I haven't been to the Distillery District for a while and today I am on a mission: Professional Photo Printing.
It all started with me randomly taking photos of Chris' nephew, Niklas, when I was in Germany and one of them really stood out! Although it's not a clear or sharp picture, it captured the movement, the energy, and his eyes gave the picture its soul!
I was determined to have it enlarged and framed for my hallway and wanted to make sure the print is of good quality. So I consulted the expert, Scott Young, and he suggested me to go check out Pikto.
The staff was very knowledgeable... and the paper we selected has a water color paper texture and it worked wonderfully with my somewhat "blurry" image. Funny enough, this paper was also imported from Germany! It must be fate!
And of course since I was already in the area and had to wait about an hour to pick up the print, I decided to re-visit, a.k.a. shop around, Distillery.
My first stop was Artemide:
My all time favorite desk lamp: Tolomeo Tavolo. These lamps are great as desk lamps but also great for night stands. A truly versatile designer lamp!
Then I stopped by Hastens, a high end bedding and mattress store:
Love the distressed look on the brick wall and the checker bedding. I will be getting their bedding one day. These mattresses are filled with horse hair to avoid moisture issue and topped by a wonderfully soft feather for extreme comfort.
and when in this area, I always have a cup of coffee at my favorite coffee shop: Balzac's Coffee. Not only do I love their coffee, hot chocolate, and apple cider, but just look at that interior! what is not to love??
Then I discovered Horse Feathers Home, a great store recently moved to the Distillery from the Castlefield Design District at Caledonia Road.
I like the openness of the store and how it is filled with natural light.
Ahh.... the Boiler House: an ever stylish restaurant!
Planters: the perfect marriage of classic shape and modern interpretation.
Great lounge in front of the restaurant. I almost felt like I was in South Beach.
and my guilty pleasure: SoMA chocolatemaker
Their chocolate is the best and you just can't beat their packaging. Even if you normally don't have a soft spot for chocolate, you will be tempted to get a few pieces!
Here are a few things that also caught my attention on this trip:
What are these you wonder? These are actually outdoor chairs... who would have thought!!
Love this light!! Only if I can have one in my future backyard!
almost felt like I was in the set of a Tom Cruise's movie.. .
here is my attempt for some artistic shots:
and of course by now you would wonder what happened to my print.. . well after I picked up the print from Pikto, I went to Adina Photo and Frame for custom framing and here is the end product:
This picture doesn't really do its justice. This "art" is actually a lot more dramatic and substantial in the hallway. I've very proud of my first piece of framed photography!