Well, when I asked you guys if you wanted to hear about my home decorating adventures, I had no idea how many of my peeps in the blog world cared so much about home decor & design! It seemed to be a mixed response about whether I should keep all the home talk on this blog or move it to another one so I’m still unsure about what I’m going to do. However, until I decide on the one blog vs. two, I won’t keep you waiting to see my ideas and/or inspiration for my home!

Let me just say..as much as I love searching from decorating ideas, it stresses the heck out of me because it is a HUGE commitment to say “I’m going to decorate my house like x, y, and z”. Why you ask? Because paint, furniture, window treatments and the like are darn expensive and I can’t just say “ugghh..that couch doesn’t work..I’m going to throw it out and buy a new one”. So, when it came to deciding on the “look” I wanted to have, it was hard because anybody that knows me, knows that I like bold, eccentric, and out-of-the ordinary things. Which is normally fine and dandy but home decor is a whole different matter. After all, I have a hubby who likes just the opposite of bold & eccentric :-) I’m “Betsey Johnson”..he is “Ralph Lauren”. Catch my drift?

Anyhow, in the beginning I just collected bunches of pictures from magazines and design blogs and ended up with a big ol’ mountain of ideas until I started seeing a theme to all of them. They all looked similar but different and it became quite apparent that the style I always seemed to gravitate towards was “Hollywood Regency”.

To my utter surprise and shock, Doug actually liked the style! That was a HUGE relief to me because I swear, I don’t know what I would have done if he didn’t! Marriage is all about compromise people..although sometimes I must admit I did wish we could have also bought the house next door to us so that Doug could have his own home to decorate. Even though he liked the style of Hollywood Regency, there were many things I showed him that he DIDN’T like…sometimes Mr. Lerit totally cramps my style! :-)

Now for the fun! Here are some pretty pictures I collected online. I never thought I would blog about this stuff so unfortunately, I can’t give credit to whoever I nabbed these pictures from…sorry!

These are some of my favorite looks…like I said..they are similar but very different!

I love the red and green accents!

One of my favorite looks..a little too much black and white for my taste but I still love it.

I don’t think I’ll ever go this wild but I do love it!

This room is a mix of hollywood regency and traditional but I love the casual feel of the room.

LOVE the couch and wallpaper!

One of my other favorites. I love this room but I don’t particularly like the color red..but if someone came into my home and decorated it like this, I’m not going to complain that’s for sure :-)

Again, bolder than I’ll probably ever go but I love it!

Love the Teal chairs!

This ceiling is totally cute..I think it would look great in my office!

Vintage & Elegant is the vibe I get from this…

Love the ceiling treatment!

When I saw this picture, I fell in love! It’s modern, glamourous, yet also understated (compared to the looks above). I’m leaning towards this look for my living room…we’ll see if I can come close!

If you like the look of Hollywood Regency, you can read more about it here: Hollywood Regency

Wedding Photographer: What a bunch of sweet colors!  That is a photographers dream, all those colors and textures!  You did a great job on these!  Thanks for posting! March 4, 2009 12:28 am

Carina Lindgren: I love this style!!  So beautiful!  Have you been to my studio yet?  I think you would like it:)!  Good Luck with decorating!  It´s sooooo much fun! February 26, 2009 1:58 am

Jamie B.: There is an interesting story in the current issue of "Vanity Fair" about John Woolf, the architect/designer who started the Hollywood Regency style.  He lived a very different lifestyle, but the pictures are gorgeous! February 12, 2009 1:23 am

kristeen: totally bookmarking this for inspiration on our place.  you have great taste! January 31, 2009 8:32 pm

freckles chick: Oh girl, home decor is my obsession! I have a TON of decor blogs on my blog roll--feel free to peruse =) Just like your photography style, I´m sure your home´s going to be very chic and glam (I´m a lurker on your blog, LOL). (BTW, I love the 1st color in the 2nd row of your paint post below!) January 30, 2009 6:45 am

Cathy Crawley: You have very opulent taste, I like it! January 29, 2009 12:07 am

Amy: I love all these!!!! I am a little behind in blog land but congrats on the new house!!! I am so happy for you guys! Hope you are well! January 28, 2009 7:35 am

Ashley Rose: Trista! Check out this thread over on Apt. Therapy! http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/at-austin/inspiration-hollywood-regency-for-the-bedroom-austin-074647 :) Happy Decorating! January 28, 2009 2:15 am

Tira J: Hi Trista.  Wow.  Each room is gorgeous.  If you do indeed decorate your new home like some of those rooms, you can photograph your clients indoors.  Have a great day!   January 27, 2009 10:21 pm

Kate and I met a couple years ago at a workshop and have been internet buddies ever since :-) We share a love of photography, cute doggies, and of course…NKOTB!!!! When Kate contacted me a couple of months ago letting me know that she was going to be in town and that she wanted to do a shoot with lil ol’ me, I was excited beyond belief because I knew the session was going to be totally rad no matter what we did. The cool thing about shooting other photographers is that they are down for ANYTHING! During the shoot..I actually think I heard the angels sing when I told Kate and Joe to get into a certain pose and she asked “do you want smiling or fierce?”…you know it’s going to be a good day when you hear someone utter the words “fierce” :-)

Kate and Joe..thanks so much for being such troopers! We risked life and limb (and Kate nearly touched doggy poo) to get some of these images but it was totally worth it :-)

Here are some of my favs from the shoot. Kate and Joe wanted a mixture of casual “we’re hanging out in California” images and then some dressier “we’re fierce” images.

I’ll post the casual ones first…

this ones for Joey :-)

love the light in this one!

Now for the “dressy” ones! Kate really loved the anniversary shoot Doug and I did last year and wanted to do part of her shoot at the same location..I happily obliged :-)


Love this one!

This bridge was quite scary to get to..I didn’t know if we’d be able to do it but Kate and Joe proved me wrong!

It was gloomy for most of the shoot but the sun peeked out for a little bit :-) Thanks sun!

how cute are they?

I hope birdcage veils never go out of style…they make me happy :-)

Very special thank you to Carina Lindgren from Flawless Faces for doing a fabulous job on Kate’s makeup/hair! She ALWAYS does such an amazing job!

lindsay: these are possibly the most gorgeous pictures I have ever seen... absolutely beautiful April 25, 2009 6:48 am

Jovana Luna: These are just beatiful!  Great Job! March 4, 2009 10:00 pm

Hailey: WOW!! I love these shots.  Looks like a fun couple.....very creative...HJG February 18, 2009 8:10 am

cynthia: These photos are so cool, classy and overall breathtaking.  She has the most gorgeous eyes I have ever seen. February 1, 2009 10:41 pm

ryel j: I love every part of this post! You nailed it! January 31, 2009 9:20 pm

Vanessa - V3 Weddings & Events: LOVE these!  They are gorgeous Trista! January 30, 2009 1:53 am

Vanessa - V3 Weddings & Events: LOVE these!  They are gorgeous Trista! January 30, 2009 1:53 am

Jennifer: These are amazing!  You did a great job! January 27, 2009 7:56 pm

rachel: these are awesome! she is gorgeous. January 26, 2009 8:04 am

Susan Solo: Um, WOW. These are amazing! I´m totally speechless. Gorgeous images, gorgeous couple. I´m a new fan of yours now, Trista. :) January 26, 2009 5:20 am

Jenn Link Photography: Amazing!!!!! January 26, 2009 1:29 am

Kate Triano: Trista, you rock! Thank you so much for these photos, I can´t wait to see the rest too! I need to learn how to smile more in pics, I was trying to hard to be fierce, LOL! And Damn, my man Joey is HOT!!! I love them all!!! January 25, 2009 11:54 pm

kristeen: I love the ones in your anniversary spot! Gorgeous photos, gorgeous girl! January 25, 2009 6:16 am

Carina Lindgren: Thanks Trista:)!  The pic´s look great! January 25, 2009 1:47 am

Simply Modern Weddings: I am totally lovin their shots on the bridge...and her outfit ROCKS! January 24, 2009 3:24 am

Allison: So glad you´re back in action. I love the "dressy" ones! They´re super awesome, especially the one with them laughing and facing each other. It´s super great. January 23, 2009 7:21 pm

Sharon: I adore this session!  All these photos are gorgeous; Luv them all, but my absolute fave has to be the second to the last shot.  Her blue eyes are stunning! January 23, 2009 9:53 am

Liz Huynh: GReat job!  I love that veil and that location...hmmm...all these ideas! January 23, 2009 6:08 am

Jessica Smith: these are BEAUTIFUL!!!!! gorgeous couple, and her blue eyes are stunning!! nicely done! :0) January 23, 2009 5:36 am

Bobbie Brown: Fierce, Fabulous, Casual... whatever they are; LOVE them all!!!!! January 23, 2009 5:07 am

Jasmine*: Fierce is not the word....FABULOUS is the word!!  Gooooo Kate and Joe...can you say HOTNESS!?! January 22, 2009 10:46 pm

Navy Sou: Oh my goodness!  Totally LOVE the alter ego ´Fierce´ :D  I am in love with her ensemble and the accessories!!! January 22, 2009 10:37 pm