P is for Pies

Who doesn’t love pies? Whether it’s Buttermilk Pie or delightful rhubarb pie, pie is just the quintessential Southern dessert. Time Warner Clicked In ‘s online platform aims to promote local businesses and I got called in by them for tweaking and styling some pies. All I needed were a few Country chic and charming pieces. Galvanized cake stands, vintage bottles and doilies came to mind of course. Plus mint leaves, raspberries, pecans and more! Little props that makes all the difference. Photos by Chris Brock.

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HGTV Headboard Project

So, the truth is I’ve never designed a headboard before. I guess it’s because I’ve been in love with upholstered pieces so much and I’m not sure I’ll have a future in upholstery. HGTV often ask bloggers and designers to come up with something unique, so when I received that precious e-mail, I was giddy with excitement yet flustered at the same time. Hmmm, what to make? What to make? It has to be affordable and has never been done before. I came up with a shapely piece, painted it with chalkboard paint and added a whimsical silhouette. It’s perfect to write little reminders [and yes, you can get dustless chalk] and make the piece personal with your kid’s silhouettes instead.

I’m glad people loved it! Aside from HGTV [slide 3], it was also featured at Apartment Therapy, Desire to Inspire and other design sites. Now, on to the next challenge…

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Love in the Woods | An Engagement Shoot

No, it’s not the title of a novel but a sweet and fun engagement shoot with an amazing team and an even more amazing couple, David and Elaine. They wanted something whimsical with a touch of vintage and shows their love for travel. Branches were adorned with labels of places they’ve been to, travel luggages were scattered, a compass, some passports and maps pinned on a fish line. For the second set, the stage was set with a gorgeous tufted ottoman and wire lamp shades with fabric streamers suspended in the woods. The photos were lovely and mementos the couple will treasure forever!

THE TEAM

PHOTOGRAPHER: JENNY FU

SET STYLIST: MAUREEN STEVENS

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: VINH NGO

MAKE-UP: LAURA MARTINEZ

Hair: TIFFANY LEE

Wardrobe Stylist: ROSE TRAN

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Our First Urban Cottage

There’s always an excitement being in a new city, well, especially if that city is Austin. When my then fiance summoned me to move to his favorite city, the first order of business was to get a place together. We bought a unit at the 360 Condos when it was pre-selling. I didn’t even know where exactly it was but the model looked good so we jumped in. It’s all about location, location, location right? Well, how about the space, space, space? At a whopping 754 sq ft, I sure did miss my little cottage and my front yard with identical topiaries at the front door. I was determined to make our tiny space our very own urban cottage. Cement walls paired with vintage clocks, geometric wall paper amidst cozy pieces and white office furniture with a birdcage. It’s all about making it personal, right? I was giddy with excitement when it was featured at The Austin-American Statesman paper on February 2011, the web version is here. Some of the photos are by my friend Andrew.

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Eternal Elegance

Maybe it’s the romantic Victorian landscape or the intricate details of lace and chiffon but these images truly exude eternal elegance. It’s reminiscent of treasured perfume bottles, Venetian scalloped mirrors and Jasmine potpourri. Shot at The Vintage Laundry for Bleach Online. Dress by LillyLorraine.

 

THE TEAM
Photographer: Andrew Chan
Model: Camille Nicole
Wardrobe: Rose Tran
Make-up:  Jacqueline Fernandez
Hair: Liz Nevin
Set Design: Maureen Stevens
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Staging Projects

I just adore staging projects! I do have a fetish for organizing and de-cluttering which are Must Do #1 & #2 of staging. Working with amazing realtors is just one of the perks of the job. That and meeting wonderful families who are ready for the exhilarating change of getting into a new home. Below is a list of some of the staging projects we have done so far!

Spacious in Liberty Hill

Tuscan Vibe in Crystal Falls

Meticulously maintained in Cedar Park

 

If you or someone you know needs Staging services in the Austin area or surrounding towns, please do not hesitate to contact me here.

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A Colorful Candyland at the W Austin

When Caplan Miller Events asked me to do some dessert bars for a wedding at the W Austin, I was of course sweetly appreciative. I mean who doesn’t love shopping for candy? The colors were bright pinks, oranges and green. I was so thrilled color coordinating sweet stuff, lovely paper, compotes, jars and yes, there were French macaroons of course! The lovely wedding was glamorous and chic with impressive floral designs by David Kurio and the Stage and Rental pieces from Townsley Designs. The wedding was featured at Style Me Pretty here. Photos by Ashley Garmon. Enjoy!

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Modern Farmhouse at The Swinneys

The Swinneys are just my perfect clients! They love the urban cottage design aesthetic …I do too! Yellow and gray? Yup, ditto! Farmhouse and vintage details? Most definitely. I knew this collaboration was going to be a breeze. Matt of Launch 787 who orchestrates Austin Fashion Week, the Modern Home & Outdoor Living Tours [among other fabulous events] in this lovely city was very perceptive; his wife Kara was thorough and amazing, and the kids? Adorable cuteness. From a clean slate, their bedroom and living room was slowly transformed into the urban cottage with vintage details they hoped for. Enjoy!

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Town and Country

What does a young, well-to-do and extremely gorgeous do on a Spring weekend? Well, how about, plan the details of their trip at the library, have a small picnic near the pergola, dash out in style in their posh car and have a romantic evening under the flicker of a lovely chandelier. This shoot took place at The Plantation, oh and it was about 20 degrees [at least that’s how I felt] and new friendships and collaborations were made forever. For Nside Austin Magazine, March 2012.

THE TEAM:

Photography: Lucas Purvis

Wardrobe: Cristina Facundo

Hair & Make-Up: Russ & Co.

Creative Director: Leonardo D’ Almagro

Set Styling: Maureen Stevens

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A Bit of Rococo in the Park

Have you seen the movie Marie Antoinette? I’m sure you have! The styling is all about Rococo. I have been obsessed with this design style even before I saw this movie. What’s not to love? Intricate details, baroque styles, elegant refinement….the style is all about romance! So, when Diya of In Her Stilletos asked me to style the set for a Rococo-themed project, I was totally in! Shot at Mayfield Park with amazing and super-tall  models with pastel-colored hair, the shoot was featured at the Teen Vogue website.

THE TEAM:

PHOTOGRAPHER: Waytao Shing

WARDROBE: Diya Liu

DRESSES: Boudoir Queen

HAIR: Brittany Baranowski, Lorie Golden

MAKE-UP: Julie Odom

SET STYLIST: Maureen Stevens

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