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I don’t make New Year’s resolutions persay, but I do like to set intentions for the year. Instead of being goal-specific, it’s more about how I’d want to live my life – by adding in more positive, there’s no room for the negative.

A friend shared this article with me on making small, 1% changes. The idea is that small changes are easier to implement than bigger changes, but yet add up over time and the results can be just as meaningful in the long run. It’s something that I’m focusing on this winter. I’m trying to do something small across the board in a few different areas of my life – eating a little bit healthier, getting a little more sleep, etc. Instead of making an unreasonable goal, try seeing what small, 1% changes can do. They’re easy to fit in, and make you feel like you’re doing something good for yourself.

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We’re in the midst of a blizzard here in Boston, so I’m flashing back to sunnier days. Specifically last August when we were lucky enough to have 4 days in Denmark to explore Copenhagen and the surrounding areas. Here are my highlights and tips on this extremely walkable city:

The city has more museums than you can shake a stick at. We opted for the National Museum to see some Danish history and the Round Tower, the oldest observatory in Europe, where you can see the city from above and walk through the beautiful minimalist interior on the way up.

For the quintessential view of the city, go to the Nyhavn, the colorful old port. From there you can hop a canal tour, which takes you on the water and under the bridges. Some of the bridges are so low, you’ll even have to duck under them.

We hit up the food hall Torvehallerne several times, as well as Copenhagen Street Food on Paper Island, a gigantic street food market where you can eat from cuisines around the world. Go at the end of the day, grab food and a drink, and enjoy sunset on the water.

There are more bikes than people in this city. Join everyone else by taking a bike tour – we did Bike Copenhagen with Mike and loved it!

Climb the 400 steps to the top of the spire on Church of Our Savior for a bird’s eye view of the city, then treat yourself by heading to Tivoli Gardens. We went at night where the entire park is lit up.  From there head to Miekkeller to try their world-famous beer.

For a day out of the city, we took the train north to Kronborg Castle and the Maritime Museum of Denmark, then took the same train line to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. I highly recommend the light installation by Yayoi Kusama, one of the most visually stunning pieces of art that I’ve ever experienced.

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Today’s almost spring-like weather in Boston has me thinking of bright and airy spaces – like this Back Bay condo overlooking the city that I photographed for Squarehouse Studios. The elegant vibe is infused with warmth from woods and brass. I love the original artwork, and also how the designer Steven popped in some animal elements, like the carved bear on a console table and the gold bird on the bookshelf. And scroll to the end so you don’t miss the flamingo wallpaper in the bathroom.

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Happy New Year! I’m starting off this year with two projects that I did for Curbed in Courtney Webster’s bohemian/midcentury modern apartment in Providence. The first project was a styling post for the holiday table, the second was a house tour of her loft. Courtney has style that oozes out of every corner. I love how layered it is – everywhere you look, there’s something eye-catching. I also love how accessible it is – a lot of her pieces are from Target, Ikea, and Etsy. Proof that a beautiful home can be found at all price levels!

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Spaces that have a lot of juxtaposition are always so fun to photograph. This Boston condo made of steel, concrete, and glass was brought to life with warm woods, leather, and cozy texture. And there’s nothing like a giant plant to add a lot of life to a room! Kudos to Caroline Hughes of C.B. Hughes Design for doing such a fabulous job on this complete overhaul! Photographed for Homepolish.

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