Blog Address Update

Hi All, I'm moving at home at home over to here:


The design isn't finished yet, but since it's google-able and basically functional, I wanted to point you there. Don't be afraid if it changes over the next month!


The Big Reveal

There is nothing like the thrill of pulling an almost all-nighter getting a space together. Great team, great boss, great mid century house. 4 hours of sleep, a night spent at a seedy local motel and a great 'big reveal' this morning for the homeowners and the cameras. They cried. And I want to live in the space we put together for them in just 5 days. Thanks to Morgan and Heather and Mike and Mark. I'll let you know when the show is on air. I'm glad we have another episode to do together. And I like the idea of BIG REVEALS.


Damp and Quiet

More rain and lots of work. The best part is that the set is actually outside of LA so I get lots of drive time to listen to music. I can listen to the same songs on repeat a bajillion times without getting tired of them. Right now, in the rain, on the road, I'm loving World News and Who Knows, Who Cares.

This was the foggy view the other morning, I loved how quiet it was.


Foggy Fall Days

Slipped away and got down to the beach on one foggy morning. Took the time to actually sit down, drink my coffee and let the mist settle onto me.


The Decorator

I'm working on a home makeover show (the schedule is crazy! I won't be posting much) and my official title is...The Decorator. I feel like I should be in some kind of action film or at the very least, wearing shoulder pads.

I spend a lot of time with these paint decks, have my own desk at the Discovery Channel and work with a great team including Morgan!

I'll blog more about it when I have clearance to talk about it, but it's a great before and after show with a focus on extreme clutter clearing and organizing. I don't have to deal with the clutter, I just get to design the after. Our first shoot day is tomorrow (I'm behind the scenes though) and we'll be working 6 days straight on the first home.

More soon!


Mae Mae Paperie

One of the highlights of working freelance is that every job I do is an adventure at a new location with, normally, people I don't know. After I shot the cover for Rue of Woodson and Rummerfield they had a last minute shoot that I was able to jump on board for. And it was so worth it. I got to meet Megan at Mae Mae Paperie and Summer at Grey Likes Weddings and we spent the day styling the Mae Mae Studio, shooting the great line of stationery that you can get as a free download through Rue (on page 59), shooting Megan for the feature and eating really good pizza. (Look, this is us!).

Then, as though that wasn't a nice enough experience, I got this impeccably wrapped little package in the mail from Megan filled with a thoughtful note and little presents from Mae Mae.

Thanks again, Megan!

And Happy Weekend Everyone.


Sneak Peek

I shot an amazing house in Highland Park recently for my good friend and blogging cohort Jonathan over at Happy Mundane. You'll get to see many more images when the next issue of his awesome zine, At Your Liesure comes out, but for now, wanted to share this little peek. I've got a soft spot for great old paintings, a well placed dog and all that white and light.


Happy Friday

Love this image of a vintage Martha Stewart in front of a great table with cascading, happy poppies straight from the garden. It's loose and casual but because they line the whole center of the table, it's a statement. Also, how vampy is Martha, in her own way, here. Incredible. I want to use the idea on a farm house table with linen napkins, white plates and bottles of wine.

See more vintage Martha right here.

And happy happy weekend.


It's My Birthday

The big Three-One is here!

What a year this has been. I think it's true what they say about a woman in her thirties. It's just better (despite some of the crappier things that have happened). Today I'm busy starting work on the art department of a tv show, working a bunch of freelance photo and staging projects with some amazing people and attempting to get more rest. I've shot magazine covers and spreads all year, reconnected with family and taken a lot of risks.

Looking forward to taking stock and laying some plans out for the next year.

What birthday rituals do you have?

(Image from the stellar floral designers at Dandelion Ranch)


Langues de Chat

My Aunt came back from France with a little gift for me: A box of Langues de Chat from La Duree (recently most known for their Macarons). Of course the packaging is amazing (the cat! with its tongue out!) and the little butter cookies inside are delicate and delicious.

Standard Magazine's Tastemaker's Dinner

So I jumped off the plane from New York, changed my clothes and ran off to the hollywood hills (to this house) for a spectacular evening with Kelly LaPlante and some of the contributors to Standard Magazine for one of the best dinner parties ever. The mix of people (from the folks at Fire Clay Tiles to James Saavedra to Gabrielle from Design Ecology to David Metzler) were intelligent, thoughtful and interesting. We were served an incredible meal by Chef Michael Garner, waited on by a great serving team and it was just low key and fun.

You can see a little sneak peek on the Standard Blog.

My favorite thing (besides that Kelly had found all the serving ware and dishes second hand and so the table was a beautiful mix of mismatched vintage) was that we each had a little card at our seat with a multiple choice question and an essay question. Kelly put so much thought into each one and we read them aloud to get to know each other (and even though I normally hate that, it was great) -- they'll be printed in the next issue of Standard.

I felt so official seeing my name in print (and even spelled correctly). Everyone at the dinner was so accomplished, it really felt like a treat to be included.


Apartment Therapy Offices

I finally made it to the new AT offices to meet some of my blogging compatriots face to face. It was great. I got sandwiches with managing editor Aaron and Sarah C and even had a chance to visit with Maxwell before he jetted off to Brazil!

The office is exactly what you would expect: it feels clean and organized (it was so quiet too with everyone tap tap tapping!) and there is great light, a great view and even plants.

(this one was an experiment with a new tilt shift app for the iPhone).


Anthology Magazine + New York Update

Update from New York. Had a great afternoon glass of champagne with Anh-Minh at the Crosby Street Hotel in Soho to celebrate the launch of Anthology Magazine--a collaboration between Anh-Minh and Meg Mateo Ilasco, two incredibly talented and ambitious women. I got to thumb through the mock up copy and all I can say is that it's amazing (there's a sneak peak on AT, too!). I'm so glad I got to work on the magazine and if you haven't already ordered your subscription, do it now, it's limited run and you don't want to miss out on it. I mean, have you seen their stop motion video?

Here's a preview shot of the venice home I shot for the magazine. Love that wallpaper, it even inspired a mock up of my dream bathroom.

Now I'm off to check out the new AT offices and get lunch with the team, then tonight, the Rue Launch. I'm loving New York, the weather is still warm with the edge of Fall creeping in.


My Shot Made the Rue Magazine Cover

Drum roll please.

Rue has leaked their cover image on Apartment Therapy today and It's my shot that made the cover!!

I'm over the moon to be a part of such a great endeavor and so far, everyone I've met has been inspiring, together and overall awesome. It was a great shoot day and wonderful to meet Crystal and the designers who put together that great space (I won't go into details about them and the space until the mag is out--thursday!) Can't wait to meet everyone else in New York next week! (I bought the dress, now have to find the shoes, arg.)

Check out more of my photo work here on my website or in one of the other spreads out this month: here and here!