"You haven't updated your blog in a month. I know I am, among many other people, eagerly anticipating the next installment. Surley, something of photographic and human interest must have transpired in the passed month?"
Yes, I have been lax in my writing. For the last few years February has been a heavy month for me. This February was especially busy and filled with many emotions. I'll write more about this later, but for now I figured I should show you some photographs.
As some of you may know, in addition to people I also photograph interiors and exteriors of homes. Quite a bit of my work is for real estate agents in the Boston area. I have the opportunity to see some amazing homes, but very often these homes are decorated very similarly. Don't get me wrong...they're beautiful, but many of them look the same. Entering a space where I can feel the person who lives there - really get their personality and style - is very exciting.
A few months back I went to photograph Arden's place because she was putting it up for sale - she's ready to move away from the Boston area and the Boston winters (although this one hasn't been too bad). To take "real estate" photos we often end up clearing away a lot of the stuff that makes the place a home, so that you can really see the space. Arden has such a distinct style that I was sad to have to rid "her" of her apartment. I asked if I could come back and photograph, but this time take photographs that show her style off.
Here are some more photos form Arden's Home...
I'm showing this shot on the left again because I wanted to point out that Arden's bed is in the loft in the top of the image. The photo to the right is taken from the loft area. She has a great little nook that overlooks the her living room and kitchen...a cozy place to read a book before bed.
Most of Arden's apartment has a dark and cozy vibe to it. There is one space however that is very well lit and bright - it's the guest room. The guest room has a ladder that leads to a roof deck, which has a gorgeous view of the Prudential and the rest of downtown. I found out by reading the Apartment Therapy article that the Arden had a muralist come and paint the fairy tale-ish mural that covers the guest bedroom walls. The muralist is named Jill Pabich.
You can learn so much from a person's home and seeing the items they collect - the things they find important enough to keep and display.
Arden's words from the Apartment Therapy article:
I do not have a decorating aesthetic, but rather follow the wise words of my Danish step-mother: "If there is room in your heart, there is room in your home." Everything inside is there b/c I found it (most often at an antique store), fell in love, and later figured out where to put it.