Just some cool people I know

Just thought I would give you a glimpse into some cool people I've been hanging out with lately :-) ...... My good friend Victoria Lambert and her brother Brad have recently opened up a chalk paint store called The Fat Paint Company.  Since opening their store in New Westminster, they have been bombarded with orders from all over the place and continue to get the attention they deserve with their super cool chalk paint.   If you want to try painting with chalk paint, they offer workshops !!! The Fat Paint Company Tracey Ayton Photography

Oh how lucky I am to have met Claudine Michaud, the owner of Bioéthique, a boutique spa that specializes in facials using their own vegan & certified organic skincare line from France.  I have had my share of treatments and look forward to many more.  Pick up the latest issue of Montecristo magazine to read more about Claudine and her spa.  I'll be posting more pics from our shoot at Bioéthique in a future post.

Bioéthique Tracey Ayton Photography

Then my talented designer friend Amanda Evans from Twenty One Two Designs Inc. had a showcase event over at Once A Tree Furniture.  Just goes to show that when you give the girl a small space to design a beautiful room, she knocks it out of the park with an incredibly beautiful master bedroom.  It was nice to see all of her friends and family come out to support Amanda at the showcase opening.  Amanda's showcase will be up for viewing at Once A Tree until September ...... I wish I could've taken the entire bedroom home with me!!

Amanda Twenty One Two Tracey Ayton Photography

Lastly, I can't sign off without sending positive thoughts to those people effected by the flood in Calgary ~ Hugs T.


Rick & Lorna's House in Canadian House & Home

Hi Everyone!  I hope you all had a nice weekend.  Just thought I'd share a home that I shot for the latest issue of Canadian House & Home ...... The home itself is not only beautiful but the family that lives there is too.  Lorna & Rick Penner have four kids to keep them busy along with Rick's booming building company Rodell Homes Inc.  He is the mastermind behind the building of their house and Lorna is the talent behind all of the interior design.  Obviously you can see she truly enjoys the process of making her house a home.  The relaxed and airy feel of the home is lovely but what I swoon over most is the amount of linen used throughout and those wood beams ........ to die for!  I think you'll really get inspired like I did while admiring what this home boasts.  Thanks Lorna for all of the yummy cookies and Rick, the coffees were the best ever.

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Girls Bedroom Tracey Ayton Photography

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family room Tracey Ayton Photography

2nd girl's room Tracey Ayton Photography

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Dordogne part deux

Before you read the last leg of my trip, I would highly recommend you do it when you have some time cause it's a doozy.... maybe make some tea and stay awhile, it's a long one because it's my last post on the trip. I can't tell you how hard it's been to edit through the pictures and try to cut my stories short, it's almost impossible as France had so much to show me and there is so much to share. I hope you enjoy what I have included. Stephanie Brubaker was our hostess and she was gracious enough to have the group over for a savory dinner.... did I mention her family owns a spectacular maisonnette that they renovated? Check out Stephanie's blog Stephmodo to see all the press and before/after shots of La Maisonnette Du Coteau Let me tell you ... I don't think that I will ever experience a dinner party like that ever again. Absolutely magnificent! The dinner, the setting and the people .... fantastique!!!

The next day we headed down to the farmers market near a town called Sarlat. The misty rain certainly didn't put a damper on our treasure hunting down the cobbled streets packed full of vendors selling meats, cheeses, produce and yummy baked goods.

Once we got back to the manoir, we enjoyed a lunch made up of everyone's market finds, followed up by an afternoon of shooting a "Market To Table" themed spread.

On our last day we devoted it to sightseeing, and toured the Chåteau de Beynac, a 12th century, medieval castle ....

The views were breathtaking .....

From the chateau we strolled down through the narrow street towards the river. Along the way we came upon the hill where the movie chocolat was filmed. Once we got to the bottom of the hill, Stephanie greeted us with a fabulous picnic beside the river. It was a great lunch, a beautiful view, good company and the Chateau Beynac up on the cliff above us.

Finally a trip down the Dordogne river ....

I had such an incredible trip and want to thank all of my fellow workshop participants/friends. I know we'll meet again soon.