Refresh Feature

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Hey everyone, I was excited to see the new BH&G special interest publication Refresh was finally out on newsstands and happy to be a part of the Premier Issue. It’s always flattering to be considered for a magazine feature and this one happened as a result of working with Sarah of Albaworks, a Bay Area scout and stylist who I interviewed a few months ago (read her industry insight here) – she found me through the blog then did all the work to get it featured, thanks Sarah!

refresh cover

The focus of this publication is exactly what the title conveys, ways to refresh your home in a creative and budget friendly way. Only my favorite topic of all time. :) The team came to shoot the house in early January and took pictures of nine different rooms and worked so amazingly fast to do it.

The editors have this down to a science and to make it less stressful, you receive what’s called a photo order with all the notes as to what angles they prefer and what props if any to add. They used mostly images from the blog and a few Sarah took on her visit to our house last year. It helps reduce anxiety because all the other rooms could be a disaster and it didn’t matter as long as the rooms being featured were cleaned up and styled.

sample photo order


The photographer brings in all the necessary equipment to get the lighting just right and anything not wanted in the shot gets removed or simply pushed to the side.

objects pushed to side


We turned the living room into a dumping zone after it was photographed, with all the extra flowers or props that weren’t needed. I move stuff around a lot, especially on the mantel and the pillows too, so you’ll see a slightly different group of accessories in the living room in the mag.

dumping zone


The stylists that work for BH&G are really great about working with 95% of what is already there and they do stay true to the homeowner’s style. Here’s an example. The editors liked our master bedroom but wanted a touch of color, so the aqua pillow and vase of flowers were added. It’s a small difference, but I love it!

master bedroom two ways


A separate team came to photograph my kids’ rooms in April for an online feature and the same approach was taken, work with what I already had but mix it up a little for a slightly different look. In my daughter’s room we included a few more pieces of art and a jewelry box. Our things, just rearranged a bit. And I managed to get the hardware fixed that so many of you teased me about – the upside down pulls that can be seen here. :)

styled blue desk


Capture One is the software the photographers use to take the images and also Photoshop if necessary to edit as they go along, like fixing blown out windows or other tiny edits like eliminating a few of the nail holes in the wall I hadn’t bothered to patch and paint yet. But no serious or severe editing like you read or hear about in the fashion or modeling industry, they really do keep it all very real.

girls room desk on mac


Pick up an issue of Refresh wherever BH&G Special Interest publications are sold, I saw this one at Safeway and Borders.  

refresh feature


Thanks so much BH&G for including me in the Refresh Premier Issue!



Thanks TOH + Updates

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

First of all, thank you everyone for sharing your opinions on bunk beds!  Wow, it is so great reading your insight (read 100+ fantastic comments here if you’re considering them too), I’m so grateful for your thoughts!

Second, I’d like to say thanks to This Old House for the feature in the March issue – they asked me to submit pictures of my DIY drying rack for their article featuring great ideas from bloggers (you’ll recognize several of your favorites!)

this old house drying rack feature


The rack is still one of my favorite DIY projects to date and I use it almost daily. 

diy drying rack

Find the full how to build it in this old post!


Exciting news, I’ll be updating the blog soon, giving it a more polished look, but all the navigation features will still be there (Project Gallery, Style Files, etc.) All of the ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ links will be categorized in an easy to browse gallery too, you’ll love that! Finally, I copied all the past magazine articles last night on my antiquated scanner (took forever) but if you’re interested you can read them all here – just click on the cover.

cg in print


Are y’all ready for Valentine’s Day? My daughter chose that day for her birthday party so I’ve got to get busy decorating… no school on Friday so we’ll have 14 little girls in our house tomorrow evening, crafting, eating, and watching movies. So romantic right?  Ah, the sacrifices of parenthood!  :)