playing with props and peonies…
Posted in pia's photos, stylists own, the houseboat May 8th, 2009 by piablog

which one do you prefer? I couldn’t choose one, so I posted them all.


PS It’s dusk and I’m enjoying a glass of vin blanc. Care to join me?

PPS what shall we listen to? actually I feel like playing this for you again. Please sit back, listen to the birds, sip your wine, and enjoy…

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  1. Melissa says

    Peonies are my favorite! I have a fat bunch of them on my desk at home, and they’ve been distracting me from a very rainy, gray week. I love all of these pics, but if I have to choose a favorite, I would pick the second from the top.

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  2. Chookooloonks says

    All just so, so lovely. My favourite is second from the top as well. 🙂

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  3. vanessa joie says

    my favorite flower- they’re so sweet and natural. your blog is such a warm, cozy place to visit. i wish i could stay.

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  4. Helen says

    Oh I love peonies. I may have to hunt some down and treat myself after my exams.

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  5. Helen says

    Oh and PS. I like the pink one in the tea cup best 🙂

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  6. josephine says

    i’m partial to photo #2. both flowers capture the light so well, and their vessels are a good balance of simple and fancy.

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  7. mindy says

    they are my absolute favorite as well, and sometimes very hard to come by here in Austin, since it’s too warm to grow them well! i vote for the 2nd from top, as well: it’s nice to see the detail of those voluminous petals and the contrast of the 2 colors, shapes, and heights!

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  8. erin says

    i can’t decide either. they’re all beautiful!

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  9. milan says

    Is this you, playing piano? How lovely…. Listening to it at my work in San Francisco.. actually makes me feel like i’m out there with the sun. Thank you.

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  10. royal creme says

    The pink in the tea cup, a glass of cusquena, playing Ruben Gonzalez.

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  11. Kimberly says

    I think that the set of four are simply perfect!

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  12. Janmaree says

    my fav photo is of the three together – the most beautiful of the three (to me )is the pink peony sitting in the teacup.

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  13. Maia says

    I like the second and third the best – they have a rhythm and a balance that works.

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  14. Cat says

    I love peonies so naturally all of them. I think I prefer the 2nd one. I feel as though I’m almost there in your wonderful home with my glass of vin rouge. Cheers!

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  15. Cushla says

    I love them all but probably the second one too i like things simple, this reminds me of how beautiful life can be.

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  16. Amanda says

    Oh, they are all so beautiful! I can’t pick just one. Peonies are one of my favourite flowers. I bet they smell pretty?

    For our wedding, I collected lots of beautiful pieces to use for vases; ceramic milk bottles, teacups, bowls, etc and had them placed all along the middle of the table. They were filled with roses, lisianthus, and freesias. They looked beautiful, but they had the most beautiful scent. I have a picture, I think you will really love it Pia.


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  17. Nicola says

    Gosh I have trouble choosing too – I think the post would have been the lesser for it if you didn’t share them all – the perfect single stem sucked me in and the images bloomed until that final one – my absolute fave – the way that little white vase looks a little transparent – that one’s a keeper. x Congrats again on the book- what an achievement!

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  18. Christine says

    I love peonies too; I hope the two bushes I planted in my garden produce blooms soon!
    My favourite is number 3 🙂

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  19. Amanda says

    I like the 2nd photograph best.
    I can never find peonies here. It’s very weird!

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  20. Diana says

    Lovley! That vase/flask whit that pink shimmer is just gorgeous. Photo nr 3 appeals most to me! Have a nive weekend!

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  21. Miranda says

    They are really beautiful. We have Peonies in my garden. Seeing the first signs of them in the ground means spring had begun! It is such wonder to see them grow so fast.

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  22. Zoë says

    Bugger! I was going to buy you celebratory peonies, but looks like you beat me to it! I can’t wait til they’re 10 for €5 so I can fill every vase I own with them.

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  23. Diane James says

    Absolutely charming! There is nothing like a single peony blossom in a pretty vase to brighten the day. We have had nothing but rain in New York all week so this post put a smile on our faces. Thank you!

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  24. lindsay says

    I think 3 flowers look best. The darker closed bloom completes the composition, imo.

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  25. E says

    Second from the left! And the last one! Pretty, pretty, pretty!

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  26. linda says

    just enjoyed it with my morning coffee, thank you~

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  27. shereen says

    i love both flowers on the second photo.

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  28. Natasha says

    I have to say the big pink peony is my favourite one. Love that soundscape. 🙂 Perfect for morning.

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  29. nicelle says

    I think one or three flowers in the photo. (contrast, composition) Love peonies! I have one on my kitchen table right now…

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  30. Lynne, tea for joy says

    Oh, definitely the teacup!

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  31. Emilia says

    I love them all but the pink in the tea cup is my fav!

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  32. Gary says

    Pia, your food photography is so good, and its much harder to pull off than it might seem to some.
    Also love your still lifes.
    Congrats on the books release and the feature in Design*Sponge!

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  33. Gary says

    btw, i prefer the shot with two flowers, not sure why as it seems that the od number shot work best, but there it is.

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  34. Bonbon Oiseau says

    ummm…i prefer them all…but editing is not my strong point when confronted with equally beautiful images…
    (oh and i just bought myself your book today. happy birthday to me. (not my birthday but whatever. very excited to receive it!)

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  35. Ursula says

    Love, love, love peonies. I like the 2nd photo best.

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  36. Lycke says

    Åhhh, so wonderful, wonderful picture…I absolutely adore peonies and have a lot of them in my garden!!! The spring is only in it´s beginning in the north of Sweden were I live, but soon, soon…

    Hugs from Sweden (love your site)

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  37. Carol Ann says

    I love the pink in the tea cup, thank you for the wonderful music, enjoyed it with my morning almond coffee.
    Love from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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  38. tiina says

    Absolutely beautiful. My favorite photo is the 3rd one. Have a sunny beginning of the week!

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  39. catastrophe says

    oh they’re all gorgeous.. you make me want to pretty up my place with flowers!

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  40. nina says

    I love the tea cup with the pink one…so girlie 🙂

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  41. Rose says

    Yes three is meant to be the magic number, but it’s the similar pink in that gorgeous background, the pink of the vase,the pink reflected in the shelf and then of course that gorgeous pink peonie, that sends your eye on walkabout – my heaven for a peonie!

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  42. Tony says

    Thank you for the music.
    It carried me away to the tranquility of your watery Amsterdam home, the gentle rocking, the sunlight and the swans. Beautiful.

    May 18th, 2009 | #

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