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.