June 24, 2014
The other week a editorial came out on Style Me Pretty Living, on a home I photographed for Jennifer Blecher, author of a new tween children’s series, Star Sisters. The series follows two sisters, Coco and Lucy, and their various adventures like, a royal wedding and summer camp. They are great for reading together with your little one and as they learn to read chapter books on their own. In addition to Jennifer’s new series, her home reflects a perfect mix of adult sophistication and kid-friendly colors and fun. She mixes Ikea lighting with designer fabrics, family heirlooms with paintings of her own. It is fun, colorful and bright and is one of my favorite interior shoots to date. Styling assistant Amy Hendren.
Go over to Style Me Pretty Living for the full spread and article. Below are some (a lot) of my favorites.
Dinning room with Ikea PS Makros fixture , wood grain fabric on the chairs. Love.
Paintings by Jennifer.
Another one of her 3 daughter’s rooms.
Number 3 of the girls’ rooms.
Jennifer’s study with book shelves filled with books that have actually been read.
Fabulous zinc cabinet.
June 20, 2014
Baby boy finally arrived 5 days past his due date in all 9 lb. of glory. (Hens quiet on the blogging front.) We are basking in the newborn, little sleep, phase and our little girl is figuring out this whole big sister thing. (Some good, some “challenging.” Haha.). Thank you to so many for the well wishes, flowers, and gifts. Back to blogging soon and a new website. “It’s all happening.” But for now I am just going to indulge in this baby haze.
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.
Family outing to the zoo.
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.
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.
May 30, 2014
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.
Cheers to a happy weekend.
May 22, 2014
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.
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.
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!
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.
Happy Friday to all and Happy Mother’s day to all the moms! XOXO
May 8, 2014
May 7, 2014
..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?
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.
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.
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.
For 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?
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.
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.