Although it’s been more than a year since the Better Homes & Garden crew was here to shoot our house, I thought you might like to see some (not-so-great-iPhone) pictures I took behind the scenes on the day they were here.
If you think the house was magazine-ready and just waiting for the photographer to show up, you’d be wrong. We were literally working into the eleventh hour to get everything ready. Here’s my husband hanging the cornice board in the girls’ bedroom around 11:30 the night before. . .
Looks good, even if it didn’t make the magazine. Whoops. . . Well, at least it’s hung now and we can check that off the list! :)
Behind the camera. . . I pulled lots of accessories out I thought they might want to use. After all, I’d changed up a few things from the original photos they saw of the house.
They didn’t bring in too many props. Mainly just a few things to add splashes of color (like the yellow pillow they used on our bed).
A more colorful doormat and some red flowers for the front steps:
I’m kind of sad that I didn’t yet have my blue and white lamps or the new green front door when they were here.
Flowers! (My favorite part.)
Shot that took the longest to style:
Sometimes, the simplest ones are the hardest to get just right. (We ended up borrowing the kitchen runner to add some texture on the floor.)
Tricks of the trade:
Duct tape to get the pillow edges to stand up just right.
We quickly “made” a runner out of some placemats I had.
The kids got home from school for the last couple of hours of the shoot. Apparently, they have aspirations of being magazine stylists, too. I found this after everyone left for the day.
This one couldn’t have been happier to be singled out for her own photo shoot:
And, they saved the best (aka “hardest”) for last—the family shot. . . Thankful that my friend Katie was on hand for moral support and to wrangle the troops.
And, that’s a wrap!
You can see how it all turned out in the current issue of Refresh magazine. And, if you pick up a copy, be sure to look for Elizabeth’s house, too! So fun to get to share an issue with one of my blogger friends.