Hello Friends! We have so much to catch up on…
I’m happy to announce we finally completed our dreaded cinder block project, as several friends and bloggers have started referring to me as “Jenny From the Block” over the past couple weeks. Thanks girls, you made me laugh when I was near tears over this project. I think this was one of our most difficult makeovers yet. What began as “honey, I bet we can whip this thing out in a three day weekend”, quickly turned into “honey, do you think we will get this thing done by 2012”?
photo of the three-sided block monster we were been up against…
I’ll be taking photos of the completed result in the next couple days (I promise), and you won’t want to miss how our block monster project turned out. We are really pleased with it and can’t wait to share.
PS: Did you notice in the photo above, the wreaths on the backs of my chairs in the dining room? That leads me to my next bit of news…
Better Homes & Gardens magazine was here for two days, photographing our home for their annual Christmas Ideas issue, hitting book stores this coming Christmas (November to be exact). That’s right, while fellow bloggers were cutting out pretty paper hearts and sending out valentines, we were hanging the stockings by our chimney with care, and assembling our artificial 8 foot Christmas tree, branch by branch. We even had fresh garland greenery flown in overnight from Indiana, and lots of last minute packages coming in from all over. Making your home look convincingly like Christmas in February means serious business. Fortunately, I had a great team to work with and they made our home shoot a very positive experience (Although I think the house is still recovering, and I’m still finding bits of garland greenery in my socks).
Warning: the following low-quality image was taken with my iphone camera. Can anyone recommend a killer camera app for better iphone pics? Please help a girl out…
I wish I had taken more (and better) photos of the two day shoot, but I was so involved in the process, especially working Gayle, the photo stylist. She was so great. She collaborated with me and really allowed my “look” to come through in the shots we did without imposing her own personal style, which I would imagine might be a hard thing to do. And when I wasn’t busy sharpening my styling skills, I was closely observing Michael Garland, the photographer. He was so patient and really fun to work with. I was admiring all his fancy lighting tools and equipment, especially his camera. My little canon rebel xt looked like a toy next to his big-mack-daddy camera.
Oh, and in case you’re curious, the tree was dismantled the second they called it a ‘wrap’ and it took 5 hours to officially pack up Christmas and return the house to normal.
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In other news, I was so excited to have my blog featured in the February issue of Romantic Homes:
And I’ve also learned that I have much to learn about photographing for a magazine. To be honest, I was a little disappointed in the quality of my photos in print. Here are the originals (below), which to me looked pretty clear. Guess it’s time to hit the books and study my camera manual once again. Anyways, I’m really excited they chose to feature me. Thank you Romantic Homes!
By the way, it seems a bunch of you are curious as to where I bought my lamp with the burlap shade. I got so many inquiries about it from this post. I found it at an antique store in Agoura, CA. And thanks for all your nice comments on my new birch side table! You guys make my day : )
While on the subject, I also seem to get tons of inquiries about my farm table and my dining chairs, and where I found them. I bought the farm table at an antique store, and the dining chairs came from a local flea market…
I recently updated my house FAQ’s page, which I encourage you to check out if you’re curious about my home. Not only are there tons of updated pictures (cause you know how often I like to decorate, and then redecorate) but I’ve also included info and sources as to where I bought everything! Click here to check it out. And if I’ve missed an item that you think deserves a place in my FAQ’s, just leave me a message in the comments.
Hope the rest of your weekend is great!