Today’s the day! The Better Homes & Gardens July issue that features little old me and my favorite DIY project to date has finally hit newstands (and yes, I framed my advance copy just hours after receiving it). I hope that you will take a moment to check it out the next time you’re perusing the magazine section at Barnes & Noble, Kroger, Walgreens…Wherever and whenever you happen to find yourself near one. This is a big moment for me, but the real stars of this show are the blog, the dresser and all of YOU who have helped me find the confidence I needed to push the limits of my creativity.
I couldn’t have done it without you!!!
I’m going to be short winded today here on DGD only because I invite you to click through to the Better Homes & Gardens Style Spotters blog, where I’m sharing an intimate behind the scenes look at how the photoshoot came about.
For those of you who don’t know, I’m currently working behind the scenes as a social media intern for Le Papier Studio. I help out with drafting blog posts and assisting the founder, Vana Chupp, with Pinterest and Facebook management, among a few other things. It’s been an incredible experience, learning from such a wonderful mentor, and last week I came home to a welcome “Thank you!” from Vana herself. After struggling my way through a tough week of back-and-forths with theme administrators and servers to get the new site up and running, I so needed this pick-me-up. And once I finished ripping open the (gorgeous!) packaging, I knew that I just HAD to share the photogenic goods with all of you.
First up, we have this set of gorgeous letterpress coasters. I adore the cute couple motif, Vespa included, and can’t wait to put one at my desk at work. And another at my studio desk. And one more on my nightstand. And beside my favorite chair in the living room…
I literally gasped out loud in glee when I unwrapped this new iPhone case. I have been coveting one of the newly released Rifle Paper Co. cellphone cases ever since sneak peeks started circulating around the Internet. Even John loves the look of my new floral beauty, and it turns out that Vana sports the same one on her phone! I’m head over heels in love with it.
The couples silhouettes calendar was yet another sweet surprise. I’ve always been the type to say that you can never have too many calendars. I’ve got one in my studio, one in the kitchen and another in our bedroom – But I’ve been in desperate need of an extra special calendar for my new office at work. This one fits the bill and then some, with lovely silhouettes of couples dashing through city streets, toasting the New Year, enjoying a bike ride and toting home a Christmas tree. I can’t wait to frame the illustrations when 2013 wraps up.
Sent along with a beautiful personal note, Vana couldn’t have made my day any better – And, like I said, I really really really needed it…Thanks again, Vana for thinking of me and for teaching me so much over the past few months! It’s been a joy to work with you and to work for your fabulous brand. GO TEAM LPS!!
P.S. Apparently the issue has already come out in some parts of the country, but if you haven’t already heard via my social media, the issue of Better Homes & Gardens featuring yours truly comes out nationwide tomorrow! Flip to the back page, and you’ll see a familiar face alongside a familiar project featured way back when, right here on DGD. See you tomorrow morning for even more information and even MORE behind the scenes goods. Have I mentioned that I am so so thankful…?
It’s not everyday that I get to reference “my photoshoot” in a blog title – or really even in everyday conversation. Sure, I host mini quote/unquote photoshoots in our home any given weekend, but my models tend to look more like chalkboard trays and new pillows. And yet, I had the incredible opportunity to hop behind the camera MYSELF, and surprisingly had a blast doing it.
As you may know, I am a lifestyle contributing editor for The Glitter Guide. I tend to write about things like top 10 design books, DIY party backdrops, 4 fun ways to decorate with pink and so on and so forth. Beauty and style are hardly my forte, but when founder and creative director, Taylor Sterling, asked if I could help her out with a style post, there was no way that I could say “no.”
So I made sure to pencil in the hour or two I needed (I hope you can sense my sarcasm here) to go to Old Navy and hunt down two active wear outfits that I thought could inspire our readers. The clincher, as I’m sure you’ve discovered by now, was that I needed to document said outfits – On MY body. I knew I needed to call in the big guns for this photo shoot. Someone who I knew could make me feel the confidence I WASN’T going to feel, and who could make me look like I did this all the time.
Enter Liz Cook. Liz is a local photographer who just happened to photograph one of my best friend’s weddings. Truly, I didn’t have the faintest hope that she would have the time or the interest in collaborating (there was no budget for this project). But amazingly, she hopped on board right away! And I couldn’t be more thankful or pleased with what she was able to deliver…
The funny thing was, although it may be hard to tell in the photos, it was raining pretty steadily during our impromptu Saturday morning shoot. You may be able to see the rain drops in the second half of our session (seen below), and my hair starts to look just ever so slightly wet, but we made the best of it. Once we got back to Liz’s studio and were going through the photos, we happily discovered just how bright the colors came out thanks to the dim lighting. I was so excited to be able to incorporate Rocky too – He’s a trooper, and just so gosh darn photogenic. If I do say so myself.
So there’s a little behind-the-scenes look into my one and only 30 minutes as a “model.” I hate to sound like a broken record, but I have to extend one last big thanks to Liz for believing in my brand enough to donate her time and incredible talent to this project. I could not have pulled it off without her.
Notice anything different? Well if you’re viewing this from your browser, then you might have caught on to a little bit of an upgrade to the surroundings here at DGD. I’ve been having anxiety attacks about the process of switching from WordPress.com to WordPress.org for the past few months, and I finally just WENT for it. And, as predicted, the anxiety was waranted. It was a complete mess getting to this point, and just 24 hours after deciding that I wanted to go for it and staying up waaaaaay past bedtime to hammer out the details, here she is in (HOPEFULLY!) all her beautiful .org goodness. I will be sharing a LOT more about the process next week, so stay tuned.
But let’s move forward shall we? Oh, one more thing – If you happen to notice any major issues with the site, please just let me know via email and I’ll work on targeting that asap. I was having trouble with the server this morning, but am hopeful that all is resolved now. There are definitely some other little things too that didn’t get perfected in my rush to keep up with the ultimately rushed transfer (for example, I’m working on getting those post photos uploaded so that you don’t keep seeing these “Sorry!” messages), so I ask for your forgiveness!!
And now let’s REALLY move forward shall we?
Now that the official start to summer is only a little over a week away, I’ve got camping (or should I say “glamping“) on the mind. I love the idea of a fun weekend getaway to the lake – a cozy cabin, the dog, a fishing pole…It’s time to embrace the outdoors and, now that the cicadas seem to be fading a bit, I’m finally willing to venture forth into the wild. This quaint cabin is the perfect example of my kind of rustic.
Let’s talk details…
1…The striped Hudson’s Bay point blankets are the key factor for me. Without that hit of laid back sophistication in the print, the room might not be quite as magazine-spread-worthy as it is. Overall, it’s a super endearing space that I would love to embrace with book in hand.
2…I think paneling is coming back. What do you think? The honeyed pine in this space is obviously well suited to its purpose on what I can only assume is a wooded camp ground, but even beyond that, it warms the tiny room up like nothing else could.
3…Notice how the stylist hung the art way, waaaay below eye level? Kind of an interesting thought given that it’s only a foot or two off the ground, but I like it! I’m glad to know that we shouldn’t feel limited by our vertical wall space when trying to incorporate art.
What are your favorite details?
For past “All in the details” features, click here.
P.S. I’m super excited to share a really fun project that I worked on in collaboration with Glitter Guide and Old Navy. Click here for my tips for making the most of your active wear as we get outside more and more to exercise this season. Even Rocky made an appearance! More tomorrow, plus a few extra photos right here on DGD. Until then, I hope you enjoy the feature on GG!
Before I even share my latest secondhand acquisitions, I must preface with the fact that I’m well aware not everyone will necessarily “get” it. As the post title suggests, these objects are distinctly 80s and not exactly mainstream, but I love them and am more than happy to give them a brand new life in our home. A little kitschy, they may be, but they’re MY kitsch.
With that out of the way, I will first introduce you to my new ice bucket. I’ve been hankering for a new ice bucket to add to our living room bar cart for, really, the past year. I wanted something sort of mid-century and definitely unique. I think I was able to succeed with this padded handled, faux wood grain number.
I am a big fan of wood grain in general, whether fake or real, so as soon as I saw this little guy sitting forlornly at the bottom of a shelf at Goodwill, I had to snatch him up. And when you factor in the $3.50 price tag, it simply couldn’t be beat. With a thorough rub down with multiple dish soap baths, it was good as new and party ready.
Now here’s where things get a little dicey. I know that many of you will be all “Say whattt??” when you see my new piece of art in the master bedroom, but I’m over the moon giddy about it. This massive decidedly 80s print is perfect in my book. Nice thin brass frame, abstract imagery, TONS of color – It’s got our taste written all over it. And, again, costing only $3.50 made it impossible not to take home. I figure, if our style changes, or we get tired of it, the oversized brass frame alone made it worthy of forking over the cash.
In hindsight after running a quick Google search of the artist (the print is signed in the bottom right hand corner), I’m especially glad that I decided to go for it.
Why? Well it turns out that my thrift store Carlton Sturges Abbott print actually could be valued at 30 TIMES what I paid for it (one lithograph print is estimated at $100-$200). Although Abbott’s work isn’t exactly “Picasso” priceless, I’m excited at the thought that I have an authentic print, done by an authentic artist. I consider this one an investment well made.
What era of art and accessories do you consider your guilty pleasure?