I’ve found myself in a very contemplative state the past few days reflecting on personal goals, friendships, travel and pretty much every component of my young adult hood. (I’ve been told this is normal?)
Music has always comforted me and forced me to find perspective. I find myself drawn to it more and more. Whether it’s the sound of The Wailers, Bruce Hornsby, Stevie Wonder or new artists I have on repeat via my Spotify account, they seem to do the trick. Above, model Saskia de Brauw with the sensational musical duo Daft Punk shot by Peter Lindbergh. The spread was featured in the December 7th issue of French publication M le Monde. See more photographs here.
When I spent more time working on my creative writing hobby and dreaming up characters, I would paste a collection of photographs torn out of magazines into my notebook as a method of creating and developing the character. If the protagonist was a chic city Mother/renowned architect for example, I’d imagine what kind of perfume she would wear, how she met her husband, her favorite experience abroad, or perhaps think about her most remarkable achievements, and sketch them out on paper. The visuals helped me to connect the dots and bring the character to life.
It seems every time I turn around someone is moving, redecorating, or renovating. I find the same method as described above particularly helpful in creating a new space. (Clearly, a little thing called Pinterest figured this out, too). The above images are from Ashley Whittaker’s portfolio, one of my favorite interior designers. I find her projects to successfully blend light, texture and tradition into a harmonious balance of sophisticated ease. I have always kept the above photographs in my arsenal for when I needed inspiration to bring interior spaces to life.
Meet Libby Kirwin. Libby, is my former boss, mentor and friend who played a large role in the beginning of my career. She is, more importantly, the founder of Libby Kirwin Real Estate (“LKRE”) a boutique real estate and property management firm headquartered in Newport, Rhode Island.
From the moment Libby and I met, we clicked and I couldn’t wait to work for her – I never felt so confident trusting someone so quickly. She has the most discerning eye, infectious work ethic and unrelenting passion for her work. She is akin to that senior girl in high school that was untouchably cool. I couldn’t wait to learn more from her every day and every moment with her was a learning experience.
As Director of Marketing for LKRE, I was responsible for developing and executing all marketing and PR strategies as well as leveraging our brand strategy. In time, LKRE really took off and exemplified the modern leader in what was traditionally, a rather stuffy, stale industry.
Above: My first marketing campaign at LKRE, our “Inspiration Campaign” in 2011.
Given Libby’s keen eye and exquisite taste, I believe one of her strengths is her design and renovation consulting business. Below are an assortment of transformations she is behind. Be sure to visit her website for the full LKRE experience. Thanks for your inspiration, Libby!
17 Oliver Street: Before17 Oliver Street: After22 Thurston: Before
22 Thurston: After
18 Burdick: Before
18 Burdick: After
Photo credit: The talented Melissa Quintal Photography