On a particularly warm day a few months ago C.C. Boyce from Few Bits, photographer Bethany Nauert and I embark on a day of shooting handmade wooden planters and lamps for the Few Bits lookbook. This shoot was particularly dear to me because of all the creative styling freedom that was given. Meeting with designer/friend/maker C.C. to discuss color pallets, visual direction and overall vibe of the shoot was easy, natural, how all professional encounters should be. The idea of using vintage floral wallpaper as the backdrop for the wooden lamps, took a little convincing but she trusted my vision and the it came out better than expected. The wallpaper above is my absolute favorite and is now hanging in my studio.
I have to give a big shout out to the Bethany for being simply amazing at what she does: making non-pressure atmosphere to work in. To explore different ideas. Let me play. Also to nudge us in a direction that she is thinking will look better on camera and was (of course) is always spot on.
And as any good prop stylist/border line hoarder the excuse to go searching for more home goods makes everything that much sweeter. I scored Ernesto (the handsome male portrait) at a local thrift store for $5!! He had to be mine.
To say I am happy the way everything turned out is an understatement. I hope all shoots with other makers will be as sweet and rewarding as this. Thanks to Refinery29 for including Few Bits in their ‘Make your home feel cozy’ round up (and for using an image that I styled!!!). Check out more images on Few-Bits.com and look out for the next round of images from our shoot.
Ah, the moon. The big orb in the night sky that we blame our crazy behavior on. The moon has always been at the top of my wandering thoughts. So much myth and mystery behind it. What did ancient man really think of it? How come we don’t have more than one? Why is it just so romantic? I am also fascinated by the phases and significance it gives to different times of year. For instance tonight is the Hunter’s Moon – the first full moon after the harvest.
How perfect is this stained-glass lunar phase designed by ABJ Glassworks. It is simply stunning. as is her instagram… make sure to check it out.
The simple fresh design of this space makes me think of a cool crisp breeze coming through the windows and the need for lots of tea and extra blankets.
The strong grid pattern has been catching my eye recently. I love how the tile in the kitchen gives some structure to an otherwise soft and cozy space. Now let me dive into that bed and get some kitten cuddle on.
images via decordemon
A few months back I pulled some strings to borrow a vintage ford bronco with plaid interior, bribed a friend with birthday cake flavor oreos to model and got to collaborate with a great photographer Brittany Wood to produce my favorite shoot to date. The location was found when I was running out of gas and getting lost trying to find a station. It was perfect rustic california.
Little did we know that the spot we chose was also a local hangout spot for tow truck drivers who had quite a laugh at us as we climbed in and out of the truck.
Even with the peepers this day was a highlight of my year. It was a great experience for me to conceptualize an idea, pitch it to others, cash in on some favors and see it to the end – all while being the creative force behind it. And this is definitely the most photos I’ve ever had in a post but I am not sorry. I really love them all (and I did edit). Thanks for checking it out.
art direction: rebecca buenik
photography: brittany wood
barrington blue pillows
I don’t know about you but this summer got really out of hand. The days slipped too quickly and the start of the halloween DIY’s on pinterst make me want to cry. These past few months have been a great combo of creative work and side gigs to help me scrape by. Yes, it’s been rewarding. Yes, it has been nice sleeping in and eating pizza almost every night but it’s time for a change. A big change. I am ready to take it to the next level. Hustling to get where I see myself.
both images are watercolors done by me in procrastination of emails/cleaning/getting organized.
I feel the bo-ho california fashion has finally won me over completely. Growing up in the mid-west the idea of tangled hair, super short ripped jean shorts and going bra-less was something you wore to a theme party rather than it be your regular wardrobe. My obsession with the floral kimono robe put me over the edge. I think it’s super sexy but casual. Such a great piece to thrown on over a jeans or even a dress that might be a bit to scandals.
After searching pinterst they seem to be everywhere. I really want one but my maker/DIY side comes out. This piece would be SO easy to make. A very simple pattern, few seams, maybe some pom-pom fringe on the bottom if I wanted to be fancy. Like- I am here thinking if I have any sheer floral fabric in my collection as I type. Eeek. It’s a fashion urge that needs to be scratched.
first image of sunday pearl (new blog that i am loving) via fashionlush | second image here
A few weeks ago I became fed up with myself. The ever chatter in my head of nothing get done yet not really doing anything about it. So I decided to change it up: cleared out my little in-apartment studio to repaint the original brownish color with a crisp white and to purge all of the junk that I was hording.
It took about a week from start to finish (that is everything back in the studio and not on the kitchen table). A big thing that I am still in the need for is a big o’functional desk. Currently I have two smaller desks but what I really want is an 8′ long x 3′ deep counter that I can cut out patterns, paint and work on my computer all at the same time. le sigh. There is a money jar in the works to save up for the pieces I need. For now I am happy with the little nook it has become.
My little gallery wall bookshelf took almost a day to style. Ha. I wanted it to be functional yet inspirational. Having bigger art books/magazines at the ready with my precious ‘little house books’ to remind me of the hard work that and care it takes to build a life and thrive. The middle shelf is filled with cups, jars and bins with instruments for certain projects for easy access (example: the owl mug has all my seam rippers and scissors for sewing mistakes).
And if I couldn’t get anymore glamorous I use my old cracked iphone in a glass cup so I can listen to my classical station in style. ha. All-in-all this studio redo has actually lead to more time working/creating. It’s also inspired me to stop thinking so much and to DO a lot more. Keep up for more updates.
All photos taken by Rebecca Buenik for Bee of Design Studios
Oh how I love when a holiday falls around the weekend. Such a great excuse to shut the computer, open a beer and go outside! Have a good 4th of July!
photo by elizabeth messina for a shoot I styled for rue magazine issue 5
‘How did it get late so soon. It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness, how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon.’ Dr. Suess via Meagan Camp instagram aka stylist crush
As I sit on the last night of June it’s hard not to not have a slight panic attack and think… ‘where has this year gone!?! What have I done? It’s chirstmas… like tomorrow…’ But as I breath I can console myself: though I cannot see the overall arc of this year (yet) I can cherish the weekend project. Which was breaking down an 8 seated, vintage dining room table (that had seen better days) that was destined for the landfill with my man and re-purposed the wood into several different side projects.
One of the projects in the works are matching old school looking tool boxes. It’s been such a fun experience/challenge to build something with Bruno. We have very different ways of expressing our creativity and sometimes it’s a bit difficult to get our ideas across to one another. It’s almost like therapy, really. You have to learn to listen to your partner in a whole new way, respect their ideas and collaborate. Stay tuned for more updates!
Summer here and like always our apartment has starting holding heat in the evening hours. A joy – because it’s the only time I can seem to sit still for more than 10 minutes.
Every year, it seems, we promise to get more fans to circulate the hot air around. There is still only a single fan. So what else do you do? You take to ‘stoop-sitting’ with a cocktail in hand. Make it more interesting? Take some spare macrame cord and make a harness for your strictly indoor cat. Will she freak out? Will she turn wild and try to run away? Neither. She will sit and look at you unimpressed with the whole thing. We tried this on my other cat Max and he promptly freaked out and ran back inside. So telling of their personalities. What do you when your house is too hot to handle?