Cristina Colli‘s photography is simply breath-taking. We find ourselves suddenly noticing that our mouths have been hanging open in awe every time we see her pictures. They are full of vigour, as if the image is the last thing your mind registered before you turned away and found another distraction. Brilliant.
Naturally, we were incredibly curious about the home of such a talented photography with a keen eye for composition, colour and lighting. We amused ourselves with speculations about her home: would it be entirely opposite to her style of photography and be broody and moody? Would it be ultra modern and sleek, showcasing a much more sophisticated and chic edge that her photos hint at? Or what if she lived in a Hello Kitty Palace type abode?? Eek! (Nothing wrong with a Hello Kitty Palace-style home, btw. Whatever floats your boat!)
Today we get to lay all those curiosities to rest, as we pop round Cristina’s and visit her airy, minimalist home. We want to discuss it all with you but shall control ourselves and let you have a chance to see her home first!
“I’m a still life stylist and photographer specialising in commercial, editorial, and floral photography. I also sell prints of some of my vignettes as wall art. On my Instagram account, I share an iPhone still life, mainly of flowers, every morning from Monday to Saturday, to wish all my followers a happy day 🙂
“I love white interiors, airy and uncluttered, clean lines, and a mix of contemporary and vintage furniture. I also like to have some wooden pieces, like our antique dining chairs, or the reclaimed wood coffee table, to add warmth and texture.
“I use colours as accents. Having a white “base”, so to speak, makes it very easy to change the mood of an interior. Changing cushions and throws can make a room look completely different, and it’s an easy way to revamp a space.
“I’d love to have a whitewashed wooden floor throughout the house, but we are renting so we had to make do with the existing carpet and slate tiles (Courage & Dash: we feel your pain!!). I have a background in interior design, and I guess that helped me decorate the house even though I was limited in what I could do.
“We asked permission to paint the rooms white (it was a yellowish dark magnolia before). The living area is flooded with light, and the white walls bounce the light off and make the interiors look even more luminous and airy.
“I chose off-white linen for the curtains, and a mix of cotton and linen for the sofa and daybed. We fell in love with the large painting in the sitting area. It’s from a local artist, and I think that it makes a big statement and has become the focal point of the area.
“I love flowers, and I always make a point to have flowers and plants in the house. From December to March I have hyacinths and other bulbs dotted around the house, and soon I’ll move my jasmine and thyme from the garden to the sunny windowsill, beside the aloe vera, to protect them from frost.
“I painted two French wine boxes with Annie Sloan clam paint, and turned them into shelving units. I change the arrangements quite often, depending on the mood. At the moment I have my collection of vintage bottles on display, some crystals, feathers, shells and pebbles.
“The lilac display cabinet is another vintage find. I wanted to paint it white, but my husband insisted that I chose a colour instead…He knows that at some stage I will paint it white tough, it’s just a matter of time 😉
“I love reading so there are plenty of books in the house, but I try to keep everything hidden in cabinets and cupboards when I can, to make the interior calm and serene.
“Our bedroom is very simple and uncluttered, and has a tranquil feel. The willow heart above the bed is from a local craftsman, and the felted bird garland is from another local artist. I like the smell of lavender, and the hanging tube vase is perfect to hold a bunch of this fragrant, soothing herb.
“In the dining area I have a display of some of my photographs. They’re taped to the wall with washi tape, that doesn’t ruin the paint, and I like changing the prints depending on my mood.
“I’d love to have a fireplace or log burner beneath the big piece of art in our living! It would make the space so much cosier…for now, I content myself with lighting lots of candles on the coffee table at night!”
Cristina lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two cats.
Ahhhh. Dreamy, white-washed, smears of colour… It’s not always easy to change a rented home into something so personal and stylish (don’t you think Cristina’s home looks like it came out of a magazine??), but this home ticks all the right boxes! The white palate really opens up the living space, showing off the flowers and vintage finds that Cristina has dotted around her home.
Are you inspired? Do you have a home that is set up in a similar fashion, or completely differently? What did you like best about her style?
For more of Cristina’s photography, visit her at http://www.cristinacolli.com/.
Images: Cristina Colli