May 16, 2015

2015 Spring Decor updates and DIY projects.

It has been quite some time since I have posted Decor/Design related content, however, I am constantly making small enhancements or changes to my humble abode. Constantly. Chateau C'est La Vie - our humble abode  - is  always under the scrutiny of my watchful eye. After all, it is a well known fact: a decorator can never really leave well enough alone now, can we...

My Decor philosophy has always been to create chic, stylish, personalized spaces using:  a) what I already own and up-cycling  and b) re-inventing the use of items for different purposes c) never pay full price for anything.

This is the case with my most recent DIY project. Spring always inspires me to refresh my rooms and change the decor, even if it is simply switching out of the bedding, adding fresh flowers or making something new out of something old, as I will explain below.

As I was perusing the clearance aisles of one of my favorite discount department stores - TJ Maxx - I came across this set of four fabric place mats on sale for only $10. As soon as I saw the pale blue, silvery grey and white color scheme and the ikat-esque pattern, I knew I had to introduce these into my home as decorative pillows. They perfectly coordinated with the color scheme in my living room and master bedroom, while adding a fun modern punch to my mostly traditional/cottage type decor scheme.

The DIY process itself was quite simple. Using fabric shears, some old throw pillows I had in storage and my handy glue gun I was able to create four "new" pillows for only ten bucks.

Here are a few pictures I snapped using my phone of the completed project:

And while we are on the subject, I wanted to share how I Spring-ified my dine in  kitchen using another TJ Maxx clearance aisle find as my inspiration: these delicate bird motif yellow and grey dinner plates imported from Indonesia. Only four dollars each, and so lovely.  I decided to build around them using linen items I already had to create this pretty tablescape for a special luncheon I was hosting. Ties perfectly into my cottage/farmhouse inspired decor scheme.

(all pictures taken with my phone, pardon the quality) 

And as a brief sampling of what was served during said luncheon, a picture of the non-dairy cream of asparagus soup I served as a starter. Quite delightful if I say so myself:)

I was also asked by a dear friend to come up with a Spring inspired table scape for a special dinner she was hosting. For her table my inspiration came from this cobalt blue textured table runner I had in storage. One of the souvenirs I brought back from my Peru trip many years ago. I knew that I wanted to contrast the cool blue with lots of bold warm colors like tangerine and fuschia.. This is the final result:

Last update for this post is dedicated to my on-line Fine Art Photography Shop - C'est la vie art. Make sure to stop by, explore a little.  I am constantly updating listings with unique, seasonal one-of-a-kind captures I've personally taken from across the Globe. I not only greatly enjoy the opportunity to be able to share my art with you to display on your walls, but take great pride in being able to display some of my favorite captures in my own home. I have selected a few of my favorites and display them on a wall in the living room (or as my hubby jokingly refers to as the "museum") on a special wall I have dubbed the "art-gallery".   For instance, if you are a lover of all Equidae family as I am, , you will appreciate the following vignette. To purchase any or all of these prints yourself, please visit the following links:

Thank you for taking out the time to read through the Spring updates and projects I have been working on. As an FYI, although I am currently specializing in photography sessions for the Spring and Summer, I still offer my Decor/Design consultations as a service for those interested in some advice or need extra inspiration. Please check out my Investment and Services page for more information.

Stay tuned for upcoming portrait sessions and other interesting tidbits.



May 6, 2015

A Precious-in-Pink-Princess and family, Spring Photo Shoot

My most recent Spring Portrait Session was for repeat clients , who are a lovely family of three (soon to be four.)

The focus was on the beautiful little M who is growing rapidly and beautifully.

We took advantage of the first Spring bloom to take some outdoor portraits. Please enjoy.

He loves me, he loves me not...

We had an unexpected furry friend join our photo session...

Please stay tuned as I have many lovely upcoming photo sessions to share this season. If interested in booking your own natural light portrait session, please visit my Services and Investment Page for more information.



April 29, 2015

Spring, she's back!

Spring and all her glorious renewed beauty is finally back!!! (insert sigh of relief followed by a high-pitched "wee", here)  I don't believe I have ever anticipated an end to one season and the arrival of another, as I have this year. Winter was ridiculously long and cumbersome this time around. Do you agree?   I am all to enthused to wish him adieu till the moment we unavoidably must meet again, but I digress...

As natural light photographer,  Spring and her lovely sister season  Summer - affords me the pleasure of commencing my outdoor portrait sessions. When I'm back behind the lens capturing candid moments of love, joy, humor, and all the delightful displays of emotion between couples and families, I am most fulfilled. Most in my element. Most inspired...

This season has kicked off with two lovely but very distinct portrait sessions.

The first is the celebration of an incredibly special couple who have been together in marriage for more than six decades, three children, five grandchildren and four great-grand children. Sixty-five years of love, loyalty, dedication and unity:   

More of this special session to come soon as well as my most recent Spring session featuring a rambunctious little human and her parents. 

I will also  be sharing highlights of all the upcoming portrait sessions I will have the pleasure of capturing. Please stay tuned.

Please make sure to visit my Fine Art Photography Shop to find the beautiful one-of-a-kind Spring and Summer prints like displayed at the beginning of this post.



February 6, 2015

Hello friends! Can you believe it's two months into 2015? I can't where does the time go? 

I apologize for my hiatus. I have had a very busy couple of months and due to the unfortunate weather conditions in the North East, most of my photography shoots have had to be postponed till Spring. More Updates on that to follow soon. 

 Meanwhile I wanted share some of the beautiful, unique and one-of-a-kind fine art prints I have available in my art shop. Perhaps one or more could tickle your fancy. The link to purchase and/or browse can be conveniently accessed by clicking the title of each image.  
 Happy Shopping! 

A few samples of more than 60 available prints taken from my perspective, all over the Globe. Here is the direct link to my shop - C'est La Vie Art .

Please stay tuned for upcoming Spring photo shoots, decor and remodeling projects! 



October 20, 2014

A Fall Family Maternity Session

My most recent portrait session was for a beautiful growing family of three who will soon be four...

The Figueroa-Rodriguez family are repeat clients and friends of mine who are excitedly awaiting the arrival of their new baby boy and making their current adorable toddler a big brother!

As soon as the glowing momma-to-be contacted me and we agreed on an October day to shoot, I began brainstorming the setting and subtle feel of Fall I wanted to portray in these captures. I decided in shooting both indoors and outdoors to convey the intimacy and excitement of this most precious moments in their lives. I believe the following images evoke just that. Enjoy!

Congratulations to this beautiful family, cannot wait to meet the newest member of the family!

Stay tuned for upcoming portrait sessions, interior decorating projects and event ideas.

Interested in setting up your own natural light portrait session? Please email me to and visit our Services and Pricing Page on this Blog for more information.