Happy Back to School Day! We've had the best summer full of barefoot days, sleeping late and just slowing down and being together. It's such a blessing for me to work less and be with my kids during the summer. Now back to work!
Earlier this year, I had the privilege of assisting Country Living Contributing Editor and Stylist, Heather Bullard on a shoot just south of Dallas that features the beautiful remodel of Susie Clark's ranch house. The feature is in the September issue of Country Living that's available now.
I love Susie's style. She's got a "Fresh Country" look that makes for easy, stylish living and it suits the house and her life so well. I think that's key to good design. This was my first experience working with a team from a major publication. It was such an inspiration to see their dedication to producing a beautiful story. In addition to all the hard work and long hours, it's really fun and I can't wait to do it again.
Here are a few behind the scenes pictures taken with my iphone:
A few props were brought in, though not too much as Susie has great style. We picked up a couple of items from The Greenery in Waxahachie, Texas. Great garden store with lots of vintage signs.
Every photo shoot must have pretty flowers. These were from a local florist.
Still kicking myself for not picking up one of these light blue enamel pots.
While I was out picking up a yummy Texas style fajita spread for the crew and homeowner, the breakfast nook was styled and photographed. So pretty!
This is what you don't see. A little of the equipment that's used to get those beauty shots.
I have a steamer and I'm not afraid to use it! Ever seen anyone so happy to steam bedding? I didn't think so.
This is Stella, one of Susie's rescue horses. She's a sweetie and always ready for a handful of grass.
A little more horsing around. Me modeling one of Susie's western hats. Don't Mess with Texas.
One of the best parts of the job is meeting extraordinary people. Susie has a successful career, lives in her dream house and has a big heart for animal rescue. She calls her place The Lucky Dog Ranch.
Having one's home full of people from a major publication, taking pictures, moving things around can be super stressful, but Susie was cool as a cucumber. One afternoon, I needed to ask her a question and couldn't find her right away, so I knocked on her bedroom door only to peek in and see this.... lucky dogs indeed!
Click here to see the full slideshow of Susie's home makeover.