Tuesday, November 3, 2015

new work! styling for better homes and gardens

What do you get when you style four celebrity chefs and their favorite Thanksgiving dish? A pretty great story, if I do say so myself! 

My team and I created these awesome walls using vintage wallpaper and the prefect white dish to compliment each recipe -- check out Better Homes and Gardens November 2015 issue for the complete story.

 Prop & Set Styling by Me
Photography by Paul Brissman
Food Styling by Heather Meldrom

Monday, September 21, 2015

my apartment featured in new interiors book!

I'm thrilled to have my NYC apartment featured in a new book by Anne Sage and Chronicle Books!

Blogger Anne Sage knows a wise truth: decorating our living spaces for our goals is the first step in making them happen. In Sage Living, she opens the door to covetable dwellings designed to boost the dreams of their occupants. It will make you think about the 'why' behind interior design, and about how you can live your best life though decorating.

--> Pick up your copy here.

In addition to my Upper East Side studio apartment (seen above), 28 other spaces fabulous are featured, all photographed beautifully by Emily Johnston.

Some recent press:

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

photography & styling workshop

Join me this Sunday in Dumbo, BK as I join forces with photographer Evi Abeler to teach a class on Product Photography and Styling.

Geared towards crafters, makers and small business owners, this workshop offers tips and tools to style, light and photograph your product to make it look amazing!

Sign up for this event HERE.. and PS: it's free!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

styling a brooklyn brownstone // featured on remodelista

If you're anything like me, walking down one of those beautiful, historic NYC brownstone-lined streets at night means the chance to see how people decorate. Yup, when night falls and the lights go on I'm the creeper ogling at my neighbors original architecture, details and paint choices.

I recently had the chance to style one of these beautiful homes, a circa 1899 Italianate Brooklyn brownstone for Lang Architecture, who did an overhaul on this home that had been divided into three apartments with wall-to-wall carpet (!!!).

The homeowners wanted to restore the historic elements of the house while also allowing it to feel fresh and modern. They also wanted to bring in light and make the rooms as open and spacious as posible. So Lang cut out giant holes in the masonry back of the house and inserted a two store wall of steel-framed windows.

See below for the final space and HERE to read more about the project on Remodelista.

Photography by Ty Cole.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

swimming holes

A recent dip in a swimming hole has changed my outlook this summer!

Apparently I'm not alone, The New York Time's T Magazine just did an Instagram round up of swimming holes from around the world...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

styling for PORTER Magazine

Styled the Hudson, New York home of Ann Marie Gardner for PORTER Magazine's Spring issue.

Before founding Modern Farmer, Ann Marie was the launch editor of New York Times T Style (Travel) and Monocle's founding editor.

Photography by Annabel Mehran.

Monday, March 2, 2015

three flowers styled three ways

With Spring right around the corner, I thought this was a good time to post about a much needed dose of bright, cheery flowers! Because frankly, I'm quite over winter.

A little while ago, Robyn Moreno put me up to the challenge to style three different blooms, three different ways. I've shared this before but wanted to really break down the three separate projects.

All blooms are from the grocery store and the idea was to keep it quick, easy, and inexpensive!



> SECOND CHALLENGE... Hydrangeas

> THIRD CHALLENGE... Carnations

> Watch the Video for step-by-step instructions on how to create these easy DIY centerpieces.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

my recent Hudson Woods interview

I was recently interviewed about my ongoing styling work with Hudson Woods! Head over to the Angle Agency to read about how nature and the environment inspires the styling and the biggest challenges (and rewards!) of working on a project like this one.

A large part of the project centers around a collaboration with nature. How did the setting inspire your work? 

I grew up in the Hudson Valley so its always felt so authentic for me to incorporate the natural surroundings into my work, especially for a project based in the middle of the woods. Environment plays a big role in how we style our interiors and it's often a subconscious reaction to what we're seeing, hearing or smelling. The Catskill Mountains contains so much beauty -- it's only natural that items discovered in the surrounding woods would find themselves in the decor. I wanted the styling in Hudson Woods to seem as if the homeowners organically and over time brought the outside in; fallen feathers haphazardly arranged in a collection of vintage bottles, found rocks lining the corners of windowsills, and cut branches instead of the expected flower arrangement. It's the small touches that speak collectively and drive home the lifestyle you could have in these home.

How has this project differed from your other work?

Most of my work has been specifically for photo shoots, so it is temporary and fleeting. This project is a permanent home on view to the public and is very much a combination of interior design and styling. My work at Hudson Woods is ongoing so I've been able to add layers and adjust over time, incorporate the seasons, and so on. Additionally, the home is furnished with pieces from small and independent designers with an overall attention to quality, craftsmanship and detail. Each item brought in acknowledges and compliments that aesthetic.

What has been the biggest challenge at Hudson Woods? 

When first approached, I was humbled and excited that a team with such strong design sense would trust my eye. Since I'm based in New York City the biggest challenge is traveling up to the site every weekend. But once I'm there, I understand the magic of escaping the city to a cabin in the woods.

> Read the rest of the interview HERE.

> More info can be found at HudsonWoods.com

Video: Watch the construction time lapse showing the process of the model home from ground breaking to the summer launch party....


Monday, February 9, 2015

foxfire mountain house

For those of you who follow my blog, Instagram or Facebook, you'll already know my affection for the Hudson Valley/Catskills area; it's home. Funny though, as kids growing up here (as it usually is where ever you grow up), we couldn't wait "to leave." And so I did! I headed to to big, bright city for college. But just as I'm now actually able to afford living in NYC ($$$), all I want to do is get back to the country and renovate something of my own. In due time though, it's a dream not a rush!

Just as I thought my home-land couldn't get any better, along comes another reason to make more trips out of the city; the Foxfire Mountain House. This is the newest inn/restaurant to pop up in this area, due to open Summer 2015. Currently the Cottage is available to rent via airbnb, which makes me seriously consider a stay-cation!

The owners Tim and Eliza troll flea markets, local antique stores and craigslist for pieces to restore and fill this new property. Their aesthetics seem to be part John Derian/part rustic-cool with lots and lots of white (my favorite color).

Behold the design-goodness of this newest Catskill endeavor (photos via Foxfire Mountain House and Escape Brooklyn)......

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