TBT #5. Interior Design: The Elegant Abode.
Ariana & Ali are a dynamic duo who have a knack for neutral tones. Their homes are truly
sophisticated homes tasteful accommodations lovely huts elegant abodes.
Almost every night the words “how the hell did it get to be 11:45!?!” come out of my mouth. My husband, usually brushing his teeth, flashes me a smirk not unlike the previous night & he’ll probably do so again the following night in response to the same (rhetorical!) question. …So now I ask “How, oh how, did it get to be 2014?” For the past 32 months* I’ve moved the calendar task ‘new blog post!’ to the following week. Today I check that box & set it to repeat instead of moving it to next Thursday. So in the nature of Social Media happenings & hoopla and given my long extended blogging absence, I’m going to attempt to play in the game of TBT! Every Thursday, I’ll be posting oldies but goodies from the last few years. Here goes.
*Full disclosure: In that time I had a baby & we moved to a new home so there were a few
months years where blogging, unfortunately, was not up high on my priority list. Don’t know how I’m going to do it with a toddler running around, but it’s worth a shot.
TBT #1. Interior Designer: Jenny Wolf
What’s better than shooting Interiors at the home of an Interior Designer with her own line of pillows? When the home is in Brooklyn, of course! Those who know me know I’m quite the homebody. I love being in my home, and when I do leave, I stay within a 10 (ok, sometimes 5) block radius. Shooting for Interior Designer Audra Canfield, the creative mind behind Designer Fluff, was a treat (did I mention she pulled out a chilled bottle of rose during lunch?). Not only was the shoot a blast, but I am now the owner of an amazing designer fluff chevron pillow. And now, not only do I not want to leave the 5 block radius surrounding my home… I don’t want to get off my couch!
See more pics on the recent post about Designer Fluff on decor8!
This modern kitchen made me want to paint the walls of my kitchen bright yellow. (It’s a good thing I didn’t do it because our kitchen has a long exposed brick wall & redish wood cabinets that would look horrible with bright yellow!) How could you have a grumpy morning in such a bright happy looking kitchen? I don’t think it’s possible. It was designed by Elizabeth Aurandt of Mercer Interior. Elizabeth is not only a talented Interior Designer, but she is also quite an intuitive stylist. Throughout our shoot, I tried to convince her to venture into the world of prop styling. She’s a busy lady…we’ll see if she can fit it on her plate!
Some shoot days feel like work but some truly feel like play. When I arrived at the Hudson Valley home of Interior Designer Sisse Jonassen, it was obvious that I was in for some serious play time. I couldn’t get out of the car fast enough to see the inside & when I went inside, I didn’t ever want to leave! I love every bit of the house from the exposed ceiling beams to the wide plank floors, from the found art to the fine art. My photos and Sisse’s story were just featured on Design*Sponge – according to the comments on the post, she now has a big fan club! Who’s the leader of that club? Me.
There’s nothing I don’t love about The Brooklyn Home Company. The People? Check! Their Style? Check! The Locations (Brooklyn!)? Check! I only wish they could build and design their spaces even faster than they already do (which is pretty fast) so I could shoot with them more often. Looking for a new home? Go buy one of their newly renovated spaces, now on the market- you’ll be very happy.
I photographed a restored 1850’s farmhouse in Rhinebeck, NY for the most recent issue of Rue Magazine. The shoot was Art Directed & Styled by the so very talented Meagan Camp. After a day & a half of shooting we finished with 25 shots, which was too many for Rue to run- so Meagan & I pitched the story to the blog, Decor8 and an extended version ran on the site. A few days later The New York Times ran an article about the growth of online shelter magazines & featured Rue Magazine in the story, along with an image from our story chosen to represent Rue in the multimedia slideshow. It’s been so exciting to see the story grow & get exposure on multiple sites. Below is the original Rue article, followed by a snapshot of The NY Times slideshow. You can also check out the extended story (with more images!) on Decor8.
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
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.
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.
Taking too long for Scribd to load? See the pics below while you are waiting. (But don’t miss the article- it’s a good story!)
Vacation is over. Or is it? It’s hard to do real work when play work (ie: flipping through shelter magazines) is sitting on my desk staring at me begging to be read. Buried between bills (real work), invitations (purely play), checks (work rewarded!), and catalogs (bit o’ work, bit o’ play- but mostly unrequested wasted paper) were magazines! It was great to be welcomed home by one of my shots from Diffa‘s Dining By Design on the cover of BizBash. Click on the cover image below & it will take you to issuu where you can flip through the entire magazine. (The actual story starts on page 101) When I arrive home from a long vacation a few years from now, it will be no surprise if all my magazine subscriptions will be read via issuu and the pile of mail will be – non existent.
I met one of my very first clients, Darci Hether, through craigslist a few years ago and we have been working together ever since. A few months ago, we even came across a blogger who compared us to pb&j. Mmmm- I’ll take that (the compliment or the sandwich) anyday.
In Darci’s modern spaces there is life and there is warmth. She makes modern live-able. On our last shoot we were having such an in-depth conversation about blogging that we forgot to turn the water on for the pot shot and had to shoot it again! Ops! …It was worth it- Darci decided to start a blog the day after our shoot! Check it out: http://darcihether.tumblr.com/
I have been quite busy shooting lately. In times when I’m swamped I find I have lots to blog about, but feel as though I have no time to post! After a full day of processing images from last weeks 5 day shoot of the Mansion In May, all I can think about is my bed …and yet I’m making every excuse not to go to bed. In honor of my bedtime procrastination ritual, I thought I’d post images with beds in them from a recent shoot with an upcoming furniture designer, Isabella Wolfe. I’m pretty pooped. (Is that a good excuse to go to bed?)
Areas of Manhattan most New Yorkers try to avoid: Times Square, 34th Street, Canal Street, and South Street Seaport. I ventured all the way into Manhattan this weekend to check out the New Amsterdam Market at the old Fulton Fish Market location. In order to get there, I had to walk by The South Street Seaport. I haven’t been there in years. Though very commericalized and filled with tourists, it’s actually quite pretty. My friend, Sarah, had read about Bowne & Co. Stationers – so being that we were in the area, we stopped by. If you ever find yourself down near the seaport and need to find a hideaway from the mob of “I ‘heart’ NYC” T-shirts, enter this little oasis… you’ll feel good. I didn’t get the name of the man pictured below, but it seems as though he is there all the time and he could’ve been there back when the business started in the mid 1700’s. He is reason alone to visit. He’ll make you smile.
A cabin in the woods for New Years Eve.
No TV reception. No cell reception.
The Diner where I ate the best greek omelet ever. Twice.