Aug 16, 2016
As the mid summer heat wears on, I find it difficult to crave anything that isn’t cold, light, and refreshing. So naturally when I was given the opportunity to shoot Julia Moskin’s recipe I was ecstatic to add another dish to my summer cooking repertoire. Southern cooking has revealed another hidden gem that I was proud to photograph: The best chicken salad.
I’ll be the first to admit that mayonnaise at midday in the summer isn’t usually my first choice, which is why this revamped classic is so appealing. A unique method for poaching the chicken adds texture and moisture back into the meat, while the sour cream (or homemade crème fraîche) lightens the load that traditional mayonnaise-based chicken salads will bring to the table. What is so great about this recipe – besides its versatility – is the easy preparation, as the core cooking competencies required include cutting veggies and boiling water. The contrast between crisp bits of celery, nuts, and melt-in-your-mouth chicken is reminiscent of your grandmother’s cooking, except that you made it all by yourself. She would be so impressed!
This recipe brings life to a classic yet simple fan favorite, and offers a cool and refreshing break from the hot summer sun. Make your grandmother proud and try out the recipe for yourself.
Apr 20, 2016
Last fall I had the wonderful opportunity to work with New Beauty again. This time we were shooting Katie Couric's bathroom for the Beauty Access piece in the current issue (Spring 2016), now out on newsstands. I had a blast working with Katie's make up artist to style and photograph her bathroom and beauty regime and I'm super happy with how the feature came out!
Mar 12, 2016
Last summer I photographed and styled Tamron Hall's bathroom and beauty regime for New Beauty's, Beauty Access piece for the winter/spring 2016 issue. It's always fun to meet someone in person after you've watched them on TV for years. Tamron was so sweet and accommodating and we're all very happy with how her feature came out!
Feb 25, 2016
I feel very lucky to work with such seriously talented interior designers. Working for different designers with different styles has made me appreciate and love each individual style out there. And Becca Galbraith of Becca Interiors is one of those designers. I recently photographed her home in DUMBO Brooklyn and was mesmerized by the subtle yet somehow bold color palettes she used. Walking into this space was like stepping into a calming, serene oasis and I immediately felt at home. Becca's style feels so effortless and complete and I love how she highlighted the original features of the building such as the wood beams and large windows through the design of the space.
I'm very excited to share that my photos of her home are in the current issue of Rue Magazine, along with a fantastic write up by Kelli Lamb.
Feb 2, 2016
Nov 4, 2015
Today I am reminiscing of warmer summer days with Diane Guariglia's (Dyfari Interiors) beautiful room from the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse that I photographed back in July. I love Diane's work and I always have so much fun photographing it.
Her master bedroom at the showhouse was the eptiome of summer vibes and when I walked in I immediately felt relaxed and happy. The palette is neutral but warm and tied together with gold accents and naturally textured pieces. I wanted to stay and climb into that gorgeous bed!
Jul 7, 2015
I love color. It simply makes my heart sing. And if you follow my work, I guarantee you've seen a theme of color shine through in many of my photos. I love working with Kristin because she shares that same love of color. I've photographed her home countless times for features and her book (Crafting A Colorful Home) and I always get so excited to spend time on her beautiful farm and play with all the color in her house. She recently started making her pottery again which really excites me! (I love everything she makes). So we spent some time photographing a few of her pieces when I came for a visit back in May. Look at her tremendous artistry...I can't decide if I want to eat off of her plates or hang them up on my wall!
You can purchase these beauties at Kristin's Etsy shop.
Jun 26, 2015
Artist's homes are always so unique and inspiring. I may be biased, as I'm an artist myself, but in all my years of shooting interiors I have always found creative people's homes to be the most interesting spaces to photograph. And another that follows suit is potter, Lucy Fagella's farmhouse in Western Mass.
It's charming, cozy, warm, bright, inviting...I could go on. Lucy and her partner, Terri redid the kitchen using wood and glass from an old barn that was torn down on the property when they moved in. They also renovated the barn attached to the home into Lucy's pottery studio. It once housed hay and tractor equipment and is now a beautiful space for Lucy to work in and teach her pottery classes. They have a large garden, a greenhouse and chickens that sustain them for the majority of the year.
Lucy was also kind enough to let me watch her work. I had never seen a potter throw before so I was slightly freaking out with excitment while I was watching her do her thing. Lucy is incredibly talented and I love her pottery. The green/blue hues she uses are so soothing..I drink my morning tea out of one of her mugs every morning and it makes my day!
To view more photos of Lucy's house and to read about the story behind, check out her feature we put together on Houzz.
Jun 6, 2015
I absolutely love photographing designer show houses! It's so much fun to watch the designers transform their rooms into a beautiful piece of art. This year I covered Kips Bay for Houzz again and it was quite stunning. I love seeing what designers do when they don't have a client to please.
Pattern was definitely a theme throughout the house and I love that a lot of the designers incorporated bold colors into their rooms. Here are a few of my favorites from this year's house and to see the full article, on Houzz, with all the rooms and sourcing info click here.
Mark D. Sikes, Dining Room: Up in the Villa
Christopher Peacock, Kitchen: The Lambourne Collection
Janice Parker Landscape Architects, Terrace: A Garden Grove
David Phoenix, Bedroom: Luxury Sanctuary
Clive Christian, Dressing Room
Philip Mitchell Design, Stairwell: Torridon Stair Gallery
Michael Herold, Laundry Room: Las Palmas
Thom Filicia, Study: A Study in Style
Peter J. Sinnott IV, Bathroom
Cathy Kincaid Interiors, Bedroom
Rottet Studio, Roof Terrace: Toit-Terrasse
Alan Tanksley, Study: Pavlos' Retreat
McMillen, Guest Bedroom: Rio Room
Greener by Design, Terrace
Pavarini Design, Lounge: Midnight Manhattan
Tilton Fenwick, Dining Lounge
Branca, Family Room: Le Salon Rouge
Apr 27, 2015
Oh my goodness, you guys, check out this eye candy.
I had the pleasure of photographing Diane Guariglia's, of Dyfari Interiors, jaw dropping room at this year's Home Is Where The Heart Is Showhouse in Mill Neck, New York. The colors she used are so bold and juicy, I seriously didn't want to leave and I love that this showhouse benefits the American Heart Association. Diane teamed up with Robert Allen and Beacon Hill for these gorgeous fabrics.
If you have a chance to visit the home, I strongly recommend it! You will love seeing Diane's room in person and the rest of the house is just as beautiful.
Nov 24, 2014
I photographed this delicious, vegetarian, Thanksgiving menu that the wonderful ladies at Oh My Veggies are sharing. The spread includes traditional sides with a twist, gravy and a main dish!
Click on the dish titles to get the full recipes and even more photos. We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 11, 2014
This time of year there is so much beautiful color outside, so sometimes it's nice to let that color be the star and work with neutrals on the inside. Meagan Camp styled this beautiful, non-traditional, autumnal tablescape keeping this in mind. Soft, creamy white linens, neutral serveware, warm woods, splashes of gold and a few outdoor elements like these branch clippings and pumpkin make for a sophisticated, fall setting. This is a dinner party I would love to be invited to!
Oct 11, 2014
Becca Galbraith is a new and budding interior designer and I was very excited to work on photographing one of her first spaces. I love that the homeowners were bold and went with the deep blue walls. With the abundance of light coming in through the window it balances out the space without leaving it feeling too dark. It makes for a cozy and sophisticated den that is perfect for sipping a glass of wine with a friend or relaxing in front of the TV in that beautiful built-in!
Aug 15, 2014
At the end of July I was invited to photograph the launch party of Hudson Woods by Lang Architecture in Kerhonkson, New York. Growing up in the Hudson Valley has lead me to become a huge supporter of all things upstate NY so I said yes in a heartbeat.
Imagine driving through windy, mountain roads with gorgeous scenery and views of the Catskills, (some paved, some not), hardly any cell service, just you and nature. Then you pull down a stone driveway that opens up into a beautiful home that has a modern cabin feel, chock full of beautiful wood tones, handmade furniture and fixtures and complete with a salt water pool that has a backdrop of the surrounding woods. My only question- when can I move in?
The launch party for the model home was styled by my friend, Meagan Camp. Meagan also styles the home every weekend for viewings, using pieces from local antique stores and makers, as well as high end retailers such as West Elm and Hammertown. For a complete list of the makers and pieces in these photos click here!
Jul 21, 2014
The Holiday House Hamptons presented by HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens) showhouse this year was something really special. It took place in an 1881 historic Watchcase factory in Sag Harbor, NY. The home itself was split into 3 buildings: a loft, a bungalow and a townhouse. The designers did such a great job of creating a summer/beach inspired palette of rooms, here are some of my favorites (see more photos and read more about each space in my article for Houzz):
Huniford Design Studio:
Tamara Magel Home:
West Chin Architects & Interior Designers:
Elizabeth Dow Home:
Jen Going Interiors:
ID Creations by Iris Dankner:
And of course some beautiful Hamptons scenery: