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A Little Book Sneak Peek!

Monday, July 14th, 2014

It feels like it’s been forever in the making, but my book is officially printing as we speak!  It still has a little longer until it hits bookstore shelves on October 7th, but I’m so excited to get to share a little sneak peek of a favorite shot and the AMAZING back cover!

I was blessed to find a book designer/packager who not only is incredibly talented but also someone who had been reading my blog way before this deal became a reality.  Jennifer K. Beal Davis KNEW my voice and my taste and so knew exactly what I wanted this book to look like.  It was not only painless, but easy and enjoyable, which is NOT always the case when it comes to designing your book (so I’ve heard).  You’ve seen the front cover, but today I get to show you the back!   We decided to use the fantastic F. Schumacher Pyne Hollyhock Print (which is a fabric I used in my own home) paired with the striped spine and gold foil accents (not mustard yellow, that “T”, the first line and the border will be BLINGED OUT gold, baby.)

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Oh yeah, and about those quotes. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! I cannot believe that all these design, writing and lifestyle idols of mine liked the book enough to say such amazing things in print. It continues to bowl me over, so thanks a ZILLION Jonathan Adler, Emily Henderson, J. Courtney Sullivan, India Hicks and Holly Becker!  When I feel doubt sneak in (as is normal with a project of this magnitude) I go back to these and tell myself I did well. :)

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And finally, I’m getting to share one of my personal favorites from inside the book today!  This is a home in Boston that we started working on over four years ago (and we are still working with the client as her house grows and changes!) They are the nicest people and a complete JOY to work with.  This is the formal living room, right off the formal dining, and a spot for the adults to entertain and relax in apart from the larger family room.

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image by Michael J. Lee

We wanted to make it feel special, cozy and a blend of traditional and modern design. Custom drapes, a chocolate grasscloth ceiling,  statement fixture, custom chairs and hints of green helped accomplish this.  You’ll see a lot more of this house in the book- their study, family room, formal dining, casual dining, entry, master bedroom and child’s room.  I love that every house I work on looks SO different and unique, just like the families that inhabit them!  Pre-order the book HERE pretty please!

Stay tuned for book tour dates too, coming soon! Can’t wait to meet you guys in person!

Wow.

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Seriously you guys? Yesterday was bananas. Just look at this!
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Your pre-orders made me the #1 best selling Home Decorating book on Amazon yesterday (and still today) not only was I in the Top 100,  I was the 44th best-selling book ON ALL OF AMAZON. What the what??? ME? A giant, huge thank you to all that bought the book.

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Writing (and producing) a book feels impossible at the start. I spent many a day thinking “I’m never going to get this done. EVER. It’s impossible”.  But like most other tough things in life, if you focus on little parts you soon start to see the whole come together and it gives you a map to completion. Deadlines help too to scare the bejeezus out of you and hold you accountable. I still won’t believe this is done and real until I hold a physical copy in my hands, but yesterday has me believing a bit more.  So thank you.

That’s A Wrap

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Last evening we wrapped the shoot of my house for the book and I am completely depleted, happy, emotional and most of all, grateful.  This experience has been amazing and I still can’t believe I get to do it. From my amazing vendors that made my house impossibly pretty in a very short time (Makkas Drapery Workroom, Kravet, the Boston Design Center, Jules Place, Mohr & McPherson, Landry & Arcari and West Elm specifically) to my insanely awesome team at Erin Gates Design, Lindsey and Allison to my Mom for her plantings and green thumb and Stacy and Michael who made the shots look their very best, I cannot say thank you enough.

And a special thanks to Andrew- who put up with my raging stress, insane perfectionism, daily requests to paint this, plant that, walk the dogs, cook, clean and talk me off ledges.  It’s done, and now we can really kick back and enjoy this pretty home we’ve created.

I really hope you guys are going to love this book- blood, sweat and tears have gone into it (seriously, Lindsey cut her finger this week on a tape measure- actual blood) and I hope the final product will be everything you hope it is. Because this is for you.

A couple sneak peeks form our week on set at my house:

I am obsessed with this vase we borrowed, I may have to keep it. Cocktail napkins by Gramercy Home, drapes custom by Makkas Workroom)

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I wallpapered the interior of my bar cabinet with Fornasetti Malachite paper from Cole & Sons.

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A pretty arrangement I put together.

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The Velvet Crisis of 2013- this fabric showed up 24 hours before the shoot and my heroes at Makkas whipped these up with time to spare. Amazing.

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Setting up a tablescape. Decorative plate from Juliska. My wedding china by Vera Wang for Wedgewood.

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A bedroom vignette. Painting by me, putting my BA in fine art to work.

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A casualty en route from Homegoods. I put it back together with clear packing tape like the classy gal I am. Hey, you do what ya gotta do!

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A little modern art (again, putting my skills to work) paired with traditional intaglios from Liz Caan’s shop.

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I had these custom burl wood side tables made by the AMAZING Chuck Phillips. I’m kinda in love.

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This is what it REALLY looks like to get the shot.

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I’m going to go crash. But not for long, now I have to get busy writing!

 

A Question for You…

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

As you know, I am hard at work at my book. In fact today we are busy shooting a project I have been working on for TWO YEARS and it’s so very gratifying to get to this place in which I feel things are DONE.  However, this book project is massive. MASSIVE. And although I have a good grasp on the full concept, I still worry that it won’t live up to your expectation (cue the shrink and my unending battle against poor self-esteem).  I lose sleep over this.  So it’s time I helped myself by asking for your help….

Some book shoot sneak peeks via my Instagram:

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I wanted to check in with you guys, whom this book is FOR, and ask- what exactly are you hoping to see and read in this book? What would make my “blog to book” feel valuable to you?  It’s so important to me that my dedicated readers love it, so I appreciate any feedback you can give me.  I can promise that you’ll finally get to see a lot of my work, most I have never shown on this blog.  I also am going to feature designers I love- not big famous ones you’ve seen a zillion times- but rather my peers, many whom have gained popularity through blogs and other forms of social media.

The thing that I hope makes this book different is that I am going to bring a more personal element and sense of humor the design concept.  Homes are a reflection of our lives and I think we need to embrace that and accept that our spaces are never going to be perfect. We have TV’s to deal with, family heirlooms we want to incorporate, kids toys to organize and budgets that leave much to be desired.  I aim to have this serve not only as an aspirational tome but an inspirational one too.  And one that will make you laugh as much as it will fire up your desire to decorate!

So share your thoughts, please!

{Merci!}