In early February, we packed up case after case of glass, pottery and home accents and headed to Portland, Maine – home of Deb Ivy, our VP of Brand Experience. A Maine native, Deb has been with Simon Pearce for over seven years and brings her passion for home to everything she does. Her insider perspective on Portland brought us to all the best spots – where we got some amazing shots.
Deb scoped the The Blind Tiger as the perfect locale to base our early-spring campaign photoshoot. Built in the 1820s, this luxury inn is a converted captain’s mansion located in Portland’s West End. With big windows that let in lots of natural light and decor that melds traditional and contemporary vibes – the space has that fresh-yet-heritage feel that’s just so us. Its rich, vibrant color scheme and antique accents lent endless possibilities for gorgeous shots.
And what Simon Pearce photo shoot would be complete without the best-looking cocktails imaginable? We set up shop at Twelve – the hottest seat in Portland right now. Their Bar Manager, Sylvi Roy, came up with a few amazing concoctions inspired by our drinkware. As a thank you, we left behind a special decanter, made just for them.
Because Deb knows all the best folks in Portland to partner with, we got bespoke jewels from local jeweler Nell Ballard to outfit our Ring Holder, and gorgeous carrot cake with lemon cream cheese frosting from Spün in Freeport to make our cakeplate shine. Sadly, we had to return the rings after the shoot, but got to take home the cake and relish in the leftovers for days.
With classic New England scenery and fresh artisan inspiration from all angles, Portland was the perfect place to come together and inspire one another. Our all-female team of stylists, floral designers, photographers, art directors, and marketing mavens came together over four long days to bring this brilliant vision to life. We can’t wait to share more of it with you in our emails, on the site and on our social channels. Follow us and stay tuned!