Thursday, April 29, 2010

Julie Kubal: Beautiful Baby Photography

Last June, shortly after we moved into our house, DC-based documentary child photographer Julie Kubal came over to take photos of our little man, Cashion. We wanted heirloom-quality photography to help us remember his first year, and that's exactly what we got.

Julie's work is vibrant and striking -- and not just with regard to color. She was able to accurately capture our son's personality, and she has a great sense of composition. On top of that, she's really easy to work with and is a mom herself, so she knows how to interact with little ones. We highly recommend working with her.

We bought individual photos as well as a 5x5" album (see photos above). It's a great size -- it's portable, yet big enough to appreciate the images. And you have a choice of several lovely fabrics for the cover.

It's been almost a year since the photo shoot, and we love and appreciate the photos more and more as time passes.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I Heart Sarah Richardson

Ok, I just need to talk about how much I love Sarah Richardson, the Canadian designer. I first heard of her a few years ago when I came across the show Design Inc., which follows her and her team (including her sassy design partner, Tommy) from the beginning to the end of a project that her firm takes on. This year HGTV has been airing Sarah’s House (and its sequels) here in the U.S., where she buys a house, guts it, and then renovates and designs it. I am mesmerized by the show whenever I happen to catch it.

I love how she mixes contemporary with vintage; color and pattern; and affordable, chain-store furniture and accessories with one-of-a-kind, custom pieces (e.g., I believe the duvet, above, is from Pottery Barn). Her designs are well put together, yet accessible.

My dream home would be something designed by her—top to bottom, inside and out. (Well, I'd want a little input.) I love almost everything she does.

The curtains in this nursery are from Ikea. We have the same ones in our house in our family/play room!

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