October 29, 2013
Since we have come back form Paris things have been non stop. If I haven’t been on a photo shoot, I have been coordinating that last parts of our renovation. The dumpster should leave within the week as well as the majority of our workers. Then it is just some little things here and there and then of course the whole issue of furnishing this house…but whose keeping track. Anyway, in lieu of a proper (long over due) post, here are some snapshots of my last few weeks. Photos all via iPhone.
Went to a Red Sox playoff and World Series game (spoiled girl.)
Had shoot, after shoot, after shoot…It’s great to be busy.
Here is one hung in the studio. We are talking 4 feet by 6 feet! I am loving these, but still working with my printer on the best output and hanging options.
Then there has been the house.
This happened…black room, antler chandelier, marble fireplace surround. Check, check, check. It is my favorite room in the house, and it is the Library all for my hubby.
Oh and the kitchen got tiled! Love.
And this gorgeous Jonathan Adler chandelier is going up in the dining room as I type.
A proper post later. Cheers and Go Red Sox!
Oh and I love this look. Cranberries straight from the can and all. Follow her on Instgram @ecmothdesign She will make you life look boring and ordinary. Love her.
July 8, 2013
If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know we spent a lovely 4th of July long weekend down at the Cape. It was a good 15 degrees cooler down there and with Boston experiencing an intense heat wave it was a heavenly break. I just love summer and especially time at the beach. Staying in your swim suit all day long. Swimming, playing and then sleeping like a rock at night. Despite my July being all topsy-turvy with renovation and crashing at the in-laws I have had some pretty awesome trips. Jamaica (editing photos today), the Cape, and Friday we leave for Boulder, Colorado to see my brother, sister-in-law and their new venture!
Old Silver Beach, Falmouth, MA sunset
July 1, 2013
I swear I have not fallen off the face of the earth. I have just had an insane week consisting of a photo shoot in Jamaica (AMAZING!!!) and them the move to our new house…Well our furniture moved. We will be living the nomadic life for July. The new house is still a full on construction zone so we have lots of travel scheduled and are using my in-law’s home as base camp. Each renovation day brings more decisions and some new surprises at the house. Some good, some not so good. These lilies blooming in our front yard were a good surprise. Happy Monday!
June 19, 2013
In just two days I am going to Jamaica to photograph the wedding of spectacularly hip Jessica Sutton to Alexander Maniatis, and it is coming not a moment too soon. I need a break from all things renovation. Yesterday’s work revealed that the 5 inches of concrete we removed from the old kitchen floor had of course compromised all the flooring joists below. Yes the old kitchen tiles were set in 5 inches of concrete! How insane it that?!?! Our old house has amazing craftsmanship and bones, but all the crappy renovations slapped on over the years have made a mess of it. So in addition to all the rewiring we have to do, we now have to replace all the cracked floor joists. Another good news/bad news. I am glad we are finding these unsafe things, but all these repairs are taking away money from other areas of the project. So Jamaica, here is come!
(This is what I feel our house looks like right now…only not in Jamaica)
Where I will be in 2 days. The wedding has the whole resort! It is nice that my big dilemma is how to pack all my camera equipment, SCUBA gear and wedding clothes all for only 3 nights. Haha. Thank goodness I have status on Delta.
May 20, 2013
The carousel in the park is open and we finally had the chance to hop on it this weekend. Growing up I was obsessed with carousels. Well anything horses really. At the age of 5 when my parents took our family to Disney World all I wanted to do was ride the carousel over and over. I was secretly relieved when I was deemed to small to do on Space Mountain and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride scared the crap out of me so much my father could barely keep me in the car, but the carousel was the best. I have a feeling we will be visiting this a lot this summer…for…ummmm the baby, right.
P.S. I of course raced for the zebra one. Got to get the prettiest horsy.
Shot with my iPhone
April 29, 2013
We played tourist in our own city this weekend. We walked around Beacon Hill, we picnicked in the Commons, and we rode the famous Sawn Boats in the Boston Public Garden. The whole city seemed alive and kickin. It was the perfect warm Spring weekend.
If you visit Boston, I highly recommend taking a ride on the old Swan Boats. The whole experience harkens back to an age when one would simple promenade around the garden and take a ride. The worn wooden benches have layer upon layer of lacquer and the aged iron still gleams. It is a little step back in time. And the price isn’t outrageous.
April 25, 2013
Spring is FINALLY peeking it’s flower buds here in Boston, services are being held for the MIT police officer, the two young women and the young boy who were killed in the Boston Marathon bombings of last week, and the city seems to be healing. I heard a quote on the radio the other day that really got me thinking. After you have something like a bomb got off in your hometown, you realize “everytime a bomb goes off somewhere it is someone’s hometown.” We do not live with daily scares as cities like Baghdad, Kandahar, Jerusalem or even New York do, but it was my hometown this time. Last weekend we needed a mental and physical change of scenery so we went down to the beautiful coastal town of Duxbury, MA to stay with some friends, run in the grass and play with their crazy yellow labs, Olivia and George.
Photos with my iPhone
As we took a walk on the beach we saw some people clamming, right off the neighborhood. How cool is that?
April 23, 2013
While I love, love, love fashion there are many mornings I miss the no brainer aspect of all my years growing up wearing a uniform to school. As I was switching my closet over from winter to spring clothes, I realized I still do have a “uniform.” One look at my Pinterest board on fashion confirms my taste. A silk shirt, skinny pants and ballet flats are my crazy day “go-to” outfit, but I also realized my uniform needed a little tweaking and inspiration. (Tweaking that did not require a shopping spree.) There is the saying, we wear 20% or our wardrobe 80% of the time, which begs the question: how do I incorporate some of those loved but not super worn items? To help me answer that question, I pulled some of my spring favorites from my Pinterest board. I swear I have some variation of everything pictured. Here is my (ideal) spring uniform:
April 15, 2013
Last Saturday I was lucky enough to attend the Masters in beautiful Augusta, Georgia. The sun was shining, every flower was in bloom, every bird was singing and the grass was what can only be called “Maters’ Green.” It was gorgeous. I also had an extremely unique experience in this day and age…I was technology free for the day. No cell phone, no camera, no electronic devices at all are allowed within the gates at Augusta National Golf Club, so we had to leave our devices behind. Which begs to ask the question…if you can’t Instagram or Tweet it, did it really happen? I have no photographic proof I was at the Masters on Saturday. Nothing. We did pick up some hats and shirts with iconic Masters logo of the yellow silhouette of the United States with the golf flag located in the spot of Augusta, GA, but that is it. It sounds so silly, but it was such a strange feeling at the beginning of the day. Many times I would see a beautiful view or Maters’ sign I wanted to Instagram, reach for my phone and realize it wasn’t an option. Even stranger were those times when I was just standing around, waiting in line at the bathroom, in between golfers, or walking form spot to spot and instinctually reached for my phone, just to kill time. Low and behold I actually had to look at my surroundings; talk to the person next to me, or just be alone with my thoughts. It was enormously freeing. I found myself more relaxed and more present in the moment than I can last remember. It was the best stress relief. So I have decided to spend at least one hour a day technology free. That means no laptop, no peaking at my cell phone and no camera at my hip. Ideally I will not even have them on hand. They will be tucked away safe at my house and I will be with my daughter, my husband, myself. Truly with them.
Photo from Masters.com
April 4, 2013
I went to pull some photographs to post from all my recent travels and projects and I kind of just blanked. I mean, I have a plethora of images and stories (not pinatas) to share but as I went to sit down today….nothing. I think it may have in part to do with I basically took last week off for Easter and travels and yesterday we closed on a house!!!!! Ahhhhh. Oh and we are touring and applying to preschools, and our poor sweet babysitter has been in and out of the hospital (everything is okay), but it has been quite a week. So I am chalk full of ideas, but as I go to create a post I just fizzle. But rewind back to the house…yeah, we bought a house. I have not mentioned it much for fear of jinxing the deal, but for the past few months we have been negotiating a deal on a beautiful, giant, 150 year old house…in Chestnut Hill. Yes, I will be trading in my Beacon Hill digs for another “hill” in Boston. While technically the new house is in the city of Newton we are just 5 miles form our current home, and will be increasing our living space 5 times as much. With all this, also comes a big renovation. The house is gorgeous with great bones, but unfortunately has not been updated since the 80′s. It needs a ton of TLC, a sledge hammer in some places, moving of a stairwell, removing of a stairwell, and a lots of paint. I am so excited at the opportunity to design and make a house perfect for my family, but the excitement is tempered with fear and anxiety. The time, the coordination, the cost…I just have to keep telling myself it will be awesome. And it will. It will just take some time…which I totally have loads of, right? Haha