Monday, January 21, 2013

A picture is worth...

‘Everything in its perfect time. Everything is unfolding. And I’m enjoying where 
I am now, in relationship to where I’m going. Content where I am, and eager 
for more,” that is the perfect vibrational stance.’ - Abraham Hicks

Yes! Wishing, eager for what's ahead, yet content right where I am...

* image via [ murray mitchell ]

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Project: [Mod]ern Sophistication

So excited that I can finally share a work project with you that I've been anxiously awaiting 
the debut of for months...the room styling for Rejuvenation's newest line of Mod lighting!

It's amazing how different this light can look, just depending on the aesthetic of the room. 
We landed on a sophisticated mid-century mix of design for our catalog in-home this week, but...

photographer: michael jones, stylist: me!
There is something I really like about the juxtaposition of blending it with 
a more eclectic, collected feel in this San Francisco Victorian home.
photographer: alex farnum, stylist: rosy strazzeri-fridman
photographer: alex farnum, stylist: rosy strazzeri-fridman
And it even seems to work well in this 100 year old farmhouse in the country.
photographer: alex farnum, stylist: me!
I so rarely see myself working, it was funny to find/have sent to me a few 
of these outtakes from the shoot. I seem pretty intent on the details!
image via [ design sponge ]
One last tidbit - you may recognize the home from a home tour featured on Design Sponge - or not! Half the fun was working with Rosy to really mix up the look of her home...I loved it as is, but we needed the light to 'pop' a little more than it did against the white walls. 
What do you think? Any favorites?

All-in-all - a lovely job & crew- and launch of a beautiful new product!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Morning Stretch

Leisurely beginning my day...
A little yoga in front of the fire, a cup of coffee - 
then off to Mount Hood to romp in the snow for the day!

* image via [ elsa may ]

Friday, January 11, 2013

Baking up a batch...

Right this very minute - Thinnest Oatmeal Cookies!
I work hard to eat well & take care of myself, so what's a girl to do when that sweet tooth hits, or she needs to bake off a little stress (I think deeply while mixing up a batch of cookies in-particular!) you ask? She whips up these (fairly healthy!) Oatmeal Cookies, and shares a few with friends...

*images & recipe for thinnest oatmeal cookies via [ 101 cookbooks ]

Little Life Moments: My Best Self

Little life moments with my children this week left me thinking...
It was nothing out of the ordinary mind you, but I came away tonight with the realization that I am truly at my best self, my truest self, when I'm with them. I laugh freely, hug & kiss often - and am witty without even trying. I'm honest, transparent even, no matter how difficult the question. I'm strong, yet tender when they need to see that too. They know I weep openly while watching movies in public. I over-think all my parenting prior & after the fact of being with them, but in the moment I thoughtfully speak and am focused, present and somehow seem to have the answers right on queue. I play and sing out loud, and car dance at stop lights. I am more than a little spunky. 
I'm completely myself, relaxed & at ease. 

Crazy to think I almost forewent having children at all, keeping my focus on career - and more than a little afraid that I'd repeat all of my mother's mistakes. Funny thing was, I actually learned from her, and there weren't just mistakes to glean tidbits from, but some maternal wisdom embedded into my psyche as well that would guide me through my own journey of motherhood. And of course there were these two new people in the world that although were reliant on me for much, were not about to let me move forward in life without teaching me some pretty profound lessons of their own (even though I wasn't aware I needed the lessons in the first place!). I can only hope I'm growing and evolving enough as a person to share and trust this truest self with more of the adults that surround me in my day to day - she's the best me, so why would I hold any of her back? Hmmm - yet another obvious 'aha' I think my children knew already. Thank God for the journey of motherhood, and that I was so truly blessed to be able to experience one of its many incarnations. I wouldn't have been even a fraction of the person I am today without it. 

* image via [ modern hepburn ]

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Let's do this!

Here it is, the first day of 2013. I'm so ready to get going & see all the adventures that the new year is going to bring my way! For me, it also is the perfect day for hauling out the tree & packing away the decorations until next year...feels pretty darn good to start fresh with my own home walls full of possibility all around! I may have to re-mix my decor for fun, come to think of it.
We'll see how day one unfolds...

* images via [ T/F & a well traveled woman ]

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Letting Go.

This is a bit unusual for me; I normally post pretty little things for you, & don't write from the heart or from my journals here. But yesterday with my little family I unexpectedly had to put my dog down due to complications from cancer that overtook him in a matter of weeks. In tribute to one very wise, sweet dog soul - I wanted to share a few of my favorite snapshots of dogs I can't help to capture when I'm out & about. I can no longer walk past these lovely creatures due to my own wonderful boy who taught me to see dogs for the amazing creatures they are, love more freely, and to be a better dog owner - no...human...after having the privilege of knowing him for such a brief time.
My sweet boy Boden - one very happy 145lb. Bernese Mountain Dog who never did figure out he really wasn't the appropriate size for a lap dog. What you can't see here is that he is fully stretched out between my legs having his chest & belly rubbed. He was about 6 feet long when stretched out. I am 5'3" and about 105 pounds. Luckily he started out life much smaller & we grew up together in many ways. I forgive you boy for all those skinned knees & two broken fingers I suffered while we figured out how to go running together (years 1-3!)!
Boden's first snow as a puppy just coming to live with us. 
My regular photographer's French Poodle Coco that I was so lucky to visit at home one day.
I adore the days that she comes & hangs out with us at the photo studio. 
My favorite rescue dog & running buddy, Basil. My co-worker Nicole is a dog whisperer and has helped bring back two Australian Shepherds that were more or less written off as damaged goods.
Note to self: a little love & patience often goes a long, long way.
Photoshoot dogs...the homeowners often leave us for the day, but their furry companions usually aren't far away.  

I was trying to work, but just had to make time to throw the ball for our friend here. Over and over.
And over! Playing is the perfect stress relief when the shots aren't going as well as planned - dogs are smart.
What a lucky six-year-old this dog has.
He didn't take his eyes off her for a moment while she was romping in the river behind me.

As hard as it was to kiss Boden's nose & tell him I loved him, thank him for being such a good dog & friend one last time - it was time to let him go as I vaguely heard the veterinarian say something along the lines of internal bleeding, nothing more they could do. I think one of the hardest things I've had to do in my short life was to grab my daughter's hand as all she could choke out while holding onto a handful of fur was 'love you, love you' and lead her from the room while she couldn't contain her grief any longer. And leave my older son who was forcing the grief off to stay with his dog until the very last breath. I wanted to be there too, but knew that our boy knew, that I needed to be with his girl that wasn't quite grown up enough to stay with her brother to the bittersweet end. In fact, he nudged me toward her before I even realized it truly was time to go. My last memory is glancing behind me as I closed the door, only to catch a glimpse of a softly wagging tail signaling that he had loved us all, his family, too.

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