A Bright White Home Filled with Warmth and Love

December 5, 2017

I cannot wait to share this peek inside the bright white home of one of my favorite photographers to follow along, Veronica. We connected through the app years ago and it was such a treat to chat with her about what home means to her and to get a more in depth look at her BEAUTIFUL home. Make sure to scroll through to catch each and every image and for links to her site and social channels!

Veronica, so excited to be chatting with you outside of our little Instagram world! Tell my readers and I a little more about you, how you got started with photography and how the role of home has played a part in your success as a business owner?

Hi girl! Thank you for allowing me to share a bit of my crazy on here!
Being first generation in this country (mother from Ecuador, father from Argentina), I was certainly raised differently than the average American kid. I didn’t speak English until kindergarten, I had no idea what tomato soup and grilled cheese was until college, and I spent spring breaks visiting relatives in South America instead of going to Disney. Those experiences were what shaped me (and my love for food, culture + travel) and I can’t say I missed having a sweet 16.

My husband and I met and fell in crazy stupid love 14 (!!!) years ago at a crab shack on the beach in NJ, when we were both still babies. Fast forward through the roller coaster of our twenties, we finally got hitched 4 years ago, plus added a delicious baby girl to the mix. Not only are we parents together + married, we also work together. Luckily, not full time, as I’m sure I’d probably lose my mind (and my husband). Wedding photography wasn’t something I initially sought out as a career, but it has developed into a massive passion. Having the opportunity to capture love stories (and I mean really BIG love stories) is what I was destined to do. I’m a very sentimental + deeply emotional person, so it made sense that this ended up being my creative outlet + craft.

Being a mom was also something I initially did not think I wanted. Silly (and selfish) 20 something year old me. Castella has opened up a whole other side of my heart, which I thought couldn’t possibly grow any larger. But she also has given me (and my husband) a big swift kick in the reality + adulthood culo. It’s not easy, but it’s the best life ever.

Give me the details. How long have you lived in this space, do you rent or own, did you grow up in the area and anything else that feels relevant?

We are coming up on 3 years living in our very first home we’ve purchased together. I was 7 1/2 months pregnant when we moved from our little rented ranch on a horse farm, and I have to say moving while pregnant was the WORST. EVER. The stress of finding a home, packing, mortgages, closings, inspections etc, was enough to send me into early labor. Luckily, we found this adorable house after an inspection on a house I didn’t really love fell through, and the rest is history. We’re less than 2 miles from the beach and live by many of our close friends (who also have kids! bonus!) so to say we love it here would be an understatement. I’ve lived in Monmouth county since I was 10 years old, and it’s really such an incredible area. I do long for acres of property, and sometimes the PNW calls my name, but the beach on the East coast will always feel like home.

I feel like I should know this, but I don’t. Do you work at home when you aren’t shooting with clients? Have you found ways to balance work from home life if so?

I do! I work a couple of days a week from home while my babe is in school. I have her all day for most of the week, so my time to actually sit and work uninterrupted is minimal. I’m lucky to have patient clients who understand that my family comes first. The balance isn’t always easy though, as my season has busier months than others, making it hard to find time to be a mom + work. But somehow, I always manage. Don’t we all? Now with juggling 2 kids.. Is another story. Come back to me next year with this question!

Your little one is adorable! How has your concept of home changed since becoming a mother?

Thank you! We really did get lucky with her sweet as a warm sugar cookie personality. My concept of home has not changed much since becoming a mother. But I do think I’ve changed my focus from filling our home with un-meaningful pieces, to meaningful memories. I’ve come to terms with the toys, the mess, the messiness, the mess. Did I mention the mess? It’s worth it. I’ve learned to let it go, embrace the chaos, and enjoy every second of this tiny human running wild in our house. As I yell on a daily basis “This is why we can’t have nice things!!! “
At least I’ll photograph it when it’s clean and fool you all!

What helps you establish a sense of home (material and nonmaterial)?

Being a photographer has given me the opportunity to capture every stage in our lives as parents + a couple. Our travels. Our families. Landscapes. Beaches. A list of special places with memories packed with emotions. I try to fill my home with these things, every frame with a meaning. It’s REALLY hard for me to choose what to hang on my walls, but each image is near to my heart. Fresh cut flowers in multiple rooms all year long bring great great joy. But other than the material things, walking in on a ridiculous sing along or my husband cracking up at something my daughter accidentally said, reading books or blasting some Disney soundtrack, Castella chasing the chickens in the yard, the smell of chopped garlic as dinner cooks, our night time routines, the snuggles + bed head in the morning. One of my favorite lines from my favorite movie describes it perfectly – “People call these things imperfections, but they’re not, aw that’s the good stuff. And then we get to choose who we let into our weird little worlds. You’re not perfect sport. And let me save you in suspense. This girl you met, she isn’t perfect either. But the question is: whether or not you’re perfect for each other. That’s the whole deal. That’s what it’s about.”

Do you host a lot of visitors or entertain frequently?

Not as often as I’d like, although I do love entertaining. We have hosted a Friendsgiving in our home over the last 5 or so years, which has given me the excuse to decorate a table-scape + play florist, along with have some of my closest people under one roof sharing a meal. Once the summer winds down, I love to have my girlfriends over for an al fresco dinner under twinkle lights, cooking and catching up, making a seasonal dessert, and enjoying uninterrupted conversation for hours on end. And the wine. Always the wine.

What activity do you enjoy at home over any other place?

Cooking! Or tending to my flowers. My garden is my biggest stress reliever + happy place. I could spend hours out there snipping, trimming, weeding, and even just admiring my dahlias. I hum, I talk to them, I’m a crazy flower lady. Our kitchen, although tiny, is our main space where we congregate. Some days I become fixated on making something special, like homemade pasta, cakes, a loaf of bread or homemade ice cream, but most days we’re just playing music and eating leftovers on the island.

After some time away from home what do you crave most about a space of your own?

My bed! Seriously. OH and a home cooked meal. While we sometimes do travel often for work, coming home after days of eating out and sleeping on hard mattresses (I’m a soft mattress kind of girl) is heaven on earth. We’re big fans of great restaurants and travel, but seriously though, there’s no place like home.

What’s one thing you’re the most proud of about your home? Is there anything you’d change if you could?

I’m really proud of (and impressed with) our teensy backyard and what we’ve accomplished to cram back there in such a small space. 4 chickens, 45 dahlias in the ground, a massive amount of veggies + my beloved greenhouse my husband built me for Mother’s day this year. I really love escaping out there (mosquitos and all!). I crave a larger space, an open layout for me to plan + dream about my tiny, budding flower business. Dream BIG! I can not wait to see where our next home brings us.

What’s your definition of home?

Comfort. Pure pure comfort. Our house is not the type you’d take your shoes off before coming into. Our home is lived in and loved in, with muddy foot prints, smeared ketchup on the seats, crumbs on the rug, dog hair on the couch, and the constant need to tidy falls short on days we’d rather just hop on our bikes to grab the last bit of sunset. It’s real life. But, you better believe I clean like a maniac before anyone else steps inside.

Follow along with Veronica on her site, Instagram & on Pinterest!

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