‘Jewel In The Crown’
This week my house featured in the December 2017 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes. The house was dressed to the nines with Christmas cheer, and styled beautifully by Sian Williams and photographed by Brent Darby. It’s the second time one of my houses has been featured in the magazine, so thank you 25 Beautiful Homes.
What is always odd about shoots for magazines is that they are done so far ahead in advance. This feature was shot months ago, and since then new bits have been added or tweaked, so the photographs always remind me how much evolves in the house. The houses always look so large due to the lenses used, and so CLEAN too! The latter is due to a whirlwind of cleaning in preparation, so the ‘owner’s photo’ is always a bit hideous as I look very tired!
Here are some of the proofs that were taken. The favourites are then picked out by the editors for the final piece:
And here is the final layout, my rather useless scanner has not shown how lovely they actually look so apologies about that…
Anyhow, job done. It’s time to move house again now I think so I can start all over again….
I am very pleased that my home has had a feature in the interiors magazine ‘The English Home’ this month (November 2015 issue). It is a very smart glossy, and it seems like a lifetime ago that the crew appeared to photograph the house. I can safely say that I have never cleaned a house as much as I did in the lead up to the shoot, it was pristine. Even the picture rails got a clean….
Since then I have already redecorated two rooms – the breakfast room and the spare bedroom, so it shows that I just cannot sit still when it comes to experimenting and using the house as a testing ground.
The photographer very kindly sent me copies of the photos, as my own image capturing skills above look a bit lacking:)
It is quite a mixed bunch of feelings seeing your home immortalised! One one hand, it looks so grown up and calm (unlike real life most of the time!), and on the other hand it makes me itch to punch some darker colours and patterns into it. I think I need to be braver and bolder in the use of colours now. I had my last home featured in 25 Beautiful Homes, and it is interesting to see how some of the furniture and objects are rehoused/placed/decorated in a different way in this current house. Plus I also can see how much retail therapy has taken place, which is a bit alarming!