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photo shoot prep


I have had the incredible honor of having rooms in my home photographed for magazines twice already this year (they haven’t been published, yet) and now on Friday, I have the chance to go through that process again.  Let me tell you that I have been a shelter magazine junkie for a long time and have always dreamed of seeing my home on a glossy page.  The first time I received an e-mail asking to feature my blog in a magazine, I cried.  When I finally (over two years after starting my blog) got the e-mail asking to photograph a room in my home, I cried again.  And laughed and jumped up and down.  I still feel that way.  It seemed like such an unattainable dream that I hardly wanted to whisper it to anyone or put it on the goal list.  I was certain that was only for people on the “inside” or big time interior designers.  Well, the blog world has changed all of that and editors are looking at YOUR blogs and MY blog to find homes to photograph.  It doesn’t matter if your blog is big or little or how often you post or how many followers you have.  If your home or room is what they’re looking for, you may get that e-mail.

Once you’ve enjoyed the thrill of the idea of having your home in a magazine, the reality sinks in.  The “oh crap” moment hits.  Well, at least it does for me.  I can disguise things that aren’t finished and only photograph what I want when I’m doing the photoshoot.  When a crew is here and they want to get lots of great detail shots, I have to get my act together.

See, I have this bad habit of not painting things I don’t have to look at often.  If I can close it, I don’t paint it.


The raw plywood is not going to photograph well, so I’ve been painting the insides of all of the cabinetry in our home office.  It’s a boring project, but that’s a part of having a room photographed.  It also means I need to get a little more organized.  I’m the kind of person who’s “organized enough.”  I like things to have a place, but I don’t care if they’re perfectly placed and labeled and alphabetized.



But this doesn’t work when your home is being photographed.   So, I’ve painted and decluttered and I’m working on organization…



…and I know I’ll be really glad I did.  The photo shoot is good motivation to get things done that I should’ve done anyway.  It’s also motivation to get projects done that have been bumped down the list for a while.  I finally painted this yard sale desk chair…   (in my milk paint, of course!)



And I’ve moved some furniture around…



I still need to clean up the parts of the house that you can see from the home office, which is the kitchen and dining room (and they currently don’t look pretty.)



And I’m making sure I do some detail cleaning of light fixtures, fans, etc. that might be visible in the shots.



I also have to go shopping for some shirts tomorrow, some colorful throw pillows and I need a haircut (long overdue), since I’ll be photographed as well!  It’s going to be a busy couple of days, but it’s all a part of doing something I dreamed about, but never thought would happen.

Maybe I need to start preparing a little better when I start dreaming about something (and you should, too!)

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  1. Melissa says:

    This is so inspiring! I have read your blog for a very long time, but I rarely comment. Your blog is the main one that inspired me to start my own. And, I am having a ball! Maybe that call will come one day for me as well. . . Your house is beautiful!

  2. Mindi Carwin says:

    That is so awesome! You deserve it! I love your blog, home, and you are just too cute! I have been enjoying your milk paint tutorial videos! I wish you all the best in your last minute finishing touches!

  3. Good luck getting ready for the photo shoot. I can’t think of a better motivation to finish up some projects and get organized! You are always so humble about your accomplishments and willing to honestly share your long road to achieving them. We are all rooting for you!

  4. Can’t wait to see the magazine!

  5. Congratulations! My home has been in numerous magazines (most recently in Romantic Country Summer 2012) and yes, it is a LOT of work but you do get things done because of it that’s for sure. You’ll also be surprised at what doesn’t get photographed that you thought would! I had a chair slipcovered that I was sure would and alas, nay. Oh well…it’s a great experience overall! And when you do finally get to see your home in the glossies…well, there’s nothing like it! Good luck. xoRoberta

  6. janet lawson says:

    Congratulations on yet another photo shoot.. I love your home photos
    that I have seen here on your blog..Have a fun time..Your home is so beautiful..

  7. Congratulations !!! Thats wonderful ! And yes , it is a dream of mine also. I’ll keep dreaming that one day it will happen .

  8. This is so awesome! Congratulations!!! It is definitely one of my dreams to be featured in print. I’m so happy for you. :)

  9. Denise T says:

    It is good to be back to the blogland again. Out of town last week. Spotted this chair , I believe I saw this same chair at Lucketts?

  10. I’m super excited for you!!! Your home is beautiful!!! I can see why they want to put it in their magazine!!!

  11. sharon mccullough says:

    You are a blessing because you take us on the journey with you. Thanks for being real.!!

  12. Paula Moore says:

    Ok, I have been thinking about your ceiling fan all week! Can you give me some details on it? Maybe where you bought it from? Thanks so much!
    Love Always,
    Your “womance” friend from McKinney TX :)

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