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Photographer William Eggleston

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I studied photographer William Eggleston in a Photography class in graduate school, and this line from the New York Times Style Magazine featuring The Greats, including William Eggleston, resonated with me as I was reminded of his work:

Eggleston’s images can trick you if you’re not careful. You have to look at them, then you have to look again and then keep looking until the reason he took the picture kind of clicks in your chest. 

The aesthetic value of the photograph might not be immediately apparent, but after looking at it, taking your eyes off it, and looking again, the photograph may start to move you in some way; and it may move you in different ways each time you look at it.

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Christmas cheer 2016

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Santa babe

Scandinavian mantel decorations

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What a cute couple

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Slouched in slumber after Christmas dinner (btw, our cats love cuddling with these bears…it’s hilarious!)

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Our Christmas tree decorated with ornaments from all over the world

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Swedish horses skirting the tree

“Picture, if you will, Spain”

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To be a traveler  in the 21st century is to sometimes feel a sense of loss even before one leaves the house: The planet has been mapped with such an oppressive exactitude that it can often seem as if we’re living at a time when everything is knowable.

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This quote from a piece in the November issue of The New York Times Style Magazine struck me for its accuracy, but also its sadness. Social media, especially the rise of Instagram, allows people to snap and post pictures like it’s their job (myself included, I must say). While this gives individuals a great amount of creative freedom and allows their viewers to share in their experiences and see things they might not otherwise be able to see, it also robs people of having unique experiences of their own because they’ve already seen these amazing things and shared in your experience before having their own.

Musings from a recent New York Times Style Magazine

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Perusing through The New York Times Style Magazine is always treat for someone like me who loves all things related to aesthetics. These are some of the pieces and design ads that I most enjoyed in the September 25, 2016 issue!

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Marianna Kennedy

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Gan Rugs – design from Spain

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Cabins in the Woods

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Artists in Postwar France

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Bover lights from Barcelona

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Ikea Forever

 

Interiors

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Ever since I was little I can remember spending afternoons with friends after school rearranging the furniture in our bedrooms. I suppose I should have known then to pursue a career in Interior Design, but alas, I studied other things in college when I thought I wanted a life in academia. Now, after going to grad school for the humanities, I am finally realizing that I do indeed want to follow my dream of working with interior spaces in some way. Without having a degree in Interior Design, I am looking for other ways to gain experience in the field to start, namely the retail side of design, and then maybe eventually  become certified in design. Meanwhile, I am teaching myself on how to use the popular Google modeling program, SketchUp, which is a lot of fun!

Several years ago when I was in college, I set out to photographically capture the way that I had decorated my childhood bedroom at the time. Here are some snippets from that time in my life, which I think only reinforce my love of interior spaces and what one can do to crete them, fill them, decorate them, and enjoy them.

Christmas 2015

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Not unlike others, Christmas is one of my favorite holidays – not because of all the presents, but because of the opportunity to decorate the house with cherished decorations – both ones that have been in the family for generations, as well as new ones picked up every year to add to the collection. Let’s not forget the scent of fir trees that permeates the house, from the actual tree and candles prominently placed in every room. These are just some of my favorite decorations from this year, because Christmas doesn’t have to be over quite yet!

Kitchen renovation

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While living in my grandparents’ home last year, I had a lot of fun working on some renovation projects. The kitchen was by far the biggest (and most expensive) of the projects, but also the one that has been the most rewarding. It’s definitely a pleasure to cook in this kitchen now!

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During the renovation process 

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Autumn in the Berkshires

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I truly believe that Autumn in the Berkshires is the most beautiful time of the year anywhere in the world. The Berkshires hold a special place in my heart after living there for only one year, which was far too short a time. Pictures definitely don’t capture its beauty, but here are just a few to make your heart melt (or at least they make mine melt)!

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Apartment living on a student budget

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Who said you can’t have a cute apartment while living on a student budget? As I’m very interested in Interiors, I care about creating cute, inspiring spaces for myself. However, I have also been a student this past year and knew that I couldn’t spend a lot of money decorating my first apartment. But, by combining vintage family pieces and buying low-cost pieces, I was able to create a comfortable, uplifting space.

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Road trippin’

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I just went on a road trip with my roommate from college for a friend’s wedding. She had a destination in Asheville, NC, which makes it a bit difficult for friends and family to get to, but also a great excuse for a vacation and a fun adventure. If you’re one of those people that formed close friendships and bonds in college, you jump at any opportunity to see those friends after college. College is such an intense, short time and when it’s over, it feels very bizarre to no longer be in that environment and to not have all those close friends around you all the time. Getting to see an old college roommate or friend is such a delight, and that’s exactly what this trip was.

Asheville is a great, artsy town with lots of restaurant, bars, and young people. Oh, and dogs. It is one, if not the, most dog-friendly town I have ever been in. The restaurant and bar culture there is famous for serving locally and sustainably grown food with many vegan options. Asheville is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, which serve as a beautiful backdrop to the super fun, hip town.

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Weddings, especially those of friends and people your own age, are a lot of fun, if not also a bit daunting when you think about where your own life is in relation to the advanced stage of life that your friend who is getting married is at. Nevertheless, witnessing a marriage ceremony is pretty spectacular, especially when the love between the two people getting married is so obvious and real, as was the case at this wedding. The setting was beautiful, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains at sunset, the decorations were original with paper lanterns filled with flowers as centerpieces and paper lanterns hanging over the dance floor, the number of guests was fairly small and intimate, there was a fun photo booth, and there was a very sweet paper lantern sendoff (which my roommate and I both decided we would incorporate into our weddings as well!)

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It was such a fun adventure with my college roommate, and absolutely wonderful to see our friend as a beautiful, happy bride.