Lifestyle fashion with a baby goat named Mathilda.Read More
A visit to Blythe Leonard’s custom leather goods studio in Thomasville, NC.Read More
Come along to see our creative shoot with lambs and our Fashionable Farmers!Read More
So excited to have styled and photographed the April cover of Our State Magazine!Read More
One time when I was cross country skiing at my parent's property in Nova Scotia, I had a wild idea come into my head. I thought it would be fun to surprise my Mum for her Valentine's Birthday because I am never ever there on her birthday. Then the ideas started to flow . . . decorating my brother's little cabin in the woods, her pulling up on horse drawn sleigh to an elegant feast and a croquembouche (I have always wanted to make one of these gorgeous French wedding cakes made of yummy choux pastry and spun caramel sugar) in all it's glory.
For three or four years I dreamed of making this come true and this year I decided on a whim to go. I have been super busy since the fall and had just returned from a shoot in Ecuador, so it seemed a bit crazy, but a dear friend advised me to not make it so complicated and to remember that the most important thing was that I was going. . .
So, I enlisted some fellow conspirators to help me out. Our friend Debbie (who rents an apartment from my parents) and my father knew I was coming and both did a lot of sneaking around for me. Debbie was a huge help cleaning up the cabin and transporting various goods from my parent's house right under my mother's nose! My dear friend Cheryl allowed me to come crash at her house and do all the cooking there even though it was in the middle of a busy week for her & her husband. I am so grateful for all the help!
I let go of some of my grander plans for an elaborate meal, a perfectly decorated cabin and the horse drawn sleigh since there wasn't any snow (what! this is usually when Nova Scotia is buried in snow). But in the end, it was a success because my Mum was totally surprised, the cabin was welcoming and cozy with a fire, the food was made with love and was compliant with her food allergies (I have links to the recipes below in case you are interested in an Auto Immune Protocol luncheon plan) and most importantly, she felt loved . . .
Hope you enjoy & remember to just do that thing you've been thinking about for a long time in all its imperfectness!
I have always had this silly fantasy of letting my vizsla Simon Henry loose in a fancy restaurant just to see what would happen. I guess the next best thing is letting a herd of goats partake of a feast in a field with beautiful people.
We had such a fun time shooting Part III of Fashionable Farmers. It was the last shot for the day and it was worth the wait for sure. Matt, our stylist put up a tripod to hang a chandelier and laid out a delicious spread on the table and then it was go time. It was pretty funny to try to ignore the goats jumping up on the table and basically devouring the food,.
Hope you enjoy the images and be sure to scroll to the bottom to see the behind the scenes!
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Just another chilly morning on the farm with our stylish couple . . . we are excited to share Part II of our Fashionable Farmer series shot at Matt Tuttle's farm in Stoneville, NC.
What do you get when you have a team of creatives, freezing cold weather on a farm in North Carolina some chickens and a donkey named Eeyore? Well, a take on American Gothic - of course!
Awhile ago I had the opportunity to visit with super talented stylist Matt Tuttle on his farm in Stoneville, North Carolina. It was so fun to see the beauty of his property and all the amazing animals he has there. I guess there is quite a bit of farmer in me so I was in my element meeting the goats & sheep and donkeys. After brainstorming a bit we came up with the idea of Fashionable Farmer and gathered our team of stylists and talent! On a chilly morning we braved the cold weather and animals to make this happen.
Hope you enjoy a little behind the scenes look. And don’t miss Matt’s Donkey Styling 101 video!
A little look into behind the scenes & Donkey Styling 101
A few springs ago, I jetted off to Italy to shoot at the Il Borro estate in Tuscany. That sounds so amazing and it really was a dream come true!. Il Borro is a beautiful medieval village that dates back to 1254, by conservative estimates, and was the home to many prominent families over the centuries. Ferruccio Feragamo purchased the estate in the 1980's and has been bringing it back to it's former glory as a destination. This makes me so happy because history is being preserved for the future.
Il Borro has lovely accommodations, delicious restaurants, a spa and a gorgeous winery and most importantly . . . horses! I hope you enjoy a little glimpse of this lovely estate . . .
Do you know what happens in June in the Maritime Provinces? The lupins, pink, white and purple, burst into glorious bloom on every roadway, ditch and path. In a way I took them for granted when I was growing up in Nova Scotia, but now when I go home, I marvel at the beauty of these renegade wildflowers.
Lupins are a relative of the pea and are extremely hardy. Apparently they are native to the West but made their way to the East Coast and decided to flourish! If you heard of the bluebonnets in Texas, they are actually a lupin as well.
I just returned from visiting my home town of Antigonish to celebrate my parent's wedding anniversary. Unfortunately my mother became very sick and the festivities had to be postponed but I am happy to say my mother is feeling better and we plan to do a re-anniversary party in August.
I loved seeing the last of the lupins along the roadside last week and thought you might too.
Also! We have added a few selections of these lupin images to our SVB Print Shop so be sure to take a look!
On this shoot for Our State Magazine, we really stumbled upon a new treat! The local business Cake & All Things Yummy, nestled in Kernersville, North Carolina, is really as sweet as it sounds. As we entered the lovely little shop, we were greeted with sweet smells and colorful treats. The atmosphere is so friendly and fun! Will definitely be paying this delightful shop another visit in the near future. ;)
Balancing a healthy lifestyle with a career, family, a social life and, of course, personal time, is challenging! I lead a fast-paced life, so I've found that to be especially true, even more so when I'm on the go on location. Riding my horse has always been my happy place and a way for me to unwind and get exercise in that I enjoy. But lately I've been wondering how else I can have some down time and get some exercise in too. I've tried yoga and did notice that it helped my posture, but it's so hard for me to slow down enough to enjoy the practice. Perhaps that means I should keep practicing!
During our shoot for Burt's Bees last summer on a beautiful day, our stunning model Katrina worked her way through a few simple yoga poses by the pool at our gorgeous location in Chapel Hill. Even though we were shooting, watching her practice was so relaxing and really inspired me to give yoga a shot again. So, does anyone have any advice for a beginner like me?
We hope you enjoy these images, including some from behind the scenes!, from our shoot with Burt's Bees, because we certainly loved this day and working with this team.
We are always thrilled when Garden & Gun magazine calls with an assignment. We adore working with their creative team and who doesn't like to shoot in beautiful Charleston?
We had a super fun day of shooting . . . we started in the wee hours of the morning and ended hurrying to get our last shot before a huge storm rolled in! It would probably surprise you to know that the pool float was almost 8 feet long making it a challenge to keep it where we needed it to be in the pool . . .
These images just make you long for a nice holiday by the sea or pool, don't they?
Location: Charleston, SC
Art Direction: Maggie Kennedy + Margaret Houston
Styling: Joel Sarvis
A few behind the scenes . . .
We are thrilled to introduce a new set of blossom prints in our fine art print shop! This cherry blossom series has a special place in my heart, too. I made these photos on a trip to New York with my mom at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. We had such a fun day exploring the city and showing her my old stomping grounds, and we could hardly believe our eyes when we stumbled upon this scene. Is there any other flower that is a harbinger of spring more than cherry blossoms? I think not!
We're giving away an 11 x 14 print of the cherry blossom below this week on Instagram, too! To enter, find today's Instagram post and tag a friend. We'll be posting several images over the next week, and you can enter to win this print by tagging as many friends as you like in every post. To win, you must BOTH be following @staceyvanberkel. We'll announce the winner on Tuesday, 5/16. Stay tuned and good luck!
Nestled about 45 minutes west of our studio here in Greensboro, North Carolina, sits the beautiful Kimpton Cardinal Hotel in downtown Winston-Salem. It is a luxurious retreat filled with stunning art deco details and decor from local artists and artisans, but perhaps what is most remarkable about this newly-renovated boutique hotel is the building's origin story. It was the prototype (on a smaller scale, of course) for the Empire State Building in Manhattan. In fact, the Empire State Building sends the Cardinal Hotel a Father's Day card every year - now how adorable is that!
We always love working with Our State and were thrilled to see these images in print in March's issue. Take a peek!
I have a passion for 19th century British history and literature, which was the focus of my undergraduate education. I gravitate towards the romantic literature of the Victorian era when I’m searching for inspiration or have some downtime to myself. So I guess it makes sense that this love of history and beauty has begun to seep into my work.
After being on a shoot for a Canadian magazine, Style at Home, I wanted to shoot at a historic estate somewhere in Ireland. We found the idyllic Carton House just outside of Dublin, a dreamy estate with beautiful rooms and a marvelous exterior. We loved working with their incredible team and all the Irish talent and designers that my producer Catherine Schramm made possible.
Isn't this model, Becky Wilkinson, just stunning? Her eyes, features and this dress take my breath away.
Location: Carton House in Kildare, Ireland
Talent: Becky Wilkinson, Morgan The Agency
& Cat, 1st Option Management
Wardrobe: Grace Moore, Morgan The Agency
Hair & Makeup: Mary Ellen Darby, Morgan The Agency
Many years ago, I discovered Burt’s Bees and their products have become a part of my daily routine. I am addicted to their lip balm - I simply cannot live without it! - and I always have a few tubes of their Lip Shine in Pucker on hand. Their Hand Salve helps renew my skin when I return from long stints of travel and busy days on location, too. The smell is intoxicating!
I am smitten with these products, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when Burt’s Bees asked us to work with them on the launch of their new plant-based protein shakes. The concept for the shoot was to showcase how a modern woman on the go can stay on track with these healthy shakes, and we were thrilled to have such an idyllic summery day in Chapel Hill with our crew and gorgeous model, Katrina.
I love to have shakes and smoothies when I am busy - it's a great way to get protein and other healthy nutrients - so I can’t wait to experiment with them at home. I'm betting vanilla will be my favorite because it always is! Have you had a chance to try these protein shakes yet? What do you think?
I love Ireland so much — the rich, lush texture of the landscape combined with the friendly people makes my heart sing. I have been fortunate enough to visit twice while on assignment over the last few years, and on my last trip I was able to stay a few extra days to have a little vacation and also to shoot some lovely dresses with a fab Irish team. It was a dream come true to shoot at the gorgeous Carton House, a historic-mansion-turned-luxury-hotel just outside of Dublin in Kildare. As I explored the property on the morning of our shoot, I was stopped in my tracks at nearly every turn. The fog, the historic grounds and the mansion itself was simply stunning.
Aren’t these dresses by the Irish designer Helen Cody just divine? We were so grateful to have such exquisite creations to pair with the beautiful setting and talent. I felt transported to another time in the morning mist that appeared on the morning of the shoot. I hope you enjoy the images because they make me think of one of my favorite 19th century novels, Jane Eyre.
We are always thrilled to work with Traditional Home and this piece in the March issue was no exception. A few months ago, we visited Louise Gaskill at her studio in Raleigh, NC, where she showed us how she repurposes old chandeliers and lights to make new custom lighting pieces. I love how she breathes new life into her designs by salvaging gorgeous details. We could have stayed for a week to watch her work — one day was simply not enough!
Pick up your copy of Traditional Home and enjoy the photos below. You can find more of Louise's work on her website.
Location: Louise Gaskill's Studio
Styling: Lisa Mende
Hair & Makeup: Robbie Forrest