Building Small on North Avenue.17

Here’s something everyone should know about building an “outside the box”  home that is smaller than the average 1250 square feet per person and environmentally friendly – a home that damages the land as little as possible.  Once you’ve found a builder that sees the vision and has the skills to make it a reality… … you’ve got to convince the permit people at the county and the bank that it won’t: A. fall over,           B. sink into the earth, and/or             C. be carried off by pelicans    …

home staging and great photos sell homes!

Once this house was staged by Betty Ann Balcom and the new photographs (done by yours truly) were installed on the MLS, the calls and showings finally started to happen for the owners of this lovely country property. Within a few short weeks, the house sold, after being on the market without seeing action for over a year.  Staging works!  Professional photographs work!  If you want to sell your house, why wouldn’t you show it to it’s best advantage? Hey, real estate agents!  Wouldn’t you rather sell your listings within weeks or even days, rather than months?

With an eye for a good find and a clever imagination…

After 3 days of rain, the sun appeared and graced a most creative launch of a new interior decorating company, called KMR Interiors. Owner, Katherine Reeves, transformed three highly unusual spaces on a dime by scouring yard sales, thrift stores, antique shops and the internet to illustrate how, with a little imagination, any space can become inspiring and beautiful. Katherine showcased her transformation of 3 spaces – a dumpster, a cave and a pig sty! – at her official launch in Kingsport on September 12th. And, lucky me! – Katherine invited me to capture and keep her decorated venues before…

latest assignment

I was so lucky this month to have been engaged to photograph a beautifully designed home in Wolfville.  The architect has created a space that is both spacious and cozy. Moving through the home as we photographed felt effortless and gentle – akin to excellent service in a restaurant; unobtrusive and barely noticed because it is so perfect.  The interior proportions, placements and sightlines fit like a glove.  The house is truly intended to be a home.  Until next time,Deborah

another wedding

I received so many positive comments on Facebook for my wedding in Paradise post, I’ve added another.  The bride and groom from this wedding in Annapolis Royal were so into hamming it up in the most charming way.  I thought they must be involved in theatre.  When I asked, I was surprised to learn they are both research scientists!  It was a small wedding with lots of laughter, tears and hugs.  …. sigh…. Click this link to see more:Charming in Annapolis Royal Until next time,Deborah

wedding plans are underway

It’s that time of year when brides and grooms are excitedly planning their wedding details.  Here is a portfolio of one wedding that I was so pleased to be invited to photograph.  The wedding was easy-going and friendly, just like the bride and groom.  Everyone was relaxed and it made for beautiful moments and lots of smiles and laughter and a few tears, or course!  After all, what’s a wedding without a few happy-tears? click to see a wedding in Paradise Once the portfolio opens, click on the right of the large image to advance. After the first, use your…

get into your closet

Announcing a new partnership between Betty Ann Balcom and Deborah Nicholson: Betty Ann and I have combined our creative, organizing, systematizing talents to help get Valley residents into their closets in a beautiful, innovative and organized way.  Mention this blog post to receive a complimentary consultation with me.

Evangeline Transport

There are many reasons to love the Valley (the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, that is).  One for me, is the continual delight I feel in experiencing the warmth and sincerity that so many family-run businesses project in the way they do business.  This week, in spite of a major power outage causing most us to be disorganized and unshowered, the Corkum family, of Evangeline Transport in Port Williams, managed to pull a rabbit out of their family hat and posed for photos to meet a publication deadline.   They were great sports to brave and the cold in their company…