In the era of instant faster share it right now, is getting your work published in a print magazine worth the wait?
Sorry for the salty language, Mom, but getting your work published never gets old.
The show house I started work on 18 months ago finally hit the newsstands a few days ago. Seeing the project again, this time in print in the September issue of Traditional Home, reminded me of how much I respect the gifts of my extraordinarily talented housemates and fellow O’More College of Design alumni.
It’s arrival coincided with a moment of self doubt in the design process of the #sdgcottage. While we wait for the removal of all of the asbestos in the house, we are in a bit of a holding pattern. Nashville’s population boom led to a real estate boom, which led to a longer wait time for almost everything related to construction.
FYI: This is what asbestos ductwork insulation looks like:
The black electrical wiring is asbestos too.
During this wait-listed period, I’ve questioned every decision I made so far, reworked the plan, reverted back to my original concept, then reworked it again. Second guessing is one thing, but eighth, ninth, and tenth guessing is a bit ridiculous!
Traditional Home gave me a confidence boost by sharing my favorite shot on Facebook and I’m so grateful. Funny how the very thing you need to propel you to get out of your head and back into your heart arrives just when you need it most.
The comments, likes and shares helped get me back on track:
I had the opportunity to shadow Traditional Home’s Architectural Editor Amy Elbert, photographer extraordinaire Werner Straube, and his tech wiz assistant photographer Dustin Forest for the shoot. It was fascinating to watch them work and a real education on how much skill, practice, and patience goes into producing the images you see on the page each month.
In this shot, Amy, Werner, and Dustin discuss the images of the spectacular sunroom with its designer and project manager JoAnne Haynes:
I think this series of shots shows you the varying conditions the team faced in getting the pretty picture. JoAnne’s room (above) had windows on three sides and was flooded with an abundance of natural light, while Lauren Devens’ attic retreat (below) had limited light sources, but lots of spill over daylight from Eric Ross and Christine Barker’s soaring, dramatic staircase:
In interior photography, artificial light sources in a room are always turned off. Hanging around with their crew, I learned that most images you see on the pages of a magazine are compiled of more than one exposure in order to balance the natural light and shadows in a space.
Here’s my room, right before they set off a series of strobes:
With only one small dormer window, there wasn’t a lot of natural light at that time of day.
And here is Dustin, sitting in the dark, compositing the final three images (one natural, one over, and one under exposed):
Remarkably, the guys edit the photos and have them print ready before they move on to shoot the next space. It took three days to photograph the 6000 square foot manse.
One of my favorite snaps, that I took, came after walking in my space on the last day of the show and finding a little girl, sitting on the floor having fun, just as I intended:
Another favorite moment: Seeing the room begin to come back to life for a client who purchased the furnishings and is using it as a master retreat for now. Seriously, it’s going to be beautiful when it’s finished:
My Room For Girls in @omorecollege of Design’s #omoreshowhouse (top) is morphing into a client’s master suite (bottom). There are still details to attend to, but doesn’t @crlaine look fabulous dressed in @sunbrella in both spaces? #interiordesign #repurpose #reimagine #roomforgrownups #inprogress #projectpoplar #sandlerdesigngroup A photo posted by Kathy Sandler (@livethefinelife) on
And maybe the best thing, seeing it become a national ad campaign for my biggest cheerleaders and sponsors, Sunbrella:
If you haven’t seen the magazine, be sure to pick up the September issue, either on paper or in digital form. It’s chock full of beautiful design ideas. Check out the July/August issue to read more about the awesome kitchen and laundry room!
As I continue to play the waiting game for the hazardous abatement team and a MIA property surveyor, please enjoy Traditional Home’s video tour of the 2014 O’More Designer Show House, brought to you by the little college that produces award winning designers, year after year.
I must admit, my biggest crush in the entire house was on Minerva, Roman Goddess of Wisdom by Molly B. Bright, an incredibly creative portrait made entirely of bottle caps hung in Jonathan Savage’s entry hall/music room.
Love. Love. Love.
One last look at the Before and After:
Have a favorite space? Please tell me about it in the comments below. Have constructive criticism? Leave it in the comments too. (Believe me, our professors made sure we learned to take the bad with the good and improve on our ideas very single day.)
Next up, I’ll be reporting from a dumpster near you…that’s not right, is it? No. I’ll be reporting from a dumpster near me. I won’t be diving in, although it might be funny to see, because that sucker is going to be full of nail laden plaster, drywall, and wood.
I’d blow you a kiss, but you’d be covered in plaster dust,
P.S. Here’s to Traditional Home, my fellow O’More grads, and all the sponsors and visitors that made this such a wonderful journey. You guys are the best!