axe for remodelista

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been shooting for Remodelista to help them cover local LA spots with great design. One of my favorites is up on the site today: Axe in Venice.

Having lived in Venice for a good part of my life, this was always my go-to spot for lunch –most often going there with my dad. I’ve been a huge fan of the simple space and the healthy menu (get the rice bowl with chicken! And brunch on the weekends!). Love the wood slat ceiling, the bare bulbs (they did those over ten years ago), the heath bowls, dark furniture and bare walls. I love that it’s minimal without feeling cold, especially with the new kilim pillows they added to the benches.

See the whole post on Axe here.

Other shoots up on Remodelista:
Joan’s on Third
Kismet Tile

my kitchen

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Took advantage of the rainy weather and spent a little bit of time nesting this weekend. I puttered around rearranging tiny moments in the kitchen and putting things away. I also hung my other favorite tw pottery and added a purple basil plant to it for springtime. I’ve lived here for a little over a year and feel like I’m only just embracing it as home. It’s exciting and also, in a weird way, a loss. It seems it takes a long time to let go.

(Have you seen Tracy’s house? (From TW Pottery))

rainy day london

Friday, March 16th, 2012

It’s so dark and on the verge of a big storm in LA today that I’m reminded of my visit to London last fall. There’s something so wonderful about having the quality of light change all around you. Dramatic, moody, comforting. Such a shift from the constant cheerful sun in LA. This was Abby’s london kitchen on a particularly gloomy day (here it is on a sunny day) right before we went for a walk to Borough market. It was so grey and rainy and wonderful and then we ate all the pastries we could get our hands on.

Later we went to Leila’s where I wish I could spend every rainy day.

design sponge: grace’s husky ranch

Monday, March 12th, 2012

So excited to share images from a recent shoot for Design Sponge that went live today! Not only did I get help from Morgan on styling, but Abby came armed with props and Grace hosted the shoot with Nutella cupcakes and huskies. Grace’s house had really nice light and, of course, interesting spaces and getting to spend the day working with friends is always the best.

See the whole spread here on Design Sponge.

I heart instagram

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Those who spend any kind of time with me normally comment on how connected I am to my phone. It is a permanent part of my life. I am grateful for the technology and also curse it daily. I check email, texts, facebook, twitter and, most recently instagram. How it took me so long to jump on the instagram bandwagon, I will never know. I have 6,000 photos on my phone right now because I hate to take any photos off since I like to have visual aids when telling stories. And also I take a lot of photos.

Instagram let’s me follow other people’s visual journeys and also gives me a place to share the little moments I only seem to catch with my phone.

(The photos are of Handsome Coffee Roasters, Gjelina, an old copy of La Cuisiniere Provencale that I was cooking out of at my dad’s house, a ratatouille I made my dad, Cook Book, Axe and the incredible braids that @alisonbrislin puts in my hair when I ask her to.)

If you have an iPhone, you can follow me on instagram, my handle is @ljoliet.


Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Kids, I’m home sick this week and as much as I keep attempting a real post, all I can manage is spending a lot of time on twitter, watching downton abbey and replying to the most urgent emails. Everything else is on hold.

Please excuse me while I drink the pukka tea I brought back from london with the sweet little rosebuds I add for magical healing.

table top

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Just a sneak peek of a project I’ll be sharing next week. Happy weekend.

new work: sunia homes

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

So excited to finally unveil images from a home I got to shoot at the end of last year for a new (and very exciting) company building modern, sustainable, affordable homes in California. Sunia Homes have built their first model home right here in Echo Park and I got to shoot the new space with my partner in crime, Morgan who manned styling the space with Ali’s help.

Besides all the sustainable elements and concepts behind how these homes are built, the actual finished space is beautiful and full of light and I loved shooting it. Jerome, the mastermind behind Sunia, is so passionate about the company that it’s totally infectious. I especially loved working with Jerome because he wanted to make sure that the interiors stayed more relaxed, more like how the space is really used. So our styling inspiration was all about keeping it simple and alive (an image from my portfolio was a good reference, can you guess which one?).

Here are some of my favorite images currently up on their site plus a couple of my favorite outtakes.

Check out the newly launched site for Sunia Homes.


Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Went for a walk and discovered a beautiful vine. (and an old 240, best car ever).

24 hours in berlin

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Remember back in November when I was in Paris and I didn’t blog at all? One of the reasons was because right when I got back from London, I got an email from my editor at the New York Times seeing if I could shoot a story in Berlin for the Home and Garden section 3 days later. Turns out Berlin is only about an hour and a half flight from Paris and since I will basically say yes to anything that involves taking a plane, I was on board. I had other plans in France before I came back to LA so I couldn’t spend more than 24 hours there. It was beautiful, it was cold and it got dark really early. I loved it.

According to my cab rides, it was definitely fall. The leaves were totally incredible.

I was shooting a co-op building project in berlin’s mitte neighborhood by architects and partners Christoph Roedig and Uli Schop. They greeted me with this breakfast spread and I loved them immediately. It didn’t hurt that their space was amazing, either.

After we went up to the roof to take in the views of the city, they took me into one of the other units. I snapped a couple of photos. The light was perfect. I also got a nice view of the back common space.

And then I was done, the light was golden and I had a couple of hours before my flight. I went for a walk.

Read the article and see all the main photos in Great Homes: On Location in Berlin, A Showpiece of Communal Living.