Saturday, January 31, 2009


I'm no expert in the area of fashion photography . . . I do a little work now and then but it's the most fun when you have a great model to work with who's willing to stand out in the cold with bare legs.
images by caro

it happened.

I can't remember how old I am. I've been sitting here thinking about it for at least four minutes. If you've ever asked someone and they had to think about it while you stand there wondering if "really? you actually don't know how old you are?" then you'll understand how crappy this is. I'm usually the one who's shocked that people don't remember, I never realized that at a certain point it just becomes unimpotant. welcome to being an adult.

ps - I'm 24 I think. really? hmmm. i only have a half a year until I'm twenty-five

Thursday, January 29, 2009

setting up

Setting the table for dinner guests can add an instant touch of sophistication to the most casual of get-togethers, and since I find it particularly satisfying to arrange (and rearrange) plates, napkins, glasses, and flatware; I'm prone to doing this even when we're just having lasagne.
here's a few ways I've set our table in the past couple of months:

I grabbed these lavender-colored spider mums from the grocery store thinking they'd look cute in a centerpiece but after setting the table I made a last minute switch to individual blooms in some glass votives we had on hand.

Our table and chair set we purchased from IKEA a few years ago and the glass tabletop is actually from their office desktop collection, but I snagged it in the as-is section for about $10. The runners and chargers I picked up at Target while they were having their after-Christmas cleareance so I got those on the cheap too. The flatware was my gift from Timothy for Christmas and we were ecstatic to have friends over so we'd have an excuse to lay the table with them!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

silly horsey!

This is Spirit at the exact moment she realizes that I don't have any food.

grand salon

When I walk into work I feel glad that I get to work in a place that looks like this:

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

winter mints

just stacking these up while I watch the snowflakes fall . . . and the bright white light coming in inspired me to photograph.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

last year around this time . . .

Toward the end of January 2008, Tim and I were asked to help out our friends Paul & Chelsea, who needed a classy rehersal dinner the night before their wedding on a tight budget with a teeny timeline. The mission? To transform this room into an intimate setting for 40. Here's the before:

This space was actually the room where the bride lived as a young woman, so to transform a room that she knew very well was quite a challenge. Here's the after:

We wanted to darken the room to create a cozier mood but painting the walls was out of the question, so we came up with the alternative solution of tacking up metallic wrapping paper which we snagged on sale at IKEA! We created the warm lighting with several strategically placed theatrical uplight fixtures and topped the tables with tealights to add a touch of glow! Here's a close-up of the settings - notice the neat twisted copper handles on the flatware.
The flatware was rented from a local wedding supply vendor and the rest of the pieces from the settings were purchased from IKEA or borrowed from friends. We had a fantastic time putting this together and wish Paul & Chelsea a Happy 1st Anniversary!

Friday, January 23, 2009


If you're thinking - it's winter, what's with all these summery posts? It's because I'm really looking forward to warmer weather! Not that I don't want it to snow - I do think if it's going to be this cold it should snow, but in the absence of snow I'm going to keep wishing it was warmer. Then I could be using this:
I loved this as soon as I saw it - really want one, not sure I'd ever use it - but surprisingly that doesn't make me want it any less. Then I saw that I could accessorize it with these great things:
1. citrus wellies
juice glass
3. citrus trivets
4. citrus bowls

which of course makes the juicer that much more appealing.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

vino storage

i think we'll likely need a large rack for wine when we buy a house but i'm considering these for my sideboard.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

warm & cozy

hot chocolate by the fire.