December Updates

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The holiday season is upon us, there is snow on the ground, yet my mind (and blog drafts) are still in summer. I just wanted to take a moment to share a few updates since I’ve been really busy working and it’s almost Christmas already! Yikes.

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The editor of  IKEA FAMILY’S live magazine contacted me after finding my website and PAX wardrobe hack. I will be featured in their US Feb/March 2014 digital issue and I can’t even tell you how excited this makes me! I willingly spend Saturdays cramped on IKEA checkout lines, so it’s good to know it was all for a reason.

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The deadline turnaround was quick so I never finished all my home decor projects (admittedly, I had visions of grandeur), but we finally finished painting the home art studio/office/dining room – which has had undecided gray swatches on the wall for over a year.

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The final choice (below) was Gray Ghost by Olympic and I couldn’t be happier! It’s the perfect balance of white and gray with the most neutral undertone I could find.

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I’m used to featuring other people on Apartment Therapy, so it was exciting to be selected for an IKEA feature. And speaking of Apartment Therapy, my face was chosen for their latest job ad (upper left, below) and it made me chuckle:

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In other Apartment Therapy highlights, I’ve been photographing some really great spaces including author Emma Straub’s beautiful Brooklyn home, film and fiction writers Phil Gelatt & Vicky Dalpe’s historic house in Rhode Island. Later this afternoon my post for designers Bryan & Sarah Farevaag will go live, and I am just “over the moon” about their place. Puns! Yup, I did it.

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This October, I started a freelance design job with Charitybuzz. CB is a for-profit internet company that raises funds for nonprofit organizations through online charity auctions with notable celebrities and brands. They’re a great group of people, and in just a month or so my design skills have sharpened tenfold. I am currently designing & illustrating the company holiday card, working on graphics for accounts such as Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, and helped conceptualize & animate the CB graphics for their New York Stock exchange bell ringing last Friday. CB has helped raise 100 million for different charities – congratulations!

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In other work news, I am teaming up again with Wayfinder, Designer, and Strategist extraordinaire Katie Osborn on a very exciting project for 2014 – stay tuned for more! It’s going to be a great New Year.

photo 1 © Matthew Furber; photo 2 © Jane Foster; photo 6 © Apartment Therapy; photo 8 © Charitybuzz