2.24.2013

Prepping the House

Last week I was in a cleaning frenzy to get this house ready for the Houzz photo shoot. I also got in panic mode before that day and asked my sister to come lend a second set of eyes. She thought everything looked fine and then we made our first trip to Trader Joe's where so many of you get flowers for a good price. I was not impressed with our store, but did manage to find a couple things to use. I didn't think the photographer coming would be do any styling so I wanted to add some flowers here and there. I also had to put any clutter away such as remotes, telephones, and other things we use day to day. It was so nice having the house really straight for that one day. Gosh, if you could see the disarray it is in now since I am working on a new project. I shared a peek yesterday.

I bought some hyacinths and had first placed these in the sitting room, but moved them to the master bedroom.

I also bought tulips and stuck them in this wicker vase that I forgot I had.

Added them to this tray along with a bowl of fruit for some counter styling.

I moved Bailey's food and water bowl from this spot and added the stool. Figured dog bowls counted as clutter.




This bunch of hyacinths was in the sun room for the shoot, but have since been moved. Not wild about the fragrance right next to where I sit all the time.

Now, they sit on the vassillier in the sitting room. They are really pretty since they opened up.

I snapped a shot of Corynne taking the pictures. She was so nice and made the process very easy.

Well, back to my project.

Beautiful sunshine here today.
 Hope it is sunny where you are

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58 comments:

  1. How exciting! Can't wait to see how this shoot turns out! I love that vessel in the last pictures...the jar with the metal and handles. Fabulous!

    Emily

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  2. What an exciting day for you-everything look wonderful as usual.

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  3. They just opened a TJs about 40 min from here but we have not been. Your lowers are so pretty. I am sure your photo shoot will turnout amazing! I am loving your cows of course and congrats on winning the new cow pic!

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  4. I wish we had a Trader Joe's close to us. The one by my daughter is a wonderful store. The house looked amazing I am sure and it will be fun to see the photos. Have a great Sunday painting chairs- xo Diana

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  5. Everything looked "picture perfect" Kim!!
    Sounded like a very exciting day!

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  6. Not only is everything beautiful-I love the smell of hyacinths!!

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  7. Looks great, Kim. I cannot wait to see the pictures of my home photographed for a coffee table book. Unlike yours, the designer did some styling on her own. When will your pics be published? Any idea. The book my home is featured in is supposed to be avaiable in the summer. I too love fresh flowers. Most of mine are purchased at Whole Foods.

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  8. Looking forward to seeing this. Everything looks wonderful, Kim!

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  9. I'm sure your home was utterly perfect! I love a clean, clutter free home as well, but rarely get that with 3 little munchkins around. I know I'm miss all that kid-mess when they're grown and gone though =)

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  10. Oh my gosh Kim, your house is so beautiful that she wouldn't need to do any styling. I went to Trader Joe's last week for the first time. The most impressive part to me was the flowers too. :)

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  11. gorgeous!! i almost never have fresh flowers but now I want to :-)

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  12. How exciting for you Kim. Can't wait to see the shoot!
    Your home is always so luvly.... Trader Joe. Hhmmmm, never heard of them. I guess we do not have them here in NCF?! Will have to check.
    Your vignettes are as luvly as always.
    Hugs, Gee

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  13. Kim, Your home is beautiful and I know the Houzz shoot will be fabulous. Congrats!
    xx, Sherry

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  14. Your home is so pretty and fresh flowers always add a nice touch. I am especially inspired by the hooks and aprons, a simple thing but one I will try to find a spot for in our home.

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  15. I love those flowers you bought. I can't wait to see the spread that Houzz took. Did you learn any photography tips from the pro?

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  16. All beautiful little vignettes Kim, flowers add so much to a room!! Great shots Too!! Kathysue

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  17. so much fun, can't wait to see what they do.

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  18. Fragrance where you sit all the time...? When do you sit? Haha...can't imagine you do a lot of sitting with all your beautiful projects. I'm a slug compared to you :)

    Flowers and styling look awesome! Don't suppose you remember where you bought the wicker vase?

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  19. Your house always looks beautiful! Can't wait for the Houzz feature!
    -Shelley

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  20. Kim,
    Your home is so beautiful so I know the pictures in the photo shoot will be gorgeous on the Houzz feature. I love the red tulips with the cow and fruit bowl. The colors just work so nicely together. Congrats on your photo shoot.
    Kris

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  21. Congrats on your Houzz photo shoot Kim! Can't wait to see the pictures. Your fresh flowers look beatiful, as does everything else. I wish we had a Trader Joe's around here, but the nearest one is 2 hours away. :( Have to settle for grocery store fresh flowers. Have a great Sunday!

    Debbie

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  22. Wow, what a busy and exciting time!! Wish my house could even compete....
    You give us ideas on basic styling though, thanks.
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  23. Kim I know the photos of you lovely home will be fantastic! Can't wait to see them!
    hugs, Linda

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  24. How beautifully you staged this vignette!

    Lynn

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  25. How exciting for you, Kim! Can't wait to see the Houzz photos.

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  26. You have added the perfect touches to your home with those pretty bouquets. I know the photographers had to be impressed. Happy for you.

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  27. like everything you do ~ simply beautiful!

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  28. Kim, I bet you are so glad the stress if over. I would have been doing the same thing you did. Running around like crazy making sure it was all perfect. And I am sure it was. Do you have any tips on how she photographed your rooms, Camera, lens???

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  29. Beautiful blog!
    Regards from Italy
    Manuela/ Roseinitaly

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  30. Exciting day for you, Kim. I'm eager to see the shoot. Let us know when it's published. I know your home was picture perfect and offered absolutely the best.

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  31. Congratulations Kim!So happy to hear your beautiful home will be featured on Houzz!
    xx
    Anne

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  32. Congratulations! So excited for you and can't wait to see the Houzz reveal!!!
    Cindy

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  33. How exciting Kim! I can't wait to see your home professional photographed.

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  34. The flowers turned out great! Hope you share some of the photographs with us all! -Tonya

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  35. Kim, you could had me fooled that there is EVER in clutter in home. These photos are gorgeous, just like all your flowers and vignettes! You have such style!
    Karen

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  36. Congratulations Kim, so happy your beautiful home will be featured in Houzz.

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  37. It looks beautiful there, Kim, and the flowers add such a lovely look! Can't wait to see it on Houzz!

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  38. Ummm....YOU sitting....I have NO idea when that happens:):) You are constantly doing something, girl!!! I do love the aroma of hycinths though. I am sure your photo shoot will be gorgeous, your home sure is, so what could go wrong. I can't wait to see it! XO, pinky

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  39. Congratulations on your photo shoot, Kim!! You're house always looks so perfectly pretty, I can't even imagine it being messy! I love the hyacinths...I never really see those anywhere as cut flowers.

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  40. How exciting, but a ton of work, I bet it looked fabulous!!

    Carol

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  41. Can't wait to see the final pictures! Flowers always make things beautiful, but your house certainly doesn't need them!! :)

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  42. So beautiful!!! Congrats on the shoot!!

    melissa@thetinsel.com

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  43. Houzz that's Awesome !! You should be so Proud of Yourself. What an Amazing Opportunity to go through that process. Your nerves must have been shot .
    I'm so Happy for You and You Deserve to be in Houzz and other magazines.
    Lisa

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  44. How exciting for you! Im sure your home looked amazing, as it does in all your photos :)
    Fresh flowers are a must, they will always make photos pop I think you made a good choice with the red tulips.

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  45. this is thrilling, you must have been so excited and maybe a bit nervous, your home is so lovely you needn't be, but I suppose its human nature, the flowers are lovely, I will admit I don't like the smell of Hyacinths,

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  46. Funny... The flowers were so beautiful, but their fragrance so overpowering that one can only appreciate them from afar. :)

    Congratulations on your photo shoot!

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  47. How fun!! Congratulations on the photo shoot. Fresh flowers are always such a beautiful touch. Can't wait to see the outcome.

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  48. Picture perfect home! How exciting! Can't wait to see you on Houzz!

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  49. i can't imagine how exciting it was to have the opportunity of a photo shoot by Houzz....they certainly chose a great home to feature!!!...Can't wait to see your feature!!...I love the beauty of hyacinths, but yes, the fragrance can be overwhelming...love all the flower containers...!!

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  50. How awesome is that, and so very deserved! Your home is so lovely! And I love the touches of live flowers!

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  51. Just beautiful...the tulips are my favorite! Can't wait to see the Houzz feature!!!!

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  52. Sounds like a great day and everything looked perfect as usual. Congrats on the shoot!

    Cynthia

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  53. Kim your house is AMAZING and I am not surprised it is being featured. I can't wait to see all the wonderful shots they took. It is always fun to see somebody else perspective on things. Love all the fresh flowers around the house :)
    Angelina

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  54. Can't wait to see your big feature! How sweet that your sister could come over for support ;) Loving all the pretty, fresh flowers. I'm sure they looked gorge in your shoot!

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  55. Kim,
    Gorgeous rooms and the addition of fresh flowers is such a stunning accent!Congratulations on the photo shoot...be sure to post when this publication is available!!! Yes, dear one, I'll add it to my "stash" of magazines! Ha!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat
    P.S. Visiting from Marty's @ TTT!!!
    (P.P.S.) Those are my "edited" magazines...I do recycle to Nursing Homes, etc!!!

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  56. Wow Kim - so great to hear about your shoot for Houzz. Hope they tap me one day. I did get a pic of my kitchen in one of their features awhile back - but not the "whole enchilada!" I would need some major assistance if that ever came to pass. I still have a few rooms upstairs that need some help.

    Good luck - and your house looks great!!

    Linda

    http://www.thecolorfulbee.com

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  57. How exciting! I am sure the pictures will be great, but I am not sure why they could not just use yours - they are fantastic. Everything looks Houzz-worthy - that is for sure!

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  58. Everything looks amazing. I can't wait to see the article. Congratulations. Hugs, Marty

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