Several of you have already come upon a secret I’ve been keeping since June of last year. My home was featured in the March 2016 issue of Country Living.
And, yes, lots of geeking out has taken place. Lots of high-pitched squeals and pinch-me moments and slowing down to soak it all in.
It was the most involved shoot I have ever been a part of. It was a half day of styling and two full days of shooting and a total takeover of our house!
I cleaned like a maniac and tried to finish everything that had been languishing on my home to-do list. I knew it was overboard, but I didn’t want a fluff ball or unfinished piece of trim in a picture in Country Living! I wanted to give it my best.
About a week before the shoot, the boxes started to arrive. They came in at a trickle at first and then they started filling up the porch each day. I think we got around 30 boxes of props by the time it was all said and done.
At first I was wondering where in the world they were going to put all of this stuff, but as I saw the stylist work, it became clear that it was about having lots of options and things to try. So, if you notice things in my rooms that aren’t usually there (like the lamp in the bedroom and pillows in family room), those were props.
They simply tweaked and finessed most of the rooms, but the family room was entirely rearranged for the shot that’s used for the table of contents.
The rug was moved from the middle of the room and the wing chairs were turned towards the French daybed to make a seating area. I actually loved the way it looked, but it wasn’t a functional arrangement for the room.
I would sneak in now and then and look at the shots, but there was a lot of gear and cables and some spaces were pretty tight (like when they stood in my bathtub to take pictures of the vanity!
The photographer, David A Land, had actually been to my house before. We worked together for the Women’s Day shoot in my home office back in 2012. He’s laid back and fun to work with, so that made all of the upheaval and furniture rearranging and stacks of boxes and chairs on the front lawn a bit easier to deal with. Everyone was great, in fact, and they would destroy a room to photograph one corner and would then put it back together, just as it was.
You may also notice in the spread that there are wood chairs in my dining room and Eulalie (the cow painting) is not in her usual spot above the buffet. They borrowed some chairs from my studio and swapped Eulalie out to make the dining room look a little different. That vantage point has been in several magazines and regularly on this blog, so they wanted to change things up a bit.
Never fear! Eulalie went right back in her rightful spot.
Thanks so much to Country Living for including me in such an amazing issue.
It is an honor and definitely a dream come true.