la is the best place

Monday, February 4th, 2013

After a lot of traveling and the flu, I arrive back at the same resting place; los angeles is the best place.

Outtakes from a recent NY Times shoot are up top–a mid century gem in encino, a couple photos from a party this past weekend at my favorite house (I even got dressed up for it), and a couple things I picked up at this weekend’s LA Art Book Fair which was enormously overwhelming and inspiring since I’m thinking about printing things that you can hold in your hand and put on your wall. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ye Rink Mok and thought the Book Stand booth was really stellar.

It’s Monday and I am editing 4 shoots that happened last week (they all pushed me into new territory and I’m really excited about them) and listening to this song on repeat and these half hour music podcasts.

I instagrammed some pretty sweet views from last week’s shoots since I can’t share those images yet.

Happy February.

new work: sunia homes

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

So excited to finally unveil images from a home I got to shoot at the end of last year for a new (and very exciting) company building modern, sustainable, affordable homes in California. Sunia Homes have built their first model home right here in Echo Park and I got to shoot the new space with my partner in crime, Morgan who manned styling the space with Ali’s help.

Besides all the sustainable elements and concepts behind how these homes are built, the actual finished space is beautiful and full of light and I loved shooting it. Jerome, the mastermind behind Sunia, is so passionate about the company that it’s totally infectious. I especially loved working with Jerome because he wanted to make sure that the interiors stayed more relaxed, more like how the space is really used. So our styling inspiration was all about keeping it simple and alive (an image from my portfolio was a good reference, can you guess which one?).

Here are some of my favorite images currently up on their site plus a couple of my favorite outtakes.

Check out the newly launched site for Sunia Homes.

the old todos santos inn

Monday, May 16th, 2011

A highlight of the trip to baja was getting drinks and dinner at the todos santos inn. One of the oldest buildings in todos santos (built by a sugar baron in the 1800′s), the hacienda in the center of town has been totally restored as a historic inn and stands as an incredible contrast to my dad’s house.

I fell in love with the high beamed ceilings, colonial style brick, tile floors, spanish fixtures and, of course, the crumbling mural in the entry. The food was so so but the margaritas at sunset in the bar were perfect!

Update: A bonus picture that Marie sent me of me taking pictures (and the picture I was taking):

the house

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

My dad has been talking about this ‘simple little house’ he’s been building in Mexico for a while. So when I went down I was pretty shocked to find such a grand house. Sure, it only has two bedrooms, but it’s huge in terms of its scale. Lots of indoor/outdoor space, high ceilings, screened in porches, lots of land (that he’s planting an orchard on), a donkey (that we named velasquez), chickens and puppies (pablo and picasso) and loads of promise. The house isn’t finished and there were things like no hot water that can be improved, and there is still furniture to buy, etc.. But I was impressed. Good work, dad and HervĂ©*.

*gross oversight on my part. I forgot to tell you that my dad worked with LA based architect (and fellow frenchman) Hervé Daridan!

The kitchen is indoor outdoor and part of the main space (it can be closed up now while there aren’t regular walls up for security, that will change). It’s where we spent most of our time.

The house is in a low lying ‘oasis’ area of todos santos so dad built the house higher up in case of a flood. Without any landscaping, it kind of looks like a boat which is perfect because my dad is a sailor.

The view from the front of the house. For now the neighbor (who is a farmer) will be planting a crop of corn. But in the future there will be olive trees and maybe even a pool.

The light in the kitchen was my favorite.

A picture my dad snapped of me at the end of the day.

I abstained from filling in loads of captions for the pictures, but if you have questions or want to know more about anything, just leave a comment and I’ll answer it all!.

back from mexico

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Mexico was awesome and also exhausting. I took way too many pictures. I hope you’re ready for it. Because it might be all I talk about for the next 2 weeks.

In order of appearance: 1) a patio at the house my dad has been building, 2) the patio at the old Inn at Todos Santos 3) A deserted looking road that led to a magnificent and empty beach (this was the bulk of the landscape dry dry dry and then pockets of of green) 4) Fresh yellowtail we bought from the fisherman coming home from a long day 5) A pocket of green on the left and the desert on the right, a great example of the landscape 6) POPSICLES! 7) The drive back from La Paz at dusk 8 ) My dad and me posing and marie and hello kitty posing.

neon tape

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Got a chance to catch up with Jon and Tyke (god, I just love them) in their new home this morning. They aren’t finished with the new place so I backed off on shooting every nook and cranny but couldn’t pass up the great hits of neon pink they used to hang up artwork.

It’s japanese masking tape (you can find something similar here) and it’ perfectly haphazard, fun and design-y all at once. The flower photo is one that Tyke took and the elk is from Debbie Carlos.

from the desk of lola

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Just got the chance to meet Alexandra, the creative mastermind behind From the Desk of Lola. Am totally loving the way she blends folk touches in pattern and textiles with modern interiors and keeps them approachable and, dare I say it, fun. Also how she makes hot pink work is genius. Considering a redesign of my minimal bedroom. Or stripes in the kitchen. (Also how great is her logo?).

Happy Weekend Everyone!


Monday, March 28th, 2011

I am a total fan of commune. Saw them speak last week at west week about their new rugs. I just love them and Gerard O’Brien.

(Picture above is firm principal roman alonso’s echo park place and was featured in House Beautiful last year)

rue issue #4 and bash, please

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

The latest issue of Rue is out today with a spread I shot a couple weeks ago of the amazing workstead of wedding masterminds Paige and Kelly of Bash, Please. I fell in love with the ‘stead immediately: open, bright, earthy, modern, warm. Paige and Kelly (and Audrey) are the geniuses behind Hitched and just do a phenomenal job with styling whatever they’re working on, including their working space. They also share the space with talented photographer Annie McElwain. Check out the whole studio tour here on page 47. Thanks Rue!

humble ceramics

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Love these simple, earthy ceramics made here in Los Angeles by Delphine.

“The simplicity comes from my own preference and frustrations (of what I don’t see in the market place) as handmade pottery has a tendency – in my opinion – to be too busy (in colors and shapes). The simplicity of the piece allows for the element that is put inside to shine.

And with most pieces ranging from $25-$50, they’re totally affordable (mother’s day, ahem). If you’re interested in purchasing or finding out more you can email Delphine at austerechic (at) gmail (dot) com. She’s also looking for stores to carry the pieces.

See more at humble ceramics.