We spent a month in my hometown of Houston, Texas in August. We returned to Paris on Saturday and my way of battling jet lag has been to relive the month via photos that I took for several Apartment Therapy home tours I shot while there. It was so great to get to shoot my friends homes, as well as a couple of people I didn’t know prior to photographing their homes. Marina & Sebastiano are recent transplants to Houston from NYC. They were used to limited space when they lived in New York, so purchasing a home in Houston meant a whole lot of firsts, including furnishing a 2 bedroom house in the historic Heights neighborhood close to downtown Houston. In my early 20′s I worked in the Heights. I used to ride my bike to work and wind through the neighborhoods to get off of the busy streets and admire all of the early 20th century craftsman houses. A lot of homeowners in this neighborhood are tearing down and rebulding more modern style homes (which I also like), so it’s nice to see that some people are preserving the history of this neighborhood with modern, innovative remodels. Check out the full home tour, survey and resource list over at Apartment Therapy!
Well hello! Things have come to screeching halt around here and here’s why: I have a new gig working over at Apartment Therapy! AT has been one of my favorite home and lifestyle blogs for years, suffice to say, I am VERY excited to be joining their team as a home tour contributor.
My first post was published two days ago. My new and very gracious friends Tim and Libby allowed me to shoot their beautiful Parisian apartment and I am so excited that I get to share it with all of you!
Hop on over to Apartment Therapy and check out the post. I will keep you updated on the home tours I will be contributing in the future.
I’ll be travelling back to the states (to Houston and Austin, Texas) for the month of August, so I will be doing some home tours there as well. When I return to Paris, I have a few more European home tours lined up.
I have that one shelf in my living room that I never know how to arrange. We ditched most of our books back home in the U.S., so we don’t have enough to fill up a whole shelf at this point. Over the past few months living in Europe, I’ve collected a small treasure trove of keepsakes that I want to display, but admittedly, arranging or merchandising a display has never been a huge talent of mine. So I decided to try the shelf 3 ways to see which fit the best in this small corner of my home. On each shelf, I kept one thing in place and switched out the rest to accessorize. The top shelf has a black and white framed design, the middle shelf has two boxes that store photos and cards, and the bottom shelf has a stack of books.
1.) The Green Shelf
I love buying these big, green, tropical leaves in leui of flowers.
2.) The Sentimental Shelf
This shelf is a little more cluttered but is full of things special to me. Photographs of my family, a couple of Colin’s toys, some baskets from a friend, a small collection of rocks/sea shells I keep from each of our family trips.
3.) The Tchotchke Shelf:
1/ Muuto “Restore” Small Item Storage
2/ Menu Stone Storage Jars
3/ Muuto Visu Woodbase Chair in Pink
4/ Menu Tribeca Reade Table Lamp
5/ Menu Wire Base
6/ Normann Copenhagen Tablo Table
7/ Menu Chamber Light Candle Holder
8/ Muuto “The Dots” Wall Hanging System
9/ Menu Steel Wall Clock in Green
10/ Normann Copenhagen Block Table (tea cart)
Last weekend we took a train from Paris to Bayuex, France, a small town just south of the Normandy coastline. Bayeux has the oldest tapestry known to date, as well as a beautiful cathedral that was built in the same era as Notre Dame. I found an amazing old farmhouse to stay in on Airbnb, a.k.a. my favorite way to travel. The farmhouse we rented was in Cormolain, about a 25 minute drive south of Bayeux, and was recently converted into a loft on the top floor, with 3 beds, a small toddler sized bed and a beautiful bathroom overlooking a wood storage space and the prairies behind the house. There are a few things I look for in an Airbnb. One is obviously space. Since we were travelling with 5 people (one being tiny, but still), I wanted to make sure we had enough room to sprawl out and get comfy, and not feel on top of eachother. Also, travelling with a baby makes hotel rooms virtually impossible – we need a kitchen to clean bottles and make small meals for him, and we need room for him to crawl/toddle around in. This Airbnb had all of those things, and more!
Corinne, our wonderful host, did a really amazing job making this space feel huge, open, and contemporary, while still adding in a few details that made the space feel old world French. We definitely felt like we were on a farm – there were sheep outside and a beautiful little garden. Still, it was so clean and contemporary – we really had the best of both worlds here.
Every single detail was perfect and in it’s place…
Another interesting feature was the huge picture window in the bathroom that looked out into a small cave that housed fire wood (there was a small fournace in the living room downstairs. Corinne had a fire going for us when we got there to “warm the place for the baby”). The wood cave also had a huge picture window looking out onto the prairies of the farm. It was so beautiful.
For so long, I have been striving for a minimalist aesthetic in my own home, and often things can look a little cold or too contemporary. Corinne mixed both modern and traditional design aesthetics perfectly. It was so inspiring! I need to head back to the flea markets here in Paris soon so that I can start adding some details like these to my home.