Carly Nemtean Designs a Dream Kitchen and More!

Monday, March 26, 2012

The week of March 5th-9th  rocked my world! I had the good fortune to photograph several rooms designed by the talented Carly Nemtean. If you don’t know who she is yet, you will! Carly is an Accredited Interior Designer who co-founded Carriage Lane Design-Build in 2011. Her work has been featured on two Lifestyle and Reality series: Cineflix’s Property Brothers and HGTV’s upcoming show Reno vs. Relocate.  Carly has also been a featured designer on HGTV’S Design Interns. I found her to be wonderfully sweet and easy to work with, and I especially I loved that we both view the world from the grand height of 5' 2".

We had many locations to cover as I captured new images for the Carriage Lane Design-Build website refurbish. As we went along, each new room design was more impressive than the last. And boy, did Carly save the best for the last! I have to admit that I felt my jaw drop when I saw the kitchen at our final location. It was one of those moments when I just had to smile in disbelief that I get to do this for a living! 

The eclectic modern kitchen was a dream with its clean lines, white walls and grey concrete Caesarstone counters that contrasted beautifully with the flat panel, dark walnut cabinets. Natural light filled the space from double skylights and a wall of windows overlooking a treed ravine. When the subject is this beautiful and well designed, the picture almost takes itself! I can only wish for more opportunities like this! Though the kitchen was my favorite, I also loved the “kids” bathroom complete with a fabulous built-in shelving unit that accented the high ceilings of this 1950’s Raised Bungalow. The light bamboo veneer on the shelves, as well as the suspended vanity, melded with the soft natural light in this room to give it a clean, spa-like vibe.

It was effortless and fun to spend time with Carly. We worked in tandem as she quickly set the “stage” while I positioned the lights and camera. Together, we made decisions about where to tweak and make changes for the final image. Carly moved quickly and had great ideas throughout the shoot. I look forward to documenting more of her latest designs soon!

Long Table Dining Among The Herbs!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Recently, I had the opportunity to both attend and photograph one of the latest culinary trends to take over our city. On March 15th, The Social Feed organized a communal dining event hosted by The Stop Community Food Centre, with beer provided by Great Lakes Brewery.  The fundraiser took place at the Wychwood Barns and the setting was one of the most unique I have ever experienced. There were 50 of us seated at a long table running down the center of its 3,000 square foot, state-of-the-art greenhouse. Surrounded by the vibrant sight and earthy smell of growing plants, it was like eating in the Garden of Eden!

The delectable vegetarian dinner was conceived and prepared by Chef Chris Brown, formerly of the highly acclaimed restaurant Perigee. The menu featured a Rosemary, Potato & Buffalo Mozzarella flat crust pizza topped with fresh herbs from the greenhouse, among other dishes. My favourite was the Roasted Hubbard Squash with toasted almonds, topped with green curry sauce on a bed of lentils. Chef Brown really knows how to bring out the nuttiness of a lentil.
And of course, the beer was fantastic!

The Stop’s mission is to increase access to healthy food in a way that maintains dignity, builds community and challenges inequality. At the Wychwood location, their Green Barn is a sustainable food production and education centre which houses the greenhouse, food systems education programs, a Global Roots Garden, a community bake oven and compost demonstration centre. Partial proceeds from the sale of the tickets went to The Stop Community Food Centre.

Originating in Vancouver, with similar organizations in NY and other major cities in the United States, The Social Feed is at the helm of the “in real life” movement in food culture dedicated to bringing people together to share a meal and connect in person. Though facilitated by social media, the message is not the medium but through the medium. And what a delicious medium it was!

All meals are fixed-priced and served family style from large platters offering a variety new dishes created by a renowned chef for a great deal. It’s suggested that if you come with a partner, you sit beside them so that you are both open to spontaneous conversation with a stranger. The communal table encourages socialization, as you have to talk to the person across from you when you ask them to pass the pizza!

Doubling as an interactive city guide, The Social Feed also suggests new places to eat along the way. So not only do you get to meet new people but you also get to experience a new restaurant your city.

The Stop Community Food Centre was something that I have wanted to check out for a while so I was stoked when The Social Feed held this amazing event right in my hood! 

I am so appreciative  to Danielle Goldfinger from The Stop Community Food Center  and Reggie Milligan from The Social Feed for facilitating  this opportunity!

Enjoy the pics!


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