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


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


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!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Summer Fun

Look at this cutie post I styled for Havaianas and WhoWhatWear, shot by Justin Coit! Justin and the WhoWhatWear crew are so fun so it's a really enjoyable, low stress day when I get the chance to work with them. And I get to play with cute clothes! Awesome all around.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pretty In Pink

Ok, I straight up grabbed these images from Alice's post (love you, boo!), so you should really just go there and see her beautiful layout and the rest of the images I helped her do for Michael Kors' Sexy Blossom perfume. Everything so pink. So pretty. So spring. Woo!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Italy Favorites List

To finish up the Italy series, here's a summary of favorite stops from this trip. It's never an authoritative list, because we can never make it to all of the places we want, but it sums up the highlights. Can't wait to go back and find more favorites!

You can also take a look at my Foursquare lists for Puglia and Basilicata (Matera) and Rome. Some places on the lists I've been to, some places I've bookmarked for next time. I love using Foursquare for travel. I don't check in places or really engage in the social aspect, but it's a great organizational tool. I use it frequently to bookmark places. Sometimes I hear about a spot in a city that I don't know when I'll visit next, so instead of having to remember a year later "Were there any restaurants I wanted to try in Paris?' I can have it already bookmarked on a list as a reminder for a future trip. I like to leave a little tip or reminder about what was good about a place after visiting, which is similar to keeping a travel journal but it's all in one place and can be referenced at any time, from anywhere. Also, favorite feature here, if you're in a neighborhood and want to know what's nearby you can open a list in map view and it'll show you things you've bookmarked and where they are in relation to you. I realize so often that things are nearby that I otherwise would have missed or forgotten about. Not a sponsored post by the way! I just think it's a neat way to organize info for a trip. I'm one of those travel nutsos that likes to be super efficient and get the most out of my trips. I don't like to have a rigid itinerary, I still like to let discovery and spontaneity lead, but I'll pin point a bunch of places I'd like to visit in an area and then go wander that way. My husband is the same way. We never relax on vacation. Way too jazzed to go do stuff. Ha.

Click through to see the list!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Italy: Rome

The grand finale of our trip was Rome. Three days to shake off the relax and get inspired, back up to urban pace, and ready to get back to work with new energy. We walked endlessly and also pretty much ate endlessly. By the plane ride home I felt like I was going to explode. But so worth it! The pasta and braised meats and all preparations of artichokes just don't disappoint. And puntarelle! And wiiiiiine. I'd love to go back to Rome. I realize that I probably say that about everywhere that I go... but I still mean it! Three days wasn't enough to discover all of its charms.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Italy: Matera

Back to Italy posts! Surprisingly, these take me a bit of time to pull together, hence the gap between them. Ha! I get distracted looking at so many photos of our trip and there are so many to edit down. But here we go!

Matera is one of the most incredible places I've ever been to. It may even be the most incredible place I've ever been to. It's OLD. Yes, there are a lot of old cities on this planet, but what tends to happen is that we tear old buildings down and build new ones in their place. A constant stripping and rebuilding which means that reminders of the past disappear. But Matera has been layering it's buildings on old ones, building out and up, instead of tearing down. So the history is still very present. And not only that, the oldest buildings are not even buildings at all- they're caves! Like, caveman caves. Caves, carved into the stone of the hillside with buildings built out from and around them. Being there was like being in the middle of the movie Labyrinth. It was SO MAGICAL. Matera has one of the oldest (If not the oldest?) recorded histories of any city. They film a lot of movies about religion and Jesus there too (in fact they were filming one while we were there), since it looks so authentically old and rustic. Ahem, because IT IS so authentically old and rustic. This UNESCO world heritage site is so completely worth visiting. It's unlike anything I have ever seen and gave such a great perspective on history. History felt very real and alive. And the food's good too! And it's a small town and fun and relaxing and you can hike the ravine. Make sure to eat a panzerotto at Sottozero!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Introducing: the FLASHY!

More exciting news! You make a really rad product and you need to photograph it so that it looks so super good for e-commerce, sales catalogs, or social media? We can help! Introducing the FLASHY commercial photo studio! Another project that has been on Scott's and my radar for sometime is setting up shop to make it really easy for people to get really great looking shots of their stuff. 2017! The year of making things ('things' being new businesses...) happen! We'd love to work with you! Reach out, we're nice, we promise!

Photos by the FLASHY of Jimmy Sweaters, Rickard Guy Hats and a vintage blanket!

Friday, February 17, 2017


I love these images that Nicole Franzen and I made for Absolut Elyx over the summer. They feel so lush, a little sexy, the light pops, and the copper brings the glitz and the warmth. Also got to sample a few of those cocktails after we wrapped and, though I'm not usually a vodka drinker, they were so tasty. Can't argue with a cocktail after work... Also, when is February going to be over? Summerrrrrr miss you.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Our Wedding

Getting married was the most amazing and intense thing I've ever done. It is so emotionally overwhelming, in the best possible way, but unlike anything I've ever felt. So much attention, so much love, so much stimulation, it doesn't stop, you never get a down moment or a breath, in fact, you start to think that maybe you can't keep up, and then it's over in a flash. I cried. A lot! Hahaha. My eyes the next day... ouch. And though we got married back in October, I am just getting around to posting this now, maybe for those reasons. It's a lot to process. It's a lot of feelings. And there are so many photos and they are all so heartwarming and give me the biggest grin every time I look at them. Our photographer, Carey MacArthur, captured it all so perfectly. All the feelings come back. I now totally understand, after a lifetime of hearing what it's like to get married, what it is like to get married. Seemed like the perfect post for Valentine's day. Cheers to love, friends. It makes us better people.

All the photographs below are by Carey MacArthur. She is a fantastic person, and does fantastic work, and you should contact her if you are looking for a photographer!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Lincoln Black Label & Dreamy Photos In All Of The Blues

Sharing some images here that I worked on for Lincoln Black Label with Laure Joliet. This art direction, by Patty Brinkmann, was a dream and brought together all the things that fuel my professional inspiration. So many facets of my career and talents coming into play in one job. It was rooted in my favorite color palette, I got to use my fashion background, build a living room from scratch, explore luxury textures, and style a parts model. I love the path I'm on. I've missed my days in the fashion closet at magazines, but I do love lifestyle and interiors. Now that the two paths are starting to converge I see a whole new world of possibilities where my talents and interests can live together, instead of exclude each other.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Introducing: The PRETTY Prop Rental!

We're doing it! We're opening a prop house in Portland! I mean, we could just say that I'm going to start renting my props to other people... but opening a prop house sounds so official and businessy! And, it's pretty official. We've got a whole website and instagram and everything! If you're in Portland and need tabletop props, come find us! Cheers to 2017 adventures!

Friday, January 27, 2017

4 Secrets To Setting A Table // Architectural Digest

Discussed some of my process and pointers for setting the dinner table with Architectural Digest writer Kamala Nair this past week. Post up on their website!

Photography by Ryan Dausch.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Italy: Masseria Moroseta

In the middle of endless olive groves and on it's own organic plot, the Masseria Moroseta in Ostuni, Puglia, was the first place that we stayed in Italy and a perfect one to relax and recharge. European countryside dreams coming true. It was designed with the perfect balance of rustic Italian countryside and minimalistic modern and around the intention that your visit be leisurely. Each room has antique beds with Italian linen sheets and a small outdoor patio, ours also had a working fireplace. There's a fresh breakfast in the morning, different breads and cheeses, my favorite combination was tomato focaccia and mozzarella, fruit and the option of eggs from the masseria's chicken coop or yogurt. The living room is comfortable and stocked with design books and magazines. They leave healthy cakes (like a whole grain, gluten free carrot cake) out for afternoon tea, and there's an espresso machine right there. It was too cold to swim, so I can't say much about the pool, but the showers are the waterfall kind and fantastic. And on top of all of that the owner, Carlo, is a really cool guy and will point you in the direction of a great meal, or a great flea market. Would definitely go back again.

Photos by me and Scott. (If they're really good, they're probably by Scott.)