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My husband pointed out this sky the other evening. Having just seen the movie 300, it  gave me the same type of feeling as the sky in parts of the movie. Figured I’d share it. For those that don’t mind violence, 300 is a rockin’ & visually compelling movie, if you’re into creative stuff like…

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  • scott neumyerAugust 31, 2007 - 5:55 pm

    gorgeous! we’re takin over NJ one photo at a time. This is JERSEY!! 🙂

  • HopeAugust 31, 2007 - 9:12 pm

    Totally correct on the reference to 300! It does have the same feel…and it’s REAL too! And wow those men…yummy!

I’m highly recommending that you book your holiday sessions as soon as possible – that is, if you’re looking to give cards or portrait gifts for the holidays! The cutoff date is November 20th for holiday cards, prints (without framing) will be available. No worries, I’m working on getting a framer, but I am, after…

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  • SusanAugust 30, 2007 - 5:51 pm

    I think I might have to hire you for this 🙂

  • jen diehlAugust 30, 2007 - 6:19 pm

    thanks mama! you tell me what day is good for you and we will be there! the sooner the better, I am free just about everyday, except weds. mornings and thursday late afternoons…
    thanks love!
    xoxo

  • Diana AcostaAugust 31, 2007 - 5:38 am

    Hey girl you know I am always on board-I have been waiting to seek your great services!!!!! 🙂

  • DawnAugust 31, 2007 - 6:02 am

    Would love to hear more about the “great discounts available to the trade” Sign me up!!!!!!!!

  • PeachSeptember 4, 2007 - 12:02 pm

    Awesome creative voice! Gimme more!

  • […] sessions in awesome locations, amazing headshots from talented  coming actors and amazing children and family portraits that will be outta this world as well as several collaborative creative […]

  • Lisa MarabelloSeptember 8, 2007 - 5:35 am

    Hey Girlfriend, Count me in for holiday pictures. The weekend works best for me now that we are back to school. Let me know. Love Ya

Welcome to Our Foyer. Remember, those that have full access can see the floorplan. The porch right now needs to be cleaned up, we have wood and stuff out there so I will spare you the porch (just for now) 😉 We enter through, what most would call a foyer! Not sure what many others…

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  • scott neumyerAugust 30, 2007 - 4:23 pm

    Wow. I LOVE the chess table. And the stuff you took with no flash makes the room look like something out of BARRY LYNDON. I love it. Killer!

  • Mrs.LimestoneAugust 30, 2007 - 5:40 pm

    The red looks really great.

    Im in the process of picking paint colors now and I have no freaking clue. Of course I have to give our contractor the paint selections in a few weeks and Im no where near to having decided a single room. How did your selection process go?

  • laura bruenAugust 30, 2007 - 6:00 pm

    Thanks Scott & Mrs.Limestone.

    For those that don’t know what the heck Scott is talking about, go ahead Watch the Barry Lyndon Trailer – I had to, LOL. Now, for some odd reason I will need to watch the movie. Thankssoverymuch.

    Mrs. Limestone –

    I’m still having issues with it. I can’t commit to anything really, hanging things on walls, etc.

    I can only really decide on a color for a room by LIVING it, quite honestly. That’s how I roll. So, that being said my process is:

    a.) Stare into space
    b.) Check the lighting
    c.) Pick an inspiring color (or as learned, uninspiring color)
    d.) Go from there and wing it.

    For example, the foyer was one of the first rooms we painted. I wasn’t particularly ready to be risky right away having no idea how I was going to decorate. I then checked the Pottery Barn colors (I had purchased the swatch book) and just blindly picked out a color that I <em>cannot even remember</em>. Hated it. Immediately decided to go with something bold and went for it.

    You will see in future posts, I wasn’t so bold in other rooms and again, was forced to go bold. It’s a pattern, really, and an extreme waste of paint but I have no other way of knowing how it’s going to look unless I live with it. I think that has to be one of the single most difficult decisions on decorating.

    Ever since I went RED though, I have loved every square inch of that room. It’s so boudoir looking. All I need is a few funkier pieces (maybe a leather wingback? maybe a crystal sconce as opposed to the artwork on either side of the room) and I’ll have a theme room to shoot out of. Of course, I’ll have some shots around as well ;-).

    I just have a hard time committing to hanging anything unless I get that “it’s right” feeling, ya know?

    All of this being said, I don’t envy your decision. If it were my decision – I would tell them to either paint all white or just prime and let me move in, live there, and pick one by one (knowing my speed of color selection, white would be the smarter move, methinks, at least for me).

    I definitely won’t lie about LOVING Pottery Barn colors though. – ETA: I love them, absolutely love them.

  • Diana AcostaAugust 31, 2007 - 5:45 am

    You have a great sense of style, that’s why I fell in love with your previous house and had to have it. You have done wonders with your new house keep up the good work, To Jimmy and Laura you both deserve a hand of applause.

  • Mrs.LimestoneSeptember 1, 2007 - 12:29 pm

    I wish I could live there first before deciding paint colors but wont work for us for many reasons but the most important being Mr. Limestone won’t let me :and I dont do ladders. So Im kind of stuck. To make matters worse, the old owners painted the place almost entirely in this minty green color so no matter what samples patches I put up, every color looks different with the mint green everywhere.

    So you dont like the PB colors huh? I was kind of relying on them for my inspiration. 🙂

  • laura bruenSeptember 1, 2007 - 12:34 pm

    Love the PB colors – LOVE them. Just not the first light one I chose. Sorry, I suppose it could read wrong.

    I LOVE PB colors. Love them.

  • DinaApril 6, 2011 - 8:06 pm

    Hi Laura,

    Absolutely love ALL of your photos!!
    Really enjoyed browsing your site…
    I have a dream to have a professional photo session:)

    Perhaps one of these days…before I am too old:))

    All the best!! You rock!!

    Dina

Check out this guy.  An artist who simply surpasses many with his “strokes” of pure genius! Just when you think you’re talented, someone comes along and SWOOP, knocks it right out of you.   🙂

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  • samanthaAugust 30, 2007 - 11:42 am

    Amazing. Not sure how keen I am with the whole blood thing but I will grant him this, he is obviously on a whole other playing field!

I’m gonna jump around a bit in the interest of getting some photos up. I’ll be finished with the foyer post soon (wanted to do a walk through but those that have full farm access will be able to refer to the 2nd level floorplan.  An interesting tidbit of info is that this room was…

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  • marieAugust 30, 2007 - 5:35 am

    what a nice guest bedroom, so calming.

  • Diana AcostaAugust 31, 2007 - 5:53 am

    When can I sleep over?…lol…lol

  • K.C.March 31, 2008 - 6:21 pm

    WOW!!! Great guest bedroom. Looks like it’s straight out of a New England B&B. Love that ‘Rose Dresser”.

  • BarbaraApril 1, 2008 - 4:54 pm

    Absolutely beautiful – makes me wanna move back in and stay in the guest room – lol!!!

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