Chewbacca the Yorkie has been suffering from a serious case of neglect since the spawn showed up and knocked him out of numero uno lap position. We didn’t know just how serious it was until the family holiday card photo shoot happened.
Chewie’s level of professionalism on a shoot is never in question. But this week, he basically created the shots. He was in position and ready on set before I even thought to pose him, and then he gave such perfect and diverse Yorkie face in every frame that even Tyra Banks would be pleased.
When DUG realized Chewie wasn’t even demanding any treats, he exclaimed, “What the hell happened? He used to be Mariah Carey!”
I think we broke him, DUG. The spawn has broken his spirit. He has always been such a master at the silent disgruntled pout that we didn’t even notice.
Be sad for Restoration Yorkie, but know that, at least in these photos, he is happy. He lives for the drab, monochromatic holiday cheer and cozy plushness of a Restoration Hardware Christmas. If only he were allowed to rest his tiny, weary, tushy on the elephant chair of bliss the other 364 days of the year.
Model | Chewbacca the Yorkie
Photo Shoot Soundtrack | the Holly station, Sirius Contemporary Holiday Hits
Chewie wants to hear what you have to say. He, like Tinkerbelle and GaGa, lives for the applause. You can check out his previous editions of Yorkies in the Wild in the tab up top. And for a more irreverent homage to Restoration Hardware, check out Suburban Turmoil’s hilarious post, Christmas, Restoration Hardware-style.
Often, I get to work with developers, providing photography of a residential building for marketing campaigns. The images of the space and community get shared via web site, billboards, ad campaigns, and of course, social media. To me, the model apartment is one of the most important considerations for renters and buyers.
I’ve seen a lot of model apartments at this point in my career, and these apartments at the SoNo Ironworks are totally successful and drool-worthy. You may think I’m biased since my Abandoned Places | Graffiti Recycled series is on display through the incredibly cool first level, but we’ll save that for another blog post.
The team at Beinfield Architecture did an incredible job creating these unique spaces that truly make you want to move right in and leave all your crap behind… Maybe my fantasies are a bit more dramatic because I’m forever wading through seas of moving boxes, but you get the idea.
There are so many unique, personal touches, including a diverse collection of great artwork, the kitchen chalkboard loaded with a fun, local agenda, and I want that SoNo Ironworks pillow on the bed. Let’s not forget the furniture choices are utterly unexpected because they are so aspirational.
Best of all for me right now is this holiday cocktail vignette. Every day is a holiday with that bar cart. Did someone say cocktail? That’s my cue.
Ahem. I mean… Our sophisticated, minimalist, hand-crafted, Scandinavian inspired Advent Calendar!
See how I did that? The only thing missing to be oh-so-trendy is Made in Brooklyn.
Someday I’d like to make a family Advent Calendar that we will treasure for years. One that will become part of family traditions and the spawn will be excited to unpack every Thanksgiving. Also, everyone who visits will look longingly at this one-of-a-kind seasonal masterpiece with envy and marvel at my incredible artistry and creativity.
This is not that year.
This year I managed to pull together a minimalist (read: super quick), impactful (read: doubles as holiday decor) Advent Calendar for our new home (read: super inexpensive). Our son is 18 months old now and suddenly shows tons of exuberance for any opportunity to participate, so it was really important to me to create something for him to experience. This concept is not mine. I found this sophisticated design for an Advent Calendar on this lovely Scandinavian inspired design blog. Tons of aspirational, Pinterest-worthy, gorgeous vignettes to complain about.
After a couple of visits to my local craft store chock full of self-inflicted stress, and just a few dollars, I’m thrilled with the results. I pretty much can make any handmade item cost around a gazillion dollars, so the frugal factor was a huge win for me. Thanks to all of you who answered my Facebook plea for coupons! I so appreciate you taking the time for me. The one expensive item I purchased was a set of alphanumeric stamps. The little one and I will get tons of use out of them, I’m certain.
I managed to get a few photos of the progress that weren’t a disaster. Win! You know, because I’m one of those people who creates beauty effortlessly while her son sleeps and documents life speedily and not in a home that looks like a tornado swept through. Definitely not one of those Moms who uses those naps to cry and wonder which 8 of the thousand things on my Emergency Must Do Today List I should attempt and fail to complete before someone small person start wailing to be released from baby prison (read: crib). Anywhoo, my kid naps and yours probably doesn’t so what the hell am I whining about?
We even managed an action shot of the little one who got the hang of things very quickly.
It’s not to late to get your Advent Calendar going if you’ve forgotten or been busy. It’s only day 3. Don’t fret if you’re late or unmotivated. You can get a cheap calendar from the drug store or an expensive one from an interiors store and they are already filled. Or you can plan a fun afternoon with the kids this weekend and make one together. Or, best of all, you can partake in this amazing tradition over at The Atlantic where they are providing us a 25 Day Advent Calendar of images from the Hubble Space Telescope! Many thanks to Cousin Jeanine, for letting me in on this awesomeness.
Word of caution: Be mindful of your calendar contents. I put that pack of saltines in Day 1. On Day 2, the lion stickers I thought were the bomb just about produced tears because they were not ‘cwackers’. One trip to the Greek diner and we’ve got the next 23 Days of Saltines ready to go! The day after Christmas is going to be quite the letdown for the little guy, without a paper sack of saltines.
Something wonderful happened! It’s a little thing, tiny really, so it’s difficult to communicate the huge swell of happiness it brought me. Since this is a time we reflect and feel thankful, I thought I’d share my moment with you.
After years of searching at my childhood home, my Mother, completely unknowingly, found the very first camera I called my own. Now, my Father’s camera, holds tons of sentimental value, especially since he passed away when I was small. Some of my fondest memories are with his tripod set up and the timer ticking down for any of his plentiful portraits of us.
But this is not that camera. This is just a little blue plastic thing that fits in the palm of my hand that I chose as a prize for selling magazines in grammar school. It’s film is a circular disc. I don’t know if film is available for it today, or if one could even get it developed reasonably. I even talk about the camera on my web bio. But why does it feel like a long lost friend?
Dennis was such a strong presence in our lives, and maybe with this camera I kept him with me. We use cameras to capture the most important events in our lives – vacations, celebrations, graduations. Definitely since he wasn’t there to capture them with his lens, I had to try. Maybe this camera brought me to him.
We have so very much to be thankful for around these parts, great and small. But sometimes it takes the tiny moments to truly make me appreciate the important things. We wish you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving full of love and gratitude.
It’s a gloomy Monday and I have a sick little boy napping. That’s just the inspiration I need to bring you a cheerful and sophisticated, Sleepy Hollow kitchen.
This compact and luxurious kitchen renovation comes to you from ALLdesign, based in Westchester, New York. Rich materials, swoon-worthy appliances, and pops of vibrant red make this a kitchen you’ll covet.
The raised walnut counter shows such beautiful wood grain as it wraps down to the floor. It’s functional for a party or dinner and allows use of the sink without messing up the whole place – genius! And that’s the perfect place for a wine fridge, right? It’s interesting and accessible to guests milling around the hors d’oeuvres.
I just love these pops of red throughout the kitchen. The 3 sleek, industrial inspired fixtures over the dining counter are excellent details in the space. And the counter to ceiling tiled backsplash is so unique and creates a wonderful jeweled effect.
That Wolf stove is one of my own decadent kitchen desires, and it’s red knobs carry the color so successfully throughout the space. The grey streaking through the marble countertop adds such beautiful dimension to this kitchen design, where each thoughtful detail comes together to create an incredibly luxurious and functional space.
When you find a designer who can combine both luxury and function, you’ve got a winner.
Photographed by Michele Scotto Trani of Sequined Asphault Studio for ALLdesign