October 2, 2014
My new website!!!!! I’ve got a crazy quick deadline to get my rear in gear and finally launch my new. Most of the pieces are in order and were designed by the wonderful Jessica and team (and former studio mates) over at JSGD. I’ve just got to edit my portfolio, once again and tighten up a few other items.
Here are a couple of screen grabs from what will be the home page.
October 1, 2014
The amazingly talented (and friend) Erin Gate’s book, Elements of Style hits stores this coming Tuesday and I couldn’t be more excited and happy for her…and a little for me. I was fortunate enough to contribute some photography to the publication. I have heard her talk about bits and pieces of the writing and cannot wait to actually read it. It is part interior design eye candy, party instruction and a whole lot of witty, heart bearing antidotes and stories in which Erin is so famous for on her blog.
I will also be using the Atlanta book party as an excuse to go back down to Atlanta for a bit, so if you are in the Atlanta area, please come to that party too! In the mean time, order the book here.
ELEMENTS OF STYLE – DESIGNING A HOME AND A LIFE
WITH AUTHOR ERIN GATES
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11TH
1670 DEFOOR AVE
September 29, 2014
Friday was my 5th Wedding Anniversary to my wonderful husband and we did the most spectacular thing ever…took 24 hours for just us. We (tried) to take a half day of work on Friday, logged off and packed up the car to make the long 5 mile trek from our home to the downtown Boston Ritz. We had an afternoon massage, walked around the Boston Common and Garden, grabbed a drink at the beautiful Taj Hotel bar over looking the park and ate dinner at an old favorite (Beacon Hill Bistro) from our days in Beacon Hill. Then we slept for a blessed, uninterrupted 10 hours. It is amazing how much you don’t realize you need a 24 hour get away, until you get it. We returned back to our crazy little family Saturday afternoon, feeling refreshed, connected and ready to get thrown back into mommy and daddy land. Now if we could just have this every month. (Don’t worry Grammy and Grampy…we won’t.)
Here we are heading out for cocktails (or an assassination as one friend commented), in the exact post where he proposed.
September 18, 2014
The other week we did a photo shoot in my new studio space (yes I moved my studio from the wonderful ladies at 369 Congress Street to the semi-finished 3rd floor of my house, but more on that later.) For this shoot we teamed up with uber publicist Sandra Goroff who wanted some test shots of her new modeling find, Sydney Lambert. I called in favors at one my my favorite boutiques, Holiday in Beacon Hill to borrow some fall fashion. We also borrowed jewelery from Molly Miller designs, a Boston College student’s new clothing and accessories venture (check out their great store here.) I had a great time styling the shot with my dear friend and fabulous stylist, Amy Hendren. We kind of worked backward with letting the space inspire our styling choices, opting for simple, yet put-together looks. As a busy mom of two now, I am also personally drawn to this simple, fresh feel. A fresh face with some mascara and simple hair. Comfortable pieces that still look put together, accented with some great jewelry, and…poof…my fall uniform. Now just need to lose some of those lovely baby pounds.
P.S. Doesn’t Sydney remind you of a young Raquel Zimmermann or baby Gisele?
Sweater: Holiday Boutique
Pants: Holiday Boutique. Coat: Zara. Shirt: Equipment. Ring: Etro. Hat: Target, Booth: model’s own
Necklace: Molly Miller
Necklace: Molly Miller
September 4, 2014
(Gasp…has it really been almost a month since my last post?!?!?! For shame, for shame. Never fear, with Fall always seems to come a renewed vigor and seriousness…that and more help on the childcare front for me.)
What a fabulous way to start fall and my dive back into working after a summer of semi-maternity leave. The September/October 2014 issue of Design New England features and article on an old barn artists Dora Atwater Millikin loving renovated and turned into her studio. Below are some spreads but pop over to Design New England to read the full article or pick one up if you live in New England.
August 11, 2014
I came across this quote and poem while reading an article about the, wise beyond her years Tavi Gevinson in New York Magazine. It’s funny that an 18 year old’s quote would speak so closely to this 37 year old, photographer, wife and mother of two, but as I am vacationing and preparing to dive back into work upon my return, it speaks volumes to me. It’s the perfect little vacation meditation. Summer is always such a great lazy time and I have especially indulged in lots of quiet family time this summer. We are currently soaking up a week of sun and beach fun at Sea Island located on the coast of South Georgia. We have been coming down here this time each year for a while now, and I find it to be a wonderful, special way to wrap up summer. Some extra hot, lazy, humid days before the fresh start of Fall wakes you up.
“You see, I want a lot.
Perhaps I want everything
the darkness that comes with every infinite fall
and the shivering blaze of every step up.
So many live on and want nothing
And are raised to the rank of prince
By the slippery ease of their light judgments
But what you love to see are faces
that do work and feel thirst.
You love most of all those who need you
as they need a crowbar or a hoe.
You have not grown old, and it is not too late
To dive into your increasing depths
where life calmly gives out its own secret.”
July 23, 2014
A few weeks ago a journalist from BBC.com contact me, asking to interview me for a piece she was writing about renovating a historic home. I was less than a week away from giving birth and super nervous about being interviewed, but I took a risk. I am only quoted briefly (thank goodness), but they included one of my photographs of our library! The full article is here. They interviewed people from all over the globe, France, Argentina, Mexico, and then little old me. There is a lot of focus on the “moneypit” side of renovating an old home, but then there is my Pollyanna perspective at the end. While, it is true, there are mountains of headaches included in renovating an old home, we have found there to be lots of rewards. Specifically, for a control freak like myself, the house gets to be exactly how I want it. In light of the article I thought I would finally share some real before and afters of my favorite room in the house, our Library.
This is what the room looked like the day of closing. As you can see, good bones, hardwood floors, amazing light and that staircase, but…horrible paint colors, rotting wood window seats, terrible tile around fireplace and a dead end flow to the the room on the left.
Enter our amazing contractor Dan Shanks and architect Kyle Sheffield from LDA Architect. I had dreams and loads of Pinterest pins, but need their expertise, skill and vision to make it happen. No joke, there was a staircase behind that one wall, leading up to the 3rd floor illegal apartment, so it wasn’t as easy as just punching a hole in the wall to make a door.
Here I am testing out black paint colors. I was determined to paint the room black.
I also had dreams and sketches of a beautiful wall of builtin bookshelves.
Dan and his team made them a reality.
Here they are complete. Obviously my styling and book collection is a work in progress, but I think they are my favorite thing in the house. You can see the gorgeous crown molding and fascia Dan added to the room, and those two litter french doors were my sister’s idea. It definitely took a lot of time, money, patience and the help of a village of people, but I am so in love with this room.
P.S. I am also lucky enough to call the amazing interior designer, Erin Gates, a friend and believe me…I was texting her all the time, throughout the process.
July 22, 2014
When we purchased our new home last year the thought of having a yard again thrilled me. My bungalow in Atlanta had a great yard, but since moving to Boston 5 years ago I have been with out a green space of my own. The long winter had me plotting and planning what to do with our space beginning back in February, but I knew I needed keep things simple I am by no means master gardener and didn’t want to be spending hours upon house a week tending to a high maintenance garden. But I love the idea of my 2 year learning all those blueberries she loves to eat don’t just come from Whole Foods. Enter the help of my extremely knowledgeable and talented sister-in-law, Melissa Winchester. Melissa owns and runs, The Savvy Hen, an urban farm and feed store in Boulder, Colorado. You may remember us going out there last summer for the grand opening. Well, she not only has the worlds most darling stop (a must visit of you are in the Boulder area), she also consults and helps plan backyard gardens complete with sketched layouts and plant picks ideal for your growing zone and yard orientation. (North, South, East, West, etc.)
We started to process by me emailing her they types of fruits and vegetables we like to eat. No sense on growing beats if you are never going to eat then. I also attached photos of our yard in the noon day sun so she could help me orient our garden beds. (I found these pre-cut, hardware included, super easy to put together flower beds…again I am a novice gardener with two young children.) Then she drew up some plans, a “shopping list” and we were ready to go.
Note: We started off a little late in the growing season, due to the arrival of baby boy, but still have gotten wonderful results.
These are the gorgeous plans Melissa designed for us.
Here are the amazingly detailed plant recommendations and notes. Girl knows her stuff!
Feel free to call or email them with your own garden questions or concerns. They are a wealth of knowledge. Oh and they do e-garden planning for anyone…not just lucky sister-in-laws.
1908 Pearl Street Boulder, Colorado 80302
Phone : 720-502-6187
Open 11AM – 6PM Tuesday – Friday
Open 10AM – 5PM Saturday & Sunday
July 21, 2014
If you following me on Instagram you probably saw me post photo after photo of a wedding this weekend. Well, sorry for the duplicate Instagram and blog photos, but the wedding was beyond gorgeous. A dear family friend got married in true preppy New England style with the nautical setting at the bride’s grandparents’ home on Duxbury bay. I have known this family since for many years and first visited Duxbury with my family the summer I was 12. As a girl growing up in Georgia, Duxbury was my first exposure to New England and has always set the bar for what it means for something to be so “New England.” It holds a special place in my heart. In fact I seem to have a whole category on my blog devoted to the place
The wedding festivities were complete with a bridal party arrival from the church via boat, a fresh oyster bar, lawn games and mention of not one but two trusted, family Labradors in the Father of the Bride speech. Haha No to mention but it was also our first night out since baby number two’s arrival. I was thrilled to get dressed up, kick up my heels with my husband, stuff my face with oysters, and have a glass of wine (or 3). Here are some of my iPhone photos from the gorgeous event and cheers to Katie and Sander. XOXO
July 18, 2014
So this week flew by and my promise to myself to blog again post baby has been derailed by a few sleepless nights, doctors appointments and little free time, but I have not abandoned this blog. Quite the contrary. What little free time I have had, I have been working on my website to incorporate a new blog design, working on some prints and some studio updates and projects. All in good time. Hope everyone has a wonderful summer weekend. Cheers.