amazing too – with things like this huge island unit in cherry wood with a soapstone worktop…
The kitchen in Mary Ann and William Lewis' detached cedar shingle house near Hanover in New England.
.. where everyone congregates it seems – when not out on the veranda – for a coffee and a chat.

Loved the panelled ceiling too – which added interest and depth…
The living room in Mary Ann and William Lewis' detached cedar shingle house near Hanover in New England.
.. as well as help define this space as seen here…
The living room in Mary Ann and William Lewis' detached cedar shingle house near Hanover in New England.
.. from the dining area and kitchen – which clearly doubled up as the prefect place for their Golden Retriever Berkley
The sitting room in Mary Ann and William Lewis' detached cedar shingle house near Hanover in New England.
.. to have a wee nap smile

Impressive to say the least – as was their collection of oriental rugs throughout the house, which included this one in their bathroom…
Bathroom in Mary Ann and William Lewis' detached cedar shingle house near Hanover in New England.
.. where Mary Ann had added beautiful blue ginger jars and plates to tone with the bathroom rug.

And outside – down at the bottom of their garden – was the Connecticut River
William Lewis down by the lake outside his detached cedar shingle house near Hanover in New England.
.. which for me, just completed the Dream – which Mary Ann and William here…
Mary Ann and William Lewis down by the lake outside their detached cedar shingle house near Hanover in New England.
.. along with Berkley, were clearly enjoying.

A little disappointed that we didn’t manage to get this amazing home into any of the UK national magazines; however, a local property magazine give it an amazing spread…
Pages 12 to 18 inside issue 24 of Templeton Robinson's Property Life magazine featuring Mary Ann and William Lewis' detached cedar shingle house near Hanover in New England.
.. which was really lovely too see, almost 3 years after we had been there.

And so like Mary Ann and William here, who never lost sight of their dream – neither have we – as we still love to show these images to others and tell them about this amazing home, which was the last one we shot on our 10 day return trip to America.

Hard to believe it’s been 9 years – as it just seems like yesterday – but here’s hoping we will be back again real soon.

So that’s it for now – which once again just leave me to say a big THANK YOU to everyone involved here – and especially to Mary Ann and William for giving us this opportunity to share their dream.

From Marie…
Marie McMillen outside Mary Ann and William Lewis' detached cedar shingle house near Hanover in New England.
.. & me @ ampimage, it’s back to the UK, before… well you’ll have to wait and see smile

August 18, 2013

The Perfect Investment.

Is the title of our latest published work in the September 2013 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Pages 96 to 106 in the September 2013 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Kathy Reid's double-fronted Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. on pages 96 to 106 – featuring Kathy Reid’s double-fronted Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.

“They say fools rush in where angels fear to tread and certainly Kathy had to watch her step when she went to view the semi-direlict property in a leafy avenue of east Belfast. But the busy mum of one was no fool and has transformed her canny investment into a dream home.”

Shot back in the spring of 2007, when investing in property here was at it’s peak – but I’m not so sure if it would be such a good investment today, because according to this recent BBC news story:

“It may take more than a decade for Northern Ireland houses prices to recover from the crash, the consultancy firm PwC has warned… it could be 2025 before prices again reach 2007 levels.”

Anyway, ‘way to go’ Kathy and her daughter Scarlett here…
Kathy Reid with her daughter Scarlett in the kitchen of their double-fronted Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. for making the right call back then – and congratulations once again for getting your beautiful home published.

Because as you know, it was featured before in the October 2007 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 116 to 120 in the October 2007 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Kathy Reid's double-fronted Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. on pages 116 to 120 – and in the May 2008 issue of Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle magazine…
Pages 28 to 36 in the May 2008 issue of Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle magazine featuring Kathy Reid's double-fronted Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. on pages 28 to 36.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

February 16, 2013

Happy Endings.

Filed under: Publish work — Ashley Morrison @ 10:47 pm
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Is the title of our latest published work in the March 2013 issue of Period Ideas magazine…
Pages 54 to 60 in the March 2013 issue of Period Ideas magazine featuring Patricia and Paul Abbott's detached cottage in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. on pages 54 to 60 – featuring Patricia and Christopher Abbott’s detached cottage in the County Down town of Bangor.

“Patricia and Christopher Abbott’s home is bursting with colour and character.”

Which I talked about shooting here: How beautiful images – back in January 2011.

So happy endings indeed and thanks to everyone involved – especially to Steve at Chilli Media for making this one happen.

From Marie Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

A Hidden Treasure.

Is the title of our latest published work in the March 2013 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Pages 82 to 92 in the March 2013 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Andrew Brennan and Simon Croal's Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse in Belfast.
.. on pages 82 to 92 – featuring Andrew Brennan and Simon Croal’s Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse in Belfast.

“Andrew was just killing time the afternoon he wandered into the estate agents. ‘I wasn’t even thinking of moving house at that stage but because I’m interested in design I always like to keep an eye on what’s going on in the property market too,’ says Andrew. But as he thumbed through the latest listings it was the lovely old terrace which caught his eye.”

So way to go Andrew here…
Andrew Brennan in the living room of his Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse in Belfast.
.. for not only finding this hidden treasure but for also making it one too…
The sitting room in Andrew Brennan and Simon Croal's Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse in Belfast.
.. as well as making it into this beautifully printed magazine too.

So that makes it two, as you know, because it was also featured in the May 2010 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 134 to 138 in the May 2010 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Andrew Brennan and Simon Croal's Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse in Belfast.
.. on 134 to 138.

So way to go you two, from Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

February 3, 2013

Great expectations.

Filed under: Publish work — Ashley Morrison @ 12:39 pm
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Is the title of the feature we have in the March 2013 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 105 to 107 in the March 2013 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Karen and David Dalton's Victorian terrace in the Sandycove area of Dublin.
.. on pages 105 to 107 – featuring Karen and David Dalton’s Victorian terrace in the Sandycove area of Dublin.

“Revamping their period property gave Karen and David Dalton the family home they had always wished for.”

Which we talked about shooting here: Dublin Doors.

So congratulations to David and Karen here…
Karen Dalton with her son Alex in the sitting room of their Victorian terrace in the Sandycove area of Dublin.
.. from Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

August 3, 2012

Par Excellence.

Is the title of our latest published work in the September 2012 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 65 to 68 in the September 2012 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Mary and Paul Kernaghan's holiday cottage near Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. on pages 65 to 68 – featuring Mary and Paul Kernaghan’s holiday cottage near Doonbeg in County Clare.

“Mary and Paul Kernaghan’s search for a holiday house took them across Europe until a golf-course development caught their eye.”

Which we talked about here:American Irish style.

So congratulations to everyone – from Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

January 2, 2012

East meets West…

Filed under: Travel,Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 5:25 pm
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.. or in our case, it could actually be the other way around.

Over the years, we have worked all over Europe and the East Coast of America – and needless to say, we love working abroad – so now that the Christmas festive period is over, it’s time to start thinking about the year ahead. A road trip perhaps to somewhere warm would be nice – but believe it or not, it would appear all roads will be heading towards Russia this year!

Yes, we recently received a request to shoot some luxury properties in the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea – which is located on the north coast of the Black Sea – so needless to say, that really brightened up our day. Because only a few months back, our work for the first time appeared in an Eastern European magazine and last week a Russian magazine commissioned some of our work too.
So maybe there’s a whole new world waiting for us over there – in Eastern Europe and beyond.

The big thing, of course, is the logistics of getting there – which we are currently looking into. But it would certainly be a great opportunity, as well as a great adventure to work in the Ukraine – especially if we decide to go overland in the Land Rover – which we usually prefer to do, because of all the gear.

So we may need to brush up on our Russian this year – but in the meantime, имейте чудесный год, от Мари и меня.

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July 24, 2011

On days like this…

.. we make the most of it in Ireland.

Waiting for the summer to arrive this year, has been a long wait; however, we finally seem to have got a few good days at least.
So it was off to shoot some exteriors along the Antrim coast to complete the series of images for the various editorial features.

One is the home we shot last week in Cushendall…
Briege and Stephen Conway's Victorian townhouse in the County Antrim coastal town of Cushendall.
.. which lies in the shadow of the amazing table topped Lurigethan Mountain.

Jumping out into the middle of the road and back again, as cars whizzed by in this busy town, was fun – and I’m sure if anyone had been watching, they would have wondered what I was up to.

Still it was worth the wait, because on days like this the drive along the coast to the Glens of Antrim, is to die for – and it’s easy to see why it’s a major tourist attraction in the north of Ireland.

Long may the sunshine in this area of outstanding natural beauty, which hopefully we have managed to capture here, for all the world to see.

May 27, 2011

Déjà View…

.. is the title of our latest published work in the July 2011 issue of Period Living magazine…
Pages 74 to 82 in the July 2011 issue of Period Living magazine featuring Janet and Ken Hamilton's villa called 'Jasmin' near the French Riviera village of St Paul de Vence.
.. on pages 74 to 80 – featuring Janet and Ken Hamilton’s villa called ‘Jasmin’ near the French Riviera village of St Paul de Vence.

“When Janet and Ken Hamilton started looking for a French getaway to renovate they were delighted to find a villa they’d stayed in years before.”

And this lovely wee note from the magazine’s Features Editor…
Compliment slip
.. which really made my day smile

Plus we are also delighted to hear that the feature has already attracted a very nice enquiry – a reader who has just seen the villa in the magazine, wrote to say: “simply have to stay there”.
Having stayed there for the photoshoot, we can totally endorse the fact that it is stunning.
Janet & Ken did a superb job on it in every way – the ultimate “I want to be there” sort of place – overlooking the French Riviera village of Saint-Paul de Vence.

So a big Merci to everyone involved – nous voulons être là aussi.

À la votre
Marie & me.
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