A Tour :: Fenway Victory Gardens

>> Tuesday, July 22, 2014

For the past three years I have wanted to document our little city garden and garden neighbors in Fenway, but most days hauling my tools and babies down there seemed like enough work in itself. A couple of weeks ago Remi grabbed his scooter, rendering me one less child to push, so I grabbed my camera.
This is my favorite garden. This guy started gardening here 20 years ago, I believe, and now he does it professionally. People are always staring into his garden like a bunch of creeps. Uh em

This guy has dozens of pots in his garden, I love it. Collections always add charm don't they? It reminds me of the backyard in the tv show Parenthood, which is exactly what we want our one day backyard to look like.
We compost. 
Some people have legit farms.
There is also a community plot that is handicap accessible. Ours plot is right across the path and it's a really neat thing to see this space get used. Pushing a stroller through the city gives you a little insight on accessibility or lack thereof. When I have to do things like ask a stranger to help me carry my double stroller down a flight of stairs because the T elevator is out of order, it really frustrates me for people that that are not just inconvenienced, but stranded. If you live in Boston and notice something like this, the city has a twitter handle under @notifyboston. It's a productive way to complain! I use it often and they are fairly responsive. 

A couple of years ago a huge tree fell down along the main path, right into our plot. The lady that had our plot was older and did not want to garden in the full sun. So she moved plots and we became city gardeners. Sometimes Berkeley students play music on the stump, which is always cool. 
And here is our space. I am doing good on everything this year, EXCEPT grass. I let my oldest garden helper assist me with the weed and feed dispenser. He went a little heavy in some areas (i.e. full handfuls on the ground) so the grass burned and the weeds blossomed. 
And this guy lives here along with 4,000 of his relatives. He's no Smokey from Florida. All of the gardners are terrorized by these little bunnies who eat everything, including a little boxwood I planted next to the playhouse last year. I only had enough energy to fortress my vegetable box while other gardeners have protected their entire plot.
We come here mostly to play and escape the concrete. It's no show garden. My neighbor told me those vine-ish weeds are called Cape Cod Ivy and I love Cape Cod, so I decided to quit pulling them:)
The boys get dirty like little boys should.
 And I am constantly reminded that I need to stick to hearty plants.
Only three blocks away from our building, it's such a nice escape. 
Want to hear something hilarious...that new building on the right? A Target in the base! A TARGET!!? I am moving in less than two months and they are hanging drywall in a TARGET across the street from where I live. Oh, the irony.


Boston Globe Magazine

>> Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Last month I had the huge honor of having one my my projects photographed by my friend Michael for the Boston Globe Magazine's "Family Friendly" issue. And thanks to his crazy good camera skills, we made the cover! Lynn, one of my favorite clients ever, worked in the magazine industry prior to motherhood so she had a good idea how things were going to work. And then my sweet, sweet friend Lindsay helped with styling, schlepping, and all the other glorious stuff no one reading those glossy pages ever sees. It was hands down the most fun shoot I've been a part of. The cherry on top was total cooperation by the star of the show, Miss Anna. Here are some pics that were included in the article and some that were did not. You can read the article, written by my talented friend Marni Katz, here.

 Thanks, Boston Globe Magazine!!


Big News!

>> Monday, June 23, 2014

In mid September my crew, along with my little business (new website!), will be relocating to Nashville!

More ramblings on how excited/sad, relieved/nervous, and mostly thankful we are to follow. I will be feverishly wrapping up projects and orchestrating photoshoots for the remainder of the summer. I'm sure to be back in Boston for ongoing work for a while, but if you are in the Nashville area and looking for a designer, I hope to be taking on new work towards the end of October!

Did you think I was going to say I was pregnant again?!?
This is probably better news seeing as we already have one baby in our closet:)


Phone Dump

>> Thursday, May 29, 2014

Remember this house? It looks like this now. White really does fix everything. Shiplap going up in the kitchen this week. This one's going to be a beaut.
Bryan Sabbe took his first selfie...
..with instructions to show Remi (who says he wants to work in the hos-i-pital). But Remi, internet...same thing, right? I keep telling the kid that my job is way more fun than the hos-i-pital.

I recently obtained some free flowers for a photoshoot. Living on the edge. I would like to shoot all projects during Dogwood season. But eventually I would end up in jail.

If my 2D floor plans are not cutting it for you, you can plan out your furniture with newspaper like this client did. She cracks me up, so precise. It was like Flat Stanley, but flat living room. Who would like flat living room mailed to their house!? 
And then she let me go all crazy on this wall, sans newspaper plans.
Living on the edge.
I painted a pair of these spindle beds I found on CL last week. Not the easiest thing to paint.
And then I moved on to this monster this week.
Priming inside of a 5x8 storage unit. Really glamorous stuff going on over here. RIP, brain cells.
All three beds are for a really special project I am working on for a local non-profit. Will share more soon!

Move over Super White, I have a new love, Wicked White. So New England. 
Using this in a really fun South End project.

Remi took a stab as my intern.  His presentation skills were pretty lacking and he required way too many snacks. Nepotism is always a little tricky. 
Then I found Katherine.
Total diva, cannot really read her writing...but she pretty much nails it in the fashion department.
And she's obviously been reading design mags. Fancy heels seem to be in every stylist's prop bag these days.

After five years of visiting, I just noticed my friend Natalie's back stairs are the most awesome shade of green.

I found three stools in my building's dumpster, so naturally they are now in my storage unit. I have no idea what I will do with them. I already have our old stools in storage to make room for the kids play table. Old habits die hard.

And we're still in construction on this little bathroom in Cambridge. Here was the before.  I love how you can see the ceiling fixture in the mirror. Such a nice surprise thoroughly planned and executed design feature.
Among other things, we are still waiting on doors for that laundry closet. But we added a laundry closet in a previously non-laundry apartment! That's big time city stuff right there.

Speaking of befores. I recently showed my tile guy this post to show him how we used his product. He said, "that's cool how you just put the 12x12 right on the wall with no top cap" which of course was the before. Come on, Victor.

And that is what I have spared y'all from oversharing on Instagram!

Speak of Instagram. Can I just ask, what is going on when a 72 year old lady has less wrinkles than me?

I'm all about filtering, but I think we all need to take a cue from Jenny and practice keeping it real.
 Hands down, my favorite IG account.


Loft Bathroom Renovation: Before and After

>> Monday, May 12, 2014

If we are Facebook friends, you probably saw this last week. But I wanted to share some photos from a project I finished earlier this year. New England Home ran a little story about it on their blog, which you can read HERE (thanks again, Paula!) This is one of my favorite projects to date for one reason, my client let me design. Like, really design. Sometimes clients with good intentions hire me but they never really give me the reigns. Grace let me drive the whole buggy from start to finish and it. was. fun. 
My favorite part was the linen closets we carved out. You can see the ends of the doors in the image above. We put outlets on the inside for her electric toothbrush and hair dryer. Small is not bad when you know how to make it work for you. And we made it werk!
after photos by the talented Michael J. Lee


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