January 17, 2014
Now that the majority of workers are out of our lives we have been able to make progress on the design and organization of our home. The design part it great fun but the organizational part was giving me nightmares. And I LOVE to organize. But between work, the holidays and keeping my new year resolution to spend meaningful, focused time with my daughter, the mounds of bins and storage items on our third floor have been neglected. In a motivational move, I broke down and hired and organizer for two days, and let me tell you it was worth it (and way more affordable than I had thought it would be.) We motored through most of the 3rd floor and she hauled off two car loads of stuff to Good Will.
We still have some work to do, but here are the “before” shots. Eventually we would love to make this space a guest suite and media room, complete with a full bath and bar sink area, but for now it is a great, easily accessible, temperature controlled storage area…well, it will be once we are finished organizing it.
Disaster I know, but the Library is coming along nicely. Now I just need some Winchester girl power to help style the shelves. My mom and sister are great at this.
January 13, 2014
Last night was like the World Series for us lady (and gay men) folks. The Golden Globes (with Tina and Amy) paired with Downton Abbey! Talk about your Sunday night viewing bonanza. I was in heaven. (Thanks hubs for letting me take over the TV.) Today I hit the ground running the projects and trade show work, and as I was searching for an image I came across this photo form our trip to Paris this fall. I think it perfectly sums up how many of us feel on a hectic Monday. Bathroom graffiti galore. J’adore
January 8, 2014
So what does one wear in single digit temperature? Asks this Georgia girl. Turns out New Englanders (at least Bostonians) are just as trumped as I am. I see people walking around the city in nothing but a hoodie sweat shirt with hands in their pockets. What?!?! Silly college kids. Add to the conundrum, being pregnant and wanting some sort of style. Plus getting a toddler ready for school when she would much rather stay snuggled in our bed. I can’t blame her but it feel like each morning I have to make about 400 decisions before 8:30 am. Ugh. So I am spent some time snooping around Pinterest in the hopes of compiling an inspiration board of winter style.
Throw on an extra coat layer, gloves, hat, and scarf and most of these looks could translate to this new ice age. (Oh and minus all the cute heals. Heals, ice and pregnant ladies are not a good combo. I promised the hubby.) I also noticed a theme in my picks: black, white, camel, gray and stripes. How Parisian, simple of me…or so I like to think.
Elle McPherson (source: help)
Jenna Lyons, NYMag, The Cut
January 7, 2014
As the polar vortex descends upon most of the US I am reminded how quiet and rejuvenating winter can be – if you let. A Pollyanna approach to single digit temperatures I know, but there is something about winter light I love. The long shadows. The blue tinted light. It all seems so precious and fleeting.
January 6, 2014
Today it a fairly historic day in the city of Boston, Mayor Thomas Menino, the city’s longest serving mayor will be stepping down at 71 years old. Now I am a “new” Bostonian but the significance is not lost. A few weeks ago I was hired to photograph an event in which the mayor would be attending and speaking. Regardless of your politics I found it a pretty special honor to photograph this historic figure in his final days of office.
Now onto the new. It will be interesting to see how the city changes and evolves in the coming years under Marty Walsh.
* Note: I now officially reside in the City of Newton so I did not vote in this election, but my business it located in the City of Boston.
January 1, 2014
In past years I have don’t lengthy posts on my year in review. This year I am going with this video flipgram made from some of my Instagram photos. It perfectly sums up the fast and crazy year that was 2013. Travel, work, renovation, house, baby, family fun…all in 20 seconds. Enjoy and Happy New Year.
December 31, 2013
So the powers that be, who invented the whole modern calendar thing, really had it down. After the crazy, gluttonous, excitement of the holidays all we mentally and physically want is a refresh. I am ready to just strip the house bare of Christmas decorations, clean up all the clutter and start bare. I especially feel the need this year. After a summer of being displaced due to home renovations, a fall of living with every workman under the sun in and out of our house and a Christmas spend with multiple visits to the doctor (for all of us) including one trip to the ER (stitches for the little one) and a case of pneumonia (again, for the little one), I am looking forward to a quiet and focused New Year. Thankfully we are currently spending a week with my family in Sea Island, GA which is offering us some much needed rest and relaxation and helping us all to get healthy.
I think the calm ocean waters this morning are a sign of things for 2014.
Of course I wouldn’t be me with out a few goals and plans for 2014, but let start small.
December 16, 2013
Christmas is always a busy time of year. That coupled with finishing our renovation, having a toddler, being 4 months pregnant (oh yeah baby #2 is due in early June!) and tying to maintain working and being only able to schedule in existing clients had made me a little…well bonkers. Not to mention we have decided to throw a Christmas Party this weekend. Actually the Christmas party has made for a good deadline to get renovation stuff done and I have been a bitch on wheels pestering my contractor, sub-contractors and painters to finish up, but it is still insane. Last week, I can across two quotes which ring so true. One was a letter from my daughter’s pre-school to all the parents and the other was actually my horoscope. (Yes I read my horoscope daily.)
On parental life during the Holidays, from the Head of School from my daughter’s preschool:
“As parents we try and do it all to make the season merry. Know that what you child needs and values most is consistency and time with you. Only you know all the errands which didn’t get done or the extra events which you didn’t get to take them to. Try and keep your schedule as close to normal as possible . Your child counts on having a steady routine. To keep your poise during this hectic time, take some well deserved time for yourself. Even if it’s only 15 minutes a day. Find a magazine to read, take a bath, go for a run, stand in a yoga pose, or take a power nap. You will be surprised how much this helps.”
Now excuse me while I go take a hot bath…well not yet, too much to do today.
On Work form Astrology Zone:
“If you’ve been neglecting an important life or career goal, adjusting your focus between now and March 5 will help you get back on track”
I soooo needed to hear this. The past few months my work has taken a back set to the house renovation and family life. It is not a terrible thing, but it just means I have only been able to maintain my business, not grow it. I have also had zero time to just go our and shoot for myself, and zero time to blog. So I am going to let myself enjoy the holidays, enjoy a family trip to Sea Island for New Years and start 2014 with a calm, focused approach. Serenity now! I hope.
December 2, 2013
That is probably the most “first world problems” post title I have ever written, but this is my life right now. We are in the final finals or electrical, built-ins and punch list time. I have set a date for a Christmas Party and by golly shit better be done by then. I am also sure the workers are tired of seeing me answer the door in the morning in my same ratty yoga pants and sweatshirt.
So here we go.
Things I have learned while living through a renovation, the ugly:
• You don’t know what it will be, but there will be something… Our contractor was very upfront that with old homes you find “surprises,” so we were not totally taken off guard when we did find some. For us that included having to rewire the whole house and remove old knob and tube super hazardous electrical. Good news, our walls will not catch fire, bad news good bye more budget.
• Budget? What is a budget? The age old, it will take twice as long and cost twice as much it true. Well not that exactly but close.
• Don’t try to plan anything for you day. Don’t plan on going to work. Don’t plan on taking your child to music class or school or the grocery store. Plan on staying at home, all the time, waiting for workers to show up, because they show up at anytime, unscheduled, unplanned, whenever. The house is your new husband. You are married to it.
• Don’t cancel all your plans, because said workers could just not show up for any reason, anytime, any day.
• Pinterest is your best friend/worst enemy.
• You have stupid expensive taste and there are usually perfectly acceptable alternative options at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
• Except for lighting. Their lighting sucks, save for a handful only sold online.
• The UPS guy will deserve a big Christmas gift as he will be delivering something everyday. Rugs, light fixtures, cabinet hardware, chairs, kitty litter.
• You love the UPS man. What did he bring me today! (Crap, it is wrong, I have to return it.)
• Sign up for Amazon Prime, pronto.
• The littlest things will bring you crazy joy. That single hanging light bulb in the ceiling finally getting replaced with it’s proper light fixture. Not more interrogation room style decor for you.
• You are excited to see the dumpster arrive and thrilled to see it leave.
• Your daughter will run and hug the contractor every time he walks in the door like he is the fun uncle coming to visit.
• A good painter can be expensive and you will think, painting…I can do the painting…Yay me, I just saved us a ton of money. You will paint one room, want to kill yourself and call back that painter. He will already be booked on another job.
• For the amount of time and money you spend on the kitchen you will want to hug and kiss it every time your walk in. You will also treat it like a pristine operating room, freaking out over any spill, scrape, mark, scratch, whatever. Same thing goes for refinishing hardwood floors. Give yourself a few weeks. You will let if go.
• It will bring out even the most patient person’s inner Veeuca Salt. “I want it NOW!”
That is where I am now. I want it all to be complete…now! So close. Patients.