Meanwhile, Outside of the Frame...

I spent the long weekend in San Diego FINALLY taking some high-quality shots of The Ham House for my portfolio page (now this note is actually accurate). The shoot was essentially like taking photos in a tornado of dogs, cats and humans but I wouldn't have had it any other way (if anything, it's reassuring to see your work validated as livable). Plus the animals were not camera shy and made for some CAH-uuutttee photo props (also allowing me to tack on Animal Wrangler to my resumethe REAL reason I got into the biz). 

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at some of the goings on during the shoot (yes, that is one of my props eating a fellow prop).

 
 

Hoping to have the final photos live in the next week so stay tuned!

A San Diego Thanksgiving

When I tell people I'm going to San Diego for the holidays I often get asked if I feel like I'm missing out on seasons. I do contemplate it for a second: Colorful leaves are great... Warm drinks on a cold night sound pleasant... And I do love me a good fire in the fireplace... But then I remember this:

 
 

80 degree Thanksgivings people. You just can't beat 'em. Aside from enjoying the fantastic weather (did I mention I got a TAN?!) it was so nice to spend the long weekend catching up with family and old friends. 

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Speaking of old friends, here's a sneak peek at some of the design details I'm directing over at The Hamilton's new house in Cardiff. I've been loving working on this house particularly because the creative brief was such a fun one: "Coastal California meets Africa meets the 600 Mason Jars we received as wedding gifts" (we decided we're going to address the Mason Jar issue with a messy and dangerous game of Flip Cup).

I've been finding a mix of pieces from a variety of sources but these two above are my favorites so farboth found on Craigslist. The vintage campaign-style media console on the left we got for $700 (talked down from $900). Still pretty pricey but it's in mint condition, sturdy as a beast and still way cheaper than any other piece we would have gotten new at a place like West Elm. The poor thing was later defiled by a 60" TV but I must say, she's handling the wide load with such grace. 

The mid-century woven leather chair on the right was a total steal for $60. The pillow was sewn by my super talented and funny friend Whitney, with fabric I bargained for at the Alameda Flea Market.

Hoping to share more photos of their cute little coastal abode in coming weeks. Happy Tuesday!