Good Friends Make Great Clients

>> Friday, October 24, 2014

Probably not in every type of business, but as far as interior design goes, I think good friends make great clients. I'm not just talking about acquaintances or social friends (although those can make great clients too) GOOD friends. Like friends that you've confided in about how hard breastfeeding is or laughed with about how you still cannot jog without peeing your pants. Basically, good mama friends. I have had a couple of good mama friends become clients over the past couple of years and it has been the best. Jody Rose is one of those friends. This Sunday the Boston Globe Magazine featured a few spaces in Rose's home and my friend Marni did a great job telling the story of how two good friends can work together. You can read the full article HERE.

We originally shot this home this past summer and because Jody and I are friends and I have been toying with the idea of having my clients in a couple of shots for each project in my portfolio, I made her model for us.

Oh yes, have I not mentioned? She is also a super model. Little TJ and my Remi were born just a few weeks apart, so I love that he was able to slow down long enough to be in this shot. There was bribery involved. 

The Globe Magazine wanted to do something a bit more casual so they got this sweet shot with Channing, who is just a few weeks younger than Wells.

Love these kids, love this family. And as far as working with friends, I think if you're comfortable enough to share that you have mastitis for the third time, you're going to be just fine sharing that the crystal chandelier she loves is going to look like a bad Versailles knock off :)

All photos by Michael J. Lee who loves his job just as much as I do. And just to prove it, here is a shot we took to show Jody and TJ what we had in mind for their scene. Nailed it.



>> Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Do you guys follow Orlando Soria's Instagram? You should. He uses the hashtag #victim liberally and it's hilarious. I saw this on the Humans of New York Facebook feed today and had to share.

"We're all victims of the architect. Architecture is the only art that you can't help but feel. You can avoid paintings, you can avoid music, and you can even avoid history. But good luck getting away from architecture." 

Whew, I feel passionately about this one, especially after house hunting over the past month. But I think my issue is more of a disclusion of an architect and mass take over by the rubber-stamp-builder. Either way, #victim.


To Market, To Market

>> Monday, October 13, 2014

I am going to High Point Market in North Carolina this weekend! Are you? I am very excited. I have wanted to go for years but being in Boston with two little babies and a husband in residency made it basically impossible. But now that we're back in Nashville, I'm there! Say hi if you will be there too.

Speaking of Nashville, my oh, my you have gotten so cool in our absence. I read an article Saturday afternoon about the Biscuit Love Truck that is parked in the front of White's Mercantile on Sunday mornings. So after church we made a beeline that way. Bryan and I both had The Princess, so good.

And White's Mercantile, such a well curated space! Reminded me a little bit of Hudson in Boston, but more general store-esk. In heaven, I will roam through one continuous general store. I spent an hour this summer in Alley's General Store on Martha's Vineyard while my husband threw Cheddar Bunnies into the back seat to keep our children at bay. I bought a set of blue gingham napkins and held out hope for the entire 60 minutes that I was going to run into the Obamas. Did not happen.

I am very proud of this pretty city I grew up in, although this level of coolness has only left Bryan and I acutely aware of how uncool we are. He cannot grow a beard to save his life and I have had one too many kids to attempt to wear my jeans above my belly button. Unless mom jeans worn by actual mom bodies is coming back, I got that:)


Big Sister's Room

>> Monday, September 29, 2014

I often say that as long as I keep a steady flow of little girl clients, I will be 100% fine being a boy mama for life.  I was a Phi Mu in college, so I feel very well versed in many shades of pink:) Did you know that Shelby in Steel Magnolias was also a Phi Mu? Thus the love for blush and bashful. There is a scene before she leaves for her honeymoon where she looks at her composite. We had a slumber party in college where we froze the scene multiple times for verification. Miss Katherine is only three years old, but she is already pretty firm in her love of pink and pink. (photos by Michael J. Lee)

During one visit a couple of weeks ago I wore a skirt and Katherine said "Stephanie, you look like a princess today." Best compliment I've received all year.


Nashville! + new projects + my favorite room ever

>> Friday, September 26, 2014

Whoa! Moving 1000 miles with two kids is not for the weary. We finally landed in Nashville this past Tuesday and after a couple weeks of shuffle, waiting on our furniture to arrive, I think my sweet boys are totally confused about life:) They both started preschool and today I asked my oldest what he thought. His answer, "No, I don't like it (his favorite response these days) Do you think they have a school in Marfa's Binyard?"

I also just wanted to let those who have asked (and those who haven't!), I am taking new work in the Nashville area now for late October. For a glimpse at some of my more recent projects visit my website at

And now for the good stuff. This room is in a new construction home in Wellesley, MA. We are making our way through the entire house, room by room, but I started this past spring in the kids' rooms. I had a vision for this space from the start, which may be due to the fact that I have two little boys of my own. The key was, my clients (who also happen to be good friends) let me take my time. I wanted the room to feel very collected, and unique, but like it had always been there. And that kind of design does not often happen quickly. In the end, I have never wanted to say "never mind, I need to keep this room for myself" so badly. (photos by the talented Michael J. Lee)


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