Saturday, August 6, 2016

A Santa Monica Office by Jeremiah Brent

Earlier this summer, I worked on a really fun story for Rue. Since so much of my creative energy goes in that direction, I thought I would start sharing a little "behind-the-scenes" look at my job -- features I love, fun photo shoots I've produced, stories about industry friends, events I get to attend... the list goes on. There's a lot happening on this little laptop, even if the cobwebs on THIS blog imply otherwise.

Ideally, I'd like to share a Story of the Week each Friday -- you know, one Rue story that I really enjoyed working on that week -- but since I'm still getting back into the swing of things over here, I'm trying to stay noncommittal. No promises I can't keep, ya know?? So until that is up and running, I am pulling from the archives whenever I darn well please.

Today, I'm talking about this gorgeous office by Jeremiah Brent. I first met Jeremiah at a lunch with Target and Nate Berkus. I instantly adored the pair -- they're warm, welcoming, charming, and funny. All the best adjectives! (Trust me. I have met some noteworthy people who are just NONE of the above, God bless 'em. It's a honor to meet people who are innately kind.) I had already been working on this story BEFORE the lunch, so it was a relief to know I'd really enjoy working with Jeremiah.

He had designed an office for his management team, Tandem Entertainment. They wanted a budget-friendly update of their Santa Monica office, so using Nate's collection from Target was a no brainer.

I drove out to Santa Monica -- a rarity as I do my best to 1. Not drive and 2. Never, ever leave the east side. But with a large coffee in hand and a good playlist, I was on the road. I met my good friend, Monica Wang. She is a talented photographer and I just love her TO PIECES. (I want her to take updated headshots for me, but I need to stop eating so much pizza for like, a month.)

The shoot itself took about 2 hours, but that's because Jeremiah had it styled to perfection and we didn't want to miss a single detail. Here are a few of my favorite shots:







You can read more about the story here -- including the fact that this room was basically NOTHING before and Jeremiah made actual magic happen. It inspired me to try a little harder in my own home office. Key word is try.

Here are a few of the pieces you'll see in the office. Many of them are on sale!

I hope you enjoyed this 'behind-the-scenes' situation. Let me know if this is (OR ISN'T) a post you'd like to see in the future. I also am totally open for suggestions for TOTALLLLLLY different topics. Remember, the goal is to get this little blog goin' again. Just doing my darn best.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

My Shoe Story


The gals at Affinity asked me to share a story about my favorite pair of shoes. Naturally, I chose the Loeffler Randall shoes I wore on my wedding. Head to their blog to read more about why I chose them, the mistake I made, and how they ended up defining an entire chapter of my life.

[Photo by Sara K. Byrne] // [Bracelet is by Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry]

Monday, July 11, 2016

Kitchen Update

First, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who commented/emailed/offered advice on the big burnout. At the end of the day, it just takes committing to what you love and pushing through until the pendulum swings back the other way. Right?? I'm going to start with baby steps and hope that as time goes on, my little heart and/or brain gets back into it. I thought I'd start slow with a little update on our kitchen:

I first added the beautiful Elodie Rug to our home last summer (click here for the pic), and I honestly LOVED IT BEYOND ANY LOVE. I thought it really popped against the dark wood floors and it made the kitchen just feel really luxe and feminine. It wasn't really a problem to keep clean -- we had a few minor spills and one major spill. (It's a kitchen, after all, and sometimes you accidentally drop an entire bowl of raw scrambled eggs on a very pastel rug.) But, we managed to keep it in tip top shape for awhile.

Then, we had a ton of family with us over Thanksgiving and Christmas, and there was endless cooking and baking and wine drinking. (The best!) Add a few squashed blackberries, one drippy glass of merlot, and 2 to 3 cat puke incidents (they love to show off for guests), and the rug was just not looking too sharp. A light rug in the kitchen had been totally easy for just 2 people, but when you have a houseful -- and I prefer to have a houseful -- it didn't make total sense. I didn't want to be the person who was changing my decor whether or not we had guests over.

I rolled the little pupper up and stuck it under the bed. I have yet to get it professionally cleaned, because I am a lazy person. But I will definitely soon, as I know it's a piece I'll keep for years. It just has to be in the right place.

SIDE NOTE: This ended up being WAY LONGER THAN INTENDED, but I also think it's important to give a look behind the Instagram. Though I really lighten/wash out my images, my life is messy and that's just how I like it.

I still wanted a rug but my sweet husband said "no light rugs in the kitchen!!" and I listened. I found this beauty on Pottery Barn, and it has the added benefit of being an indoor/outdoor rug. I don't have to worry about spot cleaning or taking it to a cleaner. I will literally take it outside and hose it off a few times a year. Sadly, the blue has sold out, but I'll link to a few of their other indoor/outdoor runners below. They're all on sale!


SHOP MY POTTERY BARN PICKS:

Friday, July 1, 2016

What now?


I have to complain a little bit. I am experiencing, in the worst way possible, blogger burnout. Above and beyond, it is the most frustrating feeling in the world.

I experience it with my job from time to time. It can be exhausting writing so many stories and staying on top of social media every day of the week. Like any job, it just happens. But, you take a break, you approach the tasks with a different perspective, and you get back on track. When you're getting paid to do it, it's the only option.

But with this blog, for some reason I'm lacking the ability or drive to get back on track. But, I don't really want to get paid for it. I just want to post and enjoy it again. The fact that I can't get to that level of enjoyment is driving me C R A Z Y. 

So, in the "drafts" section of my blogger account, I have posts just waiting to be completed. My bridal shower (from 14 months ago). Our honeymoon in Spain. Our most recent trip to Cabo. A review on Sunbasket (AKA the best dinner solution ever). My favorite hotel in Seattle. A trip we took to Napa about... 2 years ago. My experience with Tone It Up. My experience with adult acne (annoying). The truth about our San Francisco apartment. Roughly 98 Instagram accounts I think you should be following. Roxanne the Diabetic Cat. The list goes on. For some, I can't bring myself to write down words. For others, it sounds exhausting rounding up the pictures to accompany the post. I know that as soon as I get going again, I'll be excited and working hard to get posts up regularly. But I just can't get over that initial hump. It's a mental roadblock that I just can't squash. It could be that I'm mentally drained from my job, or that I'm putting all of my focus on Instagram. I'm honestly not sure.

I know many of you have blogs of your own and (likely) have experienced this as well. RIGHT??? I guess this is a pretty annoying post. I see the irony in complaining about not being able to blog... on... my blog... BUT I just need some advice. If you've ever dealt with this, what did you do to move forward? How did you get inspired to do the work? I'm just not going to quit this corner of the internet, so I am ready for any and all tips you can send my way.

HALP.

Oh, and have a WONDERFUL holiday weekend!

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