photo shoot for This Old House magazine…
So this post is a little behind the scene look at the photo shoot. One of the rooms they published is a short little write-up on our daughter’s room in our previous home, with a picture that I actually took myself! Here’s the shot:
Then, there was our son’s room. They used his room for their “Get This Look for Less” article, which was written by a wonderful TOH editor, Kathryn O’Shea-Evans. I didn’t think anyone could bargain shop his room better than I had…I really designed his space with a very low budget, but Kathryn was able to really find some awesome deals which she covers in the article.
For the photo shoot, This Old House brought in two fantastic women. Helen Norman, the photographer, has been published a seemingly endless number of times. Her work can be found in magazines to include Southern Living, Forbes, and Martha Stewart Living.
She has also shot catalogs to include Anthropologie and Pottery Barn Kids, among many others. Her resume is staggering.
And our stylist for the shoot, Susan Stiles Dowell, is primarily a writer. She has written two cookbooks, and is an accomplished writer/editor with countless articles to her credit in magazines such as Veranda, Garden and Gun, Coastal Living, Town & Country, Southern Living, & Traditional Home.
Then there was me (insert awkward pause with a Wayne’s World “we’re not worthy” moment HERE).
Truth be told, that kinda works because I always felt I bore a strong resemblance to Garth. Check it out:
Anyways, when Sweet Cheeks room is camera-ready (which is 1 day out of 365) it looks like this:
But TOH felt the carpet wasn’t right for their shoot. I get it. This room has A LOT of pattern. To me, it adds interest and a little modern nod, but to others, it just makes it busy and hard to take in. So, they brought in another rug to kind of tone things down.
What do you think? Which do you prefer?
I like both, honestly. I know I got a fair number of negative comments on the blue and white rug when this space was put up on GoodHousekeeping.com. People basically saying I was loco (which may be true…see self portrait above) for putting a “white” rug in a child’s room.
To that, let me simply say, I have had white all over my kids rooms for years. It has NEVER been an issue for two reasons:
1. I’m a fan of Scotchguard and bleach
2. I don’t allow chocolate in their bedrooms
Another great shot of me to close….if I were a president, I’d be “Babe-raham Lincoln”. Couldn’t resist.
PSA: Mom, if you have no idea what I’m talking about, go check our old VHS tapes for the one labelled “Wayne’s World“. Will bring you right up to speed.
PSA II: If you want more information on Sweet Cheeks room, including a full source list, see this post.