I had to wait until Big News #3 actually happened before I could post!
Back in the early summer I was contacted by a field editor from Meredith Corp about my kids' kitchen.
They'd seen the 'before and after' post I wrote after I'd helped paint their kitchen cabinets and walls and offered a sounding board for my DIL as she picked finishes.
They came on Thursday...Betsy was the stylist and will also write the copy. She was so so great!
She brought a ton of fun stuff for staging.
I got to fill the potato and onion bins.
Oh, and that dish detergent decanter at the sink.
I'm just that talented, yo.
This is Justin, who was just thrilled that I was taking this pic.
Besides offering his talent for taping the blind cords out of sight, he was the photoshop magician :)
This here is Warner, the main photographer who also offered me some tips with my own Canon.
Not that I remember what he told me.
This is Warner's gear, which I drooled over.
This is my DIL's cat Bermen, who claimed Warner's gear for the afternoon.
Including this light tree as well.....
This is my DIL Andrea showing Warner how to make friends with Charlie, another of her brood.
This is Kingsley with Charlie who thought all the cords were new chew toys....
Ok, enough of the cats....
Betsy was great at asking Andrea how she liked the staging and open to her input.
Because my DIL also works on photoshoots as a graphic designer, it was really awesome that they included her in lots of the decisions.
(that industrial island was bought for the shoot, and the kids get to keep it!)
Here they are discussing 'tangents' and 'hot spots' and other tech speak about the first shot.
That first shot takes FOREVER to get. They tweak the staging, the lighting, the angle, etc.
Once they get that, the rest goes fairly quickly.
I tried to stand out of the way and take pictures of really interesting things like the messy table and cats.
(See how well I filled the onions and 'taters in the baskets back there?)
Warner and Andrea discussing another shot.....also, please notice how cool she painted her chairs!
We're hoping they use a shot that included them.
Justin doing his thing....offering suggestions on lighting and so forth as each shot appeared on his monitor.
Betsy froofs in the background.
(And there's a bit of the crendenza I showed you yesterday that I painted up for the kids.)
I managed a few artsy shots of some props and the kitchen space, but I don't want to give too much away.
Doesn't it look great?
They got the pendants from West Elm.
The artwork is Andrea's own, and I was so happy they wanted to use it for the shoot!
We had a ball, learned a lot, laughed a lot, and felt very thankful her kitchen was chosen for their magazine.
It will appear in their "Kitchen + Bath Makeovers" Special Interest edition which comes out 5-6 times a year.
We have no idea when the piece will run, but I will let everyone know when it does!
I know lots of bloggers get magazine features, but I'm so tickled that I got to participate in this one! My kids style is very different than mine, but I was honored to help with a bit of the design and work that went into this space....and was happy that sharing it on the blog brought us this opportunity!
Now I shift gears again and start crafting for the wedding in November, painting up custom furniture orders, and picking out kitchen finishes for the new house :) Never a dull moment.....