Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Last Night I failed You

Last night, I failed you. You needed a different version of me last night, and I failed. I promise with everything inside of me to do better next time; I’m willing and I’m capable, and I’m just so sorry my sweet child.

Last night my expectations far exceeded our reality. Often times there’s a number of variables that exist outside of our circumstance that weigh on me. They build. The build so high that I reach out for any sense of “normalcy” in a routine of ours; but you weren’t ready for this overnight. It was such an unrealistic expectation to expect so much of out of you in one moment. It was blatantly unfair, and I’m so very sorry. View Post


Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Amos Brown House

Last week we stayed at the historic Amos Brown House in Whitingham, Vermont. It. Was. Beautiful. I made a goal earlier this year to book one airbnb for our family of four each quarter; this was our first one. I stumbled upon this house on Julia Engel’s Gal Meets Glam and just had to see it during peak foliage. It was about a 2.5 hour drive from Boston.

Rather than being owned by an individual, this charming red farmhouse is owned by The Landmark Trust USA and is rentable via airbnb. I understand the non-profit purchased the home in the early 2000’s when it’s condition was severely deteriorated.

In the home’s living room is a table full of amazing documentation on the entire restoration. As a lover of old homes (we restored our 1800’s home), the trust really did this job with respect to the home’s history. They speak to the history of the home a bit here, but truly, if you’re in the area and love a good rural historic home, this one is a must-see. View Post


Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Finding a Mentor

Hey all! Since stepping away from my other work and starting Ellie & June, I’ve been approached so many times from people with great ideas who just want to take that dive and are looking for advice. Originally I planned to write a post on how to create the supportive infrastructure to take that leap of faith. I came up with about 10 items but quickly learned I wanted to speak to each of them in more depth. As a consequence, I decided to break each item up into individual posts 🙂

When I first bulleted my list, I wrote “Find a Mentor” first.  To me the word “mentor” isn’t a phrase I use lightly. Here’s where I want you to pay attention: my mentor is not my exceedingly supportive husband. It is not one of my parents. It isn’t the most knowledgeable person I know. It isn’t my most successful friend. For the purpose of today, I say mentor in a professional context. This is someone who will inspire you to see the world in a different way. This is someone you work closely with, perhaps often. Think The Devil Wears Prada… except ideally in a healthier context.

My experience with my mentor had three characteristics that I’m writing about today: 1) My mentor didn’t appeal to me whatsoever in the realm of “failure or success”; rather his personal attributes exceeded the maturity of mine. 2) I offered to work for this person for free. I figured the rest out. 3) My mentor has no idea he was (and still is) my greatest mentor. For real.

Now let’s break those down. View Post


Behind the Boutqiue Kristina Nissen Blueberry Picking

Holy smokes- look at dem blueberries!!! It’s a serious shame I don’t have the skills to put those babies into some sort of intricate homemade pie (shout out to my Pops- who I just subscribed to my blog and who knows I’m capable of burning a salad). For the record a good friend of mine was kind enough to give me a Blueberry Crumb recipe… perhaps I’ll muster up the confidence to give that a try 😉 In the meantime my kids are plenty content with shoving them in their mouths au naturel. View Post


Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Artful Blogging

You guys… I am just so incredibly honored to have been featured in the 10th Anniversary Edition of Artful Blogging. This is such a beautiful magazine; packed with inspiration and the narratives of just wonderful and creative people. As someone who doesn’t come from this background at all, I’m just so honored to be included among such talented individuals. I sincerely want to thank each and every one of you who has stopped by my blog, my shop, or my Instagram account and followed along- truly, your support means so very much to me. Virtual glass tip 🙂

I was asked to write a piece about my Instagram account and how I got my start there. I wrote a little bit about my background, how I take my photos and why I like to/how I get into the frame.

The magazine is available at Barnes & Noble, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels as well. If you happen to pick up a copy, I sincerely hope you enjoy! Be sure to check out their other amazing publications like Where Women Create, which has been one of my favorites for years!

All my love to you all,