Photographer Petra Bindel

It all started with this tear sheet of a super delicious dining room (my dream DR) and the search for its origin, and finally I landed upon the online portfolio of Swedish photographer Petra Bindel. Her work is stunning, she has done a lot for Elle Interiör Sweden which some of you may recognize right away.

Photographer Petra Bindel

My dream dining room shown above right. I already own some of these things, it's just a matter of finding a new apartment with an adequate dining space and making it my own. I also love all the storage options, I could easily have a dining room/craft space in one with a dining table that doubles as a work table for sewing and crafting. This gives me ideas as I begin my new apartment search...

Photographer Petra Bindel

I've long wanted a framed butterfly, even more so now... I'm going to start looking for something like this in the near future. And don't you just love the composition of things in this photo? The poodle reminds me of a vintage Avon perfume bottle on my grandmother's dresser.

Photographer Petra Bindel

Here's another glossy white table with mismatched seating in white and wood tones. Must be a Scandinavian thing, huh? I love it. I have a shelf like this one in my current eating nook, I should play around with it and add some new accessories to liven it up.

Photographer Petra Bindel

I haven't stopped today long enough to eat, and this bun looks delightful. What really grabbed me in this image was the lighting and composition of the shot but also that backsplash tile. I long to someday have pretty tile like that in my kitchen. I'd love some vintage tiles from Belgium, Holland or Turkey, I seem to like their patterns best.

Photographer Petra Bindel

I have a Moroccan wedding quilt (vintage) just like this one but never in the world did I think to tack it to the wall over a sofa! I see lots of people use them on the floor but honestly, I can't imagine doing that with mine. For now, it remains at the foot of my bed more for decorative purposes than functional ones.

Photographer Petra Bindel

I'm looking for a low lounge chair in wood or rattan for my living room, I can't seem to find exactly what I want though so I'm in my second year now of searching. But I know once I find what I see in my mind's eye I'll be really, really happy and I'll always keep it! That's the beauty of getting something stuck in your head, if it stays stuck for a long time -- you know you must have it. Then once you do find it you'll treasure the possession above all other things for many years. It's better to buy what you love than to settle for something you don't for a quicker fix.

Photographer Petra Bindel

There are so many things about each of these rooms that speak to me, I don't know where to begin really. I think in the end it really comes down to the feminine bits combined with the bolder pieces and all of the eclectic items thrown together to compose the perfect interior melody. That turquoise door is to die for, the shoe shelf, beaded chandelier, it's also very amazing... and then you have a white glossy table again with wood chairs. I also love that black Swedish oven, those things are lovely - aren't they? The bedroom with that lighting, ah - so welcoming. I like the casually tossed heels on that fluffy white rug. Nice touch. Now can I move in?

If you are interested in Petra's work, she is represented by Susanne Björkman at Folio in Stockholm, her contact information is listed here.

(images: petra bindel/folio management/portfolio cph/elle interiör)