Inspiration

Pose Ideas For Portrait Photography

July 8, 2015

If you want to take better photos of yourself or of others, then you need to know your camera but also your poses and angles. Every great photographer has signature poses that they use again and again that work beautifully for their clients. They often create a certain signature to their look this way. Interior photographers also have similar angles and ways they work with objects as they shoot to give their work a certain mood and when not with a stylist, many photographers style their own interiors “posing” objects in ways that look the best through their lens.

Pose Ideas For Portrait Photography

With a small son, I’m always taking photos of him but recently noticed that I’ve been taking less and less and I wondered why… Then it dawned on me that I’m bored with my angles and poses – and also that he simply cannot be posed at his age so I have to rely more on creativity and on trying new things. If you have children or even shoot for your job, photograph products for your online shop, or are looking for new approaches for your Instagram feed it’s a great idea to Continue Reading…






Inspiration

Monday Mood Boards Instagram Challenge

July 6, 2015

Hey everyone, I hope you’re just peachy and enjoying summer. I’m on my way out the door for the day for some spa time and then, park time with my little boy, but first I simply must share a new creative project that I’ve launched on Instagram that you can participate in called #decor8monday. I recently decided that I needed to use Instagram to connect more with others and to challenge myself more. I miss those days on Flickr when there were so many fun groups to participate in. Nowadays, it can seem like you’re pumping out content and getting nothing in return, but with hashtag projects you can gather people together and have a genuine sense of friendship while also challenging each other to be creative each week and share what’s inspiring you visually. Social media needs to be a little give and take to keep you inspired, right?  That is why I started a weekly mood board challenge on Instagram called #decor8monday, and it kicks off each Monday because that’s the day when most people feel the flattest creatively speaking.

Monday Mood Boards Instagram Challenge

Mood boards have been part of my life since childhood. I plastered favorite things all over my door or part of my bedroom wall, or inside of albums composed of stickers, posters, Polaroid’s and pretty papers that I collected from Japan. Then there was my school locker – I loved to decorate it with favorite papers and things. When I got my own first apartment, my fridge door was different each week with new images and photos that inspired me. One of my first jobs was working at a modeling agency in Boston and in my office, I created a giant floor to ceiling mood board of favorite top models and Continue Reading…






Decorating Tips

Before & After Entry With Superfront

July 2, 2015

I’m excited to share the big before and after reveal of how our project with Superfront* came out for the entry, which is perfect if you’re looking to update your mud room or entry with a stylish storage solution. Organization doesn’t have to be ugly! But first, if you don’t know who Superfront is, they’re a Swedish firm that specializes in designing and making gorgeous quality doors, hardware, sides, legs and tops for Metod and Besta IKEA cabinets. Everything is designed in Sweden and made there, too. They also ship their legs and handles worldwide, with the rest of their products shipping throughout Scandinavia and Europe, so there is no reason not to check them out. If you’re like me, and you like IKEA but don’t want your IKEA stuff to look like everyone else’s, I highly suggest working with Superfront to elevate your Metod and Besta cabinetry. I’m all about customization and making something mainstream into a more personal style statement.

Before & After Entry With Superfront

In fact, Superfront can be seen on the pages of magazines like Elle Decoration for this very reason – people are using their products to breath new, stylish life to IKEA cabinets. You can customize your entire kitchen, office, sideboard or entry cabinet for maximum impact. Superfront has many colors to choose from, lots of different legs and a lovely selection of hardware. You can see a little glimpse above of how I pimped my Besta, but would you like to see the big before and after reveal, where I turned a depressing corner with white wood chip wallpaper and a lonely gray cabinet into a statement making entry?

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Books + Magazines

Book Review: Keep It Simple

June 30, 2015

I’m so happy to share Atlanta Bartlett’s top 8 tips for a happy and relaxed home along with a review her new book, co-authored with Dave Coote, called Keep It Simple. Their brand new book is a practical, inspirational guide that can help you to achieve a happy yet simpler way of life at home. I recently interviewed Atlanta asking her to highlight a few of her inspirations for writing Keep It Simple and she first revealed that, “We really wanted to create something beautiful and inspirational but it was also really important to us that it was genuinely useful. For us creating a happy and relaxed home is not just about the look and style of the place but also about the journey of creating a home that is responsive, practical, personal and, ultimately, a place that you and your family can really enjoy living in.” For many of us, a simple life may not be how we live currently but is definitely one that we aspire to, wouldn’t you agree? This book can help.

Book Review: Keep It Simple

One of the “problems” with living simple is that you need to do a lot of work to get there, which isn’t so simple in the beginning and can often scare people buried in clutter away. That is why Atlanta takes a holistic approach to peel back a few emotional layers first before even touching your home, “You firstly need to sort your priorities and rediscover what’s really important in life. This involves some soul searching so in the first section we encourage readers to think long and hard about what homes means to them and how they like to live.” As the book progresses beyond the initial soul searching section, you’ll Continue Reading…






Blogging

16 Instagram Ideas For Photographing Kids

June 29, 2015

Instagram is the new black. That’s why it’s super important if you’ve been sitting on the fence with it to up your game this very second. This post will share 16 Ideas for Photographing Kids For Instagram, but you can use lots of these tips for photographing adults too. I’m so hot on IG and my students got me all fired up… We recently wrapped up our online Instagram Bootcamp class and wow, what a great class it was because even the teachers, who have tons of experience and who think we’re pros (ah-hem), realized after day one just how broad Instagram really is. We taught 26 lessons that took our students into the deep end of the Instagram pool – no more splashing about in the shallow side thinking that posting photos, any photo, and applying one of the generic filters is enough to engage others.

16 Instagram Ideas For Photographing Kids

Instagram is where it’s at right now with social media, so don’t miss out if you’ve been wanting to try something new to spice up your work and rekindle the joy you once had blogging. It has actually given bloggers who have a small readership a new lease on their online identities – I know some with a few thousand readers who just started IG and have over 100k followers already. Insane! It’s inspiring to see and has been a game changer for so many. If you’ve felt bummed that you haven’t been able to get your blog going, then look to Instagram as your second blog and put your all into it. Instagram is also amazing for established bloggers who want to share more than carefully curate blog content and elaborate stories. It’s such a great space for engaging with  Continue Reading…






Decorating Tips

10 Ways To Create Moody Interiors

June 24, 2015

Let’s talk about moody, cozy interiors and how to create them. I know, I know… Summer just kicked off but we’ve had pretty bad weather with lots of rainy gray days so I’m working hard to maintain sanity by creating a cozy nest at home. Having the right home environment gets me through times when all I can think about is being outdoors with my little one surrounded by flowers, ice cream and sunlight. On gray days the only thing that gets me through are candles, music, coffee, Amy Winehouse, preparing nice meals and inviting over friends frequently. That’s my recipe for a cozy home no matter what the weather forecast. But there’s more and I have created a list of 10 ways for you to create a moody, cozy interior. But first, How do you create a cozy mood at home?

10 Ways To Create Moody Interiors

I was looking over the portfolio of Debi Treloar this morning, who photographed two of my books, and discovered she has lots of wonderfully moody interiors images on her website. She has photographed many books that are permanent staples in my library. I just love her work because she creates such a moody vibe in all of her interiors, even the light and bright homes we’ve worked together in. I’ve taken a few photos from her portfolio to highlight not Continue Reading…






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