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This is one of my favorite places in our house. It faces SW so eating dinner out here as the sun sets is just beautiful. We light lots of candles everywhere on summer nights. We sleep out here a lot during the warmer months. A breeze is usually blowing through the porch keeping it cool and the wind chimes singing.
Transition: our house has many of these spaces. The textures, colors and views keep the flow through the house beautiful and inspiring. The bracketed shelves on the right are for my forced bulbs in the winter. We've been doing a little bit of work on the house so I need to paint some trim (see above the door!).
This is the space in the house where we ALWAYS hang out. We do homework, eat and gather here. The counter top is a little too small. I am hoping to put a new one in sometime soon.
I love architectural details! When we looked at this house to buy, it had heavy curtains everywhere and lots of wallpaper. I could still see the beauty of the details throughout the house. Stripping wallpaper and painting the walls with Benjamin Moore historical colors was lots of work and lots of fun. The stained glass is similar to other houses in the neighborhood. Even though we are close to neighbors, we always have a great views out our windows of gardens, trees and shrubs.
Spending time outside around a fire is one of my most favorite things to do. This is what we told our dear friend, George Zavis, when we wanted an outdoor living space. The original site was only grass and lilacs and he created a sunken fire pit area that is an extention of the rooms in our house. The stone walls are the perfect height for sitting so we can have many people over in the fire pit area and around it. I also wanted the landscaping to be low maintenance so George designed an easy and beautiful array of shrubs and plants with texture and architectural lines.
We live in a wonderful, old neighborhood. Our house faces the street and it's quite a bit taller than most of the homes. I love flowers so I created a street-side garden with tall, mid to late summer blooming perennials. We painted our house last summer so it is now green, gold, blue and purple!
Tiny bathrooms are gems. This bathroom is located right off of our mudroom so it's perfect for guests when we are having a fire outside. I picked a deep blue with the iridescent tile for richness and something different. The salvaged slate piece for the sink base came from our friend's garage. This sink was featured in the recently published book, Salvage Secrets, Transforming Reclaimed Materials Into Design Concepts by Joanne Palmisano.
Shooting on location is what I do! This was a fun day photographing the interiors of the plane shown here and then shooting people going and coming off the plane. I got to work with my very talented friend and co-worker, Lindsay Raymondjack. She took this image of me while she was helping coordinate people for the next round of shots.
I shot this renovated ranch last fall. This was the last photo of the day and one of my favorites. The sun was falling quickly behind the trees and the angle of the light was streaming in on the cozy sitting area.The light and connection to the outside in this image brings out what the house is all about. This photo was not in the original shoot plan. It's always fun to watch how the light moves through a house during a day shoot. I love finding an unexpected fleeting moment within a space and shooting it before it's gone.
Late summer shoots on Lake Champlain are just beautiful. This new construction contemporary home sits right on a ledge of the lake with a view of the Adirondacks. This was the only spot to get a full, unobstructed shot of the house. Sometimes this can be a problem, but this angle showed off the design and construction well.
I love everything about this space! Composing this shot to show off all of the details of this kitchen was a great feeling. Take it in and enjoy!
This space was a rundown and cold part of the house used for storage (it's above the screened-in porch). For my 40th birthday, my husband renovated it for me and created the best office space I could ever imagine! It's filled with light and it always feels great to walk into when I am ready to focus on work. Even with it being a home office, I keep it free of "home stuff" so I can work well and relax in the space. I still haven't painted all of the trim and haven't found a rug to fit the exact dimensions. I love it though and it's an inspiring space to work in.