me.

When I made the decision to launch the new Meredith Perdue website earlier this year, I realized I should probably update my own bio pictures as well. After all, my favorite photo of Orvis & I, the one I’ve always used, is well over two years old. Now that the name of my business was actually my name, I knew it was extremely important to have an up to date photo.

You might think, that for a photographer, having your own photo taken would be a piece of cake, right? Not so much. I am basically an awkward mess anytime I step foot in front of the camera. Really, it can be quite painful for everyone involved.

I am incredibly fortunate, however, that one of my closest and most trusted friends is a wonderfully gifted photographer, Alexandra Roberts.  I knew that if anyone could help me conquer my fears of being on the other side of the lens, it would be Alex.  And, of course, she did just that.

Alex, you’re brilliant.  Thank you for helping me actually enjoy having my photos taken, something I thought would never happen in a million years.

Meredith Perdue

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Meredith Perdue

Meredith Perdue

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Meredith & Orvis

Meredith & Orvis

All of the above images were shot on film by Alex, except the last two with Orvis!

the new studio (exterior!)

Good morning!  I know I promised these exterior photos of the new & unlimited studio (see the interior by clicking HERE!) awhile ago, so thank you, thank you for your patience.  I’m extremely pleased with how the project came together- it looks just like the cottage-slash-carriage house for which we were hoping!  And we’ve had tons of neighbors tell us how well it fits behind our little cape, which is always encouraging.

The yard is still healing from the two (large!) trenches we had to dig in order to get power & gas out to the new building, so please try to imagine lots of green grass wherever you see areas of the not-so-pretty straw.  I’m already excited to photograph the studio after the first snowfall of the season- everything looks pretty in fresh snow!

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& unlimited studio

Happy Tuesday!

the new studio (interior!)

Michael & I moved everything out of the old & unlimited studio over the weekend, and into the newly-built studio behind our house.  Surprisingly, I wasn’t super sentimental about leaving the old space, even though I loved it dearly.  Perhaps I know it’s not really goodbye, as I live three doors down and know that I will continue to walk by the space every single day.  Or maybe it’s simply because I’m so excited about the new studio- a space of our own that we’ve been able to design from scratch!

We worked hard to make the studio look as if it’s always been tucked back behind our 18th century cape.  The exposed beams (found in Boothbay Harbor!), the gray floors, the horizontal planking, the beadboard ceiling, and the casement & awning windows all add to the overall historic feel of the building.

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The famous door desk that has found its way all over the internet from Planet Green to Apartment Therapy most certainly made the move to the new studio!  As did my favorite Pottery Barn chair & office accessories!

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A few tulips from Michael!

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I was lucky to be able to incorporate a lot of the same furniture from the old studio .  In addition to the door desk, I brought along the zinc-topped table, the wooden bench, and the green storage compartment.  I was, however, able to make a few fun purchases for the new space, including a couple of modern yellow chairs from West Elm, a few pendant lights, a Dash & Albert rug, and the fireplace!

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What fun!  Now instead of walking down the block to work, I simply walk out back.  I’m able to watch Orvis romp & roll in the yard, and when he grows tired of chewing on sticks & chasing squirrels, he simply waits by the door to come in and nap by the fire.  The entire setup could not be more perfect for our lifestyle!

Photos of the exterior are coming soon!  I need to finish the wreath for the newly painted blue door, attach strap hinges on the carriage house “doors,” and finish spreading some mulch around the new plants!

announcing the new studio!

Exciting news!  The & unlimited studio is moving just three doors down on Preble Street to the brand new cottage-like building behind our 18th century cape!  I’ve chosen to keep this under wraps for a few months, just because I felt like it needed to be more official.  With the finishing work completed on both the interior and exterior of the building, I feel as though now is the best time to make the big announcement!

After my parents drew up the plans for us (a big public thank you, you guys!) we broke ground (I just love the way that sounds!) in August.  From there, we hired out the framing & finishing work.  Now all we have left to do is paint the exterior & interior!  And carry everything down the street from the current studio, of course!

And here’s a little peek at our inspiration for the project!  Cottages, white walls, exposed beams, carriage house doors, cupolas, painted floors, etc.  What a fun process this was!

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Top Row Images From Left:  The Bachelder’s cottage on Hupper Island– moi; Whitewash via Owl and Peacock
Second Row: Exposed beams via Peach and Pearl; Guest rooms via Peach and Pearl; Black, white & rustic via Poppytalk
Third Row: Potting shed via Southern Living; Whitewash via Owl and Peacock;  Decorating with yellow via Country Living.

And a few photos of the building itself!  More to come soon when the project is a bit more complete!  YAY!

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Happy Monday!