My mother always said things happen in threes. She was right. I have three features in the Spring issue of The Home Observer… and one of my shots made the cover! Yahoo! Unfortunately, you can’t get the magazine at a newsstand, so if you don’t subscribe to the NY Observer, check out The Home Observer here. Or if you don’t want to read the articles, you can just look at the pictures below!
The Cover | The beautiful DJ/Model Sky Nellor in her NYC home
Story: A New Spin On It | Sky’s duplex loft designed by the (also beautiful) Daun Curry of Modern Declaration (starts on page 48)
Story: Artfully Arranged | A peek into the amazing home of celebrity florist, Olivier Giugni (starts on page 54)
Story: Lease on Life | How Interior Designer Janine Carendi MacMurray of Area designed a NYC townhouse that the owners rent… they rent the whole thing! (starts on page 68)
Beka & Houston, the young design team behind Shift Design, cater to individuals with a smaller budget (but they won’t turn away big budget jobs either!). I met Beka, Houston, and Luis, their marketing & PR partner, a few years ago on- drumroll please- craigslist! Shooting for them has always been very fulfilling; there’s something refreshing about shooting homes that are a bit more modest. The spaces they design are comfortable & modern yet playful. They have a knack for color & can really make a small space feel open and comfortable. They are also one of the funniest duo’s I know- whenever we shoot together, it’s a bit hard to focus because they just keep me laughing.
There is no place like home, unless your home is also your office- then there’s no place like your office. Which is why I’m movin’ out! With the new year comes a new space & while there are things I’ll miss about working from home, I’m looking forward to the change. Gone are the days where I work in my PJ’s. Gone are the days where I whistle while I work (read: sing loudly). Gone are the days where I consult with Ollie (my most favorite dogmate) about important business decisions. I will miss all of these wonderful aspects of working alone at home, but I couldn’t be more excited to have a new desk, in a new space, alongside actual people. Ollie, on the other hand, is now on the lookout for a new mate to stare at during the work day. I don’t have much flexibility in the design elements of my new desk space, but it’s always good to use the work of my clients as inspiration whenever I’m faced with a new project!
Ali Schwarz (top left) | SKM Design Inc.(top right)
Christine Thompson Interiors (mid left) | Shift Design (mid right)
Shift Design (btm left) | SKM Design Inc. (btm right)
I never watched TV… until we moved to Brooklyn &, thanks to our generous landlords, have free premium cable. Some evenings I find myself on the couch, fixated with the shows on HBO & Showtime. The acting is top notch, the camera work is beautiful, and the story lines are addicting! For the second year, I was hired to shoot the Showtime House and I was so excited to see how different the rooms would be this year as opposed to last year. The Showtime house is a showhouse where the designers are each assigned a different Showtime series as inspiration for their room. Who knew television shows could be so inspirational- I should start watching more TV!
Check out The New York Observer HOME Fall 2010 issue featuring one of my shoots with The Brooklyn Home Co. This was a great space to shoot. Actually, I wouldn’t mind living in it either! Story starts on Page 69.
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I was faced with a challenge; capture custom furniture pieces in the spaces they live in & make the photos about the pieces, not the space. This is hard to do when the rooms that the pieces live in are bold and breathtaking. The challenge made it a really fun shoot, and we even managed to fit in a portrait of the talented and beautiful designer, Daun Curry. Daun’s company is called Modern Declaration & the website is coming soon!
Update 11/24/10: The Modern Declaration site is up! Check it out!
Every 2 years a vacant mansion is taken over by the designer showhouse, Mansion In May. This was the 2nd year I was hired to photograph the entire mansion – so my 3 (amazing!) assistants and I set out for the 3 day shoot wherein we shot 35 rooms and the landscaped grounds of the Fawn Hill Farm. It is so exciting to see the choices that the designers make without the influence of a homeowner sitting on their shoulder. They can be bold. They can be creative. However, it can be a bit tricky to capture as each room is often drastically different from its adjacent rooms. Some spaces are slick and modern while next door is a dark and traditional styled space. Some are covered in soft pastels while others are clothed in primary colors. It is my job to capture the individual personality of each room without having its neighbor peeking around the corner!