DSC_0143I am so excited about this month’s Simply Saratoga issue. For this issue, my friends, Ed and Nicole, let me shoot their gorgeous new home just outside of Saratoga. Not only did they design a super cool house but Ed and Nicole also have great eyes for collecting. This house has been years in the making, and so have the furnishings- Ed says he’ll buy something years ahead, just knowing where the piece will end up. My personal faves? The vintage dixie cup holder and gum-ball dispensers in the kids bath (if you’re the parent of a toddler, you can probably guess what the gum-balls in the bathroom are for…). And the kids bedrooms? Like a Land of Nod catalogue come to life- Lawrence and Penelope are some lucky kiddos!

Each room in the house feels lovingly curated, not impulsively bought for. However, it also feels homey and comfortable, just as a young family’s home should. Thanks, Ed and Nicole!

Side note- this is also my first issue shooting the photos myself! It was a lot of work, but I absolutely LOVE having total creative control. Here are a few images that didn’t quite make the cut for magazine (and trust me- I jammed as many as I could in there! There were just too many to choose from).Hope you enjoy!

Just a pretty little still-life at the Pieper's... no big deal.

Just a pretty little still-life at the Pieper’s… no big deal.

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The napkins are by Nicole and Josie Hollander (aka Pipe and Holly). We also carry some of their adorable baby onesies at Silverwood!

The napkins are by Nicole and Josie Hollander (aka Pipe and Holly). We also carry some of their adorable baby onesies at Silverwood!

The barn doors for the kids rooms were a Craigslist score. They backed their son's with a wallpapered panel to help keep sound out. The massive orb light-fixture is Restoration Hardware.

The barn doors for the kids rooms were a Craigslist score. They backed their son’s with a wallpapered panel to help keep sound out. The massive, orb light-fixture is Restoration Hardware.

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"Amore" is right!

“Amore” is right!

Never under-estimate the power of the bribe when you're potty training...

Never under-estimate the power of the bribe when you’re potty training… (and yes, this actually takes coins to work).

The Pieper's are big Phish fans and Ed has had all of their local concert posters framed from over the years.

The Pieper’s are big Phish fans and Ed has had all of their local concert posters framed from over the years.

Vintage Saratoga signs. What's not to love?

Vintage Saratoga signs. What’s not to love?

Awesome light from Potterybarn.

Awesome light from Potterybarn.

-Chelsea