Almost two years ago Amanda Brooks quit her job as Barneys New York’s vice president and fashion director and left New York for a life in the English Country side with her family.  To say her new life in Oxforshire is storybook like, is an understatement.  Storybooks aren’t this picturesque and “rustic” never looked this chic.  I am obsessed with following her in Instagram. Where she chronicles her daily activities such as riding, hunting, writing,  making perfect al fresco lunches for her family and chasing after an excaped pot belly pig here and there.  The Selby also did a editorial on their home and family life.  As a animal and horse obsessed little girl, this would have been my dream house in which to grow up.  Warning: It is all very landed-gentry, Downton Abby, Pride and Prejudice perfect.  I love it!

From The Selby: The House

 

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A little girl’s dream:

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More picturesque images from her Instagram:

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Spring Indoors

March 18, 2014

The calendar may show spring’s arrival this week, but our temperatures here in New England show it is on the slow train this year, so I have decided to bring it inside!  The days are getting longer and our new home seems to be perfectly situated to get gorgeous sunlight throughout the day.  I am so glad I went with a warm light gray (Benjamin Moore Athena) throughout most of the house (save my black library).  It really seems to catch the light, keeping things bright, but also warm.  To add some spring in doors I bought some of those cheep grocery store bouquets, (ya know, the ones with a lot of “filler flowers” in them) and separated them out into these lovely barnacle shaped containers I got at TJ MAXX.  I really love the sprawling wild flower look.

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The house is coming along but, clearly I have lots of decorating, drapery and picture hanging to do but things are coming along. Living Room looking into Dinning Room. SpringFlowers-4

For the past year I have been working various different photo shoots and projects for a new design and lifestyle book by Erin Gates of Elements of Style.  Two weeks ago we shot her head shot for the book and yesterday the book went on pre-sale on Amazon.com!  Knowing that she has impeccable taste I was thrilled and honored when she asked me to help contribute some of my photography skills to her book.  I knew she wasn’t just asking me as a friend as she wouldn’t settle for less than perfect for her book. (Over the years I have had the pleasure of working closely with Erin; I shared my first studio space in Boston with her, and have also come to call her a dear friend.)  I am also humbled to have my photography credit name next to some of my interior photographer idols and fellow contributors Michael Partenio and Michael J Lee.  On top of all that, the book pre-order sales made Elements of style #1 best selling Home Decorating book on Amazon and top 50 on all of Amazon!  Crazy.  Pre-order yours now so you won’t have to wait come the release date.  Looks like there will surely be addition printing needed!  Congrats Erin and I am so so thrilled to be a part of this book in even my small way.  (Don’t worry, mom, mother-in-law, sister and sister-in-laws…I have already per-ordered some for you.)  Pre-order it here.

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Cover photograph by Michael J Lee.

Unused head shot from our shoot…you will have to get the book to see which photo she choose.

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The dogs were not always this cooperative.

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Studio Sale!

March 11, 2014

Our studio is having a sale!!!!  I’ll be debuting some new prints for only $25-$100 as they are fresh from processing and unframed.  8 x 10 and 11 x 14.  Here is a sneak peek from my new ocean series.  Hope to see you there!  JSGD, JHill Design, Jill Rosenwald, Lawrence McRae and The Third Piece will all be participating too!

Note: these are the in studio sale prices for these first run prints. Please feel free to contact me if you can’t make it and want to order some.

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Ocean Series:

Sea Island, GA – 11 x 14 print $75

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Spanish Moss - 8 x 10 print: $25 Spanish Moss Bikes Sea Island

Horseshoe Crab – 8 x 10 print: $25

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Cohasset – 8 x 10 print: $25

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Prints at the sale will be un-matted and unframed, but all of them are available for purchase at almost any size, matted, framed, and my favorite…acrylic mounted.  Below is a sample of the gorgeous glossy acrylic mount.

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A photo shoot I did for Shelter Interiors is now up on Style Me Pretty.  Julie from Shelter Interiors has such a great way with adding bold colors and patterns into a traditional mix, with lux surprises here and there like some Hicks Hexagon wallpaper inside a china cabinet or modern photograph in a formal dining room.  This house feels so chic and put together, while totally livable.  I love it.

Here are some from the shoot, but go over to Style Me Pretty for the whole article.

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Yesterday I had a photo shoot with Julie Richard of Shelter Interiors.  This is our second photo shoot together and I absolutely love working with her.  She has an amazing eye and I find myself learning so much as a photographer after each day with her.  Her style is perfectly imperfect, which I love.  Here are some Instagram sneak peeks from our shoot yesterday and check out her blog (if you don’t already).  Note: I have found myself starting to use Instagram the way photographers use to use polaroids.  A great way to frame and work on composition while while working on lighting with my SLR.

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iPhone pic by me (composition by Julie)

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Interiors Inspiration

April 14, 2013

So we are knee deep in the design, layout and contractor selection of the renovation of our new home.  The house has great bones but needs a lot of work.  I am excited and absolutely terrified at the same time.  We have a crazy aggressive timeline to get the work done and move into the house, but the amount of work to do to get there feels huge.  I am thinking of a way to incorporate our renovation process into this blog without it becoming the blog becoming too “My renovation,” so let me know what you think.  But the other night, as I was putting the baby to bed and the hubby was out at a work dinner, I realized I needed some calming inspiration.  Pinterest is an amazing recourse and I already have numerous boards developed for the house.  (Check out my boards here.  The renovation specific boards are labeled Homeland.)  I started flipping through the photos from a recent job I did for Stayci Fast and I realized I haven’t shared them yet.  I love photographing with Stayci.  The woman is an amazing home stager and designer and has the best props in the world.  All of here accessories have me super inspired.

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Party time

March 18, 2013

Saturday night my friend, studio mate and interior design ninja, Erin hosted a party for her husband’s 40th Birthday.  I popped over early to take a couple of shots of her party styling, knowing it would be absolutely perfect.  I of course got side tracked by her gorgeous newly renovated home and own design.  Love it all so much and am super jealous.

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What may seem like a straight forward photo shoot…i.e. photographing the interior of a home…has a ba-gillion different moving parts to consider: lighting, gear, people, no people, not to mention styling.  Nobody lives in a photo ready home, so a little styling and arranging is always in need.  Here is a little behind the scenes shot of our photo shoot last week.

(Oh and not to mention last minute having to take bébé with us, hence the stroller and diaper bag.  Thank goodness my client was also a close friend otherwise super intern Jacalyn would have had to stay at home babysitting on her last day.)

Sous Style

July 11, 2012

So it has been an Erin Gates filled month for me.  (I joke that she is the fashion model muse to my Mario Testino.  In that I seem to be photographing her a ton this month.  I know it is a huge ego stretch to put myself in the same camp as Mr. Testino, but I digress.)  Sous Style did a “day in the life” feature on Erin, and I got to follow her around to photograph it.

Sous Style is lifestyle, cooking, home design, fashion website founded by the photo director of ELLE, Pippa Lord, and offers are fun, modern approach to entertaining.  Think a young, hip Martha Stewart.  Here are some shots from the editorial.  Click here for the full feature and to see Erin’s day.  She is one busy girl.

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At the office:

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At the Design Center:

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Checking in on a project:

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Finally unwinding:

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