Organized chaos …

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I wish I could say that this was just a particularly messy day, but every day here feels totally insane. Yesterday we shot the new Redbook DIYs and in order to clear a side of the room to shoo them everything was placed on the other side, burying me. It would be appropriate that I would be buried alive by my props. ‘She lived a good life. She loved her things. And she died underneath them’.

Happy Friday, y’all.

Oh! And Portlanders, give me the scoop on any new stores, restaurants, bars, kids places, etc. We’ll be there sunday to sunday shooting the book and I want to show Charlie what being an Oregon Baby is all about. I already taught him the word ‘artisinal’, so he’s in pretty good shape to order just about anything. Have a good sunny, happy full of relaxation weekend. xx

summer mondays and baby fridays

As I discussed on fridays post a lot of companies have 1/2 day fridays during the summer. Well i’d love to introduce the notion of 1/2 day mondays. I mean, mondays are really the worst so I would love to just avoid at least 1/2 that stuff altogether and start work around 12. Lets make it a thing that Google and Nike have to start doing because they think its good for morale whilst their employees play ping pong and get diy tattoos out of vintage gumball containers. Once they accept it the other corporations will follow in hopes that their “team members” might never leave with such amenities and then the trickle down effect comes to us and we finally can take mondays and fridays off. We all just work too much. 3 days in the middle of the week is enough, no?

Anyway, I’ll be back later today with a real post but just know that I spent approximately 52 straight hours with this boy and he was very distracting. So all those “design posts” i was going to write got shoved off til next weekend (but i have some coming this week, too).

Charlie is like the guy in the bachelor that comes and ‘steals’ me for a moment except he takes me for the whole weekend.

He totally got a rose … first impression, last impression and final.

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This is from last week when we were at The Fig House with Ryan Phillips and Mike Kelley of Pure Photo. They were waiting for the sun to go down for them to shoot the stained glass windows from Judson Studios so naturally they couldn’t help but snap these of this baby…. click for more …  (more…)

Happy Friday …

Its been a long week and therefore its going to be a short post. I mean its summer after all …. don’t most companies take ‘summer fridays’ .. methinks yes. My plans … walk and shop with my best friend, write some design posts (I just literally have NO time during the week right now so its all about nights and weekends) and possibly try to get some tone back in my muscles. And the Rose Bowl. Duh.

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We’ve been shooting the book everyday which is very fun – it’s really the dream team (with photographer David Tsay shooting and Scott and I double-teaming on the styling front). Plus Sir. Charles has been coming to set which is always VERY fun (for me, at least).

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I’ve been on a five-day detox after a very fun (but unhealthy) fourth of July. I’m doing the Chef V 5 day which ends today. I feel good but totally out of energy at the end of the day (thus the lack of post today) and my jeans are fitting only slightly better. The things we do in the name of “health” when really it’s probably just vanity. Fail.

Anyway, enjoy your weekend. And by the way this kid, Charlie, says ‘hi’.

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Style Book Sneak Peek

Our house is pretty much done (besides the bathrooms and landscaping) so we are on to the next project, jumping back into shooting the book. To say that this book is a lot of work would be like saying that Beyonce is a good performer – it’s just pretty much the understatement of the year. Its one of those things that if you don’t do it right, you are kinda just wasting resources because lets face it, you don’t do it to get rich. Why do you do it then? Because it’s basically just a really amazing, important and expensive business card that furthers lots of other career opportunities.

Thank god I have a ton of help (I’m talking to you, Scott and Angelin) … and thank god I love to style.

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I don’t want to (nor can i legally) show too much, but I figured a little tease couldn’t hurt. So far we’ve shot at my friend Scott’s house, our friend Jay’s house, interior design Sally Breer’s home and today and tomorrow at the store Amsterdam Modern’s store owner, Ellen Compte’s home. David Tsay is shooting the whole book who is pretty much the best interior photographer in LA, and Scott, one of my best friends and an amazing stylist, is helping me style is so that we can get as many shots as possible in each day.

I’m getting insane house jealousy shooting this book. My goal is that every house and every shot should be inspiring in some way. It’s actually a lot more difficult than you think. In a normal magazine spread its easy to have a few shots that are beautiful and then a few detail shots that run smaller on the page because maybe they aren’t incredible. So it’s just hard, y’all, but such an exercise in styling/art direction and discipline. Every shot I have to ask myself ‘what are we learning/teaching from this shot?’ Its not just about being pretty, it needs to be teachable because just saying ‘buy beautiful expensive art!’ is not actually a tip.

Off to work on tomorrow’s shot list (and don’t forget to follow along on Instagram).

Dream Team …

Sometimes I think that finding the right people to work for you is harder than finding your spouse. In a lot of ways its similar as its all about the chemistry. They might be skilled, but not terribly fun to be around. Or maybe they are super creative but not very skilled. Or maybe they are both those things but not very hard-working. And lastly they might be all those things but they just don’t really care. A lesson I’ve had to learn the hard way is that nobody cares about your business as much as you do, which is I know should be obvious but at times is a hard pill to swallow. Orlando was the right fit in every way and we worked together for 3 years and loved every second of it (well, I loved every second of it anyway:)). A year ago it was time for him to move on (it was time for him to do his own projects – HIRE HIM, although he’s really busy so get on his waiting list) and now he’s the LA creative director of HomePolish and off doing fancy people houses whilst still having brunch with me. When he left I was dubious that I would ever find someone I loved as much.

But I did.

To find people who are creative, fun to be around, really skilled/talented AND they care is extremely rare.  These two are those rare people:

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We’ve been insanely busy. I’ve been certifiably crazy. We work in an office space out of my house which I know is not ideal for a really professional situation (I mean, to say that they’ve seen me pump would be me toning it down a bit). I have very little protocol, I don’t set up the best systems, I hate bossing people around, and yet I have extremely high expectations of people. For most people that is a recipe for disaster. But these people … they get it. They get me. And they are amazing.

Ginny has worked with me for over a year now and Brady is 2 months in and I’m just so happy to say that we’ve found our team … and that I would die without them. Lately we’ve also had help from Emily and Karley who have been indispensable on shoots and coordinating – taking some of the heavy lifting off of Ginny, Brady and I. Thank you Emily and Karley so much. Your positivity and assertiveness are invaluable, seriously.

These guys work so hard. They never take advantage of my (what seems to be but isn’t) leniency. They answer emails and texts at all hours.  they come up with creative ideas to do simple posts. They go out of their way to make the business run more efficiently and they make me laugh whilst doing it.

Ginny and Brady just left my house (its midnight) after being here since 9am, on a sunday….two days in a row (well saturday night til 8pm).  9am – 12am is a very long shift, folks, but they were so happy, creative and hardworking the entire time. They were still coming up with good ideas, pulling triggers, hauling boxes, painting walls, coordinating last-minute framing (shout out to Tim at Curve Line Space for turning around 3 pieces in 2 hours) and most importantly pushing me to care more when I was tired and thought it was good enough. I like to think that their job is fun, but I’m sure every boss thinks that they provide a good working environment … regardless I’m sure that I’m not be a dream to work for and yet these two kill it on a daily basis. Sometimes, like our adorable hug above, it’s just the right fit.

We’ll be back tomorrow with some great content, but finishing the house this weekend for the Domino shoot was totally hectic and has put us behind schedule.

So this is my huge and public THANK YOU to Ginny, Brady, Emily and Karley for working your butts off lately. I keep saying that it won’t always be so busy, but with you guys around I think we can kinda handle anything.  Thank you.