Thursday, May 30, 2013

Elvis, Marilyn and Concrete

Well hello! How is it already Thursday? I thought I posted just the other day ;) Hope you're having a good week.

I shot this ultra modern home with Tanya Schoenroth, who was the interior designer on this project. Here's a sneak peek....

I love these prints of Marilyn and Elvis, in neon pink no less. I wouldn't mind a few of the Bocci lights either. 

I'm a concrete lover, especially when it comes to floors, and I know some of you have definite thoughts on this material, so I'd love to hear from you. My favourite part of this home was the kitchen....and neon Elvis and Marilyn. Looking forward to going back to this home and shooting the back yard and more views. 

I'm going back to Palm Springs this weekend to shoot a fun entertaining, shopping and interior story. Looking forward to a dose of serious mid-century design and some much needed warmth. 

Have a fun weekend everyone! 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Happy Family Home

How's your week going? Mine has been busy shooting two homes, a video project with my pal, Heather, and getting ready for the Vancouver West Elm etsy event this Saturday. Crazy week, but fun. 

If you've been reading my blog, you know that I like to share images from magazine shoots that I've done, featuring the designers I work with. I love seeing all the different styles, and tastes, that they all have. Today, I'd like to share a home designed by Angela Robinson with cabinets by Tanya Schoenroth. They make a great team.  The entire story is in the June issue of Style At Home.

I thought this walk-thru, from dining room to kitchen, was a great idea. Lots of extra storage and a perfect spot to do a little prep work. 

Nice little bit of d.i.y. artwork - the rusted bit of a gate for wall art. 

Stunning coffee table by Brent Comber. Prints by David Burdeny.

Fun way to mat and frame family photos. 

The family room with more local art, and a fantastic rug from Anthropologie. 

What do you think? Is this a home you could live in? Is it your style? Would love to hear from you!

Hope to see you at the West Elm Etsy event on Saturday May 25th! Lots of great stuff to check out, and there will also be Nanaimo Bar cupcakes, by Rosie of Butter Baked Goods. Yum. Click here, for more details. 


Monday, May 20, 2013

Weekend Observations

I hope you had a nice weekend! I'm still in weekend mode, as it's Victoria Day today. I do love a holiday Monday.

Here's a bit of what went on around here this weekend...

Had a sneak peek at a house designed by Evoke International Design. Landscape design by Considered Design. Styling by McCarthy•Hinder

Popped down to Seattle for a whirlwind day trip, with a couple of good friends. Checked out the European Masters exhibit before it wrapped up, at the Seattle Art Museum. Found ourselves in Fremont, a cute neighbourhood filled with shops and restaurants. Picked up some Swedish clogs at Lambs Ear Shoe Boutique....had to have them. 

If you're in the Vancouver area, you have to check out the Grand Hotel exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It's all about the evolution of the hotel. Love it! It's on until September, and I plan to visit several more times. So much to take in and absorb. 

A few links to some of favourite blogs...
• a beautiful modern home in Santa Barbara at Design Elements
• "roughing it" at SF Girl By Bay
• Nanaimo Bar Cupcake anyone? Recipe by Rosie, of Butter Baked Goods, over at Poppytalk. If you're in Vancouver on May 25th, stop by West Elm for the Etsy event and meet Rosie along with several Etsy sellers (I'll be one of them). 

Have a great day! 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Hello Long Weekend

...and if you're in Canada, have a fun, and safe, Victoria Day long weekend! Have any special plans?


Monday, May 13, 2013

Weekend Observations

How was your weekend? Hope it was a good one.  Here's a bit of what I got up to...

Popped out to see my friend Heather, at her blueberry farm, to chat about an upcoming project. Heather's book, Farm-Fresh Recipes, was just released. Do you have a copy yet? Lots of recipes inspired by life on a farm, with her 5 year old daughter, Lily. 

I know you've seen them "pinned" all over the place, but I made a mini terrarium from a vintage mason jar that Colleen gave me, while on a shoot. It had been filled with cookies, and now it's filled with mini plants...not nearly as fattening.  

Played around with my Lensbaby for my Canon. Love how it makes this cityscape look. 

Loving my SX-70. My week with the ladies of Instant Love and the fantastic group of women that also took part. It really renewed my love of instant pics. This weekend I experimented with Impossible Project film and different lighting (bright sun, cloudy, showers, and indoors). 

That was it for me....well, and hanging out with my mom, of course. What did you get up to? 

Back soon!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Hello Weekend

It's been a busy week, with a few days on Vancouver Island, thrown into the mix. I now just have mother's day on my mind. Must not forget! A few of my mom's favourite flowers for friday...

Do you have any special plans for the weekend? Hope you all have a perfect, family filled, weekend!


Monday, May 6, 2013

I Could Live Here

Hello new week! Hope you all had a nice weekend.

Thought I'd start off the week, with a home that I absolutely love. I shot it for House and Home and it's in the June issue, on news stands now. The homeowner, Nancy Riescso, of Riesco and Lapres Design, lives there with husband Jonathan Stovell and their kids, Gemma and Charlie. Oh, let's not forget their dog, Ricky Bobby.

I shot Nancy's last home, a 100 year old home, a few years back. Click here for a peek. Since then the family packed up and moved to a much smaller, and very modern home, designed by Evoke International Design. Nancy has an amazing way with display, layering and colour and mixing vintage with new pieces. Love it all.

The picture window makes for a perfect dining area. I can't tell you how much I love those chairs. 

A clean, modern kitchen made even better with a pop of green for a backsplash. 

A grouping of wall mounted cabinets makes for a cute vignette, and it's functional too. How about that?  Nancy really does have a way with displaying little treasures and books. 

A fantastic cluster of prints, paintings and even a tea towel. 

A great hit of colour for the living room. That lamp is a must-have. 

Beautiful light in the living room due to the north facing floor to ceiling windows. Such a nice place to hang out. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Baked for Mom's Day

Hello all! Hope your week is going well.

I created a little mom's day tea party over at Poppytalk, complete with origami butterfly garlands and baking. It was so much fun to shoot it with the help of Jan, Ms. Poppytalk. Click here to see the entire post.

The following recipes are super easy, and tried and true. Have to say, I can never leave the lime ricotta muffins alone!

Marmalade Sugar Cookie Sandwiches - makes about 36 two inch rounds or 18 sandwiches

1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
a little icing sugar for dusting.

Preheat oven to 350f/180c. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside/
With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and combine well. Sift the flour and baking powder over the butter mixture and stir to combine. Separate the dough into 2 pieces, flatten a little, and wrap each with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for an hour.
Roll out dough between pieces of cling wrap to about 1/8 inch thickness and cut out shapes. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until a little golden in colour, around the edges. Transfer to a wire cooling rack. Once cookies have cooled completely, spread a little marmalade on one half of cookie. Place another on top and dust with icing sugar.
Small cake stand from The Cross.

Pistachio Raspberry Loaf - makes one 3.5 x 8 inch loaf

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons orange zest
2 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
3/4 cup chopped pistachios
1 1/4 cups icing sugar, sifted
2-3 tablespoons orange juice

Preheat oven to 350f/180c. Line a loaf tin with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium bowl, beat the orange zest, butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat well. Sift the flour and baking powder over the butter mixture, then add the milk, and fold through. Fold in the pistachios and raspberries, making sure not to over mix. Pour mixture into tin and bake for about 55-60 minutes, or until a skewer, inserted in centre, comes out clean. Allow to cool for a few minutes, before turning out onto to a cooling rack.
To make icing, sift icing sugar into a medium bowl. Add orange juice and stir until smooth. Pour over cooled loaf.

Lime Ricotta Muffins - makes 10-12

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
Zest of 3 limes
1/2 unsalted butter, softened
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 egg
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
sliced almonds for tops

Preheat oven to 350f/180c. Line 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners or parchment paper cut to fit.
In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, and baking powder together. In another bowl, beat the butter, sugar and lime zest together until light and creamy. Add the ricotta cheese and beat until smooth. Beat in the egg, lime juice and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Fill each muffin cup to about 3/4 full. Sprinkle with sliced almonds and bake for about 20 minutes or until just slightly golden on top. Allow to cool a little on a wire rack.

That's it for the mom's day recipes. For the how-to on the origami butterflies, click on over to Poppytalk.

Have a great day!