Vintage Round Top Boho Addition

If you haven't already fallen in love with the Vintage Round Top, you probably will after flipping through the images of their Boho addition. Such a great space- inspiring and cleverly furnished in every corner. Paige and Smoot Hull always delivers a high class experience with thoughtful, refurbished decor without sacrificing comfort or coziness! They've already broken in the space with workshops, yoga retreats and cooking demonstrations. Many more to come, I'm sure. This place is amazing in so many ways- not to mention the wonderful people who make it all happen.

Enjoy. 

Red Onion- Home & Garden Decor

For the last few months I've had the privilege of working with all the lovely ladies over at Red Onion. Have you met Brenda? She is a dynamite in a small package- with the wittiest sense of humor. She started the store years ago in an unusual, "secret garden" location, tucked away in the trees off Perkins Rd. You could easily pass it by and not know it was there. Still, it has become a hotspot for interior designers, art collectors, and anyone who knows where the good stuff is. 
 

We've been working hard to revamp their branding, and I'm so excited to share it, along with our recent photo shoot!

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Flea Market Style & Lonesome Pine Mercantile

This months issue of Flea Market Style Magazine is out. Midway though, you can find an article I photographed for the magazine which features the lovely home of Samuel and Lindsay. If you didn't know, they are responsible for all the goodies you can find at Lonesome Pine Mercantile. Have you seen their beautiful instagram feed? You can't help but be inspired when you look through all their content!

Here are some shots from the article, and some that didn't make it!

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Gossen Architects

I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Kevin Gossen of Gossen Architects not too long ago. We spent the day photographing this beautiful residence in River Ranch- a residential area in Lafayette, La. Full house tour below. 

Backyard Dinner with the Ladies

A beautiful ladies dinner doesn't have to be complicated. Just use what you have, kick your shoes off and call your local eatery to make dinner so you don't have to. When everyone brings something to the table, literally, a fancy table-scape comes together easily.

Luckily, we have an awesome community with creative ladies here in the Lafayette area. We all support each other, especially in our businesses. Mia, Sophie and Amelia run Root Floral Design, Catherine is a wedding photographer for Catherine Guidry Photography, Lindsey photographs families for Lindsey Rogers Photography, Ashley supplies wedding rentals with Pure Vintage Rentals, and I focus on photography and business branding. So when planning this ladies dinner, this pretty setting just fell into place.

Sophie had the grand idea for the jasmine floral runner that stretched down the entire 12 ft length of Ashley's custom metal and wood table. We added a rug and a few pillows for seating and vualá!

To make things easy, we ordered takeout from Lafayette’s local, Pop’s Poboys, which was perfect and elegantly paired with another local staple- Zapp's potato chips. Rosemary and mint from Amelia’s garden were added in with the fruit infused water, and Ashley brought her famed gluten free strawberry donuts. Add some mixed fruit salad and Lindsey’s cocktails and you have a feast
for queens. 

A ladies night at Jason's Deli would have been just as nice, but we had to step it up a notch. I cannot wait to see how our next dinner will turn out. 
 

Photography- Haylei Smith
Decor- Pure Vintage Rentals
Florals- Root Floral Design
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Gluten Free Pound Cake

I've learned that you can pretty much make anything you want to eat in a healthier way. So the other day when I had to have a piece of pound cake, I found a Land O Lakes recipe that was on the right track, but still needed some shaping up. Where it called for butter or milk, I used coconut oil and almond milk instead. And since I didn't already have a GF flour mix, I came up with my own.

RECIPE:

2 1/2 cups almond flour
2 heaping tbl spn psyllium husk
2 heaping tbl spn tapioca flour
2 tea spn baking powder
dash of sea salt

1 cup coconut oil
1 cup almond milk
1 cup or less of maply syrup
3 eggs
splash of vanilla

Mix wet ingredients. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Make a slurry for the psyllium husk with a little water before adding it to the wet ingredients. Then combine the dry and wet together.

Prepare your baking pan. Bake on 350 for around 40 minutes.

This recipe makes 4 small loafs- as shown in the picture- or 1 large cake. I chose to make the smaller cakes so that I can wrap and freeze them for a rainy day when I want something quick.

I like to serve these hot with strawberries and coconut ice cream!

 

 

AnnaBode

Denver- obviously I have been underestimating this city for a long time. Recently I was able to really visit it for the first time and realized that there are SO many hidden gems. And they are all hiding in plain sight. If you like locally owned, non chain restaurants, coffee shops and book stores, you need to visit soon. Hopefully I will get around to posting a few pictures of spots that Marc and I really loved.

One of these gems is the highly talented, Anna Smith (AKA AnnaBode.) I was blessed to get to work with her while I was visiting Denver last month. Her style is everything I love in a home; Minimal, Eclectic, and intentional. And she has a particular eye for art and textiles. Here are some images from our shoot.

Kat Ambrose Photography logo

Kat and I graduated together from the Art Institute, and I have to say, she is one talented cookie. I was excited when she asked me to design her logo and immediately knew the direction to go in. She is modern, feminine and has Indian heritage. So I wanted to incorporate all these characteristics into her logo design. Here it is!

 

Mom's Dehydrated Lemons

My mother is always coming up with something new. Lately she has been canning jams and dehydrating anything she can get her hands on. She can pack 3-4 lemons into one of these jars. Dehydrated lemons is a new one for me, but tasty nonetheless.

To use, simply place in your water/ tea and allow enough time to hydrate... Put a couple of these boys in a a baggy for your purse and you will never be far from your favorite lemony drink. 

Blissful Hill

Blissful Hill is a wedding venue with two locations, Dripping Springs and Austin TX. If you are in to big white barns with lots of light and beautiful scenery, you will have to check them out. I think they even have ponies!

I was excited when they approached me to design their logo, which lead to business cards and their website, which is currently still underconstruction. I am happy that we made the connection and can not wait to see the beautiful weddings/ events that are held there.

Here is a preview of their logo suite and business cards.

Sandy Moss

Sandy Is a private jeweler in the Nashville area, basing out of Franklin. I was pretty excited when she contacted me about her business branding and couldn't wait to start sketching out some ideas. We kept things pretty simple with a monogram logo and using "mossy" green and gold for the color pallet. And, of course, it was only natural that, as a jeweler, she should have gold foil business cards. Take a look!

Baby Matthew

I had the great honor and privilege of photographing the cutest newborn baby last week. His name is Matthew, and though he may be small, he has the mightiest personality. Congrats to Fiorella and Kyle for their newest family member. He is already a stud!

Wes Holt Team head shots

The Wes Holt Team is a group of realtors in the Lafayette Louisiana area. They are fun, spunky, and are in on all the great housing locations in the area. Since they are such a fun group, they didn't the traditional stuffy realtor portrait. So, we took the shoot outdoors.

Lori Vrba's New Site

I keep meeting awesome people right and left. The funny thing is that through this digital age of social connections, most of the people I work with are thousands of miles away and I never actually get to see or shake their hand. But I love it! And I was so excited when Becki Griffin, who I had just finished business branding and website design for, introduced me to her very best friend who was ready to do some work on her own branding. 

Lori Vrba is a self taught film photographer who displays her work in shows all over the country. She is based out of North Carolina, and let me tell you, this lady is full on inspiration and spunk. If you don't already, you should follower her on instagram and check out what she is up to.. My personal favorite is her nest. Yes. She has built a nest thats probably big enough to throw a party in. Search the instgram hashtag to see what I am talking about #obsessedwiththenest.

 Instead of a traditional logo design, Lori decided that she wanted to simply have her signature vectorized! Before, she would write her name on the gallery walls with a black sharpie. Now, with her vector file, she can have a large wall decal made, which will keep her out of lots of trouble :) I am glad for that. 

Lori and I are so excited to finally announce the launch of her new website that we have been working on :) Here is a peak, but please hop over and check it out at WWW.LORIVRBA.COM

 

Charlies River

Nashville has a new band on scene. Straight out of Franklin, these guys are singing their hearts out. Luckily for me, they asked if I would design their logo. Uh, YES.

Logo and Business Card design for The POC

I recently revamped the logo I had designed for The Pentecostals of Crowley a few years back. We kept the over all design concept the same, but tweaked the colors and changed up the wording layout a bit. Last week I designed the business cards and printed over 2,000! I was excited to see how they came out :)