March 28, 2013

photographer michael partenio

I've been wanting to share the photography of Michael Partenio with you guys, who I had the pleasure of working with on the Better Homes & Gardens shoot. He does some gorgeous interior photography (actually exteriors and still lifes too, and all of it is phenomenal) and as a bonus is incredibly nice and easy to work with.

When I knew my room would be shot by the person who took these pictures, I knew I was in very good hands! See more of his work here.

March 21, 2013

etsy artist tracey kafka

There's so much original art to be found on Etsy, but not all of it is great. One of recent my lucky finds is Tracey Kafka. Her pieces are simple, bright, bold swaths of color and perfect amounts of negative space. I was looking for a large-scale abstract, and a few her of works definitely fit the bill. She also does smaller-scale work.

I'd love to be able to find a place for her art, or even design a room around a piece, sometime soon. Who are your favorite finds? It's not easy to sort through the vast numbers on Etsy to find the rare gems!

March 18, 2013

the issue is out!

This weekend I found BHG's April issue on the newsstand at Barnes & Noble and pretty much bought them clean out!

The feature looks amazing. It was totally exhilarating (and surreal!) to see my name in print and to see this humble little room that I first took on over two years ago on the pages of a national magazine. When I began working as a designer, I could never have imagined having my work published. It's incredible, and rewarding, and I'm so grateful to all my clients, but especially this one who has been so patient and supportive through this whole process, and of course the editors, who made this possible.

Hope you all enjoy it. And I'm looking forward, as usual, to hearing what you think! Did you get your copy yet?

March 7, 2013

my work in better homes & gardens

Since the April issue is almost out, I thought it was about time to share the news of my work being featured in Better Homes & Gardens! It's way too exciting to think about, a total dream come true. When this magazine hits the newsstands, as early as the end of this week, I'll be there with bells on snapping up more than a few copies.

Remember this guest room I did a long while back? Well the awesome editor Lisa Mowry spotted it here on this blog and sent it BH&G's way. They loved it and this past December we did a photo shoot with stylist Stacy Kunstel and photographer Michael Partenio, both super talented and completely sweet and fun to work with. I'll be featuring more of their work here on the blog. In the meantime, keep an eye out for your April issue and let me know what you think! I'm thrilled and feel so lucky to have one of my favorite rooms plucked out of obscurity for so many to now see!

March 4, 2013

the most mundane post you will ever read

Yes, I'm talking paper towels. Can it get more boring?! But with a new kitchen, mundane details like this have been on my mind quite a bit. I haven't wanted to clutter things up on the countertop, and yet I still feel the need to have not-so-pretty items like paper towels on the counter and easily at hand. Add to this that I am not a fan of paper towel holders. Even the most modern ones (you know, without the rooster finial on top) seem somehow dated or clunky.

Then I spied what HGTV did recently in their dream home. Not the best pic here (it's more visible in the tour and on the tv special), but perhaps you can see the roll of paper towels floating free on the island. Of course they have miles of countertop and can afford to have the paper towel roll sitting out on a large wooden platter. But I fell in love with the simplicity of this look. And it gave me an idea.

So far I'm loving my paper-towels-on-a-plate. They look good, simple. They're easy to grab. So good looks plus functionality works for me. But tell me, on this most critical of issues, what are your thoughts? Do you stand them up, hang them, hide them, or have you gone so green that you've ditched your paper towels altogether? I wish I could get rid of them, but with a baby in the house now I feel I need and use them more than ever! Maybe in the next kitchen, I can make them disappear completely.
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