If you’ve picked up a copy of the winter edition of Flea Market Style or the BHG Christmas Ideas magazine, you may have seen a familiar face…mine. I will admit it’s been a lofty dream of mine to have my home photographed for a magazine. I’ve had the honor of having my blog featured and I’ve been a contributor to Cottages & Bungalows Magazine for about a year and a half, but it’s not the same as having a professional photographer come in to take pictures of my space for a feature. When I received the e-mail from the BHG editor, I cried. It was going to happen. My home was going to be photographed for a BHG special interest publication…the ones I’ve been splurging on at the checkout counter for so many years. I never even dreamed that it would happen to me. I’m not a “design insider” or whatever it is I thought you had to be to get your home featured. I’m just me. Living in my tiny Pennsylvania town. Decorating my home with things I find at yard sales, thrift stores and antique shops. But I did get the e-mail and last January a crew came to my house to photograph it for BHG.
I was so excited about it, but freaked out as well. I was in the middle of working on my book. I had just been contacted by a producer from the Nate Berkus Show who wanted to see video of my house without Christmas decor. I was scrambling to finish my bathroom and almost every other room in my house, so it would be perfect for BHG. I was even mulching my front garden on Christmas eve, so my yard wouldn’t be quite as embarrassing. When three very ordinary and nice people showed up at my door and dropped off a room full of camera gear and lighting, I felt a little silly for the whole mulching-on-Christmas-eve thing.
It took most of the day to shoot my living room and dining room. It’s amazing how meticulous they are when it comes to the details. We spent a good amount of time fluffing greenery and positioning a pennant flag just right and making sure the birds on the chandelier weren’t swinging and arranging the pillows perfectly. I expected they would come in and move everything around to make it look how they wanted, but I was pleasantly surprised (and a little flattered) when they left everything exactly where I put it.
It was also so fun watching a professional photographer at work. He shot tethered, meaning his camera was connected to his computer, so he could assess each shot as he took it. I restrained myself from digging through his gear bags and asking a million questions about lighting and lenses and editing software, but I did slip in a few questions and ran off to jot down the answers before I forgot. It was a fun day and I couldn’t wait to do it again. I didn’t have to wait long.
In March, a photographer for Flea Market Style magazine came out to photograph my work office. You haven’t seen much of it, because we wanted it to be fresh for the magazine, but I’ll give you a tour soon.
This time, I knew I didn’t need to freak out about the rest of my house. I just made sure things were perfect in the office and settled with having the rest presentable. I felt calm knowing what to expect, but I was a little nervous about one thing. They weren’t sending a stylist. I was going to work with the photographer to style the shots.
It was a blast.
Helen, the photographer, and I worked so well together and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it.
We probably got a little carried away on composing the opening desktop shot, but we were having such a great time with it that we couldn’t help ourselves. It was very handy that my desk top comes off the base! I have some stories about the makeover and I’ll definitely show you more of my office soon. AND tell you about that rug!
Lastly, you can find my latest “DIY Essentials” column in the November issue of Cottages & Bungalows. I show how to make this cute fabric banner…
And just in case you’re wondering…no. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to seeing my name, my house, my work in a magazine. I’m always going to run to the store to buy it, flip through it excitedly and resist the urge to show the cashier THIS IS ME!!!
Boy, I’m going to be a real maniac when my book comes out.