This past summer we had some dear friends move away. 
They were only here a few years but they became a big part of our lives. 
When we found out they were moving, everyone prayed that a family 
just as great would buy their house.

Guess what?
It happened. 

The new family moved in and called me after a few weeks of living without furniture in their great room. They had moved from their city dwelling and now had room to spread out in the suburbs. 
We met and they shared some ideas. I listened to their wishlist. 
Their great room had some challenging angles and an outdated paint scheme. 

Here is that first day (and the photo above):

Do you love the free weights just hanging out in the middle of the room?
I think at one point there was a camp chair or two. 

The angled fireplace is always an interesting challenge. 
We had to balance it out with a built-in for the TV and all her favorite family photos.

All the new space gave the owners some heart palpitations and left them perplexed as to how to "style" the built-in. A few quick shopping trips and voila! Styled Living.

Styled Serenity in the Burbs. 

It's been awhile folks and I have been busy spinning my creative wheels all over the country. 
What have I been doing? it is....
I have always had a love of photography.
I started taking pictures in high school photography class and fell hard. Hard in love with capturing that moment in time when something awesome was happening. I was in high school. 
Everything was awesome.
In college I took some art and photography classes, annoyed my roomates with my boxes of photos, and filled physical albums (remember those) with my amatuer shots. But alas, I did not appreciate the power of my camera until I became a mom and had babies. 
That's when it clicked (no pun intended). I began taking hundreds of pictures of the baby's every move and it became an exciting hobby. 
Today it remains a hobby that allows me to share my talents.

Within the last few years I have taken many, many photos of friends and families and some amazing murals and architectural relics. 
I love finding interesting locations and seeing the magic happen behind the lens. 
I love playing catch with the sunrises and sunsets that can create amazing photos.
But most of all I love the "high" I get when I leave a photo shoot with friends and I know I hold incredible moments of their lives in my camera. 

Here are some of my favorite images from 2016:


If you want senior photos, wedding photos, or incredibly fun mini sessions....
I have three friends that have incredible full service photography businesses in IL, GA, and OH
and they are SO inspiring with their work. They are crazy amazing with their ideas and originality. 
I love seeing what they come up with next. 
Let me know if you'd like links to their work. 

I should probably start off by making a confession.
Sometimes I find myself feeling "underqualified" when I walk into a client's home.
Some homes are so beautifully styled AND when I walk in I silently 
ask myself 'what do they need me for?'
This was definitely the case nearly two years ago when I first met Diane. She was looking for some help and direction in her husband's office. We had a really fun time shopping together at the flea market (dragged him along that day) and bonding over great ideas. 
She is like my soul sister as far as interior style goes.
So when she called me this past summer and asked for some help in her powder room I was crazy excited to work on another space in her home.
She showed me her pinterest boards and we bounced some various ideas around. 
The end result is perfect for her family of three men and one gorgeous woman.
It has a fantastic vintage vibe with modern touches at every turn.
This large zinc mirror was originally meant to be a "leaner" against the wall. We LOVED it though and after hours of looking, we realized we would never find a better mirror. It is stunning and reflects the modern wall tile in the shower on the opposite wall.
Love this vintage basin sink and unexpected towel storage below.
The towel holder next to the sink has an antique twin located next to the toilet. 
Guess what it says?
That's what you get when you live in a HOUSE of BOYS :)
Diane and her family visited Italy this past summer and I sent her on a mission before she left to find Italian architecture that we could use as artwork.
Stunning pictures of Italian doors were matted, framed and hung above the toilet.
Perfect detail.
The tile on the shower walls looks like weathered barnwood with an unexpected 
hex pattern of grays and browns on the custom shower floor.
Such a great space that just oozes her family's style. 
Love it!

Some stories are best told in pictures.
This story is about a Master Bathroom in serious need of an update.
I have two dear friends that are lovely and amazing. I wanted their bathroom to reflect that. 
I wanted it to have function, more space, some fun, and be a place to relax and unwind.
Thankfully, this was also their wish list.

Before the renovation, this was the bathroom. 

You see the issues. A massive corner tub that the cat used as a bed, two sink areas with little 
storage and a crowded shower.

Soooooooo.......we eliminated the linen closet.....and created a larger shower
Relocated plumbing to accommodate a new soaking tub....
(note the special ledge for wine glasses and the fun chandy)
And designed a custom vanity to house ALL the things they use everyday....
The end result is really special. My friends and I had a lot of fun in the process and all their wishes came true.  I even convinced them to add a TV on the vanity 
for long soaks in the tub. 
(Can't miss an episode of Real Housewives...can we?)

Wishes can be granted.

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