Friday, June 29, 2018

Tiffany + Co

Spent a week at the Tiffany & Co. offices last year and am excited to share these delightful images. Photography by Kristin Wolford.








Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Website Updates

It's that time of year! I've update my portfolio website with new work that I am proud to share and given the category tabs a bit of a rearrange. Take a look, friends!





Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Market Cooking by David Tanis

I have long been a fan of David Tanis' elegant, authentic, and approachable style of cooking. I own all of his previous cookbooks and frequently consult them for inspiration. Working with him, in his home, and helping bring his newest book, Market Cooking, to life was a highlight of my career. I am so proud of how the book turned out. I think it's gorgeous, the food is all wonderful and delicious, David is an inspiring soul to be around, and Evan Sung takes such beautiful photos. If you are in the mood to do something nice for yourself, put on some lovely music, like jazz or bossanova, pour a glass of wine, doesn't need to be fancy, and cook from this book.






Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Quickie Kitchen Fix

I'm gonna preface all of this with the fact that really, I'd like to rearrange some walls and put in an entirely new kitchen. Big reno dreams. So, is this my dream kitchen? Nooo. But, after some clever DIY fixes, is it approximately one billion times better to live with in the meantime? Yes, yes, yes.

There are still a few things to finish, like installing a proper hood, updating the appliances (or maybe we wait to invest in those until that possible big reno?), and putting in the floor trim, but the facelift of the surfaces has made a huge difference (the power of paint, people!) and for only about $1,000. I can't take too much credit, I designed it and priced it out, but then I went off to LA for a big job and Scott stayed home and tore the whole place apart.

We painted and repositioned the existing cabinets, pulling them down off the ceiling (they were set too high). We replaced the countertops with a cheap faux black marble from Ikea, tiled over our linoleum floors, repainted all of the walls a nice bright white, and put in a bit of a marble backsplash. We also updated the sink and faucet and outlet overs and put in new lighting fixtures! The trim around the window got painted too.

You now when you buy a house and you're like 'I'm gonna whip this into shape in 3 months!' and then life happens and gets in the way and lots of that stuff gets put on the back burner? Yea. Me too. So, for now, reno dreams on pause, but easy facelifts all around the house full speed ahead.




More pics: before and after!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Finds

Quick post, not to say much, but only that I am missing some of these items that I either made or found in Portugal, and have gone off to new homes. I hope they are living their best lives.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Lisbon Favorites List Two

A small list of places I enjoyed visiting on this last trip to Lisbon. I made sure to not overlap with my Favorites List from two years ago, so be sure to check that one out too if you have a trip coming up! There is a ton to do in Lisbon and the surrounding areas, and the best part is the elegant 'doing nothing.' Sitting around in cafes, sipping galais, taking in the people and architecture. We also hiked around the natural reserves in Sintra which was gorgeous and smelled so amazing, being covered in eucalyptus. If you have been on the fence about visiting Portugal- GO. So worth it.


List here!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Living My Fantasy Life In Lisboa

If you follow me on Instagram then you know I took off at the end of last year and escaped to Lisbon for a whole month long adventure. We rented a cute apartment, we stayed in one spot, and I got to have the one thing that most people take a vacation to get away from: a routine. I love my job and am so grateful for my career, but I am a cancer and as such a homebody. Traveling so often for work can be challenging for me. It is exciting and stimulating, but also I miss my home life (and kind of miss out on having a home life). It has required me to adjust to packing up my bags and jumping on a plane at a moment's notice. Because of this spontaneous rhythm of life I don't have enough consistency during the year to do some of the things that I would like to, so those things became a focus in Lisbon. I went to yoga at the Lisboa Yoga Loft four times a week and took ceramics classes twice a week at Olho Atelier de Ceramica. And (now, how's this for a treat) I got to see my husband every day!

Lisbon was a dream vacation come true. I want to go back! (I kinda wanted to stay!) I need to (and I will) spend more time in Portugal, and in Europe in general. Rustic, stonewalled home filled with antique wooden furniture and a mix of antique and modern pottery, fig and olive trees growing in the yard- I will have you! Someday! I hope! A girl can dream! If I dare to dream, I may dare to make my dreams come true... But back to how great it was. I felt so inspired while I was there and so recharged after my month of self-nurturing routines. We ate everything, we drank delicious (and so cheaply priced!) wine, we walked non stop (something I didn't realize that I missed about living in a city), we went to museums, we visited my great grandparents' province, we hit every flea market in town. I met other creatives from all over the world making a home there and even made some progress learning Portuguese.

Gearing up for another year full of travel, this trip has helped give me perspective about being freelance and how, yes, it can be hectic, but also how much freedom it grants and what a gift that is. Taking a month off is a perk so worth working for. Feeling very motivated.







Tuesday, February 20, 2018

the PRETTY anniversary

The PRETTY has been open for a whole year! We've had some nice, slow growth and it's been such a great way to meet people in the Portland creative scene. Also, the collection just doesn't stop growing (we are bursting and really need to get more shelves). If you're in Portland, and are interested in props, come say hi!


Monday, January 29, 2018

Covers

January is largely an administrative month. Not a lot of shoots happening and I spend my time hunting down last year's work to update my portfolio with (along with other house keeping items like preparing for taxes and reorganizing the prop studio, etc.). Sifting through the year's worth of work, which has started to flood in, is a reminder of all of the good times had. Also, seeing these covers all over the United States, whichever city I happen to be in at the moment, in grocery stores and airports, is still a bit of a thrill. Seeing my work in the wild is exciting! I don't think I'll ever tire of it. So, here are some covers that I worked on for 2017, to welcome in 2018! 2017 was a great year. There were some unpleasant parts, life happens, but overall it was a year of growth and creative endeavors that I am really proud of.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Dream House Manifest: Direction

Now that I've got a few bigger things checked off the reno list (like getting a quote from my contractor) I am advancing toward narrowing down my inspiration, choosing a direction, and selecting materials/balancing the budget. I have a board on Pinterest, Project #11, where I've gathered tons of ideas for the overall reno. In the process of just gathering and brainstorming, the board ended up showing me where my thoughts are going. Success. So now I'm playing around with defining the specifics, sketched out this mood board below. It's not yet final, but its what I'm mulling over. Leaning toward the minimal feel, but with some soft depth.

My internal debate between white or grey kitchen has been long, but I think I am finally giving in to white. I love the idea of a soft grey, so chic, but I realize that it is so dark and rainy in Portland most of the year that I should try to counterbalance that. The white will end up looking moody because of the overcast weather anyway. I do want to do a few textured walls, but in softer tones. And I had been thinking of doing a dark slate master bath but, for the same reason as I've reconsidered my ideas for the kitchen, I am now favoring a lighter finish. Beautiful, simple textures are a must in all rooms so that they don't feel cold and stark.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Cute Spots in The House

As the house comes along I am finding some favorite spots. Ones that are feeling pretty and balanced and represent the house as I envision it in the future. I wish all the work and renovations could be done in a snap, but I guess the journey is as important as the destination and blah blah and I just need to be patient. It's been slow, but each step does feel really rewarding.

Now that we have painted and installed the baseboard trim and internal doors the house feels less like it's in progress (excluding the kitchen and baths, which need so much overhauling), so the next step might be to actually start putting things on the walls. It just didn't feel right to be hanging art or mirrors when all the doors and trim were off. But now it does. We have a long way to go, but here's a little progress report told in a few photos.






Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dream House Manifest: The Power Of Paint

It's been a minute since I've posted about our renovations! Had to make room for all those Italy posts.. ha! And it was so cold all winter home improvements were on pause anyway.

It is incredible how far you can get in transforming a space with painting the walls alone. When we bought this house the walls here were "white," but after painting them white... wow. A small change, plus a lot of elbow grease (particularly on Scott's part), and it feels so much fresher and cleaner in here. I think eventually I may want to paint some walls different colors, maybe go dark in the master bedroom, but for now I'm really into just starting from a clean palette and letting the house take shape over time. With the floors refinished and the walls, ceilings, doors, and trim all brightened up in white I feel like we've already transformed this house in a major way.

We painted the walls, then refinished the floors, got the baseboard trim back in recently, and Scott is still working on a few last doors. (We also uninstalled an outdated alarm system and a baseboard heating system and had a heat pump with mini splits put in.) Next steps will be to update all of the switch plates, door knobs and lighting fixtures. One of our big considerations right now is how to refinish the closet doors. A friend suggested that we cover them with a veneer, since they are hollow core and too thin to sand, and then we can just stain over that. Which I think is genius. We're thinking of doing them in a color similar to the floor. Nope, not into that lacquered orangey brown color... surprising, right? The whole house used to be that color! The floors, interior doors, trim. So. Much. Orangey. Brown. But paint! It saved us. Click through for before and after photos!






Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Murad

Very excited about this video that I got to work on with Justin Coit recently for Murad x Byrdie! I built out the entire set in an empty studio which combined my styling powers with my interest in interior decorating. It was really fun, and one I'm proud of even though (as happens) you barely see any of it in the actual video! Glad I captured it with some iphone snaps.



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Blais

Last week So Good by Richard Blais was released! Evan and I flew down to San Diego last June to spend a week with Richard and his team and bring this book to life. Now, here it finally is in all of its hefty, inky glory. Richard was a blast, just like you might expect, his girls are adorable, his wife is cool as hell, and his food so fresh and delicious (I love those peas pictured below, and I cant wait to cook the pozole). His team (which was mostly ladies!) worked so hard, was so focused, and yet still really fun! I love when shoots, even thought you're working hard, mostly feel like just hanging out with a bunch of friends with a common passion and goal. A few preview images below!



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

More New Work

More! New! Work! Lots of stuff from the past year or so that I am very proud to share has been added to my portfolio. Happy to check that off the to-do list, now onto the next thing!