I first became acquainted the lovely Amy Soderlind, a Northern California based stylist, about a year ago, when a coworker passed along her inspiring blog. Although we missed each other when I was in San Fran last summer, she did a lovely guest post for the Free People blog and we’ve kept in touch ever since. She’s an old soul with an amazing spirit and kind heart – it pours out in the way she writes and carries herself. She recently moved into an incredible new home – a water tower on a 33 acre vineyard/rose garden farm in NorCal, and did this beautiful photo shoot on the property wearing FP items that she styled, shot by Australian photographer Chelsea Millunchick, who she has recently started working with.
Check out the photos below for some great summer style inspiration, along with a peek inside Amy’s gorgeous home!
How did you find your new home? It sounds incredible.
We found it when we weren’t looking. That’s how it goes most of the time, dreams come by way of disguise. We knew we wanted a bigger place with more land… somewhere in a warmer climate where my Love could grow more produce and experiment with new crops. The property dates back to the early 1800’s, one of California’s first wineries. Dean, the owner of this paradise (Anadel Estate Winery) has put his heart and soul into his land and farm; and each twist and turn of the property sings this song.
Our water tower turned home is nested in oak trees, surrounded by roses and grapes… no phone, no internet…. I’ve never been happier.
How are you planning on spending your summer?
I vow to learn a new musical instrument. Music festivals with my nearest and dearest. Cooking. A booth at Farmers Market. Gardening…. spending time. Oh… and the reality of “This” balanced with a full plate of work… :)
What is your favorite music festival you’ve been to?
So many great ones out there…. but I’ll always give my heart and soul to Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. Surrounded with all the people I love dearly, hundreds of faces from home reunite to dance for three days to the best reggae and world music out there. The festival itself has remained true and honest, bringing people together for an equal respect for the music.
What are the last three albums you bought?
Eysh…. i really don’t remember. I’m a rock n’ roll/blues junkie. The Band, CCR, Stones, Marvin Gaye, Doobie Brothers….. there is nothing like old blues/rock, nothing can top it in my book.
What are some current fashion trends that you are excited about?
In the summer, I loathe having to think about what to put on. Loose, breezy, easy… that’s my path to dressing in warm weather. I’ve always been a fan of mixin’ up some prints and I’ll always balance soft/feminine with harder/masculine pieces. While I must understand and follow trends for my job, I’ve never dressed myself with that thought process. Comfort shines through.
What are your must have items for summer?
Head scarf+ hat+bandeau+long sheer high waisted skirt+soft leather sandals…. tada.
Of the free people items you wore for this shoot, what was your favorite piece?
I’ll eat, sleep, wake, work, dine and rewind in those Floral Fields Wideleg Pants. Those things are glorious.
Be sure to check out Amy’s blog Refuses to Label.