This and That

June 3, 2014

As I, not so patiently, await baby #2, I am filling my days with all sorts of craziness.   Tying up loose work ends and getting all my new website materials to the talented ladies at JSGD. Nesting like crazy, the hubs and I pressure washed, sanded and painted the porch floor last weekend.  And basically acting like a crazy 9 month pregnant lady.  Here are some images from my last week.

A little rainy day outing on Newbury Street.  I just love how the city looks in the rain.

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Family outing to the zoo.

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A walk in a secret garden we found.  I guess they don’t call Newton the “garden city” for nothing.  I am looking forward to a summer of exploring with my little ones.

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Now, come on baby #2.  At this point I will be much more mobile with him out than in my belly.  It is like wielding around a 30 lb, very uncomfortable, beach ball attached to my stomach.

This week has been a doozey for multiple different reasons, so I thought I would share my little cure.  Anne Street Studios and her husband Kevin Burg’s Instagram accounts.  I have talked about my love and admiration for this talented creative couple before and they just keep delivering.  I check there blog all the time, but their Instagram accounts offer that, well, instant gratification and beauty.  Warning: you will have to tuck that little green eyed monster into a closet.  There are some envy worthy travel adventures and images. One week they are in Bali on a photo shoot, the next week they are taking the Eurostar from London to Paris.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Cheers to a happy weekend.

Here is another one from the archive files, a photo shoot I did this past fall for a textile designer Seema Krish. Seema is another favorite client of mine and always an absolute pleasure to work with.  She had some fabulous ideas on how to style and hang her fabrics for the shoot.  Don’t you just love working with creative geniuses.  I’m not worthy of my clients.

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From the archives

May 21, 2014

I am working away on the portfolio for my website and came across some photo shoots I haven’t shared on the blog yet.  Last September I went down to Rhode Island to photograph the farm and studio of painter Dora Atwater Millikin, who is represented by one of my favorite clients Walker-Cunningham Fine Art.  Her studio is an eclectic mix of her own work, found objects and her collection of art.  It was a gorgeous, inspirational day to say the least.  I just love shoots, where I come out of them feeling enriched and fortunate to have met someone new.

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Friday nesting

May 9, 2014

I usually take Friday’s off to be with my daughter, but still get a few free hours at the house in the morning while she is at preschool.  This Friday morning nesting project is the library wall in her new room and getting it ready to move her into it.  Library wall and reading nook complete!

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My great-grandparents dining room buffet turned chest of drawers.  I am going to get these gold ring pulls to jazz it up a bit, but I like the deep formal wood in juxtaposition with the sweet white children’s decor. photo 1

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Happy Friday to all and Happy Mother’s day to all the moms!  XOXO

Inspiration

May 8, 2014

I took some time the other day to seek a little inspiration and lick my creative ego wounds.  Nothing like walking through the magnificent Boston Museum of Fine Art.

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..until it just happens.  The blogging and social media world is full of the humble brag, and I am just as guilty as the next person.  Look at the gorgeous vacation I am on.  Look at my fabulous photo shoot and all the amazing people with whom I am working.  Look at all my accomplishments.  As a small business owner and entrepreneur, social media is an invaluable and important tool in staying connected, networking and gaining clients, but rarely do we hear about the failures.  The bid you lost out on, the unhappy client, the failures.  What business owner in their right mind would talk about their failures?!?!  We share so much on social media, but rarely do we share this.  Well I am here to share a failure, a time when I was unable to make a client happy.  Through whatever fault, my work, their opinion, their expectations, my not meeting them, whatever, end of the day they were not happy.  And despite trying to make them happy through all resources I had at my disposal, I couldn’t.

Being the teacher’s pet, A+ student and people pleaser that I am, this was a particularly hard pill to swallow (I am a total Libra). I know I should embrace this as a learning experience. Perhaps challenge myself, hone my craft more and evaluate how I understand my clients’ expectations in order to better achieve them…or realize I am not the right person for the job. The world of Silicon Valley and start-ups seem to wear failure with a badge of honor. In fact 75% of startups fail, but their founders seem to pick-themselves up and move onto the next venture. (It certainly helps they have the backing of millions of dollars and VC firms, but I digress.) I don’t want to fear failure, but it still isn’t fun. So I am owning it, learning from it and moving on. Hoping it will make me better. Heck, I had to have tons of crushes, bad dates and boyfriend failures before I found and realized my husband was the one, so moving onward.  Do you all have any failures that have made you better? Professionally? Personally?

Prints

May 5, 2014

In the next week we will be transitioning our 2 year old to her “big girl” room to make way for the nursery to become the baby’s room.  Even though we have lived in the house for 8 months now I hadn’t found the time or inspiration to get anything up on the walls of either room.  That said, I of course have a vision: a safari theme for the nursery and a black and white equestrian theme for my toddler’s room.

This is the “nursery.”  Dark gray walls (BM Marina Gray), white crib, black and cherry, Hitchcock, dresser (like this) from my childhood bedroom, and a moroccan berber rug I got on one of Rugs USA’s 65% off sales.  9 x 12 rugs aren’t cheep but on sale the Rugs USA one is a steal and super soft.  It just takes about a month or two of vacuuming to reduce the shed.  (Or rolling around on it with your toddler in Lululemon pants.  Those things are like a lint magnet.)  Please excuse the grainy Instagram photo.

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There is a huge empty wall adjacent to the crib I want to fill with Audubon like safari prints.  Something a bit more sophisticated than your run of the mill nursery animals.  I found these prints on Etsy, a shop called Swanborough Prints and fell in love.  A couple in England make these water colors and digitally clean and enhance the illustrations.  I love that they are hand made.

Here are some prints I have flagged.

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I’d love to frame them in a black bamboo.  I found this website to order frames, but it it still pretty pricey.  I may wait to see how the prints come in and see if I can use a standard 8×10 mat and frame them from that.

Giraffe print framedFor my little girl’s “big girl” room. I went with Benjamin Moore, Blanched Coral and a black and white theme.  I think I am going to incorporate an equestrian theme.  I have a photo shoot with some horses this week and am hoping to get a shot of my own to blow up in her room.  I of course and totally appropriating my love of animals and horses into my children’s room, but I figure it is better than “Princess” crap, right?

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I took this shot about a year ago, and love it, but cannot for the life of me find the high res or raw version.  Damn you bad work flow…lesson learned.

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I am also mounting some shallow shelves up the whole wall to act as a library.  Children’s books are so beautiful and colorful, why not incorporate them into the decor.  Plus, little ones love that cover visual to help them pick out a book.  Those little spines get lost in a sea of books so easily when stacked in a traditional bookshelf.

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Garden Inspiration

April 30, 2014

It is a chilly rainy day here in Boston, but here are some images to keep me inspired for some May planting and landscaping.

Simple and lovely.

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Planters on a fence.  What a great idea to cover up some old privacy fences we have.

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Garden markers out of corks!  Love.  And will be happy to help supply some materials once the baby comes.

 

 

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Perfectly imperfect.

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Perfectly perfect.

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Photos of gardens I have taken over the years. ©Sarah Winchester Studios

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Garden planning

April 29, 2014

I am in full blown nesting mode which includes getting our yard spruced up for summer.  Even though we have owned our new home for just over a year now, we have not spent a spring or summer living there yet, so my landscaping plans include mostly cleaning things up and finishing fencing in the back yard.  Most importantly I want a small vegetable garden for our toddler to help grow and pick.  I think it is so important for little ones to know where and how their food come to them and a backyard garden is the perfect place to start.  I am collaborating with my sister-in-law, urban gardener extraordinaire and owner of The Savvy Hen, Melissa Winchester.  I sent her some photos of my back yard in full sunlight and what veggies and fruits we like, with that and our garden zone according to zip code, she is compiling some suggestions for plants and dos and don’t of creating a garden.  More on that in a full blog post, but for now I have some raised, cedar, garden beds from One Kings Lane to put together and some yard clean up to do.

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Here are the One Kings Lane cedar beds I got.  Since I am on a time crunch I figured these would be much easier to put together than making my own, and at $65 each a great deal.  I would spend that in supplies, gas and time trying to make my own.  Perfect for this novice.  I’ll report back with a full post as we put them together and plant them.

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