Category Archives: Tulsa

It’s been great, Tulsa!

October 23, 2014


The rose vine outside of our house in Tulsa.

If you have been wondering why it’s been so quiet around here, it’s because our little family has been preparing for a huge move overseas. We got word about 3 months ago that my husband’s job is relocating us to Paris, France! We are, obviously, super excited! We knew when we moved here that it would be temporary, but I never expected to become so attached to this little city in the middle of America. 2 weeks ago, we packed up the rest of our house in Tulsa and watched as all of our (remaining) things were loaded onto a moving truck. Things were so busy and chaotic that day that I didn’t have time to really let it sink in that this was really happening. That when I drove out of Tulsa that evening, that was it. We made some really amazing friends in Tulsa that we will miss so much. There are also some favorite places we will miss. I wanted to take a minute to share a few of my favorite things/places in Tulsa.


The Tavern – This has been our favorite restaurant in Tulsa. The food is locally sourced (mostly), and the dessert chef makes the best peach cobbler and baguette I have ever had. Also, the burger. I worked here for a few months when we first moved to Tulsa and I loved it.

Collages1Hodges Bend – Tulsa’s premier coffee/cocktail bar. We used to have our Friday happy hour dates here, and we were able to continue them throughout my pregnancy because they serve delicious ginger beer and mocktails.  Connor and I have had many life-planning conversations here.

Collages2Retro Den – Oh man! My heart! This is by far my favorite Tulsa business. I bought several vintage pieces from Retro Den over the past almost 3 years, and finally got the nerve to talk to the new owners, Ashley & Ashley one day. We have been friends since and I am so happy that I got the chance to know them!


Bison & Bear – another Tulsa favorite. B&B specializes in selling mens and womens clothing, outdoor gear, vintage finds, skin care products, coffee supplies, locally made goods and so much more.

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Downtown Tulsa Architecture – Tulsa boasts some of the most beautiful and well kept Art Deco buildings in the country. TFA offers monthly walking tours downtown where you can learn all about the history behind Tulsa’s downtown architecture.

Collages7Dwelling Spaces – another downtown gift shop that sells locally made art from clothing and jewelry to music and screenprinted art.


First Ward Studio – A new edition to Tulsa founded by two native Tulsans who returned after living in New York and Austin to root back down and open their own hair salon in a historical loft in the Blue Dome district. I love the vibe here!

Collages9And ofcourse, our house! We have a lot of memories here, specifically bringing home our newborn son to this house and starting the first  5 months of his life here. It was the perfect, 1050 sq ft space for us at this time in our lives, and we will always cherish it!

Tulsa, thank you for being so welcoming to us over the last 3 years. We have loved getting to know you and all you have to offer.

We are getting ready to fly to our new home in about 2 weeks! In the interim, we are in my hometown of Houston for the rest of October, enjoying some family and friend time before we hop over the pond. We cannot wait to start our new life in Paris, but we are enjoying getting to spend quality time with some very special people until then. As soon as we get settled, I will share more about our move and our new life over there. And, most importantly, finding and decorating an apartment in Paris! Needless to say I am beyond excited about it!!!!!


The Clever Bunny feature on Apartment Therapy!

April 3, 2014

ApartmentTherapyGuys! I am so excited to be featured on Apartment Therapy! One of my photography clients, Lindsey, let me share some photos of her daughter’s beautiful nursery. I took these the day that I took her (then) newborn Emerson’s baby portraits. Be sure to follow the link below to check out the post – thanks to Apartment Therapy for the feature!

Apartment Therapy: Emerson’s Soft, Sweet Space


Lately: On Instagram

February 19, 2014

IG2New shoes that are slowly disappearing from view// I started the Design Sponge 30 Day Minimalist Challenge – getting rid of stuff each day for a month// I’ve been keeping fresh tulips around the house in hopes of summoning spring// I can’t wait to have a cup of coffee. I gave it up when I learned I was pregnant and have been lusting after Connor’s for the past 7 months. This was at one of our favorite local coffee shop/bars, Hodges Bend here in Tulsa// Breaking in our new H&M chambray sheets – loving them// My sweet husband made me pancakes last weekend before he went out for a bike ride. It was a nice start to the day// I’m (WE!) are getting big! Almost 30 weeks now. Time flies!// I’ve been indulging in the post-Valentine stash of candy around the office.

Follow me on Instagram. What have you been up to lately??


The Christensens.

December 20, 2013

ChristensenFamilyPhotos-73I wanted to share a few shots from a recent family photo shoot with my dear friend Maren and her gorgeous family. I met Maren when I first moved to Tulsa at a thrift store – she was 7 months pregnant and was every bit the beautiful, glowing mommy-to-be. Maren and Grant are tall, beautiful, and have hearts of gold. So I knew their baby was destined for cuteness, too! Leif is a sweet one and a half year old with blonde curls and dimples. So, yeah, perfect!

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If you are a Tulsa or Oklahoma resident, check out my website for info on booking a shoot!


Dwell in the IDL: A tour of Downtown Tulsa Living Spaces.

December 17, 2013

Dwell in the IDL-97Earlier last month I was asked to do photos for The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture. They had two events in one weekend, and I tagged along for both. The second even was called Dwell in the IDL. It was a self guided tour that took place in Tulsa’s newly rejuvenated Brady and Blue Dome District, as well as the beautiful Art Deco District in heart of downtown Tulsa. One of my favorite things about this city is the beautifully kept architecture. One thing I learned from the TFA that for a long time, the real estate business lapses so badly in Tulsa that none had or wanted to invest the money into tearing down and rebuilding. Thankfully, because now we have all of these amazing historical buildings that are being preserved or renovated.

I wanted to share some of my favorite spots with you – I really loved every single home on the tour. It was such an awesome experience to get to see what downtown living in Tulsa is really like.

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Dwell in the IDL-37 Dwell in the IDL-38 Dwell in the IDL-43This was the second unit we toured at the Green Arch – a more traditional living space. I fell in love with the ply wood floors – it looked like they were nailed down with a few thick layers of poly over them. I love this as an alternative to hardwoods. The living space and kitchen were upstairs, and both bedrooms and bathroom was downstairs. Dwell in the IDL-56 Dwell in the IDL-55 Dwell in the IDL-58 Dwell in the IDL-60 Dwell in the IDL-63 Dwell in the IDL-62 Dwell in the IDL-71Images above are from a beautiful home located in the Brady district. I am not sure on the square footage, but if i had to guess, I would say about 2,500. It has tons of windows and as you can see, huge sky lights. I loved all the light beaming in from everything direction. The floor plan was completely open with a small loft upstairs that acts as a guest room. Some fun features of this amazing space are its elevator and the floating t.v. behind the mirror in the bathroom:

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See? How crazy is that?

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Images above are from my favorite space on the tour, First Ward Hair Studio. Jessica & James are a really cute couple that both originate from Tulsa but have lived in New York and, most recently, Austin working as hair stylists. They moved back to Tulsa on an impulse when this space became available, and converted the 1920’s loft into a studio/living space. A lot of the features are original – the floors in the back, the patches of old painted walls and exposed brick. Those features, combined with Jessica and James’ impeccable taste, make this space look like a dream come true. I made sure to quickly book an appointment with Jessica after meeting her, and my affection for her and her talent are just as strong as my affection for her amazing studio.Dwell in the IDL-117 Dwell in the IDL-121 Dwell in the IDL-122Images above are of the historic Mayo building. As you can see from the hallway, this building used to be offices. In order to register as a historic building, they have kept up many of the Mayo’s historical features.

Dwell in the IDL-123Lastly is a project I am really, really anxious to see. A group has purchase the old YMCA downtown and is renovating the building into downtown living. This is a photo of the old pool that they dug up. Rumor has it that the old basketball court upstairs will be maintained as flooring for at least one unit!

Check out the TFA’s website for more info on their events and on purchasing a membership.

Visit Green Arch Apartments website for more info on renting a retail or living space (or both!)

Call First Ward or email to make an appointment by clicking HERE.