Longtime local Bill Rey has been a part of the Vail art scene for longer than most can remember. We had a chance to see how he lives and breathes Western art in his picturesque, quaint cabin near Vail, Colorado.
Bill’s philosophy on art in homes is that it should tell the soul of the owner. Bill and his wife Maggie have owned the home for over 20 years and have immersed it with artifacts of Western heritage, fine art and other collections.
This cabin has so much character and has been a wonderful place to raise their children. They say “Everything we own means something. It’s a visual gallery of our life.”
We had the amazing opportunity to visit Roundup River Ranch in Western Colorado for shooting a story for the Vail Valley Magazine. Roundup River Ranch is a real camp experience for children dealing with serious illnesses, allowing them to have all the traditional Summer camp adventures with the added assurance of medical, physical and emotional support.
With expert counselors, the kids do everything from a super challenging ropes course to arts & crafts, horseback riding & fishing.
One of the activities was an art session where campers could make worry dolls, to help them deal with their own uneasiness.
Parents and Campers alike can rest assured that proper medical care is available at all times while at the camp.
Being at the camp and seeing the joy in these kid’s faces was one of the best experiences we’ve had. A chance for them to set aside thinking about their illnesses and have the time of their lives makes Roundup River Ranch a priceless experience for all!
We had a whirlwind trip to the Big Apple to shoot two properties for Interior Designer @LaurenJayne Design. The first was a luxury condominium in Battery Park to show how she integrated a more contemporary feel with the traditional furnishings the client wanted to keep.
She had custom millwork done for the built-in desk and shelving.
The client has this fabulous view over the Hudson River so she created the eat -in breakfast space at the window to take advantage of the incredible view.
A light and airy feel for the preteen daughter’s room with accents of fabric on the headboard, footboard and ceiling.
The use of color and texture melted the master bedroom into the river scene.
Look closely and you’ll see the Statue of Liberty from the dining room window.
The next day we traveled to Harlem, to photograph an apartment building that she designed all the finishes for.
Lauren was going for a more vintage feel for the lobby.
Adding the small touches make the property unique.
They hired a local artist to create some pieces for the walls in the public spaces.
This was a limited budget project for rental apartments, but Lauren was able to give it a contemporary luxury feel.
The gym has the bold color & design to get your heart rate pumping!
An outdoor space gives some relief to the hustle & bustle of the city.
Sometimes you just have to put down the camera for a bit & let your creative juices flow in another direction. So I was able to pick up an old 1965 Ducati in pretty rough shape & I’ve been working in my spare time to turn it into a cafe racer, or well, maybe an art project! It won’t be super fast but I might look super cool riding it to Starbucks! Here’s a photo essay from where I started to the point where I am now:
This is how I found it in an old barn packed with motorcycles
Back in our garage, in the design stage
Took off the
Trying to figure out the wiring
My way of organizing the wiring harness
I bought new rims and had them powder coated
Now to design the seat. Won’t be so much for comfort but more for the “cool” factor. Layered wood with aluminum and eventually will have a small leather cushion to save my butt!
Learning all kinds of new things: respoking the wheels
I cut parts off the frame to make for a more sleek appearance, replaced the shocks with a mono shock and had the frame powder coated.
I bought a custom made tank and polished it.
Well, one casualty; When using the angle grinder to cut off a piece to hold the battery, the blade snapped & flew up in my face. I was lucky. Just 15 stitches at Urgent Care and it didn’t hit my throat or eyes. Lesson learned: USE SAFETY EQUIPMENT!
Almost there! Just a few more things & I’ll have it ready to ride to Starbucks!
You know you’re going to get a great photo when you have a group of hair stylists that can rock the camera. The staff at Bliss Hair Salon did just that. They brought style, attitude & fun! Oh, and their hair looked awesome too!
The Vail Valley’s hippest hair salon, Bliss was rocking’ it on their photoshoot!
With Winter quickly descending on us, we realized that a beautiful Summer and Fall gave us the opportunity to get some great photos. Dancers, cars and food as well as a home for the Wall Street Journal. Nothing could have been better.