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These were such fun photos to work on – a holiday interior shoot with Joss&Main, styled by (and photographed in the home of) the uber-creative Emily Starr. I love when holiday decor is simple, understated, and earthy yet designy (is that even a word?), and I feel like her ideas encapsulated all of that. Also, it doesn’t hurt that her cute little dog Bruno ends up in every shoot that we’ve had together.

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It’s been a rainy day here, so I thought I’d dig up some rainy photos from the travel archives – a trip we took last year to the national parks around Seattle. A few highlights of our trip:

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A short post today on something fun and inspiring that I recently discovered (and something outdoorsy you can still do even this late in the year) – sunset viewing on Wachusett Mountain. I’m a big believer in seeing as many sunrises and sunsets as I can. Since I’m not the world’s best morning person, the sunrise part is tricky. But sunsets are something that I am pretty good about seeing. Here are the details on this one. Drive to Wachusett Mountain State Reservation (about an hour or so from Boston). Park at the base of the auto road, walk to the other parking lot (the one near the Visitor Center) and take the Bicentennial Trail/Pine Hill Trail less than a mile up to the summit. There’s an observation tower that you can climb up for even better views. Hang out for a gorgeous sunset, then descend the way you came. The trail down was actually not too dark for us, but if you’re unsure you can use your iPhone flashlight (or bring your own flashlights). A great end-of-weekend activity – we went on a late Sunday afternoon and it was very calming and beautiful. Enjoy!!

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Some images from a home tour that I photographed this summer with Boston Globe Magazine and designer Melissa Miranda. Melissa and her husband completely renovated an old carriage house in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. The end result is an bright, airy house with lots of neutrals, texture, and stunning gold accents. The most dramatic transformation of the first floor was the addition of the sunroom, the perfect antidote for a New England climate where it’s winter for six months out of the year. As you can see, the cats wholeheartedly approved of our photo shoot, and loved getting in the picture wherever they could.

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