Inspiration

New York New York by Sarah

Last weekend I had the double excitement of not only getting two nights away in Manhattan (sans kidos) but I got to have a little reunion dinner with 21 of my college sorority sisters....yes I was in a sorority.  A sorority girl?!?!?!  Yes.  Not the exactly the cool girl image you might expect/want in a photographer, but I had the time of my life with these girls in college and it was so fun to see where we all are now.  Whether we are now practicing law, teaching barre, working in finance, a marketing genius for Disney, a busy mom or shooting photographs for a living, after a few glasses of wine we all seemed like those same college girls, trying to figure life out and have some laughs on the way.  Love you girls.  Let's not wait another 10 years.  oxox

Added bonus, I found myself with a little time to kill Sunday morning so of course had my camera on hand and walked around the city for a bit.  I know, I know, New York City as a creative inspiration is as stereotypical as a blonde sorority girl from the south (mind you I may have grown up in the south but I went to school outside Philly), but cliches have their reputation for a reason and I never cease to find thought and emotion when walking around that city.  

Some girl time and shopping on Saturday also let to some pretty cool patterns and shape inspiration at the Céiline boutique in Soho and the new Barney's downtown.

Loving the minimalism and geo vibe.  Throw in some gold accents and you had me at Céiline luggage handbag. 

New York in the evening can be quite magical.  Cue the Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City voice over about how hopeful New York is....blah blah blah :)

 

But there is just something about a quiet New York.  Walking around, early Sunday morning, before most of the city is awake is particularly special.  A place that is usually so busy and crowded it practically a ghost town.  The city that never sleeps...except on Sunday morning.

 

 

The Moody Blues by Sarah


Who doesn't love blue?  From baby blue to a deep navy? In design, it is probably one of the most universal colors and I never seem to tire of it...when done right.  As I was working on gathering images to update my website I came across these projects I have photographed which perfectly emulate how great blue can be.  From modern coastal, to a sweet nursery, blue just feels right.  Scroll down to see some of my favorites.  All Photos by me.

Modern Coastal.

So many shades of blue so little time.  This Nantucket Hotel designed by Annsley Interiors makes use of all of them in that serene coastal feel you expect when visiting a island as rich in nautical history as Nantucket.  And I just love her daring pattern mixing which doesn't feel as intimidating when done in blue.

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Baby Boy's Nursery

Erin Gates of Erin Gates Design designed her baby boy's room using soft shades of blue mixed with taupey gray.  Add some warm gold accents and you have baby nursery perfection.  I bet her baby is just soothed to sleep looking at this sweet soft atmosphere.

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Traditional Warmth

Blue is a cool tone but I love how this home in Gloucester, MA designed by LDa Architect and Interiors, mixes grey/blue fabrics with wood and brass fixtures creating warmth with a traditional sophistication.  Throw in that amazing blue spiral staircase and the space just goes to a whole new level...literally. (I couldn't help myself.)

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A blue pallet mixed with purple and some pops of orange and even bright green, this Cape Cod Summer House, by KMID proves that blue can go with anything and feels perfect on either coast.  I am basically trying to emulate that master bedroom as my house now.  

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Blue Crush

I can't forget about this amazing Cambridge home of blogger, designer, fashion queen and mommy extraordinaire, Robin Anderson.  Robin can make blue for from electric and cool in her living room to playful and chic in her boys' room.  Oh and don't forget about her fabulous blue kitchen cabinets.  No white kitchen here.

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Black Blue

That is literally the name of the Farrow and Ball paint color I choose fro my own Family Room/Library.  Not quite black, not quite navy, this is easily my favorite room in our house.  I designed the built-in to work as both AV center and library; my contractor Dan Shanks and team made my builtin dreams a reality.   I've featured it on this blog before, but couldn't help including it again in this blue room round up.

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Happy Bluesday. (okay, I'll stop)

Sweet 2016 by Sarah

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"This is is the year of sweet 2016.  Work hard on managing your choices in that direction."

A yogi friend of mine said this to me the other day and I love this idea of "managing your choices."  Between working, being a mom, being a wife and all the other family, school, social, financial and home obligations we have, one can feel pulled in a million, little directions.  I like the idea of having a decision making end goal, a mission statement if you will.  Something to keep in mind every time another person or thing wants a piece of me.  Will this make my life "sweeter."

Of course there are things we HAVE to do.  Life isn't always a party, but there are also so many things I could edit out, or focus on differently.   Setting my phone in the charger as soon as I walk in the door and focusing on my kids?  Yes!  Constantly checking my email and messages after work hours?  No.

Simple but hard.  A lot can get filed under that mantra and looking back at my last year's resolutions I still have very similar goals. Some I have made head way on (selling my art!) Others could use some work (Ahem...phone, phone, phone.) I have come to really enjoy the stripping away and refocusing January offers.  Even in my surroundings.  The white, starkness of winter remind me to take a cure form nature; strip clean and turn the focus internal.

Happy New Year to you all.

Oh and if you are looking for a new blog to follow, check out my friend Rodin Anderson.  She has been blogging for quite some time now, but her site just got a fancy revamp and with both her boys in school now, she has found time for lots go great posts (unlike this wayward, infrequent blogger.)  I really love her writing and her minimalist/bohemian (oxymoron I know) vibe.  She just screams cool and is basically what I want to be when I got up (even though she is younger than me)...and she gave me this snazzy graphic shirt. Love it dressed up or down.

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New Years Fresh Start by Sarah

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It has become a bit of a tradition for my family to spend the week between Christmas and New Years down on the coast of south Georgia, at my parents home in Sea Island, GA.  Now, it is no secret to those who know me that I adore Christmas, but tradition of the beach is quickly rivaling my love of all things merry and bright.  Aside from the obvious benefits of walks on the beach, salt air and lush south Georgia forests, this time has come to be a cleansing process for me.  I look forward to the fresh austerity of January and the new year.  In truth, the new year may just be a number change on the calendar, but treating it like a fresh start allows us all to try (and pretend) to be that better version of ourselves.  That person who doesn't over indulge, who wakes up early, exercises more, drinks 8 glasses of water a day and gets more than 8 hours of sleep a night.  I am working on my personal and professional resolutions, but for now I am going to soak in the beautiful beach, enjoy a nice dinner at home with my family on New Years Eve and ring in the new year blissfully asleep...that or up feeding my 6 month old.  SeaIsland-2 IMG_4241 IMG_4239 IMG_4234 IMG_4232

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Happy New Year to you all and thank you for reading.  (PS one of my new years resolutions it to blog more...I promise.)

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Calgon (Anne Street Studios) take me away by Sarah

This week has been a doozey for multiple different reasons, so I thought I would share my little cure.  Anne Street Studios and her husband Kevin Burg's Instagram accounts.  I have talked about my love and admiration for this talented creative couple before and they just keep delivering.  I check there blog all the time, but their Instagram accounts offer that, well, instant gratification and beauty.  Warning: you will have to tuck that little green eyed monster into a closet.  There are some envy worthy travel adventures and images. One week they are in Bali on a photo shoot, the next week they are taking the Eurostar from London to Paris.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

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Cheers to a happy weekend.

Inspiration by Sarah

I took some time the other day to seek a little inspiration and lick my creative ego wounds.  Nothing like walking through the magnificent Boston Museum of Fine Art. caravaggio

 

Obsession/Inspiration - Amanda Brooks by Sarah

Almost two years ago Amanda Brooks quit her job as Barneys New York’s vice president and fashion director and left New York for a life in the English Country side with her family.  To say her new life in Oxforshire is storybook like, is an understatement.  Storybooks aren't this picturesque and "rustic" never looked this chic.  I am obsessed with following her in Instagram. Where she chronicles her daily activities such as riding, hunting, writing,  making perfect al fresco lunches for her family and chasing after an excaped pot belly pig here and there.  The Selby also did a editorial on their home and family life.  As a animal and horse obsessed little girl, this would have been my dream house in which to grow up.  Warning: It is all very landed-gentry, Downton Abby, Pride and Prejudice perfect.  I love it!

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A little girl's dream:

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More picturesque images from her Instagram:

Sorry for so many, I tried to edited down my favorites, but it was impossible.  I love them all.

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The kids are all right by Sarah

Late last night, as I was perusing my Pintrest boards, I caught sight of a fabulous photograph of a child. We are not talking the Christmas card family photography with which we are all familiar, but a cool, editorial style fashion image. It lead me to my new obsession...the blog Smudgetikka. The site is penned by Linda McLean, fashion director at Junior Magazine, a UK based publication. She blogs about her job, location scouting and all the great editorials she sees for children's fashion. (What is it about Europeans and great children's clothing?!?! No cartoon characters and silly princess crap, just darling, age appropriate clothes.)

This now has my mind churning with ideas for a children's fashion shoot. I adore working with my fashion clients and would love to bring that look to a children's shoot.

Here are some editorials pulled from Smudgetikka blog.

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I love the magical feel of this woodland themed shoot, by Beatrice Heydiri for Collezioni Magazine.

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And the princess in armor of this one by Emma Tunbridg.

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And Anders Hald for Petit Nord

I love all of them so much! Now excuse my while I go dress up my daughter in a Celtic warrior suit of arms and go photograph her by the water on a cloudy blustery day.

Thank you Harvard baseball team... by Sarah

I am now officially obsessed with this song.  I am sure many of you have already seen this video "sweeping the nation," but I love it.  It reminds me of everything I loved about college: fun bubble gum music, getting ready to go out with my roommates on a Friday night, boys, boys, boys...(yes my husband was a college athlete...I am a sucker...swoon), and then you get the goatee, razor sunglasses and chains around the neck.  Eeek!  Thank goodness college boys grow up. :)

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Pinning - the old fashion way by Sarah

Many of us have found out the fabulously addictive nature of Pintrest.  My boards serve a great forms of inspiration, cataloguing ideas and even grabbing hair styling tips when I am bored with my routine, but there is still something about a good old fashion inspiration board.  I finally had the opportunity to hang my big 6-foot by 4-foort bulletin board (and by me, I mean the awesome Lawrence McRae hung it for me...I owe him big.)   Part inspiration board and part piece of art, I just love walking into my studio each morning and seeing all my favorite images.  I won't show the whole thing yet, as my studio was just photographed for an amazingly exciting feature, but here are some teasers.  It is a mix of my favorite images and some of my work...see if you can find my stuff. :)

My big inspiration board:

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Snippets from my studio mate Erin Gate's inspiration board.

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Inspiration board from Tibi fashion show - SS 2012 collection

Photos: Sarah Winchester

And who doesn't love a good model board?

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And the queen of inspiration boards, Kelly Wearstler.  Photos from her blog, My Vibe Life.

 Have a happy weekend!